Join Date: Mar 2018
Location: Marina del Rey, California
Hello from Marina Del Rey, California
Hi, my name is Cees, I am Dutch and 57 years old. Just moved to Los Angeles from France, and from 2010 to 2017 lived in Geneva where the traffic is so dense that I quickly decided to do everything by scooter (in that case a Honda 300 Sh) just like so many people in the larger European cities. Also I travel a lot to Asian and African countries where tons more people ride motorcycles or scooters (look up 'Hanoi traffic on youtube for an idea). So California with its warm and sunny climate and heavy traffic is an ideal place to ride a motorcycle or scooter. I decided to go for a slightly used BMW C 650 Sport which I bought from the first owner at just 1,960 miles. Had been driving it for about a week with lots of enjoyment when it developed a problem. Took it to the BMW dealer who fixed it, but then the problem returned the next day. So as I agreed with the dealer to bring it back once more, I thought about the fun I had on their loaner bike, an 800 R or some such, and checked Craiglist for a used 310. Well actually I looked at anything new-ish for under 5K and a 310 R popped up, January 2018 with only 280 miles and an Akrapovic exhaust fitted. Long story short I bought it yesterday and had great fun with it already. The point is I may be without the scooter for several weeks as the deslrr tries to find the electric gremlin, and the 310 is a great alternative. So I will ride both now, got them together for the price of one new 650 anyway, although both bikes are really brand new, so feel I did well. The scooter for two-up riding through the canyons, longer distances, fast highway treks and to go for hikes in the mountains, and commuting. The 310 mostly for commuting and getting through the city. What I have found to be very strange in the US so far is that lane splitting/filtering is only legal in California and maybe one or two other states, and that almost nobody rides motorcycles, but prefers to sit in traffic jams endlessly in their 'tin cans' despite the glorious climate. Oh well.
Last edited by Cees Klumper; 03-25-2018 at 09:50 AM.