How many ride 6 or 7 days a week?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by 390beretta, May 5, 2012.

  1. 390beretta

    390beretta Long timer

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    I currently ride an older ('88 K75). I consider it my primary means of transportation and put enough miles on it every week/month to still be appalled by gas prices. My wife rides an '08 Versys and uses it the same way I do my bike, although we do own a '10 Jeep Wrangler when we need a cage.

    My question is really: How do you who ride your bikes daily, perhaps not just commuting, but as a primary means of transportation feel about that? I ride in Phx. traffic daily and have posted a number of threads relative to those experiences. I also consider myself to be a very careful and accomplished rider.(on pavement, less so on dirt:D)

    I've gotten the impression, rightly or wrongly, that a lot of posters ride on week-ends, only when the weather is good, just for fun, etc. In contrast, I've put nearly 6,000 miles on my bike in the past 4 months.......almost all in Phoenix city traffic, not that I would have preferred that. (although it sure as hell does save on gas:D)
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  2. No False Enthusiasm

    No False Enthusiasm a quiet adventurer

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    I ride about 350 days per year...

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  3. moe.ron

    moe.ron Pig. Can. Fly.

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    I ride to work every day but its only 26 miles round trip, weekends for fun.
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  4. Ever Onward

    Ever Onward Older,Wiser, Smarter

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    If the weather is over 50 and mostly dry i usually ride about 6 days a week.

    If I lived anywhere's around Phoenix, it would be zero. I refuse to ride in big city traffic.
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  5. alii1959

    alii1959 Been here awhile

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    My bike is m main source of transport. I ride nearly everyday. I commute to work and ride for fun on the weekends.
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  6. tlartist

    tlartist Adventurer

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    I am with you. Ride whenever I can.
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  7. Ron Bullard

    Ron Bullard Been here awhile

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    I consider my SV my primary means of transportation - I commute to work on it six or seven days a week, depending on my schedule. I also use it as much as I can to run errands, so long as any necessary items (groceries, etc.) fit inside my topbox. My wife and I have a car, but most of the time it sits there as she uses alternate means of getting around as well.

    Regarding the gas prices, 45+ MPG on the SV is still much better than our car, but it's not amazing MPG by any means. I just rebuilt the engine on an XT350 and plan on commuting on that once I feel confident in its reliability (65MPG?).
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  8. Snapper

    Snapper Long timer

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    Well I ride purely for fun in constant backroad twisties, pretty much only if the roads are dry, unless I'm on a long trip.... I put 11k on my new bike purchased last September. But it was an amazing winter riding season this year in the Northeast.

    The cost of tires and service on a bike is far higher than my cages... I'm pretty sure it costs me more to ride than drive, including the price of fuel.
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  9. J. Thompson #5150

    J. Thompson #5150 300-pound Gorilla

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    My car sits in the parking lot unless the weather is outright dangerous - hail, lightning, that kind of thing. Aside from that I ride to work every morning and I go riding almost every day afterwards. During the winter if the bike will start and there's no snow or ice on the streets I'll ride my bike in a heartbeat. Earlier last month we had a nasty cold spell. My bike's tank and seat had thick frost when I left and even the seat still had frost on it after my half-hour commute. My hands were numb and so stiff I could barely operate the controls by the time I got there but to me that's just part of the experience.

    :freaky:1drink
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  10. 390beretta

    390beretta Long timer

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    More of you like us than I thought:D
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  11. nigelcorn

    nigelcorn Wannabe.

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    I have used mine as my primary transport for about 5 years now, but I have the wife's car for backup if I need it. I even commuted through an Iowa winter including 5 below (not including the windchill). I now live in Vegas, so have ridden in 115. Pretty big range for commuting, and neither extreme is particularly fun.


    I have noticed that here in Vegas as it warms up I see way more motorcycles on the road. I don't get it. The fall-spring is best time to ride here, and it isn't all that fun in the summer but for some reason everyone puts their bike away in the fall and doesn't pull it back out until it is too hot to ride comfortably. :huh
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  12. jazzmans

    jazzmans fickt euch

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    I don't own a car, haven't for more then five years.


    When I drive a freinds car, I'm amazed at how limited I am as far as visibility, maneuverablility etc.

    Much better on bike. except when it's raining. it sucks when it's raining. It Rains rarely enough that I don't carry rain gear with me.

    jaz
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  13. sagebrushocean

    sagebrushocean Harris's hawker

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    I commute 36 miles round trip at least 5 days a week 10 months of the year, plus running around on the weekends. I don't commute on my bike if the roads are icy, but we don't get too many frozen-road days in Seattle. Door-to-door commute time is shorter with the DR than any other form of transportation I've tried. Emergency shortcuts over curbs, across railroad tracks, or through traffic jams are a major bonus of bike commuting, as is the ability to use the HOV lanes.

    I don't use any heated gear, just Aerostich Darien jacket and pants with a layer or two underneath. I'm comfortable even in the usual crappy PNW weather, but my commute is only 25 minutes (no interstate on most days), so I can't get TOO cold.

    The other 2 months I spend in the Oregon Outback -- lots of daily riding there on the CRF230M.
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  14. I rarely ever touch my HHR :D

    My round trip commute to work is four miles, but it's more fun to ride than drive :wink: What other people consider "bad" weather I consider a welcome bit of variety and I look forward to a bit of wind, rain, cold, heat, etc :clap

    I've almost been on the bike for a year now and I've almost got 10,000 miles added to the odometer. It only had 8,400 miles on it when I got my hands on it :evil
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  15. wmax351

    wmax351 Been here awhile

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    I rode my bike daily when I had to commute to school, and worked at home depot. Marin county during most of the year is rideable. If it is raining (or going to) I won't ride. That's why I have a car.
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  16. Scrivens

    Scrivens Been here awhile

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    I ride every day for daily duties and for fun and have done since I first got my licence in 1969. I didn't get my car licence until I was 27 and was 35 before I finally bought my first car. I own two - the big one has done around 2000km in the last 2 years, mainly the 240km round trip to our head office every few months and the little city runabout around 7000km in the last year. I have ridden 40,000km plus in the last year as a guide. I use a car if the weather is really foul, if I need to transport people or if I have to pick up things which won't fit in the panniers or top box (and it is surprising what does).
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  17. seanred

    seanred Been here awhile

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    I work from home, but I ride almost everyday, the wife and I go shopping when only a few items, I have a Honda NC700x, still waiting for Top Box.
    Weekends we are mostly outa here.:clap
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  18. seanred

    seanred Been here awhile

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    "I ride every day for daily duties and for fun and have done since I first got my licence in 1969"

    The same year I got mine.:lol3
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  19. scrannel

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    When I first got to LA I used to get around on my Sportster 90% of the time. Weather is great out here and you can legally split lanes. Though last night on my way to Korea Town for dinner saw a kid tail-ended by a chick. He was fine, bike looked pretty roughed-up. Estimated that 60% of drivers in So. Cal have no insurance and, probably, no license. If I still lived IN the city I'd still use my bike for getting around as traffic is so fucked-up out here about the only thing moving are bikes.
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  20. Scrivens

    Scrivens Been here awhile

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    We were a good year...

    I always feel like I've lost a day if I can't get out on the bike. It's Autumn here now with lots of cold and drizzly days but as long as it isn't actually pouring when I leave home I still go out. I live right on the edge of the city - less than 5 minutes to the country roads - so I generally have a 60-100km ride for fun every day, regardless of whether I've been commuting to work or whatever beforehand. I figure I have about 10 years left before riding big bikes becomes impractical due to age, so I make the most of it.
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