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Great Write Up. Puerto Rico is a beautiful island but riding a scooter or motorcycle would be quite an adventure.....http://www.ridermagazine.com/travel-...uerto-rico.htm

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Puerto Rico is a beautiful island but riding a scooter or motorcycle would be quite an adventure
I lived there eight years. Owned three different motorcycles during that time but never owned a car. I put a total of about 60,000 miles on them in those eight years, which isn't a lot until you remember that it's an island that's 100 miles by 35 miles. Away from San Juan, there's some great riding in the mountains, as long as you're not looking for high speeds. I realize a lot of people say they'd never ride a motorcycle in San Juan traffic, but my perspective was different. The thing I hated most was driving a car there. Total exercise in frustration trying to get anywhere.

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Been there twice by nuclear submarine in the 80's. Old San Juan Hotel and Casino = $400 in my pocket.

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Good to hear good things about my home island. I grew up and lived most of my adult life in the San Juan metro. Just 30 minutes (without the infamous traffic) from El Yunque. I go back every year to spend time with my wife's and my family. Both my kids and my wife are 100% puertorican since we all were born there. I know exactly the route Motociclista took to get to El Yunque. I used to traverse that road before it was paved and the cross to over the Ria Grande de Loiza was done via a hand pulled ferry or barge. The picture in the magazine that shows the scooter in front of the beach is the area called vacia talega. The rocks at the right of the picture was one of the fishing spots my dad use to take us.



The barge and the ropes where finally removed in the 1980's long after the bridge was up. I also have hiked all the developed and some of the undeveloped trails in the National Caribbean Rain Forest or el Yunque for short.

There are not many motorcycle rentals in the island. For the way some of the locals drive there, some like me think that riding a motorcycle is a death wish. Most roads are by US standard in poor condition. Bear in mind that I say by U.S. standard, for Latin America they are very good.

My nickname Boricua is where locals from the Island are called. The island native name is Boriken later spelled in Spanish as Borinquen therefore the nickname for locas as Boricuas or native from the island of Borinquen.

I used to work at the Bacardi distillery and also worked as a tour guide in old San Juan. If anyone is planning a trip and wants to know more about it just drop me a PM.

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