Hello from (currently) the west coast

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Hello from (currently) the west coast

Postby HoneyBadger302 » Fri Feb 15, 2019 7:20 pm

So it's looking fairly likely that sometime this year (when depends on a few variables) I may likely be moving to the DFW area with my job. I know the street riding probably can't compare to what I have here in the San Francisco area, BUT, figured I'd see what local riders enjoy and where the roads are (close or further away). I'm currently a part of a women's riding club out here (in addition to all the track and racing stuff which I'll definitely be involved with out there).

Been riding since 2005 when I went through the MSF in Wisconsin, then moved to California the next year, and been out here since. Priced out of the Bay area, and with my job moving and a few other factors, moving to Dallas with work is looking like the strongest possibility of where I will end up. Current street bike is my "B" bike that I keep in street trim and street legal.

Just wanted to post a quick introduction in case I pop into another thread!
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Re: Hello from (currently) the west coast

Postby dufremle » Fri Feb 15, 2019 8:20 pm

Welcome! Unfortunately the roads around here are nothing like what you are used to. We have some decent roads, but most are a couple hours away. We have a couple of tracks close by, but I haven't done a track day in several years so I can't say how good they are. We have several people here who do a lot of track days so I'll let them speak about it. Let us know if you end up moving here.
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Re: Hello from (currently) the west coast

Postby DarcShadow » Mon Feb 18, 2019 9:12 am

Yeah, street riding around here is kind of a bummer in that you have to go a pretty good ways to get to anything fun and then it'll pale in comparison to what your use to. Track days around here are not bad though. We have two tracks within about an hour of DFW and a 3rd track down in Houston, and then COTA in Austin. The first 3 are decent tracks but just about anyone outside of Texas complains about how ruff they are. COTA is another level though. Built for F1 and used by MotoGP, the track is amazing. Unfortunately the price to ride there is pretty crazy but it's well worth doing it at least once.
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Re: Hello from (currently) the west coast

Postby HoneyBadger302 » Tue Mar 12, 2019 3:52 pm

Looking forward to giving the local tracks a try (I'll be jumping into CMRA as soon as I'm out there), looks like my move is firming up for the end of May, so should be out there for about 2/3 of the season. I'll have to hop on a few group rides to check out local roads too and see what there is within a day's ride.
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Re: Hello from (currently) the west coast

Postby dufremle » Tue Mar 12, 2019 5:16 pm

Cool. Let us know when you are in town.
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Re: Hello from (currently) the west coast

Postby HoneyBadger302 » Thu Jun 06, 2019 11:31 am

I arrived in town on Saturday and have been getting settled in since! Hoping to dig the street bike out tomorrow for my commute, and looking to attend one of the upcoming bike nights or rides in the near future. Likely will be at the track next weekend, too.
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Re: Hello from (currently) the west coast

Postby JeffStrom » Thu Jun 06, 2019 4:26 pm

Welcome to the neighborhood. Sadly I am likely to miss bike night next week due to work demands.
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Re: Hello from (currently) the west coast

Postby dufremle » Thu Jun 06, 2019 6:37 pm

Welcome. Be careful on your commute. People don't look for motorcycles around here. I'll try to get a ride posted soon.
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Re: Hello from (currently) the west coast

Postby HoneyBadger302 » Fri Jun 07, 2019 7:56 am

dufremle wrote:Welcome. Be careful on your commute. People don't look for motorcycles around here. I'll try to get a ride posted soon.


Ya, my commute is pretty quiet for the most part (took the truck the first two days to be sure) plus access to express lanes for much of it. Ride in this morning was easy-peasy, afternoon tends to be busier, but things are still fairly quiet until getting off the freeway.

But yes, I've had people try to merge into my full size pick up more than once already, I have no delusions about them ever noticing a bike!
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Re: Hello from (currently) the west coast

Postby dufremle » Fri Jun 07, 2019 8:53 am

Watch the prices on the Texpress lanes. They can get expensive. Regular NTTA lanes aren't that bad.
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Re: Hello from (currently) the west coast

Postby HoneyBadger302 » Fri Jun 07, 2019 8:59 am

dufremle wrote:Watch the prices on the Texpress lanes. They can get expensive. Regular NTTA lanes aren't that bad.


Ya, since the bike counts as HOV, it's not too bad, wouldn't take them with the truck though - learned that one when I was out here for work (and work was footing the bill) and saw my toll charges at the end of the week :oops:
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Re: Hello from (currently) the west coast

Postby dufremle » Fri Jun 07, 2019 12:47 pm

Just remember that motorcycles do not get a discount on Texpress and NTTA toll lanes. Wish they would change that.
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Re: Hello from (currently) the west coast

Postby HoneyBadger302 » Fri Jun 07, 2019 12:49 pm

dufremle wrote:Just remember that motorcycles do not get a discount on Texpress and NTTA toll lanes. Wish they would change that.


I think you have to sign up for it, but according to their website motos do count...granted, I'm just going off what I'm seeing online at this point, but looks like any HOV discounts a bike can get from what I'm finding anyways.
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Re: Hello from (currently) the west coast

Postby JeffStrom » Fri Jun 07, 2019 2:09 pm

HoneyBadger302 wrote:
dufremle wrote:Just remember that motorcycles do not get a discount on Texpress and NTTA toll lanes. Wish they would change that.


I think you have to sign up for it, but according to their website motos do count...granted, I'm just going off what I'm seeing online at this point, but looks like any HOV discounts a bike can get from what I'm finding anyways.


That's great. I did not know that either. I wonder if it's new. Thanks!
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Re: Hello from (currently) the west coast

Postby dufremle » Fri Jun 07, 2019 4:57 pm

Motorcycles count for hov lanes, but they are different from the toll lanes. There are only a couple of hov lanes in the area. When I get on a computer I'll post a link.
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Re: Hello from (currently) the west coast

Postby JeffStrom » Sat Jun 08, 2019 7:22 am

It is on the Texpress web site.

"Carpoolers, motorcyclists and most vanpoolers who use the TEXpress Lanes or HOV/Express Lanes, a form of TEXpress Lanes, are eligible for an HOV discount."

You apparently have to download their app (not the TollTag app) and register for it.
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Re: Hello from (currently) the west coast

Postby dufremle » Sat Jun 08, 2019 8:53 am

I'll have to check it again, but last I looked motorcycles didn't get a discount on Texpress lanes. I do have the Texpress app. Even with the discount it's freaking expensive, though.
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Re: Hello from (currently) the west coast

Postby dufremle » Sun Jun 09, 2019 4:32 pm

It does look like motorcycles qualify for the hov discounts on Texpress lanes. I like the part where it says motorcycles don't need a rider. :D

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Re: Hello from (currently) the west coast

Postby HoneyBadger302 » Mon Jun 10, 2019 1:20 pm

dufremle wrote:It does look like motorcycles qualify for the hov discounts on Texpress lanes. I like the part where it says motorcycles don't need a rider. :D

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Ya, I thought that was pretty hilarious - rider not required LOL, wish I could just send my bike to work without me on it :SideSplittingLaughter:
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