Hoping i can get some advice from nyc/nj riders.
short version - Is it possible to get out the city while avoiding major freeways/long windy bridges?
I am looking into getting a gts 300 with the hope to use it to get out of the city - day trips in the short term, working towards a longer trips possibly to see family in ohio. I don't typically drive and if i do its just in brooklyn/queens - so even after 10+ yrs in nyc I have no familiarity with how to drive out of the city.
Is getting out of the city possible while avoiding major freeways/long windy bridges?
Looking at google maps - looks like the best option to cross the hudson are the tunnels, but getting out of NJ towards PA or upstate NY seems to require freeways.
I'm a new rider planing for msf course btwn now and spring. Crossing the east river bridges doesn't seem like an issue. I cross them regularly on my bicycle - which is not the same, but makes me familiar w the length and wind.
background (probably not necessary)
Years ago I was wanting to get a scooter but with out off street parking, I couldn't make it make sense to me.
After trying the revel scooters, I again have the itch to get a scooter. Combine that w the pandemic limiting travel options - It feels like a scooter could be worth having. Talking to the sales person at the bk vespa dealership - the revel scooters - and all 50cc scooters - cant cross the east river because they are too slow. So that led me to 150cc, but I'd rather not be looking for a new scooter in a year - as ppl typically do from their first motorcycle. So on to the 300 it is - which also makes me think about it being useful to get out of the city.
But, if i cant get out of the city without a full freeway driving this is probably a non starter. I am also working at home, so no daily commute means owning a scooter could quickly become more time spent parking it/moving it for street cleaning than riding it.