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Motorcycle Taxi Service: oooh… bad idea.

Posted in General, Motorcycle, Motorcycle Rides, Rides by MrAngry | April 19th, 2011 | 4 Responses |

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For those of you who have never had the privilege of piloting a motorcycle through the streets of New York or Los Angeles, let me give you a little idea of how it goes. Your first few times will most likely be ok. You’ll be confident, careful and will hopefully enjoy the ride. However one day when you least expect it, WHAMMO – you’ll be on your ass in the middle of the street, totally embarrassed and hopefully not injured. I’ve ridden extensively in both cities, however after being blasted by a driver who wasn’t paying attention and then undergoing two surgeries and two years of physical therapy, I decided to hang-up my intercity leathers. Riding in urban environments can be an absolute blast if you’re experienced. However, as with any activity that involves risk, even the most experienced individual can have an off day.

Honda Goldwing

I say this because a company called Moto Limos Club is launching a motorcycle chauffeur service in New York and Los Angeles and truth be told, I think it’s a very bad idea. The club will feature Honda Goldwing’s (not exactly ideal for splitting lanes) and the three-wheeled Bombardier Can Am Spyder that will piloted by a rider with at least 15 years of experience. According to the Motor Limos Club website:

“MOTO LIMOS only employs highly skilled and qualified riders each possessing over 15 years of riding experience coupled with extensive histories in related motorcycle activities. Our chauffeur riders are trained to take every care and precaution with their passengers and trained to react correctly in case of any emergency. Our riders aren’t just enthusiasts, but professional daily riders. Be confident you’re riding with one of the best.”

Now, while the idea of getting around by bike in a city like NYC is fun and appealing, I don’t think I’d be comfortable putting my life in the hands of a two-wheeled pilot that I’ve never met, regardless of the amount of experience they have. What do you guys think; good idea or bad?

Source: Autoblog.com

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4 Responses

  1. Jason says:

    Maybe the chauffeur rider should have a t-shirt with “Eye yam sofa king whee todd edd” written on the back. That way you have something to read outloud to yourself during the trip…

  2. DaveMofo says:

    HORRIBLE idea. Just awful. And how many guys out there are willing to ride behind another guy? Isn’t gonna happen. How many women are not only stupid enough to get on a bike with someone they don’t know, but EVEN pay for it?
    Whomever was guilted into investing into this awful scheme must have some stuff under the table they were blackmailed with.

  3. Guilherme says:

    Here in brazil, they call this “mototaxi”… and no… it´s not a good idea…
    Here are used 125cc hondas (shame)… and are a very cheap transportation… cheapest than bus!

  4. J D Stadler says:

    So…do you have to sign some sort of waiver of stupidity before hopping aboard? I’m seeing lots of lawsuits in the future. Oh, and I don’t care HOW many years of experience the drivers have; it’s the cagers (and especially the big yellow taxi drivers) I DON’T trust.