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Question: Do you commute on your bike? If so, how do you feel about it?
I commute often, and don't mind the added mileage and square tires. - 386 (71.1%)
I commute often, but dislike the added mileage and square tires. - 25 (4.6%)
I commute occasionally, so there isn't much added mileage or square tires. - 60 (11%)
I rarely (or never) commute on my bike—ain't gonna have NO commuting miles or square tires! - 42 (7.7%)
Other (please post up below). - 30 (5.5%)
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« Reply #140 on: August 16, 2012, 02:17:34 pm »

My commute....Highway 50 in Sacramento...50 miles round trip....  Thumbsdown Thumbsdown

Thank goodness for lane sharing.... Thumbsup Thumbsup

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« Reply #141 on: August 17, 2012, 09:26:25 pm »




Yes. It's a perfect long distance commuter.


Trophy's are perfect for that sort of thing, I commute on mine (but not 200 miles!)
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« Reply #142 on: September 02, 2012, 11:41:25 pm »

Yep on two, or three about 4.5 days a week. I need to drive the truck maybe once or twice a month
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« Reply #143 on: September 07, 2012, 04:51:13 am »

That's why I have the CBR 250. I get 70MPG on the highway.
My commute is 25 miles round trip.
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« Reply #144 on: January 06, 2013, 09:59:12 pm »

I rode 46 miles each way to work for 2 years. Then moved closer to work. Now I ride 14 miles each way to work. I ride every chance I get. I will ride in any temp, water can cause me to drive.

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I now commute 82 miles a day. I will ride rain or shine, unless the temp is low enough to to freeze.
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« Reply #145 on: January 07, 2013, 12:22:12 am »

When I lived on SoCal I commuted every day for 3 years, from Palmdale to Simi Valley. About 60 miles each way. I now live 5 miles from work and have only driven my truck to work about a dozen times since June.
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« Reply #146 on: January 29, 2013, 04:21:30 pm »

If it's not raining, I'm riding. I do 120 miles a day, 4 days a week. That's the beauty of living in Southern California. Have a heated vest & gloves, good to go................ Thumbsup
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« Reply #147 on: February 01, 2013, 01:42:42 pm »


If it's not raining, I'm riding. I do 120 miles a day, 4 days a week. That's the beauty of living in Southern California. Have a heated vest & gloves, good to go................ Thumbsup


How cold does it get by you???
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« Reply #148 on: February 01, 2013, 06:11:00 pm »

My soon to be 17 year old daughter is going to need the car this summer for classes for the first time. I've pretty much decided not to buy another car. Instead, she'll end up using my car, and I'll start commuting on one of the bikes to see how I like it.

Depending on the route I choose, my ride will be about 38-50 miles round trip. I live in the heart of the Sacramento suburbs, and I work downtown. I do have one route that will take me through the countryside in the middle of the ride. Bigok  But avoiding bumper to bumper traffic on both ends is just about impossible no matter which way I go.

On top of that, the parking lot for my company is 4 blocks away from the building, and has NO security whatsoever. When I first started, we had three bike commuters. None of them do so any longer due to damage to their bikes in the unattended parking lot.  Thumbsdown Thumbsdown  Sad

Of course, they were on newer, fancier, more expensive bikes than I'll be riding. I hope that's enough to keep to keep the riff raff away.  Smile
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« Reply #149 on: February 01, 2013, 07:36:09 pm »


My soon to be 17 year old daughter is going to need the car this summer for classes for the first time. I've pretty much decided not to buy another car. Instead, she'll end up using my car, and I'll start commuting on one of the bikes to see how I like it.

Depending on the route I choose, my ride will be about 38-50 miles round trip. I live in the heart of the Sacramento suburbs, and I work downtown. I do have one route that will take me through the countryside in the middle of the ride. Bigok  But avoiding bumper to bumper traffic on both ends is just about impossible no matter which way I go.

On top of that, the parking lot for my company is 4 blocks away from the building, and has NO security whatsoever. When I first started, we had three bike commuters. None of them do so any longer due to damage to their bikes in the unattended parking lot.  Thumbsdown Thumbsdown  Sad

Of course, they were on newer, fancier, more expensive bikes than I'll be riding. I hope that's enough to keep to keep the riff raff away.  Smile


 Better chain it to a post or somethin'.
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« Reply #150 on: February 01, 2013, 08:52:35 pm »


Better chain it to a post or somethin'.

Funny you should say that. There's one parking spot in the lot that's only about 75% of the width of most other spots, and the one light post in the whole parking lot sits in that spot.  Lol

Seems like the perfect place to put the bike and chain it up. The neighborhood itself is actually fine, just a lot of foot traffic through the open lot and a few "odd" folks here and there. Fingers crossed that it's an uneventful process.  Smile
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« Reply #151 on: February 05, 2013, 09:48:40 pm »

If it's 40° or more and there's no snow/ice on the roads, I'm riding.  It's less than 4 miles across town but I'll be damned if I don't tend to get lost every time I take the bike and end up taking 30 mins and arriving with round tires and a big smile.   Bigsmile
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« Reply #152 on: April 27, 2013, 04:08:46 pm »


My GL-1200 is my default commuter vehicle.

Dunlop Elite 3s handle the job quite well and maintain their profile longer than sport-touring tires do.


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« Reply #153 on: April 27, 2013, 08:52:00 pm »

Not commuting anymore, please shift the one answer from Option 3 to Option 5 for best accuracy.
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« Reply #154 on: May 18, 2013, 09:22:56 am »

My update:  no longer commuting to work.  I'm now in college full time and riding every day still.  It's a 30+ mile ride each way and no slab.  It's actually a slightly twisty route with 8 stops spread along it.  My tires will last longer now.  
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« Reply #155 on: September 12, 2013, 07:15:31 am »

Just got a new job back at a plant I worked at years ago.  Would love to commute but the deer in West Virginia are thick.  Will have to wait until spring when they aren't running so much. Smile
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« Reply #156 on: October 26, 2013, 07:55:08 am »

ride the KLR to work as much as possible. I am currently working second shift and just need to remember the chance for frost at night when I come back home.
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« Reply #157 on: October 26, 2013, 11:05:57 am »

My commute to work is 4.6mi (House to Parking Garage) usually takes me about 45min (total miles covered is closer to 40) Ride home during the summer is closer to 60-70 I don't do alot of slab riding. And theres nothing that relieves the stress of work before I get home that toe draggin some twisties. I've even been known to take a long lunch and go for a short 45min-1hr ride in the middle fo the day.
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« Reply #158 on: October 26, 2013, 09:52:01 pm »

Used to do the 50 miles into Montreal on the Highway 20 slab every day for many years. Burned through a succession of Hondas, CB450, 400F, CXE650. Used to take 15 minutes off the 1 hour commute by car, mostly made up in the downtown traffic. Good times, bad times... lots of memories and adventures.
Now I have a 30 minute ride to work, 3/4 of it on twisties along the empty back roads of Cape Breton. Rare to see another vehicle in the first 15 minutes.
Feel lucky every time I strap on the helmet!

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« Reply #159 on: October 26, 2013, 11:55:55 pm »

I put 3-4X more miles on my bikes than I do my car, and I pick non-squaring routes  Bigsmile
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