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Old May 24th, 2018, 08:19 AM   #1
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I've become really bored with riding the roads in my regional area. I find myself riding further and further out of my area each time I go for a joy ride but this becomes self-defeating in the end because much of that riding still takes place on roads I am bored with and there's only so far I can go before it becomes impractical time wise. At some point it might as well be an overnight trip but that isn't very practical either due to finances and responsibilities.

Anybody else get into a rut like this where they ride?
How do you make it more fun to ride your local roads again?
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Old May 24th, 2018, 10:05 AM   #2
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I am lucky enough to live in an area with so many roads and combinations of roads, I can put them in a rotation and rarely get tired of them.

Try riding with new people.
Plan multi-day trips to get further away.
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Old May 24th, 2018, 10:44 AM   #3
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try riding blindfolded.
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Old May 24th, 2018, 11:33 AM   #4
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No. Every ride is a chance to work on your skills managing both the bike, and the road. I'm not talking about riding 10/10ths on the street. There should always be something that needs worked on. Work on your vision, body position, braking, throttle control, etc.
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Old May 24th, 2018, 02:26 PM   #5
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I don't ride with anybody. Tried to get all the riders at my last job (10 or so) interested in a group ride and they all said yeah that will be great but none of them would ever commit to a ride in the end.
Plenty of riders in my neighborhood but they're almost all harley riders that only like to go bar hopping and get shitfaced when they pull their garage queens out for their quarterly ride.

As for my skills I get them tested regularly on my death race 3000 commute. When I go for a joy ride it is to relax, enjoy myself and the scenery. The insane roadragers in my area have tuned my reflexes and riding skills quite alot.

Traffic is an issue too. I get so tired of the traffic with commuting that sometimes I don't even want to go for a joy ride since it means having to ride a long ways through traffic to get to where there isn't so much traffic. It is super congested around here and the resulting road rage and accidents is off the hook. It gets to me.
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Old May 24th, 2018, 03:56 PM   #6
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One of the many great things about DC is in less than 15 minutes you are in rolling farm country and can really ride for miles (if you go North). I have a 120 mile loop I go on the weekends, by myself just to practice and enjoy the bike. I am a novice rider so I can actually still feel myself improving on a regular basis. Some days do feel better than others however.

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Old May 24th, 2018, 04:34 PM   #7
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Maybe an extreme option, get a truck drive the bike to better riding locations. At least you'd have tunes and A/C during the boring roads getting back home?
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Old May 24th, 2018, 05:52 PM   #8
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I don't ride with anybody. Tried to get all the riders at my last job (10 or so) interested in a group ride and they all said yeah that will be great but none of them would ever commit to a ride in the end.
Plenty of riders in my neighborhood but they're almost all harley riders that only like to go bar hopping and get shitfaced when they pull their garage queens out for their quarterly ride.

As for my skills I get them tested regularly on my death race 3000 commute. When I go for a joy ride it is to relax, enjoy myself and the scenery. The insane roadragers in my area have tuned my reflexes and riding skills quite alot.

Traffic is an issue too. I get so tired of the traffic with commuting that sometimes I don't even want to go for a joy ride since it means having to ride a long ways through traffic to get to where there isn't so much traffic. It is super congested around here and the resulting road rage and accidents is off the hook. It gets to me.
Dude... I know how you feel. I always try organizing rides and people always bail.

Only one person I work with ended up riding with me regularly. I've been trying to get his skills better and better but not quite there yet. That's another challenge... finding riders with your same skill level and riding style.
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Old May 24th, 2018, 05:54 PM   #9
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Agreed. Either mental squids or slow cruisers. I guess im somewhere in the middle.
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Old May 24th, 2018, 06:59 PM   #10
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I had this same problem. Being on the coast means I've got limited options compared to someone who's landlocked... The short rides after work became boring so I basically stopped doing them. Instead, I try to carve out at least 2-3 days at a time, I put a tent on the bike, and I get far away... NH to VT to NY to PA, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, etc. I find I'm enjoying riding even more now. I do more miles, in fewer days, and I'm nearly always somewhere new.
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