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Mercer Island Wake Up Call

Distance: 33.2 Km / 20.7 Mi Duration: 00:27:42

I have dubbed this ride the "Wake Up Call" as I set out just before 7 AM and the Cobra 2-1 pipes are obnoxiously loud. I haven't gotten much saddle time in the V-Star other than commuting to work so I wanted to take her out to see how she handled. Mercer Way provided the perfect setting for this.

Mercer Way is a residential road lined by million dollar+ mansions that winds around the island. The 25-30 MPH speed limit keeps things relatively calm, but as I observed many fancy European luxury and sports cars back out of hidden driveway at seemingly freeway speeds, an open throttle may not be the best idea.



NOTE: Photo not mine

The low speed limit would make this an ideal route for a novice rider, or intermediate rider with a new bike, to begin getting more intimate with the way their bike and the roads dance together. Rolling the throttle through the turns was smooth and only a couple of times did my sport riding show through and I may have taken a turn or two faster than the V-Star foot pegs were comfortable with.

All in all a nice ride that I will surely ride again, maybe at a time more preferable to the residents. Mercer Island does have a few coffee shops, restaurants, and parks to provide amenities if needed.

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