How long did it take YOU to start commuting?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by letsgetw3ird, Mar 30, 2014.

  1. letsgetw3ird

    letsgetw3ird Comic Relief

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    I have already asked a few people, but I thought I'd ask a few more, how long did you wait before beginning to commute to work? I work about 25 minutes from my home, already learned the back road but I have not rode alone nor in the dark.
    Also; I've taken/graduated msf, been riding here and there on the road.
    Opinions?

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  2. VTphoneman

    VTphoneman Been here awhile

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    Personally I commuted the day after I bought my first bike but I was 20 and stupid.

    I'd say when you are comfortable. If its at a time and traffic flow you wouldn't even think twice to take a joy ride solo in, it's ok.
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  3. bluestar

    bluestar the rain maker

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    I got my license on a Monday and took my first ride to work that Friday. I was a bit nervous about riding in traffic so I took a few days to ride more on back roads before I took it to work.
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  4. Mr_Gone

    Mr_Gone Innocent culprit

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    About two years. One day, I just started taking the bike instead of the car. I think maybe it had something to do with the cute girl who'd started working there. Maybe. I'm not admitting to nothing. :D
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  5. craigincali

    craigincali Just hanging around

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    I just started commuting. I have been riding for 23 years but not to work. I was always concerned with the stupidity of Los Angeles traffic. 3 years ago I changed jobs and now ride away from LA with very little traffic. I just started commuting 3 weeks ago. Not everyday, about 2 days a week. I find myself staring at my bike in the parking lot day dreaming a lot now.

    It really depends. I would say to get more time on the bike until you are really comfortable. Just take the bike for a short ride at night and go from there. Remember to increase your following distance and keep your eyes up (high visual horizon). Gradually ride longer at night and go for longer rides alone. Your confidence will go up pretty fast. Everyone has there own pace, no rush.

    For me it was worrying about cars / traffic not my ability so much. I leave early so I am not in a hurry and enjoy the ride. If I am running late or really tired I drive the car.
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  6. JohnCW

    JohnCW Long timer

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    It's a hard one to answer without really knowing the traffic and attitude of drivers where you live. However, no matter what they'll always be some feeling of being thrown in the deep end but that will disappear as you become more experienced, skilled, and accustomed to it.

    I believe you can certainly shift the odds in your favor by the way you dress and ride. That'd be my recommendation. Learnt all you can from how other regular commuters about how they fell they make their trip more comfortable and safe.
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  7. JonU

    JonU Long timer

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    The say after I bought the bike
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  8. Lomax

    Lomax Nanu-Nanu Adventurer

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    The day I got my license at 14. :D

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  9. NoiZboy

    NoiZboy Dirt to Track and Back Again

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    I definitely think the main barometer is your comfort level, coupled with a clear-headed assessment of your skill level. The process of getting comfortable and confident as a rider requires both cumulative practice (for the former) and intentional effort (for the latter). The more you do both - work to improve your skills AND subsequently apply them - the more challenges/riding conditions you will be prepared to take on.

    In the meantime, ride within your ever-advancing limits so that your mind can stay focused on riding, instead of debating itself about whether or not what you're doing is a good idea. If you focus on developing your skills and putting them into practice, you'll be surprised how far you can come in a few weeks or months.

    When I started riding I frequently reminded myself that I was new at it, and that many accidents happen to new riders. The goal became to get better so as to be safer. Then, as that happened, the exact nature of what I was doing could advance along with my skills, rather than in excess of them.

    Ride safe & enjoy!:D
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  10. blackvans1234

    blackvans1234 Talking to myself...

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    I would also consider what exactly you do for work.

    If you work 12 hour overnight shifts in a high stress environment, it might not be a good idea to commute 50 minutes home while tired and stressed.
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  11. RobbieO

    RobbieO Muskokatard

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  12. steve3b3

    steve3b3 Been here awhile

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    When I bought my ST1300, it was to be a commuting and recreational bike.

    I started the next (working) day.

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  13. tlempke

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    I waited a week or two so I could get used to riding at night. I was working night shift when I got my bike and wanted to ride locally at night before going all the way to work.
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  14. andykeck

    andykeck Been here awhile

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    I think my first commute to work was my first non-practice, around-the-block ride. Which would have been on day two of ownership. I can't say I recommend it, but it's what I did. I felt comfortable on my bike immediately, despite the fact that about every fourth shift, I had to reach down and twist the linkage back into place.
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  15. bbonds_007

    bbonds_007 Adventurer

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    I got my motorcycle for commuting. I save a $1,000 a year on insurance alone over my car. Plus, while going through college, I still have access to the family car if needed.
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  16. RVDan

    RVDan Long timer

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    Uhh, when I got my first job I obviously had to commute.

    Likely you meant to ask "how long did it take you to start commuting on your bike?"

    If that's the question, I took my skills test on a Saturday and rode to work on the following Monday.
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  17. PalePhase

    PalePhase Humour Noir

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    That's neither here nor there
    After you are consistent in your management of the bike so you can focus on what other drivers are doing and not on your technique. You don't need to be Valentino Rossi to survive commuting but the heavier or faster traffic is moving, the more you need to be able to execute tasks such as shifting and braking without fumbling them.
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  18. Stato

    Stato Adventurer

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    Got my motorcycle licence(road rules knowledge test on a computer, no riding experience needed) Thursday.
    Bought a bike around 1pm Friday
    Rode it 200km(125 miles) home that day(first time i'd ridden since i was 11yo, 20 years earlier)
    Started commuting to work at 7pm the same night.

    Ride to work(16km/10mi) almost every night since.
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  19. garandman

    garandman Wandering Minstrel

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  20. millican

    millican Been here awhile

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    I bought a bike to commute.
    I had been riding my bicycle 22 miles round trip to class and then work (2nd shift). I had a full-size 1984 Dodge pickup, but I felt like a total wimp if I needed something that large just to haul my 165lb butt across town. I traded the truck outright for a 1969 CL350 and never regretted it.
    I got on the highway to ride the bike home and didn't even understand how to shift. It's hard to believe I never wrecked on it.
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