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    Quote Originally Posted by bogthebasher View Post
    I wonder if drinking Purple Haze gives you Purple Gas?

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    Dunno about that - it could be the other way around as well. However I once made the mistake of drinking a six pack in a single afternoon. In my defence it was very hot and there was no water to be found within 100 yards...

    Purple Gas is a fruit wheat beer made with flavouring from Saskatoon Berries and Agave - delicious! Personally I'd rather be eating Saskatoons in pie or on top of vanilla ice cream rather than immersed in beer though.
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    You know you’re a millennial when... you can drink Purple Haze and not think about Jimi...


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    Quote Originally Posted by GTRider View Post
    You know you’re a millennial when... you can drink Purple Haze and not think about Jimi...


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    Quote Originally Posted by deilenberger View Post
    I'll be the contrarian on cities - they can be quite enjoyable to ride in if you avoid rush hour. I've ridden through Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Reno, Oklahoma City, Denver, New York City, St. Louis, New Orleans, Albuquerque, Phoenix, Birmingham, Nashville, Baltimore, Albany, Sacramento, Columbus, Harrisburg, Pittsburg, Ontario, Philadelphia, Quebec, Montreal, Toronto, Rochester, Baton Rouge, Tallahassee, Kansas City, Bakersfield, Reno, Salt Lake City, Topeka, Lexington, Charleston, Hartford, Springfield, Munich, Dusseldorf, Prague, Zurich, Bern, Nice, Marseille, Leon, Geneva (admittedly the last few weren't in the US or North America) - and a few dozen more that I've forgotten.

    Never had a problem. Somehow it seems I become invisible on the bike in the city, people just take no notice of me. I've been lost (thanks to Doofus the GPS) in some rather unsavory parts of some of these cities, and was never really concerned since it seemed no one saw me passing through. Probably the best city memory I have is of riding down Park Ave in NYC with a police escort going to the opening of the Art of the Motorcycle at the Guggenheim Museum. That was majorly cool. We left the BMW dealership building around 11th Ave and 44th? Had the police do a rolling traffic block all the way up Park Ave - we never had to slow down.

    Ted Simon once pointed out that people in one location will always tell you how dangerous and awful it is in another location.. and it never really is. Use a tiny bit of common sense, smile a lot and don't try to attract attention and you'll be just fine.

    And don't let fear rule your ride.

    BTW - my very FAVORITE place to ride IS Canada. I go at least once a year for the past decade. Every other year to Nova Scotia. This fall I circled Lake Ontario. A few years ago toured Montreal. Ottawa was fun. I'm always amazed at how courteous Canadian drivers are. I've never had a scare there..
    While motorcycling in a large city isn't my goal, visiting the US without seeing NYC, Wash DC, San Francisco, Seattle, etc.......would be as pointless as visiting Germany without going to Berlin or Munich.
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    Great input guys!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 36654 View Post
    While motorcycling in a large city isn't my goal, visiting the US without seeing NYC, Wash DC, San Francisco, Seattle, etc.......would be as pointless as visiting Germany without going to Berlin or Munich.
    +1.. The goal isn't necessarily scenic touring in a city (although that can be done) - but IMHO the bike provides a better way to get around than a 4 wheeler for me. Easier to squeeze through small slots in traffic, easier to find parking, and it somehow makes me super aware of what's around me, and that includes the architecture or lack of.. Some cities I'll park the bike at the hotel and walk or taxi to where I want to go (especially after dark.. not from fear of dangerous characters, but more fear of not seeing road hazards..) Other cities I'll use the bike for all my travel and visits. As romany said - it's just another sort of challenge. Some people enjoy it. I find it sharpens my skills.

    I also every week or so in the summer ride down Ocean Ave in Belmar NJ. A more distracting and distracted environment would be hard to image. Semi-naked people wandering around, people backing out of diagonal parking spaces, people pulling U turns while blinking right, pedestrians blindly wandering across the road not in a crosswalk - looking down at their cellphone. Cars pulling out in front of me in blind intersections. That REALLY sharpens up my situational-awareness skills, and tells me if I still have the reaction times needed to safely ride. So far - doing it for about 20 summers now - I've passed. Passing consists of doing it with no surprises. Doing it is good practice IMHO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 36654 View Post
    While motorcycling in a large city isn't my goal, visiting the US without seeing NYC, Wash DC, San Francisco, Seattle, etc.......would be as pointless as visiting Germany without going to Berlin or Munich.
    I'd agree (OK - NYC never does make my short list - perhaps some day I'll regret that?!).

    I have visited San Fran - park your motorcycle and rent a GoCar! It's a 3-wheel, side-by-side hoot that will feel like an over-sized go-kart, looks like a mini-Porsche, but safer in traffic. When I was visiting the Presidio and Golden Gate Park, they were everywhere. Looked like fun. Just be careful on Lombard Street (went down it 3 times - would not do it on a motorcycle).

    Multiple motorcycle trips to the D.C. area ended with the bike staying parked at the motel, and taking the Metro into the District.

    Go see America.
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