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Old 05-07-2012, 07:32 PM   #61
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The last 5 years over 100 rides per year in Chicagoland. March thru Nov. Will not ride with frost or lightning. Only 8 miles each way. But my 13 year old car is still around because of 400 plus less uses.
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Old 05-07-2012, 07:36 PM   #62
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I try to ride every day. Living in southern NM the weather is usually nice enough. In the winter, I usually ride the K1200LT with the handgrips and seat on full heat. In the summer, I ride the KLR or the WR250. When it's dangerously windy, I ride the sidecar rig. When it snowed, I rode the CT90 to Wal-Mart. When it was 19 degrees outside with a touch of snow and ice still around, I rode my BMW Dakar in (before I sold it to an inmate last month). About the only time I don't ride is when it's raining cats and dogs. The cage needs to get started once in a while, eh?

Oh, and when I go home to visit the parents while on vacation? I ride the Sportster I bought just to stay sane!
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Old 05-07-2012, 08:21 PM   #63
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26k on 2 wheels in the past year, and less than 5k on 4 wheels. 115 mile round trip commute really runs up the mileage.
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Old 05-07-2012, 08:37 PM   #64
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Originally Posted by maydaymike View Post
26k on 2 wheels in the past year, and less than 5k on 4 wheels. 115 mile round trip commute really runs up the mileage.
I've been bike only since 2009. I'm sure I'll get another car/truck when I finish school again and get a real job, but I don't see it in the cards for a couple years yet. That having been said, I now live on Vancouver Island so I suppose there are worse places to be bike only. It rains (a lot) but I have gear for that, and on the two or three snowy/icy days a year I take the bus or walk.
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Old 05-07-2012, 08:43 PM   #65
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I ride 7 days a week, year round. The only time the bike is is parked is when the roads are snow covered and icey.
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Old 05-07-2012, 09:56 PM   #66
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I ride every day that I can.

I have to, pretty much, since my car is a lease, and I don't want to deal with going over the mileage.

There is also the image thing. Pulling into school on a goldwing pretty much means that I ride every day, come hell or high water.

I wouldn't have it any other way.
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Old 05-08-2012, 10:57 PM   #67
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I was riding nearly full time until about a year ago, when I changed jobs within my company and discovered the true and insidious meaning of being "connected". I can't remember the last time I actually spoke with someone outside of a scheduled meeting or conference call. As my schedule permits, though, I ride every chance I get: For the half hour commute each way, nobody can contact me on my cellphone.
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Old 05-09-2012, 09:32 AM   #68
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Location: Cottage Grove, the ragged edge of suburbia, MN
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I've only driven the car to work three times since the end of February, but if I didn't ride to work I wouldn't ride much at all these days. My wife works a day job and I work 2nd shift and take care of the 1yo boy during the day. I haven't figured out a good way to bring him on the bike yet...Ural, maybe .... On the weekends when my wife is home and I can get a couple hours to myself, I'm more likely to go out on the bicycle.
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Old 05-09-2012, 09:37 AM   #69
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If it isn't raining, I'm on my bike. As well as playing a Tag game and the N. American Wild Card.

I'll put 15k miles a year between my 2 bikes, and thar was before playing tag!
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Old 05-09-2012, 11:24 AM   #70
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I mostly commute at this point. Not far, roughly 35 miles/day. Ride the bike unless the roads are icy. Braved the snow a few times on the KLR, but that was pretty dangerous once the cages had packed it down and polished it! My Mrs. and 4 wee ones have seriously cut down my pleasure riding time.

Transitioning bikes now. Sold my XT225 and moved to a '75 Z1. Big difference. It had been stored for a decade before I got it. Runs fine now, but still needs paint. Found out it's prone to getting water in the ignition wiring and losing spark in the rain. Big fun pushing it back to the office! Hope to get that problem sorted...

For now, I'm a fair weather rider 'cause I hate pushing machines. Plan to resume riding rain/shine as soon as my bike can hack it.

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Old 05-09-2012, 01:10 PM   #71
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Seven day's a week , when home off the ship . About 240 days a year .

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Old 05-09-2012, 04:14 PM   #72
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I don't ride the Connie in snow and ice, but every other time I take the bike unless I'm getting something I can't carry on the bike or the bike is down for maintenance or mods.
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Old 05-10-2012, 04:46 AM   #73
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When I'm home onshore from work, it's every day. Haven't had a car for 15 years.
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Old 05-10-2012, 05:01 AM   #74
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For me it's a time issue. 45 minutes on my VFR, 2 or 3 hours in a car. Almost no matter what i take the bike. There are times after riding 400 miles through LA traffic all week when i put the bike in the garage on Friday night and say thank God i don't have to ride tomorrow. Usually some voice in my head gets me out of bed and up a canyon road on Sunday morning at which point it becomes thank God I get to ride tomorrow.
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Old 05-10-2012, 10:29 AM   #75
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Only time i dont ride is when its hailing, lightning, or ice. (Gets bad in TX) Nothing stops me. On the weekends i go ussualy 350+ miles out for fun. I have a 23 yr old Jeep that just sits. I get bitched at for driving an old car, but i would rather have new bikes than a new car payment.

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