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Old 02-20-2012, 07:44 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Thanks for the info on the areas guys! Sounds like I'll have to meet up with all of you and get introduced to the good roads to ride on.

I am definitely going to have to find a place with a garage as I can't stand the thought of leaving my bikes out in the open. For those who don't have garages, what do you do with your bikes in the winter?
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Old 02-20-2012, 11:11 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Thanks for the info on the areas guys! Sounds like I'll have to meet up with all of you and get introduced to the good roads to ride on.

I am definitely going to have to find a place with a garage as I can't stand the thought of leaving my bikes out in the open. For those who don't have garages, what do you do with your bikes in the winter?
Let me begin by absolutely stating that the following is pure opinion. Matter of fact, if I read it in a month, I might wonder what I was thinking. Apply a huge grain of salt since it's only the way I see things, you know?

That said, I think that since the weather isn't super bike-friendly in this climate, there tend to be a lot of people who kind of "really mean it" about wanting to ride. You kind of have to. Don't get me wrong -- spring in the mid-Atlantic is just about has gorgeous as it gets. But there are a lot of times of the year that are just not very bike friendly.

That doesn't mean we don't ride. It means there are fewer bikers.

Translation:

You asked what we do in the winter. Answer: if it's dry and above 40, I'm riding. I don't even keep my bike on a battery tender. I don't need to. I am not saying that most people ride year round around here. I am saying, though, that hard-core year-rounders are statistically over-represented. You probably see more dudes on BMWs with heated suits around these parts than you would in most places, you know?

A few posts ago you asked about Owings Mills. It really depends on what you're looking for. I am definitely biased towards a downtown lifestyle, but that's me. To me, a place like Owings Mills is a great place to be 4 or 14. Not so great for 24 or 34. Great for 64, though! Follow? I mean, it really depends on your social life. If you are looking for a nice suburban community, that's a good one. One thing for sure -- it's a good place from which to start bike trips. It's far west enough for you to shoot out to the mountainous (ish) areas we have on a day trip.

But if you're looking for more than a mall and chain restaurants, well... but like I said, I am biased. I have probably 50 restaurants and 100 bars in walking distance, and that's the way I like it. Then again, we don't have kids.

Depends on who you are, really. If you are currently happy in a burb, I doubt very strongly that you would wake up one day screaming, "Oh my God! What am I doing in Owings Mills?!?!?"

Best of luck and welcome to the Land Of Pleasant Living!
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Old 02-21-2012, 09:43 PM   #13 (permalink)
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And I put Stabil in the fuel and park the bike in the garage until it warms up again. I'm not committed to the lifestyle, I just ride it sometimes. If you're willing to brave some chilly weather--heated gear helps a lot--you can ride from late march or april to late october or early november without much discomfort.

The other thing you have to take into account is that there is a lot of salt on the roads off and on from december through march. We don't get a lot of snow, but we occasionally get some big snowstorms. And it can be very unpleasantly hot and humid in the summer. Spring and autumn are gorgeous if it doesn't rain too much.

Good point about not all houses having garages, although most built since the 70s have them. Most older rowhouses and many older city individual houses don't have them. We don't notice it, but people come from elsewhere and comment on it.
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Good point about not all houses having garages, although most built since the 70s have them. Most older rowhouses and many older city individual houses don't have them. We don't notice it, but people come from elsewhere and comment on it.
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I never really noticed that, either -- until something a few years ago. A friend of mine bought a house in a burb a little south of B-more. The houses were built in the late 40s/early 50s. There were no garages. No biggie. But what was really odd is that when the houses were built, they had made no landscaping accomodation for the driveways. They just sort of paved a part of the yard. Where I grew up, you didn't have a garage... but your headlights weren't living-room window level, either. It looked really odd to me for some reason.

And incidentally, I am one of the lucky and rare rowhousers who does have covered parking enough for 3 bikes and a car!
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Old 02-23-2012, 04:56 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Thanks Everyone for the input!!! I found a few places with either an attached or detached, since that is a must in my book. With all the winter weather, I don't understand why you wouldn't build one! So far Owings Mills looks like a great place and I like that fact that it is at the beginning of a lot of rides. I don't need "city" style living. Although I'm only 34, I've done that in my youth, enjoyed it greatly, but am more of a burbs kinda guy now; as long as I have easy access to a city and great restaurants.
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Old 02-23-2012, 06:54 PM   #16 (permalink)
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You should also consider Crofton or Piney Orchard area. I like the centralized location of these towns. Only 20 minutes away from DC, Annapolis, and Baltimore.
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Old 02-25-2012, 08:04 PM   #17 (permalink)
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I've found a few possibilities in Crofton actually. Gonna check it out next month.

What about registering your car and bike? What's involved in doing that when moving in from out of state? And what about getting your license? Can I just take the written tests or do I have to take the on the road and practical for both drivers and motorcycle licenses?
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I lived in Crofton for 5 years and really liked the area. The main roads can be congested at rush hours, but if you do some map recon, it is not hard to find country roads that takes you to Annapolis and Baltimore.

Here is a link about obtaining a MD drivers license:
http://www.mva.maryland.gov/Driver-S...ly/newtoMD.htm

Here is a link about registration:
http://www.mva.maryland.gov/Vehicle-...EG/NewtoMd.htm

Hope this helps. My wife moved here from Iowa and she said that it is preferred to get a DL first, then do the registration.
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Old 02-27-2012, 05:37 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Not sure about driver's license reciprocation in Maryland.

Vehicle registration involves paying the 6% sales tax on the value of the vehicle, but I think that you're allowed to take off sales tax you already paid elsewhere. For example, if you paid 5% when you bought it, you'd pay 1% here on the current value of the vehicle, but I'm not sure of the details of how that works.

Aside from the initial expense of registering a vehicle, the annual fees are low. There's no "property tax" or "road tax", just the fee.

You must have insurance, they're quite strict about that; if you have license plates and no insurance, even for a day, you'll get a letter and a fine from the MVA. You have to turn in license plates before you cancel insurance, and if you change insurance, you have to give your new insurance information to your previous insurer, because he has to notify the MVA that you changed it. Otherwise, you'll get the nasty letter and you'll have some explaining to do.

There's no annual inspection, vehicles are only inspected when they change owners. Emissions test is done for cars, but not motorcycles.

Helmets are mandatory, and lane-splitting is not allowed.
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Damn! No lane splitting?...........oh well
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