Hey whats up yall,
i moved to detroit about a week ago and am just gettin settled into my new job, i thought i'd post my observations from the various cities i traveled to in the process of me getting here.
Toronto: yeung street is crazy, lots of bikes, i saw literally 12 R6's. About 50% of riders wear gear. It was pretty hot. I only spent 2 days here so that about it from t.o.
New york. New york is an awesome city, cops are really cool. You can pretty much do whatever you want in traffic as cops are actually tryin to stop crime. Bike just jam in anywhere they fit and park whereever they can. Speed is limited by traffic but there were no twisites anywhere near the city. There are loads of bikes in NY. No one wears gear. Think vancouver is bad, oh no. erbody is a squid. But it is redicoulsy hot and humid, doesn't matter the time of day or night you are sweating, even when it rains you sweat. Also during the day riders don't wear full face helmets, only beanies. Some with spikes on them. Seriously every sportbiker i saw wore either a chrome or black beanie.
Theres also a pocketbike craze goin on where people are ridin in the streets, really upset local authorities but its crazy funny to see.
The sportbikes really come out at night though. It is somewhat cooler, still no gear though. I was in brooklyn on some side street when i saw 3 929's doin stand up's down the street. Sportbikes are used in ads and are generally much more accepted than in van. Many department stores carry motorcycle apperal (gloves, jackets). Saw a polished R6 and SRad with a manican displaying the motorcycle products the store sells such as Nexx jackets for $400.
Detroit: this is like biker city. Tons of bike on what is just a network of hiways. The average speed on the hiways is like 80mph. There are ussually 4 or 5 lanes. Very few hiway patrol and drivers routinely do 90 in the fast lane. I've seen alot of bikes travel in packs because drivers are horrible here. Only a written test is needed to get your lisence. signals and shoulder checks are optional for cagers. You really have to be on your toes. There are ussually horrific accidents that create hours of traffic almost everyday. Bikes are apperantly pretty cheap. People wear gear here, b/c michigan weather is really unpredictable and not nearly as hot as NYC. Roads are horribly kept however but there is lots of twisty side road if you getoff the hiway.
The moral of the story, Vancouver is actually an awesome city for motorcycling, so don't take it for granted b/c you could wind up in michigan which sucks serious ass.