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    Anyone here commute by motorcycle?

    Just curious. I'm a pretty active motorcyclist and live life on another forum with similar like-minded folks. I try to ride every day, weather permitting and by weather, I mean ice and snow. My co-workers at my "regular" job and LE (I'm a sworn reserve) all think I'm crazy. When it rains they tell me "don't get wet!" It's just water, people!

    My wife and I moved to Michigan about 5 years ago and before that, we lived in my native Southern California (never going back there!). Needless to say, my annual mileage has gone down drastically but I try to ride as much as possible. In SoCal, I had a 120 mile round trip commute. Here it's closer to 25 but the scenery sure is nicer! Heated grips, anti-lock brakes and a heated seat (go ahead with the jokes!) make fall, winter and spring bearable. Maybe one day we'll join the rest of my family who defected to the Puget Sound area and my riding days will increase substantially.

    So how about it? Any daily riders here? What's your commute like? How many miles? And most importantly, what kind of BIKE? (2006 BMW R1200RT here)
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    Yes, but I admit not as often as I should - so not daily.

    25 miles each way. Honda VFR800FI.
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    Not personally, but there are several guys at my shop that ride a lot. Some really nice riding roads around my parts too.

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    I've enjoyed some spirited runs through here on four wheels myself.

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    If it was allowed on my site, I would. Year round riding is very doable here. As is, no motorcycles allowed on site.

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    Not daily since I've had a kid (it's hard to pick the little one on a my bike). I only live 5 miles from my work, but used to put 25-30 miles on the long way home. I ride a 2007 Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Mean Streak Special Edition.
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    Good question, to ride in uniform or cover it up. In winter, no problem, but summer? I mean, your tooling down the strass on a nice Harly, in uniform, (out of your jusridiction) and some tourist or gang bandger thinks hyour a motorcop. See any problems???

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    My commute is about 25 steps out my front door to my unit. However, I do try and ride my bike as often as my schedule as I can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lewisipso View Post
    My commute is about 25 steps out my front door to my unit. However, I do try and ride my bike as often as my schedule as I can.

    Yamaha V-Star 1100
    Me likey!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by lewisipso View Post
    My commute is about 25 steps out my front door to my unit. However, I do try and ride my bike as often as my schedule as I can.
    How do you reach the ground on that?
    Pleasing nobody, one person at a time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xiphos View Post
    How do you reach the ground on that?
    The V-Stars are comfortably low. True story.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ducky View Post
    The V-Stars are comfortably low. True story.
    It's the Little Tykes version.
    Pleasing nobody, one person at a time.

    That which does not kill me, better start fucking running.

    If I lived every day like it was my last, the body count would be staggering.

    I intend to go in harm's way. -John Paul Jones

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xiphos View Post
    It's the Little Tykes version.
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    "...but to forget your duck, of course, means you're really screwed." - Gary Larson
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtN1YnoL46Q


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    That one even has training wheels for him!
    Pleasing nobody, one person at a time.

    That which does not kill me, better start fucking running.

    If I lived every day like it was my last, the body count would be staggering.

    I intend to go in harm's way. -John Paul Jones

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    He brings his own ladder.

    I'm your huckleberry...

    Quemadmoeum gladis nemeinum occidit, occidentus telum est!

    You can be the weapon, and the gun in your hand is a tool - or the gun is a weapon and you are the tool.


    I was looking for a saint who was a devil of a lover,
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    I just realized I don't have a good photo of mine.

    It looks exactly like this one:

    I'm your huckleberry...

    Quemadmoeum gladis nemeinum occidit, occidentus telum est!

    You can be the weapon, and the gun in your hand is a tool - or the gun is a weapon and you are the tool.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Xiphos View Post
    How do you reach the ground on that?
    I don't. Once I get her going I don't stop until the ride is over. No matter what. Or at least that's what she says.
    Do not war for peace. If you must war, war for justice. For without justice there is no peace. -me

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    I have a 96 Vulcan 750. (Yes I need a bigger bike but this one is so damn smooth I get no "buzz" or numbness at all) 35 mile trip to work one day. Its my only vehicle now so I ride no matter what. I can not say enough good things about Tourmaster gear. Even the 20 dollar rain suit has lasted for the last several months. Between that and my jacket I have never made it to work or home wet yet.

    And in case anyone is wondering, I can personally attest to the fact that Danner GTX boots with all the venting in them are still water "proof" on a bike at 90 for 30-40 minutes.

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    We pleasure ride as often as we can. Harley 07 Heritage Softail Classic

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