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Old 06-03-2008, 07:05 AM   #21
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First post, hows it up?

Anyways, recent gas prices have me paying (even in my honda hatch) 200$ a month, just to get to and from work. I've always wanted a bike, but couldn't justify it. But I figure now with gas so high, riding a bike to and from work would pay for itself. I've decided on just getting a 250, and have a spot in a safety class in a few weeks. Now here's my question,

Am I going to die? I mean seriously, look at this site. It scares the out of me. RIP here and CRASH there. I consider myself a relatively capable, aware driver, but wow that's a lot of hurt people. I have a family and stuff now so I'm trying to weigh the "want factor" against the "not wanting to end up under a truck factor".

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Old 06-03-2008, 07:09 AM   #22
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Old 06-03-2008, 07:47 AM   #23
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sesh! $200 a month...lol I wish mine was that low. Before the price increases, I was over $400 a month plus tolls. I moved closer to work and then gas went up again almost double what it was. My truck takes $85 to fill up and my car takes $65 now. I filled the truck up 4 times last week alone. The car, not so much. I am getting 25mpg. The bikes don't really save much money and it is hot when sitting in traffic. On average, bikes get 35mpg but the full coverage insurance can cost as much if not more than the bike payment a month. I'd rather have my AC in this TX heat.
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Old 06-03-2008, 07:53 AM   #24
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First post, hows it up?

Anyways, recent gas prices have me paying (even in my honda hatch) 200$ a month, just to get to and from work. I've always wanted a bike, but couldn't justify it. But I figure now with gas so high, riding a bike to and from work would pay for itself. I've decided on just getting a 250, and have a spot in a safety class in a few weeks. Now here's my question,

Am I going to die? I mean seriously, look at this site. It scares the out of me. RIP here and CRASH there. I consider myself a relatively capable, aware driver, but wow that's a lot of hurt people. I have a family and stuff now so I'm trying to weigh the "want factor" against the "not wanting to end up under a truck factor".

anyone want to chime in?
$200 a month awesome, I,m paying $1000 a month in fuel cost just to get to work, I have a friend that drives his own 18 wheeler and he said it costs $1400 to fill up, every 2 days, now that sux big time
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Old 06-03-2008, 08:11 AM   #25
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First post, hows it up?

Anyways, recent gas prices have me paying (even in my honda hatch) 200$ a month, just to get to and from work. I've always wanted a bike, but couldn't justify it. But I figure now with gas so high, riding a bike to and from work would pay for itself. I've decided on just getting a 250, and have a spot in a safety class in a few weeks. Now here's my question,

Am I going to die? I mean seriously, look at this site. It scares the out of me. RIP here and CRASH there. I consider myself a relatively capable, aware driver, but wow that's a lot of hurt people. I have a family and stuff now so I'm trying to weigh the "want factor" against the "not wanting to end up under a truck factor".

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#1 gas prices do suck, and the ninja 250 I have gets 65 - 70 mpg so that is a great choice.

#2 with this being a primaraly motorcycle forum with close to 4000 members it is a concentrated outlet for the RIP caption. I have grown to be used to seeing that in threads. Take it as educational if you will, because if only one person can learn from someone elses mishap then we are ahead of the game.

#3 We drive 100 miles round trip to work 5 - 6 days a week and we spend close to a grand a month on gas, so it could be worse and I would be happy to trade gas bills with ya any day.

#4 There does not seem to be any relief in sight as far as gas prices go so bite the bullet and go get yourself a bike......and be careful.
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Old 06-03-2008, 08:46 AM   #26
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Old 06-03-2008, 08:55 AM   #28
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I learned to ride on dirt and the roads of Colorado. Wide open spaces, lots of motorcycles, and reasonable car speeds in the mountains. In contrast, it seems the roads in Houston just aren't a great place to learn to ride. Much higher traffic volumes, lower ratios of motorcycles, and high speeds. People are in such a rush to get where they are going and then there is the distraction of cellular phones.

I think Houston is a terrible place for a noob to learn to ride. I'd expect the fatality rate for new motorcycles riders to be dramatically higher than smaller cities.

So, inexperienced riders wanting to buy a bike to save on gas money is a bad idea.
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First post, hows it up?

Anyways, recent gas prices have me paying (even in my honda hatch) 200$ a month, just to get to and from work. I've always wanted a bike, but couldn't justify it. But I figure now with gas so high, riding a bike to and from work would pay for itself. I've decided on just getting a 250, and have a spot in a safety class in a few weeks. Now here's my question,

Am I going to die? I mean seriously, look at this site. It scares the out of me. RIP here and CRASH there. I consider myself a relatively capable, aware driver, but wow that's a lot of hurt people. I have a family and stuff now so I'm trying to weigh the "want factor" against the "not wanting to end up under a truck factor".

anyone want to chime in?

Yea, I'll chime in. I got a nice chuckle out of your post. Totally sincere and it made me laugh. And you made some good points I ride a bike like a madman most of the time and all the rip threads get me thinking and depressed. I am not as concerned about dying because I know the the Lord but I don't want to leave my family either.

I think riding a bike to work is alot more dangerous than being a weekend rider. Because you let your guard down because it becomes a daily grind plus your hours go up on the bike and you are riding along side commuter(putting on their makeup reading the paper etc. You can't ever let your guard down way too many idiots in cagers not paying attention.

Take the riders course, read alot and pretend every cage is trying to kill you like a video game and you might just be ok. But if you do die please don't post a rip thread they are depressing.
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Old 06-03-2008, 09:42 AM   #30
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I shared similar thoughts at first when thinking about getting a bike and just recently bought my first motorcycle. I can tell you that it is of course more dangerous and you have to pay attention alot more, however a good head on your shoulders and full gear will go a long way. Just after a week of riding I can see how people kill themselves by getting to confident and laying into the throttle on city roads, however if you choose not to do this and ride defensively and keep around the speed limit your chances of a wreck go down significantly. However seeing the RIP threads always makes me think negative for my own safety also.

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Old 06-03-2008, 09:57 AM   #31
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I think riding a bike to work is alot more dangerous than being a weekend rider. Because you let your guard down because it becomes a daily grind plus your hours go up on the bike and you are riding along side commuter(putting on their makeup reading the paper etc. You can't ever let your guard down way too many idiots in cagers not paying attention.
I guess that depends on where you commute too...
I used to have to commute to the Galleria area. I took the HOV lane down to I-10 then the rest of my short stint was a daily war to stay alive.

Then we moved our offices to 290 and the Beltway. Not one close call in 3yrs. To where I was having multiple close calls a day in the Galleria area and I am not a new rider with 20+ street years under my belt.

It was so bad that I parked the bikes for a looong time until our office moved and I moved the F*** out of Houston.
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Old 06-03-2008, 10:03 AM   #32
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Just take the MSF BRC and be smart.
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Old 06-03-2008, 10:19 AM   #33
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Old 06-03-2008, 10:24 AM   #34
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Statistically, you are about 30 times more likely to be fatally injured riding a motorcycle when compared to driving a car. So it is a higher risk means of transportation. Like others said, take the BRC, get your head around that higher risk and what you can do about it. Some major things that will help you:
  • Wear a DOT/SNELL approved helmet and protective gear,
  • Do not ride under the influence of alcohol or drugs,
  • Get proper training on operating a motorcycle (the BRC).

You've come to a good place to find out more information. Go to a local meet and greet and see what others have to say. Awesome Cycles has an intro. to motorcycling class that covers risk awareness. You can also read about it. Check out Proficient Motorcycling by David Hugh.
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I agree with GixerBill that the commutes are hard. At the end of the day you're tired and you have to contend with white knuckled drivers who are just as tired as you with cell phones. If you're attentive, you can anticipate almost anything before it happens and avoid it. Unlike cages, you'll have an almost 360 unobstructed view of the road/traffic. You can hear and even smell trouble around you. Just pay attention to what's going on and you'll be ok.
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Anyways, recent gas prices have me paying (even in my honda hatch) 200$ a month, just to get to and from work. I've always wanted a bike, but couldn't justify it. But I figure now with gas so high, riding a bike to and from work would pay for itself. I've decided on just getting a 250, and have a spot in a safety class in a few weeks. Now here's my question,

Am I going to die? I mean seriously, look at this site. It scares the out of me. RIP here and CRASH there. I consider myself a relatively capable, aware driver, but wow that's a lot of hurt people. I have a family and stuff now so I'm trying to weigh the "want factor" against the "not wanting to end up under a truck factor".

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I've got a couple good threads with people chiming in on ninja 250's ... do a search, there's a couple funny ones!
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sesh! $200 a month...lol I wish mine was that low. Before the price increases, I was over $400 a month plus tolls. I moved closer to work and then gas went up again almost double what it was. My truck takes $85 to fill up and my car takes $65 now. I filled the truck up 4 times last week alone. The car, not so much. I am getting 25mpg. The bikes don't really save much money and it is hot when sitting in traffic. On average, bikes get 35mpg but the full coverage insurance can cost as much if not more than the bike payment a month. I'd rather have my AC in this TX heat.
Its hot... but its survivable.

I do it daily and I don't get high speeds.... but it is a bit bad. I'm trying out this week the Troy Lee Designs Leather speed jacket w/jersey as alternative to mesh.
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