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Otis Palmer : New York to North Carolina

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Interviewer (BMCOA): Otis, thank you for taking the time to talk with us. Let’s start with your background. Where were you born and raised?

Otis Palmer: I was born and raised in New York City, specifically in Brooklyn. It’s where I spent most of my early years, and it’s also where I fell in love with motorcycles.

BMCOA: That’s fascinating. New York City has such a unique culture. How did you get into motorcycle riding in Brooklyn?

Otis Palmer: Growing up in Brooklyn, the streets were always bustling with activity. I was about 16 when I first got into motorcycles. The scene there is vibrant but also very urban. Riding in New York City is an adrenaline rush. You have to be highly aware of your surroundings because the traffic is intense, and the roads can be quite challenging. It’s a mix of dodging cars, navigating potholes, and the occasional street race. There’s always something happening.

BMCOA: That sounds thrilling! You recently moved to North Carolina. What prompted the move?

Otis Palmer: I wanted a change of pace and a bit more tranquility. New York City is exciting, but it can also be exhausting. North Carolina offered a slower pace of life, more space, and different kinds of opportunities, both personal and professional. Plus, the riding experience here is vastly different, which was a huge draw for me.

BMCOA: Speaking of riding experiences, how would you compare riding in New York City to riding in North Carolina?

Otis Palmer: It’s like night and day. In New York, riding is all about navigating through tight city streets and heavy traffic. The roads are often congested, and you’re constantly on high alert. It’s a test of reflexes and urban navigation skills.

In North Carolina, the experience is much more relaxed. The open roads, scenic routes, and less congested highways are a dream for any biker. Here, I can enjoy long, peaceful rides through the countryside and the Blue Ridge Mountains. The landscape is beautiful, with rolling hills and open spaces. The air is fresher, and the pace is slower. It’s more about enjoying the ride and the scenery rather than just getting from point A to point B.

BMCOA: It sounds like you’ve found a perfect balance. How has the biking community been in North Carolina compared to New York?

Otis Palmer: The community in North Carolina is incredibly welcoming. In New York, the community is large and diverse but often spread out due to the city’s size. In North Carolina, the biking community feels tighter-knit. There’s a strong sense of camaraderie among riders here. Clubs and events are more frequent and accessible, and people are genuinely interested in connecting with fellow bikers. It’s a supportive environment, and I’ve made some great friends since moving here.

BMCOA: That’s wonderful to hear. Any advice for bikers considering a move or even just a ride through North Carolina?

Otis Palmer: Absolutely. If you’re looking for a change of pace and some beautiful riding experiences, North Carolina is a great place to be. Take the time to explore the countryside and the mountains. Join local clubs and participate in events. It’s a different world from city riding, but it’s incredibly rewarding. And most importantly, always ride safe and enjoy the journey.

BMCOA: Thank you, Otis, for sharing your experiences. We wish you many happy and safe rides in North Carolina!

Otis Palmer: Thank you! It’s been a pleasure.

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