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post #1 of 8 Old 12-17-2007, 01:09 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone Live in Brooklyn/NYC? What is the Real Deal?

I'm planning on moving to Brooklyn next september and have done quite a bit of research on taking a bike there. I ride a DL650AK7.

For now, my conclusion is that I should sell the bike before going. Why?

#1 city for motorcycle theft and vandalism
#2 Clutch would probably move more than my wheels
#3 Storage expenses
#4 I will be on limited income.

So, my question is.. Can anyone give me some advice from experience?

I do have the option to store the bike with someone else and possibly bring it to the city later. This option seems like a win win for me.

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post #2 of 8 Old 12-19-2007, 10:48 AM
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post #3 of 8 Old 12-20-2007, 04:33 PM Thread Starter
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Haha.. Thanks guys. I think I've got the basic idea of the situation there, which is pretty tough compared to nashville. Time is on my side.

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post #4 of 8 Old 12-22-2007, 04:45 PM
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I live north of the city

I have lived in NY, north of the city all of my life,

If you can afford it, You MUST be a VERY defensive driver in NYC. The bike will:
Save you gas and toll money, (the tolls keep going up, get EZ pass)
Get you around quicker,
It is warmer in the city so you can ride more often,
& Buy a big lock.
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post #5 of 8 Old 12-29-2007, 11:00 PM
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I'm just over the GWB NJ side.. Park it by me I'll keep it running for ya. And it will be safe over in NJ

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Haha.. Thanks guys. I think I've got the basic idea of the situation there, which is pretty tough compared to nashville. Time is on my side.
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post #6 of 8 Old 01-01-2008, 03:18 PM
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I moved to the city this past summer, and was also a bit apprehensive about keeping the bike in the city. So I'm certainly no authority, but here are my impressions thus far:

I've parked my Strom on the sidewalk, like a couple of the other bikes in my neighborhood. A hefty chain (I use the biggest Kryptonite) and sturdy cover are absolute must-haves. Many dogs will pee on your tires and cover. Many. Sidewalk parking doesn't seem to fly in every neighborhood. In lower Manhattan, every bike that I see is parked on the street.

I agree that one must be extraordinarily defensive when riding in the city. It is, in my humble opinion, perhaps the worst city in America to ride, in terms of drivers being considerate. That said, you can get around faster and cheaper. And while not technically legal, NYC bikers split lanes all the time. I, too, have found the joy in getting to where I need to go, while the cars sit.

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post #7 of 8 Old 01-11-2008, 01:36 AM
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Bring your DL to NYC!

Definitely bring your DL to Brooklyn. I've had mine here for 2 1/2 years and I love it. Don't worry about parking, theft, traffic, cabbies, etc. Just make sure you drive OFFENSIVELY (i.e. make it clear that you will drag the MF cabbie from his cab and beat him with your U-lock if neccessary), get a decent lock (see above), don't park stupidly, and get decent insurance so when someone knocks it (and possibly you) down, you'll be covered for repairs.

Other tips: invest in decent crash bars (my Givis have spared me mucho heartache), always always always wear proper riding gear (you WILL crash/dump/get doored, but likely at low speed, so WEAR YER GEAR!), avoid the big slabs of steel NYC uses to cover monster potholes (they are like ice in the rain - trust me on this one), don't plan on parking ANYWHERE in midtown (there are a couple of places, but I ain't tellin!), and note that the NYPD likes to ambush riders coming off of bridges on their way to work, pull 'em all over, and write 'em all tickets whether they deserve 'em or not (I have successfully fought mine in court).

Also note that the cabs are far easier to deal with than the guys driving black cars and delivery trucks. Those guys are much worse and should be taken more seriously. Same goes for SUVs with Jersey plates. They all seem to think they're Sopranos extras (and a few may have actually consulted on the show).

Who cares if a dog pisses on your tires? The rain will wash it off. Unless you like coming out every morning and sniffing your tires, why is this a problem? Does dog piss degrade rubber or something else I don't know?

Be super-careful splitting lanes - you will develop Spidey-sense eventually about this, but in the beginning be ultra cautious. People change lanes here more often than Microsoft issues security patches.

DO NOT lock your helmet to your bike and expect it to be there when you come back. Cracky will cut the strap and steal it in minutes.

Do not expect your bike to remain flawless here. This is NYC, and it takes a toll on bikes (and people). However, with every ding/scratch/rust spot/tear/crack you acquire, the more the cages will stay out of your way.

Pedestrians are actually stupider than they look and WILL freeze like deer in headlights in the crosswalks while they send emails on their Crackberries. However, if you have right of way, well....

Bicyclists are the craziest MFs here. Give them space in case they didn't take their meds that day.

All this said, riding in NYC is like a great big (possible fatality-inducing) videogame. Riding to work in the morning wakes me up better than any coffee, and by the time you get home at night, you'll forget about the stresses of work. You'll get around faster than ANYONE else, and I cannot stress enough the joy of terrorizing Vespa riders (those things have spread like roaches among the yuppie scum up here). Plus, you can get out of the city relatively easily to the sweet backroads of upstate NY pretty easily (try the Teconic and the Saw Mill Parkways on a nice Saturday morning for starters - yummy miles up there).

The DL is the perfect bike for the city - don't leave it behind!

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post #8 of 8 Old 01-11-2008, 06:25 AM
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I live in Boston, which is about the size of Nashville, but has aggressive, unskilled drivers and a road network laid out by 17th century cows..... I usually park on the sidewalk at home. Don't have a lock. Covering your bike makes it a lot less attractive, and you can buy some "screaming" luggage locks that will go off if the cover is disturbed. Sounds like theft is a bigger problem there. Be nice to the little old ladies in your neighborhood -they're always home, always vigilant....

The best thing I did was get an Olympia Hi-Viz jacket and a white helmet. Works even better now that the MSP motors are wearing a nearly identical jacket. People tend to think you're a cop, fireman, or EMT and act accordingly. At least they see you.

All that said, I have an electrically assisted bicycle that is the fastest way to get around Boston, since I can use bike lanes, and park at bike racks or right in front of the place. It will do 20mph with me on it, 25 with someone lighter.

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