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Old 03-19-2012, 08:46 AM   #21
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Riding or not riding in rush hour sucks period

Beware of those who have the wrong blinker on

It's less dangerous when you stay ahead of the cagers's thought process
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sometimes.

I remember going home form work a few months ago. I was downtown and in the left of four lanes and see lights coming tword me. Sure enough, driver was going the wrong way. I pulled to right corner waving my left hand at him like crazy.

Idiot just waved back, smiled and kept going.

on the HOV it is easy but I had a close call once form the cage behind me who decided he wanted to lane split (in a cage).

The BW8 and others, watch for the lane changers who use no signal and seem to be driving holywood stunt style.
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sometimes.

I remember going home form work a few months ago. I was downtown and in the left of four lanes and see lights coming tword me. Sure enough, driver was going the wrong way. I pulled to right corner waving my left hand at him like crazy.

Idiot just waved back, smiled and kept going.

on the HOV it is easy but I had a close call once form the cage behind me who decided he wanted to lane split (in a cage).

The BW8 and others, watch for the lane changers who use no signal and seem to be driving holywood stunt style.
LOL I had somebody headed the wrong way, towards me in my lane the other day on Pease. I just held my lane and sped up towards them haha. They quickly did a U-turn in the middle of the road.
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I'm 38, plan to live to my 90's, and I commute downtown nearly daily. If you're responsible and won't ride like an , then there's really no problem.
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LOL I had somebody headed the wrong way, towards me in my lane the other day on Pease. I just held my lane and sped up towards them haha. They quickly did a U-turn in the middle of the road.
I think thats where it happened to me, because I was headed south to get on the gulf freeway
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there are also drivers that are obviously very aggressive to motorcycles and will try to bully you around the road or even off it. Prolly not so much of a problem if you got nice lady bits bouncing along.

Junk in the road can also be a problem as well as things thrown form cars (cigs look like little missles, dip spit, and once I was hit in the forhead area of my helmet by a beer bottle thrown form an oncommng truck. I think it was intentional.
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Whatever you do, don't ride a bike because you want to save on gas. By the time you count the cost of bike, gear, maintenance and insurance, you'd be lucky to break even in a couple of yrs of regular commuting, if ever at all. And that's if you get a cheap- bike and gas goes to $5/gal.

Ride because you wannt ride, and because that's what makes the difference between dreading the commute and actually looking forward to taking the long way home.
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Whatever you do, don't ride a bike because you want to save on gas. By the time you count the cost of bike, gear, maintenance and insurance, you'd be lucky to break even in a couple of yrs of regular commuting, if ever at all. And that's if you get a cheap- bike and gas goes to $5/gal.

Ride because you wannt ride, and because that's what makes the difference between dreading the commute and actually looking forward to taking the long way home.
No way this is true. My bike gets 55mpg. My econo-car gets 30 (and that's good). My bike was $2k - car was $15k. My bike insurance (liability plus medical) is $200/yr, my car is about $800/yr (full coverage). My jacket was $400, helmet about the same. Maintenance on the bike (about quarterly) costs LESS than maintenance on my car (also quarterly), because I do it myself or my brother-in-law does it.

If you want to save money commuting on a bike you can. If you want to ride a beast that uses as much money as your car and change gear like underwear, then, yeah, you're not going to save much.
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No way this is true. My bike gets 55mpg. My econo-car gets 30 (and that's good). My bike was $2k - car was $15k. My bike insurance (liability plus medical) is $200/yr, my car is about $800/yr (full coverage). My jacket was $400, helmet about the same. Maintenance on the bike (about quarterly) costs LESS than maintenance on my car (also quarterly), because I do it myself or my brother-in-law does it.

If you want to save money commuting on a bike you can. If you want to ride a beast that uses as much money as your car and change gear like underwear, then, yeah, you're not going to save much.
Yes, machine selection has a lot to do with whether or not you will save money vs driving. But I don't think you should count the cost of the car and car insurance because most people are going to have the car regardless. But yeah, running the latest repli-racer with soft, racer tires isn't going to save you anything.
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Whatever you do, don't ride a bike because you want to save on gas. By the time you count the cost of bike, gear, maintenance and insurance, you'd be lucky to break even in a couple of yrs of regular commuting, if ever at all. And that's if you get a cheap- bike and gas goes to $5/gal.

I save a bunch of money if gas is even close to $4/gallon.

53mpg, ride all year. Only needs a new chain every 15-20k. Other than that, filters, oil, and tires.

I got 12k out of a rear once.

I fill up every week for $12(moto) vs $60(cage that gets maybe 14mpg).

Thats about $200/month in savings and easily covers my moto loan payment, + other expenses including insurnace.
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I have to fill up everyday on the RC.
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haha... at 28mpg no less. i got 84 miles once to a tank on my RC. I think that was like 24mpg that day,lol
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Depends...an decent none superrsport bike is cheaper then a car anyday. The guys taht say bikes cost more are riding Ducatis or something
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you gotta do the math as compared to your own situation. by the time you figure in gear and tires every 5000 miles. unless you drive a gas hog, it kinda is a break even affair. if you drive a honda accord that gets 30+mpg, the car will fair better compared to a SS bike. BUT, get a tour bike with harder tires that get 10k+ per tire and the numbers start rolling in the bikes favor again.
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No way this is true. My bike gets 55mpg. My econo-car gets 30 (and that's good). My bike was $2k - car was $15k. My bike insurance (liability plus medical) is $200/yr, my car is about $800/yr (full coverage). My jacket was $400, helmet about the same. Maintenance on the bike (about quarterly) costs LESS than maintenance on my car (also quarterly), because I do it myself or my brother-in-law does it.

If you want to save money commuting on a bike you can. If you want to ride a beast that uses as much money as your car and change gear like underwear, then, yeah, you're not going to save much.
I was not comparing car vs. bike. Since for most folks, having ONLY a bike is practically impossible. I was comparing car vs. (car+bike). That is much more like most folk's situation. So ALL the bike expensives have to be offset by the mileage difference between bike and car. If you commute is 60 miles RT and assuming 200 days of bike commute (sans vacation, rain, etc.). That's 12,000 miles/yr. The difference between 30mpg and 55mpg at $4/gal would save you 181 gals x $4 = $$724.

I think you'd be hard pressed to operate a bike for less than $724/yr - all expenses considered (bike + gear + insurance, etc.).

I bike commute every chance I get. I bought the Connie 14 specifically for that purpose. I just don't fool myself into thinking I'm actually saving any money in the process.

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I was not comparing car vs. bike. Since for most folks, having ONLY a bike is practically impossible. I was comparing car vs. (car+bike). That is much more like most folk's situation. So ALL the bike expensives have to be offset by the mileage difference between bike and car. If you commute is 60 miles and assuming 200 days of bike commute (sans vacation, rain, etc.). That's 12,000 miles/yr. The difference between 30mpg and 55mpg at $4/gal would save you 181 gals x $4 = $$724.

I think you'd be hard pressed to operate a bike for less than $724/yr - all expenses considered (bike + gear + insurance, etc.).

I bike commute every chance I get. I bought the Connie 14 specifically for that purpose. I just don't fool myself into thinking I'm actually saving any money in the process.

now take that money that you saved and buy 3 tires. (2 rears and 1 front) that savings is gone,lol...

having a bike for me isn't a mis conceived notion of saving money. it's about having fun and enjoying myself.
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