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post #1 of 3 Old 10-19-2017, 12:59 PM Thread Starter
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Sitting in London waiting for a flight back to Seattle tomorrow. Have been in Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and Paris over the last 3 weeks and have a whole new perspective on 2 wheel transportation. This place is packed with bikes! My guess is that between scooters and full up around 20% of Spain and France travels on 2 wheels. In both countries the law allows parking on the sidewalks. Just so long as you are organized well and allow for ped throughput you can park it off road. Seems like every other corner in Paris neighborhoods had 15 bikes on the sidewalk. I ran into one Wee in Spain and saw a couple older 1000s in Paris but the majority of full up bikes are Beemers or Yamahas. Saw two or three Harleys, but mainly parked in front of cafes as a prop. The full ups were vastly outnumbered by Scooters. Burgmans being the SUVs of the scoots and almost as popular as Vespas. What really surprised me is the population of Aprillia 3 wheelers. You know, the two front tire type. I thought these were an flop but they are extremely popular in the two countries visited. Bottom line, 2 wheels are a vital means of transportation in the packed cities here and not the oddity we riders seem to be in the states. And there were no leathered out accountants trying to look like something other than an accountant. All commuters in suit & tie with briefcases strapped to the back or dedicated, full safety dress riders. Loved it!
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i think the tiered system of riding is still in effect in Europe so lots of young people ride smaller bikes or do so for insurance purposes.
50 years ago I'd see hoodlum looking blokes hanging out and around the corner were a passel of 50cc tiddlers. These guys were to young or experienced for larger bikes.
Loved it.
The Sidecar rigs i saw in London were used as delivery vehicles with large sidecars.
It's a different world of motorcycling.
Travel is good to expand your experience and perceptions.
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First time I ever saw someone do a "stoppie" was in the early 2000s. 3 leather-racing suit wearing sport bike riders in Germany came up to a stop sign in a queue and did stoppies along side each other at a stop sign. Last guy almost dumped it, but recovered.
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