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Freeways drive me crazy, how about you?

Something about freeways gets me crazy. Twisty roads? I'll ride them all day, hundreds of miles of twisty bliss. 30 minutes on the freeway? AARGH!

Today's ride had about 100 total freeway miles connecting 150 miles of incredible twistiness. There was one section, 55 miles long, flat straight and fast. At the end I wanted to scream in annoyance and frustration. But then I was on the good roads again, so everything was OK.

Does anyone here like straight roads? They drive me crazy.

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Something about freeways gets me crazy. Twisty roads? I'll ride them all day, hundreds of miles of twisty bliss. 30 minutes on the freeway? AARGH!

Today's ride had about 100 total freeway miles connecting 150 miles of incredible twistiness. There was one section, 55 miles long, flat straight and fast. At the end I wanted to scream in annoyance and frustration. But then I was on the good roads again, so everything was OK.

Does anyone here like straight roads? They drive me crazy.
i do everything in my power to avoid roads that stay interstate but unfortunatly they are the fasted way between 2to points without turning or seeing a damn thing ...



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I ride my motorcycle as a hobby, fun and enjoyment, weekends and free time during the week (when available). It is not my commuter or main vehicle. So, my opinion will be vastly different from a hard core rider/commuter.

Anyway, I also dislike the Interstates or major highways, mostly because of the boredom they create while riding on a motorcycle. What's the point of riding if you have to focus on the taillights in front of you? I will use Interstates/Highways to get out of town quickly or back home fast (cause I'm tired). Otherwise, I ride to be engaged and connected with the experience of riding; SLRP, throttle control, counter steer, scenery, etc. That means secondary roads here in Oregon/Washington and there are lots of great ones to ride.


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Freeways dont bother me, I ride them everyday to and from work. Gets me to where I need to go, faster. Then again the wife is the only one with a cage so being my bikes are my only source of transpo I'll take the faster way.

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I prefer the twisties, of course, but I use the interstate to commute. I often take the back roads to get home, though.
But when it is dark, it is super-slab all the way. Twisties scare the hell out of me in the dark, with lane drifters, deer crossing, unlit curves in the road. It's not fun when it's scarey.
My vulcan is my first cruiser...my other two bikes were standards, where the posture is a lot like a sport bike. They were quite a bit more responsive so I rode them differently.
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Does anyone here like straight roads? They drive me crazy.

I read on someone`s sig line on some mc forum, "The only thing straight roads are good for is to get you to the next turn." Sounds like it could be your motto too.

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Straight roads are why they invvented headphones and MP3 players.

If I have alot of miles to eat up...straight roads/interstates rock cause I can go fast and soak up miles quickly.

But they are usually pretty boring, so having some tunes to groove on helps a whole freaking lot.

A passenger with an intercom so you can talk works well too....(my wife made me write that)

I like twistys as much as the next guy...but nothing gets you there faster than a nice open straight road where you can push the speed limit and not spend 8 hours being "on" concentrating on lean angles, braking, and such.


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I ride for pleasure and like the blacktoped backroads and stay away from the interstates as much as I can... I remember working and caging on some long interstate rides I would get off a spell and ride other roads to break the bore out...lol...
I find I also like to move too good on intestate roads, donated to the state of Alabama last fall about $175, hope they appreciated it...lol...
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I don't know, I used to commute from LAX to Pasadena during morning rush hour 5 days a week. White lining it in all that trafic will definitley get the blood pumping.
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I also ride 99% for recreation. I like both twisties and interstate highways, for different reasons. Twisty roads take a lot more effort, but are very fun and entertaining. One of the reasons I love the Vulcan 750 is it is a comfortable cruiser type bike that handles curvy roads really good.

But, I also like long straight stretches of interstate highway, where you can just kick back, relax, and cruise. This is especially true if it is a highway you are not familiar with. I have ridden over a thousand miles at a time on interstate highways many times, and have ridden cross country many times, over several days, and, a few times, over a couple of weeks. I love the "Easy Rider" style of riding, going to new places and seeing new things. What many riders call "touring". Most of my 400,000 plus miles have been on interstate highways. This is also something the Vulcan 750 does very well.

A Ninja would be better for the twisties, and a Goldwing would be better for long cross country trips, but the Vulcan 750 is more than acceptable at either. Jerry

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