Despite Bad Traffic, Muscovites Flock to Motorcycles For Moscow's consumer class, the latest fashion is motorcycles and scooters. But the Russian capital may be the least "bike friendly" city in the world. The roads are full of potholes, and traffic laws are widely ignored.
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Despite Bad Traffic, Muscovites Flock to Motorcycles

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Despite Bad Traffic, Muscovites Flock to Motorcycles

Despite Bad Traffic, Muscovites Flock to Motorcycles

Despite Bad Traffic, Muscovites Flock to Motorcycles

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Motorcycles are the latest fad in cash-rich Moscow. Inside the new Harley-Davidson dealership, some models cost more than $50,000. Gregory Feifer, NPR hide caption

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Motorcycles are the latest fad in cash-rich Moscow. Inside the new Harley-Davidson dealership, some models cost more than $50,000.

Gregory Feifer, NPR

For Moscow's consumer class, the latest fashion is motorcycles and scooters. But the Russian capital may be the least "bike friendly" city in the world. The roads are full of potholes, and traffic laws are widely ignored.

Motorcycles were once seen as a means of transportation for rural dwellers. But there has been a sudden explosion of motorcycle use in the city, due to growing traffic issues.

And Harley-Davidsons are the must-have motorcycle for the truly wealthy. In Moscow, Harleys cost almost double what they do in the United States.

It's incredibly dangerous to ride motorcycles in the city. The authorities don't keep statistics on the number of accidents taking place involving motorcycles, but the one traffic policeman says there has been an unmistakable spike in injuries and deaths.