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Old 04-07-2011, 07:08 AM   #21
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My truck is my daily but I ride whenever I can. I would still mostly likely have access to a vehicle when at home in houston (Im at college in Galveston). Since I only have a year of riding experience I figured that by just having a bike at school it would be fun and accelerate my learning curve by riding all the time.
It all depends on a mindset. Your truck is your daily, My bike is mine. I carry full range of gear with me at all times.

I do have a truck, but that only moves when I am going to a construction site ( maybe I should buy a motard for this ) or when I take my daughter to gymnastics.

Other than that I am on the bike....
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Old 04-07-2011, 07:16 AM   #22
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its a giant pain in the after a while.. its fun when the weather is nice... riding in the wind and/or the rain sucks, you'll want to get a rain suit and thats pretty lame but it'll keep you dry and you wont be getting sick every time it freakin rains.

i guess the problem is that you dont have any other option, you have to take the bike. even after a horrendous workout, epic rain, during a storm going to work, when you're super tired, to and from any social adgenda (rain or no rain), you can't transport friends around, you cant buy anything big without asking for help, grocery shopping is really frequent since you cant carry much...

theres a huge list of cons.....
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i guess the problem is that you dont have any other option, you have to take the bike. even after a horrendous workout, epic rain, during a storm going to work, when you're super tired, to and from any social adgenda (rain or no rain), you can't transport friends around, you cant buy anything big without asking for help, grocery shopping is really frequent since you cant carry much...

theres a huge list of cons.....
You have plenty of options, your feet still work, public transportation (while it may be a joke in Houston if you put yourself in the correct place in town it is workable), your friends can transport you around, bicycle, you may even inspire some of your friends how much fun motorcycling is and they should get their own.

How much big stuff do you have to buy on a regular basis and could it be delivered by the store? It has been my exposure that most stores deliver wallyworld has a shipping option and anything from home depot can also be delivered.

With the proper gear you would be amazed at the amount of groceries you can carry. A decent back pack should be capable of carrying 40-50 lbs worth of stuff. I have been using a bag from Chrome for years and it can take two file boxes loaded.
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You have plenty of options, your feet still work, public transportation (while it may be a joke in Houston if you put yourself in the correct place in town it is workable),
sure, if you live in mid-town or downtown and are in walking distance of pretty much everything you need. not likely for anyone outside that area.

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your friends can transport you around, bicycle, you may even inspire some of your friends how much fun motorcycling is and they should get their own.
right, asking your friends to tote your around all the time is going to inspire them to get a bike like you.

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How much big stuff do you have to buy on a regular basis and could it be delivered by the store? It has been my exposure that most stores deliver wallyworld has a shipping option and anything from home depot can also be delivered.
, anything over 24 inches? a $10 lawn chair would have to be delivered. i buy or sell something that barely fits in my car at least once a week. paint? a BROOM? seriously.

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With the proper gear you would be amazed at the amount of groceries you can carry. A decent back pack should be capable of carrying 40-50 lbs worth of stuff. I have been using a bag from Chrome for years and it can take two file boxes loaded.
4 cans of soup, cereal box, half gallon milk, steaks, chicken, veggies and thats pretty much full capacity. weight is a problem with liquids like milk, juice, bottled water, beer, gatorade, wine, etc.. but also available real estate is a problem, lightweight groceries and that up space like cereal boxes, bread, eggs, etc.. can be problematic. not to mention that is weighing your down the whole ride back.

i made it work for about 6 months, its plenty feasible but IMO it isn't really worth the trouble.
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Old 04-07-2011, 08:50 AM   #25
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sure, if you live in mid-town or downtown and are in walking distance of pretty much everything you need. not likely for anyone outside that area.
I guess that is why they have bus stops and busses out side of the beltway, no one takes the bus.

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, anything over 24 inches? a $10 lawn chair would have to be delivered. i buy or sell something that barely fits in my car at least once a week. paint? a BROOM? seriously.
What are you driving a clown car or one of those rollerskate looking smart 4-2's if paint or a broom barely fit in your car...

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4 cans of soup, cereal box, half gallon milk, steaks, chicken, veggies and thats pretty much full capacity. weight is a problem with liquids like milk, juice, bottled water, beer, gatorade, wine, etc.. but also available real estate is a problem, lightweight groceries and that up space like cereal boxes, bread, eggs, etc.. can be problematic. not to mention that is weighing your down the whole ride back.
I must be doing it wrong, I can't remember the last time I bought, bottled water, cereal or the boxes containing, and chicken. I have managed to squeeze a 12 pack of beer, two bottles of wine, 6 cans of beans, box of rice, tortillas, bread, eggs, juice, shampoo, soap, fruits and veggies into a bag and take it home before.
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I guess that is why they have bus stops and busses out side of the beltway, no one takes the bus.
i have yet to shake hands with a person that rides any form of public transportation in Houston and ive lived here for over 20 years.

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What are you driving a clown car or one of those rollerskate looking smart 4-2's if paint or a broom barely fit in your car...
paint and broom are examples of things not fitting in the backpack. pay attention. how the would paint not fit in any car?

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definitely doing it wrong.
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Did it for about six months. My commute was only about 30 mins, but it really drained me after awhile.

There's no public transportation in the town I'm from. lol
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it gets old real quick, but if you do decide to rely on your bike as your sole transportation definitely need correct gear at all times and good saddle bags and or backpacks.
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Old 04-07-2011, 09:47 AM   #29
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rode over a year with a bike as sole mode of transport... It's doable there are downsides to it but if you like riding then it's not so bad..your gonna need some good friends for days when it's not an option to take the bike... I started on an Ex 250 then moved up to a 600... It's a big adjustment though going back to a cage and traffic after so long on the bike.
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i have yet to shake hands with a person that rides any form of public transportation in Houston and ive lived here for over 20 years.

paint and broom are examples of things not fitting in the backpack. pay attention. how the would paint not fit in any car?

definitely doing it wrong.
Hands are dirty I try not to shake them either, and it looks like your location is Katy. I am unaware of Katy's public transportation options. I do know that there are park and ride's that run from the burbs (I am not sure if Katy qualifies as a burb or is it some other entity) into town and those lines are long at 5pm to cram back into the tube's to be chauffeured back out to the burbs.

I still don't understand how paint or a broom don't fit in a back pack. I was carrying a 1"x2"x6' on Monday so surely a broom would fit, and if a case of beer or two fits in a back pack shouldn't 3 or 4 cans of paint? I could try to use a six year olds dora the explorer back pack so nothing would fit in it, however it would look a little funny on me at a hair over 6' and a hair over 215lbs.

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So either you have a giant 6 ft backpack and look retarded or you have a giant piece of wood sticking up while you were riding, which would also look retarded.
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So either you have a giant 6 ft backpack and look retarded or you have a giant piece of wood sticking up while you were riding, which would also look retarded.
I was wearing my dora the explorer backpack. It is 6' tall and 215ish pounds. Do you have a list of any other things I shouldn't do to look retarded? I would hate to misrepresent motorcyclist's to the public and do something stupid giving all motorcyclists a bad name.
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It makes you not want to ride. Honestly I used to ride in anything, Now I don't ride anywhere unless I have a destination and it's perfect outside. Just makes it feel like transportation and not fun.
I done it for a while & it kind of took the fun out of riding my bike wehn it was my only transportation.
Riding on a weekend is different than commuting or running errands.
Since gas has gone up , I ride my bike to work more ,but come weekends , I find that I won't ride as much if I had ridden to wrk all week.
I have several vehicles in addtition to my bike & I am glad of that.
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I did it for about 4 or 5 months. Just did it on my own for the first two and then my car went kaboom so I that added another few months. I really didn't mind it. My office was 5 miles away and when I went to school I had pole position parking. Just had a tail bag for rain gear. If it started to rain just pull over and gear up. Since I wasn't on the road too much I rarely got caught in a downpour. Really the only time I would have to tough it out was on my way to school. Any other time I could just pull over and chill out for a few until it died down. I was single with no kiddos at the time so I didn't care. Only time it sucked was for a couple of months during the summer. I had a pool at the time though so when I got home I would start peeling off clothes at the front door and dive in that naked. It sucked transitioning back to the car though and having to deal with traffic and parking at school. I still ride my bike if it isn't going to rain. I constantly have to jump my truck because it sits for so long that the battery dies.
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I have once for about 3 months and it SUCKS big blue donkey . One night I had to pick up my GF at work at 2 AM and ride home in 19 degree weather and I forgot the spare helmet. She was wearing the Shoei and I had to wrap my long sleeve shirt around my head and I bought a cheap beanie at a gas station and shades that I put over all that.

All we had was the bike for both of us and it was no fun.

Not to mention all the rain, hail, you name it. Bikes are fun if you use them for fun.
If she didn't dump you after that ride, keep that one. Seriously.
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It all depends on a mindset. Your truck is your daily, My bike is mine. I carry full range of gear with me at all times.

I do have a truck, but that only moves when I am going to a construction site ( maybe I should buy a motard for this ) or when I take my daughter to gymnastics.

Other than that I am on the bike....
Same here man - well no truck, but a backup car.

I put 2000 miles on the car in the last year. Put 18K on the bike...
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Has anyone on here only had a bike as their sole mode of transportation? How was it? Do the cons out weigh the benefits?

Depends on what you want.

If you are a rider who has to be geared up, its a chore, but WELL worth it.

95 percent of my driving since having a license has been a bike. So that's about 20 plus years seat time. It sucks, although, "education thru seat time" is well worth it.

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If you don't have a garage, lock it to something solid, with thich chain, alarm, and bike cover, EVERYTIME.

YOU CAN carry up to 5 full bags of groceries on a bike (sportbike). (One in overstuffed backpack, 2 on the back seat, one on the tank, and one on your lap

Expect to learn how to pack work clothes, and change at work (if you are a cubejockey, and don't live close by.

Expect to get wet
Expect to get cold
Expect to drop it once learning weather driving.
Expect to clean the bike/replace worn parts, a lot more frequently, depending where you are driving, and road conditions.

As soon as the bike is back together I plan on shelving the van, except for kid hauling duties. Akward as it seems, I feel safer in the wet on a bike, than I do in a car on the dry. (I may have a total of 2 years actual cage driving)

Nothing wrong with bike only , but it does make you plan in advance, a lot more. ALWAYS carry a minimalist amount of tools as well as basic first aid kit, tire repair.(if your commute is long) I haven't looked at the other posts yet, so this post may be redundant.
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