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post #1 of 45 (permalink) Old 08-20-2012, 11:24 PM Thread Starter
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Hi Everyone!

I'm currently living in Seattle and am getting ready to move to the Chicago area later this year. I mainly do trackdays and commute on my bikes, but like to get out for nice weekend rides too.

I should be in the area October/November-ish - just wanted to introduce myself and say hi!
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Hey welcome. Alot of the folks here do all track all the time. You'll have a blast here

Although I can't imagine why you'd leave Seattle to come to the flatlands


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Welcome from the windy city. Well the good news is that we get less rain. The bad news is we get snow.
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post #4 of 45 (permalink) Old 08-20-2012, 11:59 PM Thread Starter
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Hey welcome. Alot of the folks here do all track all the time. You'll have a blast here

Although I can't imagine why you'd leave Seattle to come to the flatlands

Cool! Great to hear there's an active track community. I'm a newbie but since I started doing trackdays, I can't stay away from them.

Work is the reason I'm leaving but I'll return. I love the Pacific NW!

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Welcome from the windy city. Well the good news is that we get less rain. The bad news is we get snow.
Ha! Snow will be fun...
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Welcome to the board, fellow Kawi rider.


You'll be moving here at the best time of the year, just when everyone holes up in their homes because its so cold outside that you'd freeze your niblets off just thinking about riding.

Never a bad time to climb... unless the weather is really horrible, and then you climb inside!

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I'm from Olympia and just got back from there after a week vacation. Every time I visit I wonder more and more why we ever left. The roads there are amazing and I spent the whole time pining for a bike. Just an FYI, the roads here are long, straight, flat, and littered with cracks and potholes that will swallow a front tire.
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Our good friend just moved from Chicago to Seattle, I can't remember his nick on this forum but I am sure someone will chime in. his name is Jeff Chen ad he might be your local source for everything Chicago. Let see if someone will post his nick.
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Welcome. Lots of tracks near Chicago, and plenty of track days/racing dates.

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Welcome to Chicago. There are though of us who do ride year round. ;-)

BTW, put this on your calendar: First Sunday in December is Chicago's Toys for Tots. You will not want to miss it.
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Jeff Chen moved?

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Welcome to the board, fellow Kawi rider.

You'll be moving here at the best time of the year, just when everyone holes up in their homes because its so cold outside that you'd freeze your niblets off just thinking about riding.
Lol, no kidding. I have impeccable timing.

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I'm from Olympia and just got back from there after a week vacation. Every time I visit I wonder more and more why we ever left. The roads there are amazing and I spent the whole time pining for a bike. Just an FYI, the roads here are long, straight, flat, and littered with cracks and potholes that will swallow a front tire.
I know how you feel. The NW is the best place out of all the places I've lived, and I've moved around a lot.

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Tell me you track the KTM

Jeff Chen moved?

Welcome amigo
Yeah, the KTM will be on the track for sure. Just a couple weeks after I bought it, I had hand surgery and am still recovering...so I haven't been able to do a trackday with it yet.
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^Thanks guys!

One thing I think is cool about moving to Chicago is being so close to Indy Motor Speedway. I can't wait to see MotoGP next year!
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Welcome ,I lived in Everett and left my bike there ,how do you plan on bringing yours if you don't mind telling..?
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Welcome ,I lived in Everett and left my bike there ,how do you plan on bringing yours if you don't mind telling..?
I have three bikes to bring, two are mine and one belongs to my boyfriend. I have a two-bike trailer so we'll either put the third in the back of my pick-up or up on the semi with my household goods. Haven't decided yet.

Do you need yours hauled?
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Welcome, lots of track junkies here!!!!

Come out over the winter and meet most of the hooligans!

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Come out over the winter and meet most of the hooligans!
Definitely will! Thanks!
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Yeah ,I was curious about how much would I have to pay to have it hauled.and yes the pacific NW roads rocks,
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Yeah ,I was curious about how much would I have to pay to have it hauled.and yes the pacific NW roads rocks,
You can ship a bike anywhere for about $500 - I got my 630 out to San Diego from Chicago for $450 in a bike specific trailer with the front wheel in a chock and covered

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Yeah ,I was curious about how much would I have to pay to have it hauled.and yes the pacific NW roads rocks,
Ah... Yeah, around $500 seems to be the going rate for bike transportation.

I can't commit to anything just yet, but I might be able to bring your bike with me. My two bikes get preference inside my trailer, so it would depend on how and where we could make your and my b-friend's bike fit. Of course, if it arrives to you would depend on how much I like it. Again, I can't commit right now though. Just an idea.
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Hi everyone,

I made the move here in October and have been having a lot of fun in the snow, even though it waited a long time to come. Now that the weather is starting to get better, I'm going to want to get back on two wheels as much as possible. My question for those who commute on their bikes is, where do you put your I-Pass on your bike? Do they have bike-specific transponders that aren't the huge brick they give you for your car?

Thanks!
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Welcome to the site, first of all. Second, welcome to Chitown :-)

For your I-Pass, you can register your bike on the I-Pass website. Once your bike is registered to your I-Pass account, you can leave your I-Pass at home. The scanner will pick up your bike and info and match it to your registered account. So no problems, leave that thing at home!

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Welcome to the site, first of all. Second, welcome to Chitown :-)

For your I-Pass, you can register your bike on the I-Pass website. Once your bike is registered to your I-Pass account, you can leave your I-Pass at home. The scanner will pick up your bike and info and match it to your registered account. So no problems, leave that thing at home!
True that. Leave that shit at home. No big deal as long as ur vehicle is registered under it. Oh, and welcome


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Yeah leave it at home as others have said. Also alot of times ur bikes will not trip the sensors when you go through the toll as it is set off by the weight of the vehicle. Next time you drive through the open tolling lanes look at the pavement (while on ur bike) and you will see them. If you ride the white lines that devide the lanes you can avoid the snesors thus avoiding the toll ;-)
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Ha! Awesome! Thanks for the information, inside scoop, and welcomes!

Looking forward to meeting you all at some point.
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So where in Chicago did you end up?
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I live near Chain of Lakes State Park and I work in Deerfield, so north and even more north!
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