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.
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?