Motorcycles in STT?
My wife and I are at the beginning of considering a move to STT, and I'm just curious as to whether motorcycles are common there. I'm an avid rider (Harley), and I would consider shipping my bike to the island if it would be of use/advised. I checked Craigslist and noticed that there were almost no motorcycles. Is there any kind of motorcycle culture on any of the islands?
We will be visiting STT in April, but I figured I'd ask here first.
One thing to keep in mind - St. Thomas is a small island only some 32 sq. miles in total area. After you’ve driven around the island a couple of times you’ve pretty much “been there, done that” so you won’t be finding too many new places to trek to on your bike.
Other than that “limitation” and being wary of potholes there’s no reason why you shouldn’t bring your Harley.
If you have a death wish, bring it.
Our potholes are crater deep, the are no sides walks except in town and a small portion of Red Hook, STT is mountainous, narrow, steep roads and sharp, steep corners with drop offs on one side, gullies or embankments on the other.
There are very limited street lights operational on our roads at night, after our 2 hurricanes.
I won't mention "idiot drivers!"
Be sure you have good healthcare insurance but you won't be able to get any unless your employer provides it.
Buy a nice, high off the ground vehicle with 4 wheels and a strong engine, enjoy a better driving experience and survive, intact.
STX is definitely more motorcycle-friendly than STT. There is a loose-knit group of Harley riders on both islands. Maintenance can be challenging if you don't do it yourself. You definitely need to be a skilled rider on STT, not just a weekend warrior.
The cautions from those who don't ride are well-intended, and they are important considerations but not barriers for those of us who do.
I've probably seen at least 5 tourist/scooter accidents here on STT.
These poor tourists have no clue.
It's not like renting one in Burmuda.
Our steep terrain, curvey, slick roads abundant potholes and idiot drivers are not conducive for those unfamiliar to driving a scooter or motorcycle.
I'm surprised there aren't more accidents. Or murder by wives after being dumped and bloody with road rash!