A few hints on riding in the city:
- Never take your fingers off that front brake
- Watch out for the cabs they can be over 50% of the traffic
- An empty cab will cut across 3 lanes of traffic to pick up a fare
- A cab with a fare will go fast as possible and switch lanes for any opening in traffic
- Stay away from cars with out of state plates, they are an accident waiting to happen
- Most cab drivers come from other nations and are not strict observers of the rules of the road
- Most cab drivers are OK with you splitting the lane while stopped at a light since that’s how it is back home for them
- A bus will cut back into traffic from a stop whenever the driver feels like
- Do not follow too closely to traffic the city has very deep pot holes that will suddenly appear from beneath the car in front of you
- Be careful when changing lanes pavement in nyc is very uneven due to all the traffic
- Garbage trucks often leave greasy patches all over the road, especially at the corners of intersections
- There is no right turn on red anywhere in the city
- There is no lane splitting but city cops are often too busy to bother
- NYPD highway cops are much more strict about enforcing rules so watch out on the West Side highway, FDR, BQE, etc…
- Know your bridges and tunnels, some are free and some are up to $10 to cross
- Get an EZ-Pass for when you do have to pay tolls
- Join the AMA, NYC is in District 34
Some route info and real time updates can be found at NYC Roads.
Motorcycle Roads and Sunday Morning Rides both a web pages for New York and cover everything in the Empire State.
Another old classic site with great rides around NYC is Road Twist.
Also: take a look at Schools to find a track day or track school!