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Old 06-29-2006, 08:26 AM   #101
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It really depend on YOU! I commuted to work (~ 30 miles each way) for 2 years on a beat up 84 VT500 that I got for nothing. I had no problem with it, and it was quite fun.



I also rode to work at a another location (Lawton, OK) on a Yamahs LS-1 Twinjet 100 and a 1973 TS125 for about 6 months. No problems there, either.



I rode rain or shine, but tried to avoid the ice and snow. I do remember one morning when the car in front of me spun on black ice going over an overpass. I coasted over the bridge and helped the guy out of his wrecked car.



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Old 06-29-2006, 08:57 AM   #102
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Depending on how far you want to go, I'd recommend something like a Suzuki DRZ400SM. It's light, nimble, gets great mileage, but is not underpowered. If you put a PackSafe tailbag you'd have plenty for commuting/grocery runs. If you want something with a bit more comfort/space, some of the smaller displacement sport-tourers.
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Old 06-29-2006, 09:05 AM   #103
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Commuting isn't all about saving money, though that's always a plus. Really it just depends on whether you want to enjoy the commute. For some it's sitting with A/C, tunes and a cup of coffee. For other -- myself included -- I'd rather get through the traffic and feel like have a bit more fun and freedom on my route to/from work.



Bikes still consistently get better mileage (save for some big bore twins) and you'll eat through fewer tires if you didn't ride so hard. Personally, I don't mind forking over a bit more cash on tires so I can ride like I want.
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Old 06-29-2006, 09:40 AM   #104
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first post and all you come up with is a car and a scooter.
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Old 06-29-2006, 09:57 AM   #105
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Maybe... I'll still be with Boeing..
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Old 06-29-2006, 10:02 AM   #106
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mmmm, what's for dinner? Don't forget the potted ham & pickled eggs..and a gas mask.
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Old 06-29-2006, 10:34 AM   #107
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If all your commute is in the city with speed limit of no more than 35 MPG, get a 50 cc scooter. I had a Honda Metro, which has a big under seat storage area that is large enough for a full face helmet. Its gas mileage is 100 MPH and there is no chain to lube.



I had a Honda Rebel 250cc which rides fine on the freeway. It is very economical to run. It is air cool and there is no oil filter to change. Gas mileage is 70 - 80 MPG.



Both bikes have typical Honda QC and built quality and they are as solid as rock.



For a little more excitement, I am now commuting on a Ninja 250 with a gas mileage of 50-70 MPG. I have a Nelson Rigg tank bag and tail bag, the latter of which is big enough for a full size helmet. You can add to this saddle bags for even more sotrage. The Ninja has some sotage space under the seat and I have a bungee net there, which connects nicely to the hooks on both sides of the bike to carry small item on the back seat. I oftern carry my wife and ride on the free way and together we weigh around 250 lbs and the bike has no problem reaching 70 -80 MPH with room to spare if you MUST go faster. The OEM windshield does a good job of blocking most of the wind off you but give you enough air to cool off on hot summer days. The Ninja 250 is very light and small so parking and moving around the garage are very trivial indeed.
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Old 06-29-2006, 11:22 AM   #108
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I had the YS-1C twin 90. What a screamer, could kick arse on Honda 160's.



Where have all the little bikes gone?







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Old 06-29-2006, 11:25 AM   #109
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Yeah, open ports! How about an exposed crank too? Might get arrested for indecent exposure though...
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Old 06-29-2006, 11:31 AM   #110
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It comes from rodeo...I think it's been in common usage forever, but I'm sure the Red Sox run made it catch on with the masses...I wonder how many Red Sox fans are rodeo fans too.
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