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Old 10-14-2010, 11:37 PM   #1
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any full time riders out there?

after thanksgiving I'll be giving my car back to my rents because it's better there than rarely being used by me on campus.

just want to know if there are any full time riders (only means of transportation) out there and what tips do you guys have for different situations regarding weather, needing luggage room when going to the store, etc..

only thing that really concerns me right now is it doesn't seem like my R6 has any leaks or anything but I do smell like "outside" real bad after I ride, and my jeans can surely back that up. it's like a combination of the smell of the polluted air and gasoline mixed together. should i just keep cologne in my trunk at all time? haha.
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Old 10-14-2010, 11:49 PM   #2
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that's the smell of glory my friend, but if you want to mask it carry axe I guess lol. My bike is all I have. I do live with my fiance who has a car but I rarely need it. My philosophy is if I can't fit it in my backpack, I don't really need it. Buy a good water resistant backpack, keep your jacket liner in there, as well as a tire gauge. I check the weather frequently so I can plan my day accordingly, and I carry a hat everywhere for helmet hair
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Old 10-14-2010, 11:53 PM   #3
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Old 10-15-2010, 12:03 AM   #4
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Old 10-15-2010, 12:52 AM   #5
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yeah its a good idea to be ready for the random weather in houston. i ride everyday and everywhere. i been stuck in rainy days and just rode thru it soaken wet, i personally dont care as long as i dont wreck. so jus ride carefully. a durable backpack/tankbag will help with luggage. Ive ridden with handfulls of walmart groceries on my handlebars whenever necessary haha
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Old 10-15-2010, 01:16 AM   #6
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If all I had was my bike I'd give myself options like this....

http://www.motohouston.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=114981

weather proof and you can put your groceries in it..... I hate riding around with a bag on my back...
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Old 10-15-2010, 02:29 AM   #7
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Had a car, decided to sell it because a bike is much more fun. And I dont really have much further than around the corner to school to go. But I would just say keep a backpack. I have a large camelbak and it holds everything I really ever want/need.

If it is raining, large ziplock bags work wonders.
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Old 10-15-2010, 06:55 AM   #8
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I am probably one of the few "no back pack" fans on this board.
I HATE the weight on my back. I have a very long bungie that goes under the rear of my seat and I have a helmet bag with my lunch kit inside, spare visor and will hold a grocery bag full of stuff. When I need more I strap the back pack on the rear and when I need even more I wear the back pack and strap the helmet bag on the rear. I strap 18 packs of beer and 20 lb bags of dog food back there.

You'll need a assortment of gear and when it gets cooler nothing beats a
actual winter riding suit. I know some people won't wear them because they
are all about the looks but those are usually the same people who cage
because it's wet and cold.

I ride 35*F and up raining, 30*F and up dry.

+1 on the zip lock baggies, you'll loose a phone or 3 from water if you arent
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I usually fab up some sort of wind blocks in the winter, just something to keep the cold air off my legs. Buy some electric gloves and a good leather jacket, or all electric suit (expensive but well worth the money ). Wind jammers for your helmet and a leather half face mask. Stay away from mesh and similar products, you want to block the cold.
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Old 10-15-2010, 07:49 AM   #10
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I used to use a expanding tank bag for groceries and such. I too hate weight on my back but sometimes it is unavoidable.
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i recently was a 24/7 all year round rider of about 5 years straight. as u stated and been stated, check weather so u can plan accordingly(sometimes its inaccurate), have plenty of zip lock bags for phone n such, cary tire repair kit so u can limp it if needed to get a replacement, a spare phone charger stored in the bike so incase u get stranded and phone is dead, some save your money just incase, and thats about it. when it gets "cold" its not that bad, its when its "cold" and rainy that really sucks, but still manageable, just use a backpack and bigger bags for change of cloths and you'll be good.



and most important always make sure your bike is in top shape mechanically!

and have full coverage insurance so if any scenario happens u will not be without a ride.
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http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...iece-Suit.aspx


This, it is a bit pricey but it looks to be between that and the joe rocket survivor suit as to what I am going to purchase for wintertime riding.
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I once was a everyday rider because that's all I had at one point. It's not that bad when that's all you have, but the good thing is it doesn't stay too cold for too long down here and as far as the rain it sucked to get soaked but the stinging from it is the worst part of it to me LOL. That and once I had actually had my bikes rear come loose on me and it put my on the ground at about 25-30 mph. Cars had been sitting there previous to me because a car had slid out of control before I was there so the surface was oily and wet and was also going down hill so I went down traveling slowly over it because I knew the conditions but I had no was to go around it one way and the entrance of a tunnel (Washburn). I was fine and the bike had a cage so it was ok. But every since then I hate getting caught in the rain!
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