psnmb, commuting to work on a bike may seem to be cost saver. saving a few dollars on gas, you would think adds up. in the end it does not. there are small commuter cars that cost equal sometimes less than a bike that get equivalent mileage.
(example: 010 hundai w/10yr-100k mile warranty loaded for <10k otd. 37mpg.)
Cost of maintenance, tires, brakes, insurance, gear, wear n tear on a bike is far more costly than a small car. Total cost savings are just not there.
then of course there is all the safety issues of driving among cars w/drivers engaged in other activities. Your additional attention to them and anxiety because of them does have a wear n tear cost on your physical well being. If you manage to stay alive.
Riding everday has its perks. I did when it seemed practical. Too many close calls (see above) I reconsidered this activity and quit it. I only ride now for pleasure.. still most everyday. wait till after the commuters go home. 7-9pm.
I know many will take exception to this posting and even turn up the flames as they are daily commuters and are hardened(sharpened?) against all the odds. That thier ride jones outweighs the risk and cost.
Its not you thats gonna get you killed, its all those others out there not paying attention. once upon a time, you had to be most aware of anybody-thing in front of you. Now you are most vunerable from the rear as many drivers are engaged in cell phones, texting, eating, dressing and a host of other activities.
ok, but its a lot like playing russian roulette w/5 rounds in 6 shooter.. think about it, there are people who need you (fambly). dont let them down. and out, ponch
not another boring list of mods;
14 guzzi v14, 14 Injun chieftain v18, 13 guzzi v7, 12 hardley 48
07 kaw v2k, 07 guzzi v11, 07 yam v17, 07 96ci 'lectraglide
06 88ci superglide, 05 hardley 883, 05 yam v17
04 zooki sv1k, 03 guzzi v11, 02 kaw v15
01 Honda 750, 00 hardley 883, 84 Honda v7 supermagna, 99 hardley 883
92 zooki v8 sport, 88 zooki 650 thumper, 84 Honda 500 thumper
80 Honda 360t, 78 Honda cb500f, 75 Honda cb750f
73 Honda cb500f, 73 Yam TX750 blow up bike, 72 Honda cb350t
Last edited by Poncho Villa; 02-08-2011 at 07:33 AM.