Adventure in Ohio?

Discussion in 'Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States' started by somecallmetim, Nov 14, 2003.

  1. MeefZah

    MeefZah Curmudgeonly

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    When I worked for Muskingum U, I rode about once a week to work in the fall, summer and spring - 83 miles one way. I had the luxury of having a large locker, multiple changes of clothes, and a shower available; so I usually rode in with regular MC gear and brought nothing with me. I had some nice curvy routes in and home, but since I worked midnights, I was a deer dodging mother fucker.

    The thing I found about longer distance commuting is that it is - frankly - a pain in the ass. You have to plan for different weather potential - an hour from home can see torrential rain at work with sunshine at the house, and an 8 or 10 hour work day can see a lot of temperature and weather changes. You have to leave earlier and you invariably will get home later. You have to factor in more frequent gas stops (more time) - especially with the pitifully short range of the S10! You won't be taking calls on the bike, or grabbing a fast snack, or enjoying coffee while riding in to work. As you know, storage space is at a premium and lugging extra clothes, or work stuff with you, can be awkward.

    Having said that, it can be a lot of fun to commute on the bike, but I can't imagine it would be a lot of fun if you did it every day. Sometimes at the end of your day you just want to sink into your car seat and veg out for the drive home.

    I suppose if I was wanting to commute, I'd get a good waterproof duffel type bag, and stow my work attire and shoes, and 2 pair of socks and underwear, in it; then just wear normal MC gear in and change in the bathroom. Alternatively, and probably more common, would be a top box which would be waterproof, secure, and easy to store your helmet and other gear in after you had arrived at work.
  2. krumgrinder

    krumgrinder Been here awhile

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    All very good advice above. I have been commuting to work every work day for more than eleven years now- except for days when the city won't clear the snow/ice from my sidestreet- and feel like I have a pretty good system worked out. These are just my suggestions, pick and choose what works for you- none of it is required, except for the last paragraph. :deal

    I used a tankbag (w/rain cover) on my Connie, which has now become a tailbag on my rack on my 990, to carry my laptop and other IT guy junk to/from work. Also always keep my rain gear in it (if I'm not using it) for afternoon weather surprises. When temps are variable spring/fall I keep my electric liner rolled up in there too for use under my mesh jacket as needed. I stuck a little Princeton Tec Cyclops LED light on the side of my helmet for early mornings/late afternoons during the darker months (very helpful also for nighttime map reading on tours.)

    As for the bike, hard/lockable panniers are super helpful if you are going to commute regularly, you can keep a travel compressor and patch kit and other such junk in there, as well as pick up groceries or stuff on the way home. I keep a Beadrider on the seat in the warm months so my ass isn't stuck to my seat after being stuck in traffic, and a Alaska Leather sheepskin for the colder months, so my ass isn't stuck to my (frozen) seat in the morning. :D Heated grips are really nice for the cool mornings, too. Allow an extra 5-10 min gear-up time in the mornings until you get a routine down; it will seem like alot of extra fuss at first, but you will sort it out quickly if you stick to at least a semi-regular riding habit. I do use my armored jacket and riding boots, but skip the armored pants (just my pref, wear it all if it makes you more comfortable.) Loud horns are a definite plus as well, I'd suggest a pair of HF (cheap) Fiamm Highway Blasters or the Stebel Nautilus to do the trick of getting idiot cagers' attention.

    Above all, be prepared to be patient, and take responsibility for your own safety. If you will be in heavy traffic, it will not be as fun as a weekend or evening ride. I don't believe other drivers are 'out to get me' or any such drivel- I stick to the Stayin' Safe mantra- 360° awareness, no surprises (anticipate) and put the bike where they can't hurt you. Even with all this, I much prefer to ride every day than drive- just don't like the isolated feeling I get in cars, I guess. And let's face it, a car will never be as much fun as a bike. Anytime. Ever. :D
  3. dragoon

    dragoon I'm the REAL Dingo Joe

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    Oh don't be so whiney just call Mark a cunt and be done with it. Works for me:deal

    PS sorry to hear about your back
  4. LeVeL

    LeVeL Adventurer

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    I'm probably only going to commute there on the bike a couple of days of the week. Just to break up the monotony of the drive. And that may allow me to pick and choose the weather I want to ride in. The place I'm going to work at is in Wadsworth, and I live in Zanesville. The pay is pretty good and I think I'm going to enjoy working for ECS Tuning, otherwise I wouldn't consider such a long commute.
  5. Mgbgt89

    Mgbgt89 Long timer

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    If you end up in arkansas eat at the Ozark cafe in jasper. It was amazing and fairly cheap.
  6. tt100

    tt100 Been here awhile

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    I do about three days a week. I haven't been moto commuting near as long as some people but do have a few comments. Take what you want and discard the rest....

    I find getting into a routine important to my desire to ride. I don't like wondering if I forgot something, etc... as I'm heading in, or getting to work and realizing I didn't bring my work shoes or something else.

    The biggest help for me on my new (to me) RS1100 is the hard bags. I've never had them before and it completely transformed my desire to commute. I can get off the bike at work, throw my jackets and Darien pants in the side bags and walk in with a small backpack (shoes, socks, lunch, glasses) and my helmet. As soon as I get a top box mounted I'm walking in with nothing but my small backpack. That will be great. The utility afforded by hard bags is something I probably won't ever want to do without again on at least one bike.

    This next thing won't be agreed on by some... I bought a UClear Bluetooth headset for my helmet and listen to the radio on the way in through my phone. I added a powerlet connector to plug in my phone and run iheartradio or tunein and listen to the news on the way in. Also, I wear earplugs always and the UClear is mechanized in a way that I can mute it in an instant if I need to (like when I go through the gate at Wright Patt). Having that option makes commuting all the more "normal" or acceptable for me.

    The Darien pants I mentioned are great. They are very easy on and off and don't get that hot on my short ride. Once I stop I can be off and walking in the door in less than three minutes. For me all the things I've mentioned add up to making it less of a hassle to get on the bike. RIding is always awesome, but if it's a pain in the butt to do for work I used to always opt for no. Now that I can store most of my stuff on the bike, and it's fast to boot I'm more inclined to stop at the store on the way home to run errands, etc... than ever before. I commute MUCH more now,


  7. bikeridermark

    bikeridermark Long timer

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    OK!

    So far, we have....


    mmoore 415
    jrockrat
    oceanbum (rod,his friend)
    bikeneil
    jimmy ( my buddy)
    me
    Benly
    SlipChip
    RickG
    mic detonator
    steveb126
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    sion
    mpenner
    drifter136
    OK, official list is started, let's add to it.
  8. MeefZah

    MeefZah Curmudgeonly

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    Steve Mauk, who really should be on here but never is, called me tonight and said he is selling his pretty damn nice 2001 green KLR650. $2,000. Unsure of mileage, but it has a bunch of nice aftermarket mods and is in great shape. Highlights as I recall them: new tires (unsure type or brand), centerstand, heated grips, Progressive springs in forks, braided brake lines, LED "X" taillight, large luggage rack.

    I can put you in touch with him if anyone is interested. I don't think he will negotiate.

    I looked for a photo of it but don't have one already uploaded.
  9. Benly

    Benly Been here awhile

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    Don't think I can make it for the Friday night camping, but I should be able to meet up with everyone on Saturday morning.
  10. bikeridermark

    bikeridermark Long timer

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  11. indypup

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    So your Maine trip is off? :( How's the wife foot after surgery?
  12. indypup

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    My brother is getting married on the 14th and asked me again today to come to the wedding for the 3rd time and I caved and said I would "think" about it...so I may not be able to make it. ;)
  13. SlipChip

    SlipChip Adventure Commuter

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    You missed me...:deal
    And perhaps RickG...
  14. Gonzo_Matt

    Gonzo_Matt Random Hero

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    Thanks for the traffic advice folks. I iron trucked it there and back, left my house at 5 am yesterday morning, picked up my buddy Tom, and we headed east. 1390 miles, 6 states, 5 tanks of fuel and one 40 min nap in a department store parking lot later, I was home with this by 7 am this morning.
    [​IMG]

    I ended up just taking 80 to 95 to 287 back to 95. Traffic was "ok", we only hit it sorta bad around the New Haven, CT area on 95 around 4pm, otherwise it was pretty smooth. 287 had traffic, but it was tolerable, and my only incident involved putting a Silverado bumper shaped divot into the door of a Santa Fe driven by a woman who thought that she could push her way in front of me at the Hudson River bridge toll booths, I just kept my pace and she merged right into me....:rofl Part of my decision to drive back at night was based on lack of traffic and it was valid, I was able to haul ass once we crossed back over the Hudson.
  15. bikeridermark

    bikeridermark Long timer

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    Fixt!
  16. ArmyJoe

    ArmyJoe Long timer

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    I've always wanted to do that, but I like my truck. How do police and courts look upon a driver that had the opportunity to avoid an accident, but did not yield when they were not required to?
  17. sion

    sion sigh-own

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    yeah, between my wife's foot and my back...a 2k weekend trip isnt in the cards...her foot's healing ok, but she cant put weight on it for 2 more weeks



    that gonna be your toy hauler vehicle?

    as for the NY area traffic...I noticed that the rule seemed to be whoever got the nose of their vehicle into a spot first got the spot. I could see how that might often lead to divots.
  18. Gonzo_Matt

    Gonzo_Matt Random Hero

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    I dunno. She didn't stop and my truck wasn't hurt. Lets be honest, I was maintaining my lane and she tried to occupy the same space I was in. That was deliberate, not accident.

    I got it to haul stuff to VW shows and because it's friggin awesome. I cannot stand people who think they can haul ass by me and nose in after I did the responsible thing and waited my turn. I will broadside you if you think you can "just nudge in".
  19. FireDog45

    FireDog45 Mid-life crisis sufferer

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    I'll be exploring on the DR so if you want to host a DS school I'll attend.
  20. Danjal

    Danjal Insert wit here.

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    What, no finger before she merged?

    While I'd love to do the same thing, they crucify cdl holders normally in traffic court.