Motorcycle Friendly Sims for Riding
Well, now that you got that shiny new piece of metal between your legs, where in Second Life are you going to take it?
Unfortunately, not all of us have the luxury of owning our very own sim with winding roads to tour around on at a whim. Sandboxes, while fairly open places with plenty of room to rez motorcycles on, tend to be way too laggy to do any real fun riding around. Fortunately, there are a good number of sims that were made just for riding around in. Everything from winding country roads to racetracks that will clock your time down to tell you how fast you were going. Below is a list of such places as well as a little info on what you can expect to find there, whether they be local stores, spots of interest, or specific rules one might need to follow. This list, like a lot of things, is subject to change so keep an eye on it!
Note: Other good places to do some riding include many of the motorcycle shops listed here. While not all of them offer it, quite a few are located usually right beside a road, or have a nearby track available to ride around in.
777 League Racetrack – Located on a full sim, this city’s streets encircle a mall and dance club. Race tracks are situated interestingly up in the sky, with roads winding up and around to each of a number of different race tracks. Tracks feature different layouts, as well as timers to clock how fast you complete a lap. The ground floor mall includes stores for bikes, cars, clothing, and other odds n ends. There’s usually a number of commercial spaces available to rent in the mall as well.
Aero Pines Park & Recreation Area – Coming out of the basement/store landing point, one will find a calm, winding road which you can motor about in at a relaxing pace. Nearly all vehicles are welcome here, including planes and horses.
Amber Raceway – Located on a quarter sim, this racetrack is friendly for all vehicles. A drag strip and dirt track are also available for use. Times are clocked so you can test your speed and skill. Located within the center of the raceway is a mall of race related stores selling everything from different vehicles, to clothing and accessories. Also home to T&S Motors (link located in the Motorcycle Shops Page).
BGSU Interaction Island – Here you’ll find a winding race track that encompasses a good portion of the sim. Vehicles of all kinds are welcome on the road here for your enjoyment. If you don’t have a vehicle, a car can be rezzed to try the track out.
Borderland Raceway – There’s plenty to choose from with five different tracks as well as a bumper car/demo track. Tracks available to ride are themed from a desert, canyon, polar, oval, and drag strip. A teleport sits nearby the landing point to take you to the various tracks with a few vendors also standing nearby. If you don’t own a vehicle yet, a car rezzer sits close at hand so you can test the tracks out.
BWoR Radio Hideout - A nice, quite, country/mountain road winds around this sim making for a relaxing ride with some nice roadside scenery. The same road also has a timer on it if you wish to test your riding skills and speed through it at a breakneck pace. If you take to riding around at a slower pace, there’s plenty to see and discover, with a number of little stops along the road to rest your butt after a bit of riding.
Corse GP – An open, full sim racing track open to all vehicles. A few of Hanzo’s street racers are available to use on the track if you don’t have your own, and the crowd itself seems to be made up primarily of racers. The track is fast and provides a timer as well to show you your lap times and help improve your racing.
Coyote Bikers – Featuring 3 full sims of roads to ride your bike on, be sure to check the rules upon dropping down on the landing point. Roads have a country, hill, suburban feel to them, and are pleasant to ride around. Residences line some roadways and are available to rent. Also home to the Coyote Bikers store and club where you’ll find plenty of bikes to peruse as well as a small mall just outside of the bike shop. An automated tour can also be found just up a few steps outside the entrance to the bike shop, and teleports to various areas on the sims are available roadside.
Cross Roads Rest Area – If you like to do some sightseeing while you do your riding, one thing many people overlook is the mainland. A number of “highways” crisscross around the Second Life mainland going through sim after sim. The bigger problems with this is finding a decent place to rez your vehicle as well as the numerous sim crossings one has to overcome as they move from sim to sim. This “rest area” provides a spot to not only rez your bike, but allows access to two mainland roads for you to explore.
The Crossroads – Winding old town streets crisscross this sim with the surroundings giving a very old, backwoods, country town feel. A teleport to the rez area is located near the landing point which also takes you to a nearby group joiner sign. In order to rez your bikes for riding, you’ll be required to join their group, so have a free slot ready if you wish to ride. Also home to the House of Tunes, a popular jazz/blues/rock club.
DC Glide Estate - Features a winding road that not only is fun to ride, but is also timed like a race track. A dragstip is also on sim for those that like to pour on the speed. Plenty of shops to wander around in to do some shopping when your virtual arse gets sore from all the riding. Home of Drillosmaster Coba’s own motorcycle builds.
Deep South Choppers Sim – Recently, Deep South Choppers moved and opened an entire new sim dedicated to both their store as well as motorcycle riders from all over. Three different tracks provide different levels of riding difficulty along with fun ramps to jump and places to just chill and relax. With all the places to explore, it’s easy to get caught up lose whatever stress you might have collected throughout the day.
H8 Motors Track – Home to H8 Motors (see Motorcycle Stores), this sim features a timed oval track right outside the motorcycle shop that’s pretty self-explanatory. The real treat is nearby the rezzing area, where you can enter a long winding tunnel which you can really open up on. Exiting the tunnel brings you to a number of easy to ride roads as well as well as a fairly open “dirt” track.
H.S.C.C. Road Rage – Despite the name, this riding sim was nice and quiet during the times that I took my own cycles there. Located adjacent to the sim the H.S.C.C. main store is located, a winding road makes good use of the sim’s space, winding around as well as up and down. If you can stomach the sim crossing, you can drive back through to the main store which also has a road of its own.
Karyn’s Motorcycle Parts & Supply – Although the most notable feature of this area is Karyn’s huge store, there’s plenty of space and roads to drive around. Shops line some of the roads, with plenty of spaces to rent, and some areas just to chill out and relax. With Karyn’s store so close by, also a great place to test out those new bike builds!
Lil SLurgis – Three paved sims available to riders (two sims open to all, whilst the third is open only to Lil Sturgis members). Home to HD Custom Cycles (see builder list) as well as an open concert/stage area for events, a small shopping area, and a biker themed strip club. Live music and DJs are regularly available for entertainment. Lil SLurgis remains neutral in light of the numerous MCs (Motorcycle Clubs) around Second Life with any and all being welcome.
Motor Island – Located nearby F.A.B.’s main store, on the sim next door, Motor Island features winding mountan roads to ride almost any vehicle you wish to rez. A drag strip is also available on sim to race against friends, or to enter regularly scheduled events. Spots are scattered around this sim for those that just wish to have a seat, relax and chew the fat with others. A schedule of concerts to be held on the sim can be located on the notice board amongst other tidbits of info.
Motorworld – An entire sim with winding country roads, dedicated to motorcycle riding with a strict “No Car” rule. A big favorite with bikers from all over, this free-to-ride area is just one of 11 sims dedicated to motorcycle riding and bikers. Some of the connecting sims, however require entry into the Regent Riders group (L$250 fee) to access. On this particular sim, one can find areas to relax, fish, and of course ride. MLCC maintains two vendors here to purchase their bikes. As a bonus, if you don’t own a bike, you can take one of the many MLCC bikes out for a test spin. Being a favorite for many, there’s almost always people around to meet, observe, chat, and ride with.
Muse Isle Speedway - A simple, small track can be found here that’s open to all vehicles. A timer keeps track of your laps and a small club can also be found on the premises.
NRRA – The Nina Roar Racing Association provides the public with an oval and dirt track, timed to show your skill. Their biggest draw is their drag strip, with plenty of their own wares dedicated to the sport. Group members compete in prizes upwards of L$40k.
Racers Island Raceway – Eight full size tracks, from street to dirt, are available for a variety of vehicles to race on. Timers keep track of your lap time, and free equipment can be found if you don’t have any of your own. A large mall will be where you normally first land on the sim, with plenty of vehicles, race related clothing, and gear to choose from. Teleports to the various tracks can also be found there.
Road Runners MC – Also home to Rusty Wheels Cycles and the Rusty Wheel club, this sim provides some nice straight roads for touring around in. Low in lag (at least the times that I was there), it makes for a great place to test out a new ride and give it a little tweaking.
Sands Biker Sim – Home to a number of bike builders, this area consists of eight full sims all interconnected with roads and available to ride. There are lots to explore with places to shop, fish, race, and even two full water sims. Both commercial and residential areas are available for rent as well.
Second Life Motorcycles-Rez Zone – This little rez zone is actually right off where I make my home in Second Life, which lies just at the end (or beginning) of Route 7 on one of the mainlands. You’ll find a small store with some bike vendors (and even a couple demos if you want to test out a bike) along with a small area where you can rez your ride and hit the sights along the road. If sightseeing down one of the mainland routes is one way you like to pass the time, this place is as good as any for a start. Feel free to say hello if I happen to be hanging around too!
Spiral Road Island – Featuring a very interesting, winding, hillside track, an oval racing track, and a drag strip, this sim is open to all types of vehicles. Timers are on hand to track your performance and let you know how well you’re doing. Demo vehicles are available trackside if you don’t have one of your own to ride. Vehicles to purchase are located in a small mall, as well as stores to rent if you wish to sell your own wares.
Sweet Exile – A recently opened riding sim courtesy of Cameron Couturier and Six Denimore, you’ll find an easy to ride, winding road with plenty of picturesque scenery to whiz by. Home to the Exiled Club (run by Janay Mullen), Six Shooter Custom Graphics, Six Shooter Custom Cycles, and a smattering of other stores, there’s plenty to do if you want to rest your behind between bike rides. The sim features a nice, low lag riding experience, with Cameron (or Six) usually on hand to alleviate any problems if they do happen to arise. Plenty of hidden hangouts also dot the sim in case you’re looking for a out-of-club place to sit and chat with friends or people you meet on the road. Definitely a place to check out if you’re looking for something new and off the beaten path to ride. Just make sure to leave the cars at home, this is BIKE ONLY!
Thunder Road – Featuring a single track that winds around a sim, the ride is smooth, scenic, and quite relaxing. A drag strip is also available for drag racing as well as shopping strewn about at different points on the main road. A club sits itself here as an entry point to the sim. I didn’t view any demo or freebie bikes, so you’ll definitely want to bring one of your own.
Volcano Island Biker Sim - Recently up and running and ready for you to tear it up atop a motorcycle. With a decidedly islandish look which sets it apart from a lot of other sims, there’s plenty of roadway to ride around in as well as places to shop. If you’re looking to mingle with a few people off the road, pay a visit to Eruption, with live DJs, scheduled events, and more!
WTC Memorial & Statue of Liberty – Got the urge to cruise the city streets? Brought to you by the same people who brought about Motorworld, the streets here remain available to bikes as well as cars. Just keep your weapons at home. With one sim deep in downtown “NYC” with plenty of shops, clubs, and even a few familiar landmarks to peruse while you ride. A connected sim features a little more open, highway like roads to ride on.