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Old 06-11-2012, 09:57 PM   #1
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I am riding the east coast from Wilmington, NC. My trip will take me through NYC to Ne London, CT. I am looking for the best route, any suggestions for time of day or week. All information wil be greatly appreciated.

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Old 06-12-2012, 12:10 AM   #2
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What exactly are you looking for?
Are you trying to avoid traffic and get through it quickly? If so, you can ride around it altogether.
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Are you looking to tour through it? If so, I'll sadly admit that NYC is not a place to tour on an MC.

Obviously this doesn't answer your question, provide more details and I'll try.
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Old 06-12-2012, 05:33 AM   #3
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I was in NYC once and I would stay the **** out of there with my motorcycle considering how reckless they drive there.
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Old 06-12-2012, 09:57 AM   #4
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I will ride from Atlantic City, NJ to New London, CT. My current route will take me into NYC on I-95, across the North Washington Bridge, and on through NYC on I-95 to New London.

Last summer, I traveled from Georgia to Maine and rode far west of NYC in order to avoid the high density traffic. This year, my goal is to hug the east coast as I travel to Maine.

I am looking for any information that will assist me as a travel through or around NYC as I tour the east coast.
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Old 06-13-2012, 10:17 AM   #5
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Stay on I-95, and hit it about 2:30 AM or so. Very early mornings have the least traffic.

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Old 06-13-2012, 02:07 PM   #6
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I will ride from Atlantic City, NJ to New London, CT. My current route will take me into NYC on I-95, across the North Washington Bridge, and on through NYC on I-95 to New London.

Last summer, I traveled from Georgia to Maine and rode far west of NYC in order to avoid the high density traffic. This year, my goal is to hug the east coast as I travel to Maine.

I am looking for any information that will assist me as a travel through or around NYC as I tour the east coast.
If you're going from AC, just jump on the Garden State Parkway, and take it all the way through the state of NJ. It will take you to I-287 which hugs the NY/NJ border at the bottom of NY State. Head East on 287, go over the Tappan Zee Bridge and connect with I-95 in southern CT...Then just head up 95N thru CT.

This way you avoid the George Washington Bridge, and more importantly, you avoid the Cross Bronx Expressway. The Cross Bronx has some serious pot holes on there that have rattled my spine in a car, and you avoid the numerous Metro NYC drivers who are some of the worst drivers in America. Forget about them being aggressive, they just aren't as used to driving as the rest of America because so many of them use public transportation...That's coming from a native New Yorker, and a guy who drives around the Northeast all the time for my job.

You lose absolutely no time going this route, it's far less congested, and several times safer.
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Old 06-13-2012, 11:13 PM   #7
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Squally,

Thank you for the information. You have been a great help! I reviewed the route you suggested and it looks great. I will aded it to my new route as I make may way to Maine.

Ride safe!
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Old 06-14-2012, 12:38 AM   #8
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POTHOLES!!!! Living in Florida I do not miss them at all and have had a nightmare or two of hitting one at night and having it cause real damage. I to have hit bone jarring potholes having grown up and driven in NY, NJ, PA and all over. What about frostheaves?
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Old 07-27-2012, 12:52 PM   #9
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whatever you do stay away from Cross Bronx Expressway as they are doing some major major road work there for the next 6 months
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Old 08-29-2012, 03:03 AM   #10
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If you're going from AC, just jump on the Garden State Parkway, and take it all the way through the state of NJ. It will take you to I-287 which hugs the NY/NJ border at the bottom of NY State. Head East on 287, go over the Tappan Zee Bridge and connect with I-95 in southern CT...Then just head up 95N thru CT.

This way you avoid the George Washington Bridge, and more importantly, you avoid the Cross Bronx Expressway. The Cross Bronx has some serious pot holes on there that have rattled my spine in a car, and you avoid the numerous Metro NYC drivers who are some of the worst drivers in America. Forget about them being aggressive, they just aren't as used to driving as the rest of America because so many of them use public transportation...That's coming from a native New Yorker, and a guy who drives around the Northeast all the time for my job.

You lose absolutely no time going this route, it's far less congested, and several times safer.
Been commuting from south PA through NJ and NY for a job in CT. Going over the GWB and surrounding tunnels on an MC would scare me ****less. So I would suggest the Tappan Zee as well, although this too has some impressive pot holes... At least the connecting highways have shoulders.

I suggest you avoid rush hour like the plague through northern NJ and NYC. It will be a hideous ordeal for your clutch hand.

Also in good weather the Sawmill Parkway in NY/CT would probably be a blast to ride, two lanes on each side, center divider, all high speed twisties and elivation changes, beautiful enclosing forest and old decorative bridges...but it floods so stay clear in rain.
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Old 09-01-2012, 09:01 AM   #11
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Avoid NYC! There every so often, albeit not on a bike, and it's horrible. It's an all-for-me attitude there. Best route and a nicer ride would be to head a bit north and take Tappen Zee.
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Old 06-02-2013, 08:42 AM   #12
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I live in NYC this is great to know
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Old 06-02-2013, 12:24 PM   #13
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I'd ride around nyc if I were you.
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Old 06-02-2013, 01:56 PM   #14
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AVOID THE CITY.

Your bike will get destroyed if you go through it. Between gangs if you enter the wrong area, idiot drivers, and congestion, it is BAD NEWS.

Albeit there is a mounted police unit, which I love. Those horses are awesome :]
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Old 06-02-2013, 04:57 PM   #15
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Thinking after a year, the OP's trip is done now.
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Old 06-25-2013, 10:11 AM   #16
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Thinking after a year, the OP's trip is done now.
+1 on that..

that said, reading this post, you guys make NYC sound terrible. I commute everyday from westchester to lower manhattan on my motorcycle (katana 600). It's fun because I spend so much time lane splitting on the I-87 and more fun on the relatively narrow FDR.

Potholes suck but I mostly spend half my ride standing on the footpegs lol.
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