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Old 03-09-2011, 10:09 AM   #101
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Originally Posted by honorsdaddy View Post
I don't know. Why do so many people get excited over getting naked with a friend, putting themselves in all sorts of positions, getting all hot sweaty and sticky just for 20-30 minutes of fun on average?

Just because you're bored with it - doesnt mean the rest of us are
At least doing that you at the end. Riding to work what happens? You get're clamy, and then you have 8 hours of labor in front of you.

In short: your comparison fails.
A motorcycle is a joy machine. It's a machine of wonders, a metal bird, a motorized prosthetic. It's light and dark and shiny and dirty and warm and cold lapping over each other; it's a conduit of grace, it's a catalyst for bonding the gritty and the holy.

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Old 03-09-2011, 10:25 AM   #102
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Originally Posted by less_than_coop View Post

Ive been riding for 10 years and motorcycles ARE still that awesome to me.

the ride home makes it worth it. WAY better then the truck. and on those really nice days the ride home MAY increase from a 15 min ride to a good hour commute..
That may be your first bike....but its not your last....
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Old 03-09-2011, 10:33 AM   #103
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I would ride every day that I could. I have a 55 mile one way commute. At 18mpg in the truck or 40mpg on the bike its a noticeable difference for me. thats about 600 gallons a year in the truck and 260 in the bike. 340 gallons at $3.50 a gallon is $1200, thats a lot of groceries, or its an entire year of home owners insurance, or better yet its 3000+ rounds for my ar-15.

Commuting on the bike is not fun at all, but a bike for me is transportation AND a hobby. I honestly cannot afford hobbies like cars and bikes unless they can benefit me in multiple ways. It sucks but its the way the budget works here. It is all about what is important to you. I feel it is a waste of money to spend more than needed to get from one place to another. Especially since I do NOT work in an office and will sweat most days at work anyway.
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Old 03-09-2011, 11:52 AM   #104
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My 2008 WeeStrom gets me about 55mpg both at highway (at legal speeds) and city driving. However I am driving most of the time due to
a) Driving requirements of my company asking for a car for travel to business meetings (which I have every second day or so)
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c) Houston traffic (no HOV lanes in my way to work)
d) Diesel trucks in stop and go traffic...
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Old 03-09-2011, 12:02 PM   #105
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my 2 favorite commuters that i have had were my 01 sv650 and a 94 miata
the sv was more comfortable, but the miata had a roof when i needed one
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Old 03-09-2011, 01:44 PM   #107
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Originally Posted by po-po 5.0 View Post
I am still amazed that, after having had a bike for years, people still get excited to fold themselves in half, put their elbow on the tank, and hold steady throttle for 20 minutes in the HOV lane on the freeway.

How is that kind of riding exciting in the slightest? Motorcycles aren't THAT awesome.
I still don't understand why anyone would want to fold themselves in half and put their elbow on the tank EVER. Riding a bike with clip-ons and stiff suspension on the street is like trying to play basketball with boots on.
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