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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old Nov 10th, 2007, 1:22 am Thread Starter
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I was tempted to post this in the KR forum, but I think the experience transcends "Hooligans."

Last night I had the pleasure of a brisk November ride down I-895 through the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel. It was just a quick ride to the rock climbing gym, no epic journey, but what a great time! Have you ever ridden in an underwater tube?

The orange glow of the High-Pressure Sodium lights and the yellow-tinted shooting glasses that I was wearing, and the growl of my K12R (baffle out) amplified by the acoustics of the tunnel made for an amazing and surreal experience. (It reminded me a little of the K12R "Respect" video.)

Call me a hooligan, but there's something to be said for touring the urban landscape on a naked bike - especially at night. Underfoot, the textures of asphalt, concrete, brick, c(Ah!)bblestones, and rumble-strips are ever-evolving. And all around, the integrated geometry of buildings, bridges, lights, and motion create a technological atmosphere that is like nothing else.

We are the Hooligans. You will be assimilated. Your biological and technological distinctiveness will be added to our own.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old Nov 11th, 2007, 10:05 am
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Totaly agree on the night driving. Unfortuanately I am also scared to death by the crappy drivers in the DC/BAL metro area. I hit up the tunnel by accident a couple months ago. Good thing I had some cash. Then I had a nice ride through north Baltimore(ghetto). Most of the time I just head out for a day ride NW of Colmbia, then back over near Odenton for some sushi. Nice areas over there. I have never seen another KR on the rode in over 1 year of riding though.
Anyways, have fun with the winter riding. And pray for no ice of snow.
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Dig the Houston night scene as well but I'm a bit cautious as I always know the roads and only go on the ones that are well lit. I'm just not one of those guys who shows up at the coffee shop, inviting the occasional rider to hang with him at 150+ on the beltway or loop and showing off the scuffings on the sides of his shoes when he touches down in a corner. The thought of the wrong object at the wrong time in the blur of the landscape annihilates any temptation to join in the night games.

Otherwise, yes, like to cat around at night in the big city and stumble onto a few strips where everyone is checking out the rides. Anonymity creeps out, windows roll down and the blast of the K-bike buzzing by seems to get a chuckle. Favorite moment: a very hot blond in a very hot Mustang pulled up on the main drag, Westheimer, and raced her engine at the red light. Light goes green, I blow her to smithereens and never look back, fearful of the long reach of my wife's Persian knife.

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I hit up the tunnel by accident a couple months ago. Good thing I had some cash..
Funny that you brought up the toll! With my riding gloves on and my jacket sleeves zipped down over them, getting at my money is a difficult process. I have to stop, unzip my sleeves and take off my gloves before I can access my pocket, wallet and billfold. All the while, I'm holding up a line of traffic. So I decided to blow the toll in the EZ Pass lane! Woo hoo!

No harm done though; a buzzer went off, the camera snapped a shot of my license plate, and they sent me a bill for $2. A word of caution: blow the toll multiple times and you will get fined.

So what's your strategy for easy access to $2 with riding gloves on? Tank bag? Rubber band? Actually stop and get your wallet out like a good and decent person?

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I hear you on the problem of getting the money. Funny thing though. I could probably just run the toll. My plates are Alaska. Maybe they would think I was from some foreign country. Actually, I try to only keep my money pocket money only. This way I just reach in and grab. I just hope nothing falls on the ground. Later I deal with sorting the wad I put back in.
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there's something to be said for touring the urban landscape on a naked bike - especially at night. Underfoot, the textures of asphalt, concrete, brick, c(Ah!)bblestones, and rumble-strips are ever-evolving. And all around, the integrated geometry of buildings, bridges, lights, and motion create a technological atmosphere that is like nothing else.

You've read "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" at least once, or I'll eat my hat!
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I've heard of the book many times, but never read it. I understand it's not about Zen or motorcycles. Good read?

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I've heard of the book many times, but never read it. I understand it's not about Zen or motorcycles. Good read?
Frankly, yours was better......

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