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Mopeds

Succasunna, NJ
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Mopeds

If you wanted to familiarize yourself with riding mopeds in Bermuda, (aside from any training course the rental agency may provide), is there an easier part of the island to travel? A less busy time? Some roads are more narrow than others and some less traveled. It would make sense to get acclimated in that type of environment before heading into Hamilton or some other winding mess.

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It pretty much depends on where you rent you motor scooters. Even if there is little or no room to practice at the rental location itself, you can always find an open space, parking lot or quiet, lightly trafficked street or road somewhere close by to practice before heading too far out into traffic. If you can't see such a space from the rental location, someone at the rental location can direct you to one nearby. You just have to ask

Insofar as less narrow or less traveled roads, you'll find that beyond the relative confines of downtown Hamilton, Bermuda's roads are much alike in general. Try to ride on the '..inside..' 1/3-1/2 of your lane (depending on relative width of the lane and prevailing road and traffic conditions), try to 'keep-up' with general traffic (neither too fast nor too slow), pay attention to what's going on around you but NEVER turn your head to look behind you. and...***NEVER***...***EVER***...***NEVER***... try to '..force an issue..' by turning or stopping suddenly when you come upon a turning that you need/want to make or a place that you want to stop un-expectedly. If this occurs, simply ride on until you come to a place where you may stop safely, turn around and ride back to the turning or place. And bear in mind that in addition to driving on the '..wrong..' side of the road...you're natural instincts will be tuned to '..look the wrong way..' for oncoming traffic. So ALWAYS look BOTH ways before turning, pulling out into traffic...as well as just crossing a street or road on foot. (Turns out, mom was right...go figga'??)

N Plainfield
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If you arrive on the weekend, the roads will be much quieter. This will give you some time to practice. Perhaps you could use a quiet corner of the hotel's parking lot to practice using your mirrors, making turns, stopping (put both feet down!), even parking the bike can be tricky (locking it correctly and getting it up on the stand). Being you are from NJ, you are no doubt familiar with traffic circles. They are called roundabouts here but the rules are basically the same. Those already in the circle have the right of way. You must wait your turn and give way to those entering from your right (?). Most Bermudians (over age 21 or so) are patient with visitors. The rental scooter and helmet "warns" them where we are on the road. They may pass you when they can, just move to the right if you see someone edging up. There is nothing like the freedom having a bike affords you. Just use common sense and take your time. There are long stretches on the south side where you can have the road practically to yourself (especially Sunday mornings!). By the way, we ALWAYS use a taxi if there is to be anything stronger than ginger beer consumed. Nighttime scootering is a whole different experience.

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If you move to the right when someone is trying to pass you, look out !!! Remember you are driving on the left side of the road.

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If you ride in that '..inside..' 1/3-1/2 of your lane, there will usually be more than enough room for another motorscooter or motorcycle to pass you safely (an discourage the occasional 'kamikaze' from trying to pass you on the inside/left) and provide automobiles sufficient roadway to go by when the on-coming lane is clear. Don't be '..wandering..' around in your lane, moving farther '..inside..' (to the left or '..outside..' (to the right) when someone is trying to pass. There's too great a risk that you will either run onto an un-paved edge (most roadway '..shoulders..' will be un-paved / un-even...and may cause you to lose control)...or... 'zag' by mistake when you were supposed to 'zig'.

For the most part, the overwhelming majority of local drivers '..understand..' their roads and accept (if not always like) sharing them with tourists on rental motor scooters. They no more want to take the time and aggravation filling out accident and insurance claim reports...than you want to be the subject of 'em. But bear in mind that these are the roads and traffic '..patterns..' that they're used to on a daily basis. Traffic usually travels at a significantly slower pace in Bermuda and following distances tend to be 'closer' than many visitors are used to. What's often considered'..tailgating..' to a tourist is just everyday '..driving..' in Bermuda.

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