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Old 05-22-2014, 07:13 AM   #1
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what's your commuter bike?

this may be old, OLD, news to many of you, but I've recently started doing a lot more commuting to work on the bike. My fuel costs are roughly $300 a month in my truck, which averages 16 mpg. The bike averages 38 mpg, and that's "around town" mileage. It doesn't take a tremendous amount of rocket science to figure out that, assuming the same distance is traveled, a bike that gets twice the MPG will rack up half the cost in fuel.

Not to mention that it's a helluva lot more fun to ride a motorcycle than to drive a 1/2 ton pickup on the pavement.

I've invested in some aerostich gear slowly over the past few years. It's expensive, but it's designed for commuting.

Downside to motorcycle commuting? It's a lot more risky, no two ways about it. navigating the cages takes "defensive driving" to a whole new level.

Upside to motorcycle commuting? aside from fuel costs and fun factor, you're on your bike a lot more than the weekend warrior, which increases your familiarity/control of the machine. I also have a hypothesis that the dude who rides a motorcycle shreds women's panties merely by his appearance on the road.

As we all know, threads are useless without pics. Here's my "commuter bike" in its dirty bug-splattered glory. What's your commuter bike?

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Old 05-22-2014, 07:15 AM   #2
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Old 05-22-2014, 07:42 AM   #3
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Old 05-22-2014, 07:47 AM   #4
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I ride my Explorer 1200 for many of the same reasons you list.

I do 100 miles a day, and with current fuel pricing it costs me $25 per day to drive my V8 F150.

The same trip can be made for less than $10 on my motorcycle.

Now I'm not going to lie to you and say that I'm saving money by riding my bike... Cause every bit and more of the saving are going into upgraded gear and new parts. I think it works it self out.

I used to commute 80 miles a day from Tomball, TX to Downtown Houston on a Zx6r when I lived in the south. Talk about some crazy cagers... holy shit. I'm lucky to be alive.
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Old 05-22-2014, 07:48 AM   #5
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'83 Yamaha XT550. I used to use it for dualsporting quite a bit but the last couple years it's primarily been a commuter bike.

My commute is 4 miles each way and I usually ride home on and back on my lunch hour. I would say I'm a perfect candidate for an E-bike. I just wish they didn't cost so much.
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Old 05-22-2014, 07:49 AM   #6
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Kawi Concours 14 is my daily driver. Mainly do it to save time more than money.

Down side is, there are times when you are simply beat after work and still have to ride home....and I have to commute through one of the top-10 congested areas in the country. Losing focus there is very unforgiving.
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Old 05-22-2014, 07:50 AM   #7
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Old 05-22-2014, 07:53 AM   #8
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Old 05-22-2014, 07:55 AM   #9
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My DR350 pulls commuter duty right now, though if my 'Wing were finished I'd be riding it since my current commute is almost 40 miles of straight freeway riding and the little DR struggles a bit at speeds much over 70mph.

Still, I get 60-65 mpg out of the DR, compared to the 26 mpg that my car gets.

It's probably not actually saving me any money, though, since the cost of chains, tires, and oil changes have to be included as well, but even if it does cost a little more, it's worth it.

I think an NC700x would be pretty perfect for my commute. If I were in a position to buy a bike just for commuting, that'd probably be the one I'd buy.
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Old 05-22-2014, 07:57 AM   #10
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Husky TR650 on my daily commute from hell.

That looks horrible. You poor thing.
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Old 05-22-2014, 08:01 AM   #11
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That said, I tend to negate any Fuel savings by taking the long way home
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Old 05-22-2014, 08:05 AM   #12
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this may be old, OLD, news to many of you, but I've recently started doing a lot more commuting to work on the bike. My fuel costs are roughly $300 a month in my truck, which averages 16 mpg. The bike averages 38 mpg, and that's "around town" mileage. It doesn't take a tremendous amount of rocket science to figure out that, assuming the same distance is traveled, a bike that gets twice the MPG will rack up half the cost in fuel.

I hear you completely. I commute on a '12 vstrom 650, pack everything I need with room to spare, get right at 50mpg avg, and my fuel costs are $15 every 2 weeks since my commute is 100 miles a week total (10 miles each way).

I filled up my poor little scion tc yesterday, which took $49 and It was painful to watch. Thankfully I don't fill it up but once a month, if that.
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Old 05-22-2014, 08:10 AM   #13
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this for the last couple weeks, 94 dr350
before that 2 1/2 years on 99 dr350sex
before that 5 years on dr650 & xt500
before that 20+ years on hogs
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Old 05-22-2014, 08:13 AM   #14
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I hear you completely. I commute on a '12 vstrom 650, pack everything I need with room to spare, get right at 50mpg avg, and my fuel costs are $15 every 2 weeks since my commute is 100 miles a week total (10 miles each way).

I filled up my poor little scion tc yesterday, which took $49 and It was painful to watch. Thankfully I don't fill it up but once a month, if that.
my truck (which is a wonderful machine, btw), costs over $100 per fillup at current pricing. in fact, the pump stops at $100, before the tank is full, and I usually just leave it there.
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Old 05-22-2014, 08:29 AM   #15
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