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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-29-2017, 09:42 AM Thread Starter
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Mc commute 50% day!

Today is the 117th day of commuting to work on my MC this year. With my holiday and vacation schedule I work 235 days a year, so I have hit the 50% mark.

This is the first time riding this many days per year, which means I am commuting on my MC more than driving my car. And there are still 4 weeks left in 2017.

Not a big deal for riders in the southern states, but for upstate NY... I stopped seeing other MCs on the roads during commuting hours about a month ago. Having the Memphis Fats windshield and fork deflectors on the bike now makes a big difference when its cold, even though Im not hitting more than 45mph on the daily ride.

I did not take into account days that I was out sick, days when I was out of town on business, or the 6 days when i rode my bicycle to work this year.

For the last 4 years its been closer to 100 days / year. Now I can say my Vstar is my primary mode of transportation.

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That is awesome! Props for riding year round in NY!
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Good on ya for riding a motorcycle that much. Can't say I'd enjoy riding my motorcycle during the winter as much as riding my bicycles... with the latter I at least generate serious body heat and don't get cold.
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Not riding completely year round.

Once there is snow on the ground in december the bike normally stays in the garage till maybe early march.

Sometimes we get a january thaw, temps into the 60s for a few days, and then it snows again.
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Look! A snow angel!
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Today is the 117th day of commuting to work on my MC this year. With my holiday and vacation schedule I work 235 days a year, so I have hit the 50% mark.

This is the first time riding this many days per year, which means I am commuting on my MC more than driving my car. And there are still 4 weeks left in 2017.

Not a big deal for riders in the southern states, but for upstate NY... I stopped seeing other MCs on the roads during commuting hours about a month ago. Having the Memphis Fats windshield and fork deflectors on the bike now makes a big difference when its cold, even though Im not hitting more than 45mph on the daily ride.

I did not take into account days that I was out sick, days when I was out of town on business, or the 6 days when i rode my bicycle to work this year.

For the last 4 years its been closer to 100 days / year. Now I can say my Vstar is my primary mode of transportation.
You're ahead of me! I commute on the bike whenever possible. But "possible" to me means 50 degrees or more (I'm a wuss)...
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BMW made motorcycles in the 1940s that had sidecars, with a drive shaft to the side car wheel.

they were unstoppable in the snow and mud.

BTW, does that jacket say Alaska?! I cant imaging what they would be doing up there?
that does not look like Alaska. I think those are NY plates.
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BMW made motorcycles in the 1940s that had sidecars, with a drive shaft to the side car wheel.

they were unstoppable in the snow and mud.
Russians still make Urals... With driven sidecars. Well, I know I know it is a copy of DKW and BMW ))) But still being produced these days. And they imported in the US!

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My MotoGuzzi had a Steib sidecar and it was great in New England winter weather. Right after the fall of the Iron Curtain you could get a Ural or Dnepr (Ukrainian Ural equivalent) sidehack with the live axle for about $4,000. Now the Ural Patrol goes for more than 4X that price.
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