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I was there a couple of years ago, but did not ride and did not have any wish to, especially on a weekend when all the Saudis come over to get drunk.

Crossing the roads was an experience in itself. :eek:
 

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Exactly, anywhere around Manama is typical crazy overcrowded middle east driving. The rest of the island is a desert with decent roads, not the best I've seen in the ME, but surely not the worst.
 

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It's not just that the Saudi's go there and become terrible drivers when they get drunk. They're terrible drivers anyway. I spent 5 yrs in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and saw so many stupid drivers and accidents that I wouldn't even consider riding a bike there.

I was in 5 serious auto accidents in 5 years. None were my fault, but in Saudi when there's an accident everybody goes to jail until they figure out who was at fault. It was just a good thing that the Provost Marshall was my tennis partner. I used my one phone call to contact him and he always managed to get me out.
 
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