Sac Town Land Squids... what's up!?

My wife and I are coming out to sacramento this weekend to look at some houses. We are open to any side of town.

What are your favorite moped friendly neighborhoods?

It all looks pretty rideable tho. We are super excited!

See you all soon.

Yes this is duplicated from off topic as I was unsure where to post originally since this is about houses and the city more than just mopeds in the city. Ha!

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Join The landsquids group on Facebook we’d love to help !

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Most meet ups are in midtown. It’s flat here, and pretty easy to get around on side streets. We got folks out in Roseville, up in natomas, down in Hood on the delta, out in Arden, Elk Grove...it really depends on what you’re looking for and what your budget is.

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Jay Rivett /

No facebook. Whomp whomp🤷‍♂️

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Jay Rivett /

We are looking all over for the right deal. Good chance at one near natoma. Super excited!

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House hunting here is really stupid right now (I've been looking for over a month) after I finally paid off my car and get a pre-approval letter to take this serious. I've made one offer which was outbid by $25k with 100% cash. People are ditching California and trying to get the most out of their homes or people are relocating from the overpriced Bay now making Sacramento overpriced. Desirable houses are selling in 1-2 days. Found a house I liked late Friday but couldn't look at it until Sunday...they already accepted an offer $35k over asking. So right now I'm just adding to my savings and hoping this is another bubble that's about to pop. That or my company makes a decision to allow us to join those people leaving CA. Our seasons are now Winter, Spring (lasts about 3 weeks), Summer, Hell, Hell & Smoke. Welcome to Sacramento!

BTW, I've lived in Natomas for the past 16 years and can't wait to leave it.

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Oh... and you can get around on a moped fine though. Just make sure you're licensed (M1/M2) and have insurance. I've been stopped 4 times over the years. To get to downtown you have three choices... go through Discovery Park and play dodge the homeless encampments, jump onto a freeway (160) off of Northgate for about 1/4 mile (also homeless area), or ride around on regular streets which will add about 20 minutes to the commute. I used to jump 160 every morning and it's not too bad and to get to downtown I always went through Discovery Park. It's a bit sketch at night and make sure you stop at the stupid stop sign. I got ticketed $250 once by a Park Ranger. (edited)

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Jay Rivett /

Thanks for all the what not to do Ken.

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Natomas sucks. I work out there. Convenient for jumping on the freeway and getting anywhere and close to the airport but that’s about it.

Unless you meant Lake Natoma which is like Folsom area, which also sucks and is far from everything.

I’d say West Sacramento is probably a good place to look right now. Ken is right, though, housing is crazy here.

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Jay Rivett /

We found a sweet spot in Natomas. And are snagging it off the market so it is a pretty sweet deal we got into. It looks like the more Hispanic side of Sacramento which is totally cool to me. Only a couple minutes ride to downtown too and some nice neighborhood riding too.

We will be out here by November and in our house not too long after that if everything goes as planned. Super excited. The moped riding looks like it would be sweet. Now I just gotta get my bikes plated, and aparently a motorcycle class license.

We are super excited to be coming out to Cali. I used to live near Tahoe back in the early 2000's and lived down in San Diego after that, so it is nice to be back to stay for a while again!

See you squids soon.

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Sounds like you bought or are buying east of I-5 and South of I-80. That is South Natomas (aka Ghettomas). In the past few months during COVID the gang activity has been pretty heavy along Azevedo and Truxel with several shootouts. There's a reason this area is cheaper. The homeless (home challenged) live along the river banks of the American River and also now along San Juan road (although this one caught on fire a few days ago) and then lurk out into the neighborhoods during the early morning/day going through your trash for recyclables, stealing anything not bolted down, etc. Whatever you do keep your mopeds locked in a garage and lock your car doors. Don't leave anything in your car that you can see. About 6 months ago we had about three straight weeks of people breaking car windows. Lately it's been catalytic converters (mine was stolen about 12 years ago from my driveway). I loved the area when I first moved here because it was so central to everything I needed to be by (work) and easy to jump on the three main freeways (50, 80, 5). But the laws have change in CA and shit is getting bad. There is no deterrent to crime, nobody wants to deal with the mental health/drug abuse crisis, then add the housing and tax issues it's just a mess in my opinion.

Sorry to be a Debbie downer and hopefully you'll have good experience. On a positive note...the moped community here rocks and are very supportive and quite diverse. Although most don't hang out here and are on the facebooks/instagrams so you'll be missing out on ride updates and deals when we get back to being able to do social things. Landsquids are the MA official gang, then there's the Lost Boys who hold an annual rally in February, and we also have an all-girl group the Queens of Noise that throw rides for all occasionally. And there's a whole bunch of people that are not associated with any group that come out and ride with everybody. There's also a huge moped scene in the Bay that most of us are quite close with who come up to all the events and vice versa. You'll also be able to ride pretty much 365 days a year.

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Jay Rivett /

Thanks for all the info Ken. I have lived on many questionable sides of town before. We will be diligent on keeping things buttoned up for sure.

We are excited for the larger scene here as tucson had nothing for mopeds over the last few years. It's tough when you are the moped guru for your city.

Our soon to be new home is just off Northgate and Higgins. We like the neighborhood and feel like we got a good deal on our place. It does have a good 2 car garage which will be for moped shenanigans more than parking a car in. I am excited to get involved with the moped community as much as I can.

My wife does have facebook still so maybe I can make her point person for keeping up with the groups on there.

Super stoked even though we are on crunch time getting everything set to move here at the end of the month.

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Northgate is a little wild but you’ll be fine. I have a few friends over there and a lot of friends who grew up right there. You’re close to the auto parts place and the good panaderias! Northgate will take you to the 160 into downtown, so super easy for you, but it often floods in the winter so you’d have to take the scenic route or throw the bike in a car and jump on the 5 to get downtown.

See ya soon

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Jay Rivett /

Get ready ya'll! Our PODS are being loaded and we will be making our way to Sacramento starting sunday or monday. I got two of my bikes registered here in AZ in hopes that it will make the process easier when I get to Cali.

We dont close on the new house until Nov 18th, so I wont be ready to blast until after that. Super stoked. See you all soon.

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Jay Rivett /

We are fuckin here! We close on our house in a couple weeks. Gonna chill for a bit and ge the lay of the land until we can get to shredding. My wife and I would totally be down for a ride if there are some loaner bikes available until ours are unpacked. We are ready for our new adventures!

What's up with Barbers Shop? The scooter place on 16th I think.

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Welcome to town. Not doing much riding right now with the covid. Barber shop is an old Alfa romeo shop, the guys there have all sorts of cool cars and bikes. Cool place to check out, though there was just a fire in the alley that damaged part of the shop so not sure how bad that was. In the summer they usually have some BBQs and live music and show off some cars. Go check out Shasta and Denis at the vintage monkey on 16th, I think they’re open Sundays. Basically a motorbike Museum.

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> Ken Thomas Wrote:

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> House hunting here is really stupid right now (I've been looking for

> over a month) after I finally paid off my car and get a pre-approval

> letter to take this serious. I've made one offer which was outbid by

> $25k with 100% cash. People are ditching California and trying to get

> the most out of their homes or people are relocating from the overpriced

> Bay now making Sacramento overpriced. Desirable houses are selling in

> 1-2 days. Found a house I liked late Friday but couldn't look at it

> until Sunday...they already accepted an offer $35k over asking. So right

> now I'm just adding to my savings and hoping this is another bubble

> that's about to pop.

It's like that in Columbus too, it's absurd. Houses that sold for $100k in 2010 are being listed for $400k and then selling for $450k within a day. It doesn't make sense considering the pending economic doom we're going to see in the next few months

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Jay Rivett /

Chris,

I figured the covid is putting the keibash on activities but thought I would see what's up anyway. I will definitely stop by Barbers when I can, and the Vintage Monkey as well. I have seen that place a few times driving around as well.

My route from downtown to my new home is 16th to Northgate to el camino. So I pass both those shops... as well as the underpass where there is a large enough homeless encampment to have it's own "coffee shop". I'm assuming it is people that were displaced by the wild fires, cuz it seems tough out here right now for some folks for sure. So sad.

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That camp has always and will always be there. Sac is full of homeless folks, many on the streets due to lack of funding for mental health programs and shuttering of group homes and facilities. Also, a lot of folks get released from jail and are stuck downtown with nowhere to go. If you think the camp under the 160 is big, wait til you see what’s around the corner from vintage monkey. Keep an eye out for mopeds in the camps, we’ve lost a few bikes recently and they usually pop up in the camps. I’m hoping the city gets its shit together and can get some decent outreach and housing plans up and running soon, it’s worse than it’s been in years, probably like you say partially due to the wildfires and due to covid.

Anyway, if you’re on Facebook, join The Landsquids group there. That’s where we post rides, and sometimes on our Instagram.

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Oh and for mopeds you really didn’t need the bikes titled already, just send the CA reg form in. Look it up, it’s in the wiki. If you have scoots/motos, then yeah you will need to do an actual title transfer. You do need a moto license. The test is written, you take the car and motorcycle tests at once, then you do a little ride on their course outback. Usually slalom through the cones then slowly around a circle and back. You need horn, blinkers, lights all that jazz to do it. You can also just take the CHP rider course for like $250-300. It’s a weekend of tests and riding loaner bikes in a parking lot and then you get your license (and a discount on insurance).

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Jay Rivett /

I have a bike that has a horn and brake lights but it never had blinkers. Will hand signals not work for the test? I mean they were never installed on the bike. But it is a good fully functioning bike. It ain't stock tho. Has an aftermarket pipe that would give it away for sure. I do have a stock pipe that I can put back on it if you think that would be a good idea.

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Depends on who you get at the dmv. One friend did it with hand signals on a stock Columbia commuter.

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no groms no blasters /

> Chris Squid Wrote:

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> Depends on who you get at the dmv. One friend did it with hand signals

> on a stock Columbia commuter.

IT ME

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Jay Rivett /

Sweet. I will see what happens. I know my magnum isnt gonna make the cut for the DMV test, but my garelli ssxl should be good.

Thanks guys!

And unfortunately I am not on facebook. It will all work out... or not. Either way I'm super excited to start riding around town!

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Totally normal JBOT /

Ill be setting up a thx giving ride in the east bay.

Just be ready for insane hills

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I took the ride test on my Tomos (not stock) and did hand signals. I think they test you for this regardless.

And no, those people are not due to the fires. Other counties pick up and drop off their homeless downtown. We've had a growing homeless population for the past 10 years. It's getting real bad in every city. Welcome to California. I'm in your area so just hit us up when your bikes arrive.

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Jay Rivett /

Thanks Ken. I will be itching to get out on a ride ASAP. I will probably throw on an old plate from AZ just to buzz around a bit until I get my cali plates going. Paired with my AZ ID, I can just say I'm out visiting for right now. I feel like I didnt even have a plate when I came out for a San Diego rally a while back. But that was a serious group ride.

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out of state plate and ID is fine, you won’t get hassled, you have a while of freedom after moving here before california law locks you down. Hah

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Jay Rivett /

Sweet action! Thanks Chris! 2 more weeks. I dont care what the temperature ends up being. Imma gonna ride.

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Jay Rivett /

Heard a sweet sounding moped blasting by around 8am this morning near 23rd and N.... anyone do this route? Sounded like a kitted bike and if I had to guess, cuz I didnt see it, maybe a hobbit.

Pulled my bikes out of the transport yesterday and might get some gas mixed up today and buzz them around the neighborhood a bit to annoy all of my new neighbors.

I am apprehensive about the crazy ass drivers around town but stupid excited to ride my bikes here.

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