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Old 03-05-2011, 09:39 AM   #61
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How about this economic idea. Sell that huge gas guzzling truck/suv. Buy a cheap economy car with "cash". Now, look at how much you save in just payments and insurance every month. Drive the car and bike 50/50 and do the math. The savings will be a real shock.

For me, I had a new Pontiac Sunfire, payments $350 a month and ins $100 a month. Thats $450 a month for a car I was not driving. It sat in my driveway with a cover on it for weeks at a time. I was riding the bike as much as possible (75%) to save on fuel cost and time commuting.

I sold the car and invested in better water proof/cold gear, tail pack and heated grips. I started riding 100% of the time. The way I figure it I saved about $10K in two years.

I kept an extra change of cloths at the office and I did not wear my office cloths under my gear, folded in my tail back or side bags. When I got to work I changed into my work cloths in the bathroom. When I lost my office job and went back to be a wrench, that was not an issue anymore.
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Old 03-05-2011, 09:41 AM   #62
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I've been riding to school in good weather, but the ride is short and the traffic is light even during rush hour. It is more fun to ride in, even if it is mostly surface streets; also it is 1000x easier to park at UH on a bike.
couldn't say it better myself
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Old 03-05-2011, 10:02 AM   #63
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I've found that I can double the life of a rear if I don't downshift/wind the motor down at every single light.

If I'm coming up to a light where it's obvious I have to stop I'll pull the clutch and leave it in back shifting to the appropriate gear as I slow but leaving the clutch in.

I mean it's literaly doubled the rear life....

I'm with you on that. I'm usually in 2nd or 3rd when I'm approaching a light so just disengaging the clutch, popping it into 2nd, then easing on the front brake makes for a nice gentle stop (on the tires at a minimum).
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Old 03-05-2011, 01:14 PM   #64
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don't think I could even have gone to UH w/o a bike.
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Old 03-05-2011, 01:19 PM   #65
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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.
....your not serious are you ??
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Old 03-05-2011, 01:20 PM   #66
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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
thats more like it
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don't think I could even have gone to UH w/o a bike.
I didn't know what I was missing the last two years. I swear to that new parking lot has just made things worse.
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Old 03-05-2011, 01:35 PM   #68
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I might soon know what it is to do a serious commute, spring to U of H... Unless I decide to move to midtown to make the commute easier
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Midtown to UH is a cinch. Jefferson turns into a spur that leads directly to the campus. There is a similar spur exiting campus then going straight to St. Joseph Parkway.
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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.
I think its more about the love of riding for me. I commute for more than just economics. I ride this r6 to work as much as I can, plus I save on gas more than my truck. I think that its a great way to look forward to going and leaving work. I get to ride almost 4-5 times a week.. It just depends on the time you leave for work too.. It sometimes gets me thru traffic quicker especially when I can go the long way home..
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Midtown to UH is a cinch. Jefferson turns into a spur that leads directly to the campus. There is a similar spur exiting campus then going straight to St. Joseph Parkway.
Oh yea, unless I stay in spring, then it will be more of a serious commute.
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I drive less then 3 miles to work. From 1960 and Kyukendahl to Spring Cypress and Kyukendahl, no turns..other then out of my driveway an into the shops driveway; and just that little 3 mile straight line is a bike death trap. The rush hour is f*cking silly. Every time I do take the bike to work I almost die, almost get rear ended, pushed off the road, etc. I wouldnt even consider it for a real 'commute' across town.
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I am probably the only person that enjoys riding with cars and even in traffic. It's a visceral feeling smelling brake pads, coolant, oil, the sights and sounds of cars nearby. Yes its more dangerous but it's also a learning experience. I would dare say I learned more riding in dangerous traffic than at a trackday.
I like it. I enjoy the ride. When it gets really hot it's less enjoyable, of course, but my office has a relaxed dress code so that's a plus.

The difference between my truck and my bike is about $65/week.

I've used a few different bikes for commuting over the years. From HD's to a GSXR. The DRZ does it the best for me. Makes going to work fun.
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Sound like me, I slam my rear brake and slide to a stop, I find it amusing. With street tires sounds like a car locking up the brakes.
My parking spot at work has a blackish 2-3' long strip where I lock the rear the last couple feet...



When I first started riding after almost 20 year hiatus and after racing forever
I was chirping the rear tire on every downshift .... I was only getting
2-3K miles out of a rear before they looked like a brick....

It finaly dawned on me why and I quit it....

Now I am getting 6+K and this last set, Michilen Activ (skinny old man bike tires) I have 10K on the rear and it's just now squaring off really bad, not to the TWI yet but close....

Now I need to do a cost per mile and see if I should replace them with the same....

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I have a 1977 308 GT4. Definitely is cheaper to run on a daily basis (provided no engine downtime) but I can't imagine driving it while I've got a motorcycle right there. Rain does not faze me. My outdoor temp cut off is 20 degrees.

100% motorcycles all the way.
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According to my dash, that's what I get at cruising speed. (65-75mph at around 6kRPM)

My round trip to work each day is 70 miles, I do that 6 days a week. That's 420 miles a week. My tank holds 4 gallons, I fill up twice a week and still have fuel to run errands on sunday.
then you have, singly, the most fuel efficient 600 class supersport in the history of the world. I have never heard of an R bike getting that kind of economy.
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I drive less then 3 miles to work. From 1960 and Kyukendahl to Spring Cypress and Kyukendahl, no turns..other then out of my driveway an into the shops driveway; and just that little 3 mile straight line is a bike death trap. The rush hour is f*cking silly. Every time I do take the bike to work I almost die, almost get rear ended, pushed off the road, etc. I wouldnt even consider it for a real 'commute' across town.
If his commute is anythign like this.....yea, he's serious.
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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.
no you don't . I had a 675. you get about 40mpg
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my bike gets around 35 mpg, my car gets around 33 mpg. not a huge difference between the two. if it's a short trip i rather drive since putting on a jacket, helmet, ear plugs, gloves, boots, and pulling the bike out take around 10 minutes alone. putting on some tennis shoes and jumping in the car takes around 30 seconds.
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