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Old 03-03-2011, 03:32 PM   #1
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Old 03-03-2011, 03:35 PM   #2
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There's more to vehicle choice than simply the economics of fuel.
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Old 03-03-2011, 03:36 PM   #3
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Old 03-03-2011, 03:39 PM   #4
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i never commute on 2 wheels because i dont really feel safe specially during rush hour traffic. I have a v8 that sucks at gas mileage but still, it makes me feel a lot safer.
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Old 03-03-2011, 03:44 PM   #5
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i used to have to drive from the nw side and be in stinkadena by 8am which would have me in the worst of the downtown traffic. i made sure i would get through dt by 6:30 to keep from sitting in the . would hang out and drink coffee at mickey d's till time to work.
my 1000 gets prolly over 40 mpg's and has the power i need to get me away from tailgaters or zip thru traffic if i encountered it
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Old 03-03-2011, 03:44 PM   #6
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Old 03-03-2011, 03:45 PM   #7
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Old 03-03-2011, 03:45 PM   #8
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ive commuted on the cruiser, the 250, the ss mid-class, the litre bike..

they all have pro's and con's, the 1000 didnt get much better mpg than my car (~32-35) but was the most comfortable and had plenty of power on the highway, the 250 gets badass mileage but doesnt feel safe on the highway and the mid class is kinda uncomfortable for commuting. the 800cc cruiser was probably the best of them between mileage, comfort and power.. but it hurt my lower back with the forward controls. if it wasnt for that i would go back to riding a cruiser to work every day and just keep the others around for casual rides and track days.

economy cars still have airbags, a/c, windshields, etc.. and manage to get 30 - 38mpg and that's pretty competitive with most decent commuter bikes considering the perks.
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There is a very interesting article with a price breakdown over here http://faq.ninja250.org/wiki/I'm_gon...uying_an_EX250
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i never commute on 2 wheels because i dont really feel safe specially during rush hour traffic. I have a v8 that sucks at gas mileage but still, it makes me feel a lot safer.
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AND...tires are more expensive, and just the sheer wear and tear on my bike would me off..

I LOVE MY R6 much more than my yaris!
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Old 03-03-2011, 04:00 PM   #11
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WAIT for that summer heat, then let me know how it feels to show up at work drenched in sweat. I'll keep my car...however, I've been on my wife's about letting me buy another street bike.
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Here's a few reasons why I choose not to commute on a bike.


  1. bike commuting is boring riding. This is entirely subjective though
  2. I work in an office environment. Being "the stinky guy" in the office negatively impacts my career.
  3. I have no way of running errands during the day. Need to pick up a few itmes from the grocery store? Go yourself. You're limited to a backpak, and oh wait.....all your dress clothes are in there
  4. There is no HOV on 610 or 59 (only one way). If you're luck enough that either of these freeways is part of your commute, that advantage dissapears.
  5. Even my tard costs me $90 a month to insure full coverage. By comparison my superduty costs $125. Not much savings.
  6. Need to bring a lunch? Forget it. Well, unless you want to eat something that survives being at room temperature every day for the rest of your life.



All that being said, if I was only 5-10 minutes from the office, I might bike commute. But for your typical, suburbanite, office-working, Houstonian....its just not a good deal.
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AND...tires are more expensive, and just the sheer wear and tear on my bike would me off..

I LOVE MY R6 much more than my yaris!
Nobody loves a Yaris...
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I get about 70MPG, and I'm running BT023s. by the time I replace them I will have gotten at least 12k out of them I've been commuting on this bike every day, about 800mi a week, not including joy rides, since july. Honestly I wouldn't have it any other way.
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Old 03-03-2011, 05:11 PM   #16
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A big chunk of my miles so far have been commuting. Granted, being a new rider, I enjoy it. I am lucky enough to be able to use the HOV both ways as well, so thats a perk. I do think the summer will suck when I get to the office. As for price savings, its hard to say. My F350 can be one thirsty !

At my old company, they had a locker room with showers, etc. That was nice because all the riders would just clean up and change there. Too bad not all companies do this
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I look at it as a adventure. I do have a blue collar job so it's not such a big deal to me but even if I didn't I think I would commute by scooter. They be fun!


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i dont think i could justify taking a shower at work every day because i rode in.
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Old 03-03-2011, 05:26 PM   #19
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lets see i ride to work in the morning 5 miles from home in west houston then from there ride to hobby airport for school at 2pm then back to west houston at 11:30 pm .yeah alot of miles.but i only do this trip 3 times a week on my bike then 2 times a week in my car.total miles a day is 85
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