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Old 06-29-2006, 08:55 PM   #131
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Aprilia RS250 - that's what my dad commutes on and he's over 65! beat that you sissys that complain of comfort and 'powerband' !



I'm not sure how far the commute is I believe it's about 15-20 miles.
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Old 06-30-2006, 01:15 AM   #132
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I am grateful to you for this tip. I hadn't heard of it, I did Google it, and it looks like just what I want for about 200 miles of commuting a week in central New Jersey. So far most of the talk I've Googlereaped is about release in Japan and Europe; nobody has mentioned USA availability. Hope that's what you meant where to expect it; any further info?

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Old 06-30-2006, 02:07 AM   #133
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Exposed crank.Why not.
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Old 06-30-2006, 03:08 AM   #134
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I would say a dualsport or supermoto would be the best for short commutes a Monster or SV for longer. Tires last a long time on low horsepower bikes like these. Besides, I get 3000 miles out of a rear with the latest sport tires. I bet a sport touring tire would last at least twice as long.
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Old 06-30-2006, 03:35 AM   #135
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How about a Honda XR650L...I ride a 98 model that I "supermotoed" by installing 17's and sportbike rubber along with a 320mm front disk. It's a hoot to ride, gets great mileage, comfortable and gives you a good view of traffic, it's narrow if you want to lane split and is Honda reliable. You can pick up a good used one for a song and you will be singing all the way to work.
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Old 06-30-2006, 04:18 AM   #136
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I have them on a seperate switch and relay. The VFR's electrical system is delicate, and I can't run the fogs in all situations.
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Old 06-30-2006, 04:40 AM   #137
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Default Re: What's the Best Bike for Commuting? A CAR!!

But seruzawa, why would anyone commute in a ¾ ton truck that gets 16-17 mpg? If a motorcycle is an option for the commute then hauling ¾ tons of something is not a daily commuting requirement. This is where a small car like a Chevy Metro or Toyota Echo/Yaris, Scion etc. is perfect. You get 40 to 50 mpg and have plenty of room for lunch boxes, laptops, etc. Even switching the commute to a car that gets 35 mpg will save over $1600 per year on a 50 mile roundtrip commute if gas is $2.50 per gallon. In my area, Metros can be found for $1500 to $2500 with 50K miles and a 50K mile Toyota Echo is $5000. The car pays for itself in a couple of years if you commute far enough.



You may even find that you donÂ’t really NEED a truck. We switched from a 16 mpg truck to the 49 mpg Jetta wagon 4 years ago and have borrowed a friendÂ’s truck about 6 times. I can fit more lumber in the Jetta than in my uncleÂ’s Envoy XL! If I finally got around to getting a hitch for the Jetta I would never need a truck. I think our experience is pretty typical, we had a truck because it was convenient a couple times a year but found out once it was gone that we didnÂ’t really need it. Saving $4000 per year on fuel is nice too!



KLRer, I didnÂ’t forget depreciation, itÂ’s just not a very big factor for me. Yes, itÂ’s the number one expense it youÂ’re the typical person that buys new every 2-3 year. However, if youÂ’re like me and buy that typical personÂ’s 3 year old car with 36K miles for 50% to 60% of new and then drive it for the next 150K miles then itÂ’s not much of a factor. There is not reason todayÂ’s cars canÂ’t go 200K to 300K miles or more if you do the maintenance and take care of them. Most people donÂ’t buy a new car because they NEED one but because they WANT one. ItÂ’s a huge difference. BTW, my last bike had 85K miles on it and I only replaced it with the BMW because of a very nasty highside.

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Old 06-30-2006, 04:56 AM   #138
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Right, and after mulling it over some more Ive concluded that depreciation is only a deciding factor if you buy a motorcycle instead of a car rather than in addition to car. Because the car depreciates even if its sitting in your garage.
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Old 06-30-2006, 05:37 AM   #139
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Triumph Sprint ST

1. 3 excelent color matched waterproof hard bags.

2. 50+MPG 250 mile range.

3. Access plug for heated gear.

4. Good fairing for protection from the elements.

5. Dual heardlight to see and be seen with.

6. 100+ hp for "merging" when you need it.

7. Wide radial tires for allweather safetey.

8. Relaxed "agresive" riding position.

9. Easy to maintain o-ring chain (20,000+ on my last one).

10. Top bag acts as a removeable "sissy bar" to load passengers or gear on read part of seat.

11. In my experience stone reliable.

12. 10+ in the "what a cool bike factor"

13. All the elderly parking lot guys rode a Triumph "back when" which has gotten me free parking and someone who contantly was watching the bike.

14. With all the bags I can go to a meeting in a suit and dumg my riding gear in the bags with no one being the wiser.

15 Chicks dig Triumphs!!!



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Old 06-30-2006, 02:56 PM   #140
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Hey once you have done it for awhile write about for MO.
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