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View Poll Results: How do you use your motorcycle?
Don't ride it, sits in garage 0 0%
Trailer to shows only 0 0%
Ride to shows only 0 0%
Sunshiny weekends only, bikes never been wet 2 11.11%
Weekends only, OK to possibly get wet 1 5.56%
Commute to work on pretty days 2 11.11%
Commute to work if streets are dry leaving home 11 61.11%
Commute to work 100% of time 0 0%
Only own a bike 2 11.11%
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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-14-2019, 04:34 PM Thread Starter
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There are many ways people use their motorcycle, from fair weather weekend warrior to die hard only have a motorcycle riders. Not saying any response makes you more of a "Biker" than another, juscurious. Which are you?

I'll start. My rule is if I get to work dry, I ride. Yes, I have a rainsuit but prefer not to take the time to waterproof myself, I leave for work at 5am. Winter time I layer up. Summer time is the roughest time due to heat.
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I am a fair weather guy. I carry my laptop with me that has all of my work stuff on it. If it gets too wet it could cause me more trouble to try and reclaim it. Sure I can leave it at work if the weather is too bad but sometimes I do need to do the old work from home thing...So it is better to be safe than sorry in my case. I do have a trash bag in the saddlebags if I get caught out by a surprise storm but sometimes finding a safe place to pull over could take miles...so I would say I really prefer sunny and warm...
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I ride most of the time, pretty much like lesblank. If I can get to work dry I ride, not to worried about getting wet after work. Living in Texas I can pretty much ride year round to.
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I ride every chance I can. But I also have a car. Right now, until I get heated gear, that means when it's dry(ish) and 45 or over when I walk out the door.

I do want to add these weasley words though. This is the Rookie method. Not by far the "right" nor only method. If I see you doing you, I'll wave.
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I used to ride to work only on nice days but this year I started riding every day, rain or shine. If it's pouring really hard (bouncing off the pavement hard) in the am I'll probably take the car, but with my rain suit I don't mind a little rain and my commute is only 10 minutes so not a big deal. I usually just pull on my rain pants and the windshield keeps the rest of me dry enough. Except for a family trip last weekend I haven't driven a car for over a month. Actually, my son's car is broken down so he's been using mine to go to work so I've been riding everywhere. Unfortunately it won't be long before I'll have to park her for the winter...sigh.
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The last time I owned a car was 2002. I am so glad I got Cherry now If they have to keep The Strat waiting for parts I don't have to rent a car.
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The last time I owned a car was 2002. I am so glad I got Cherry now If they have to keep The Strat waiting for parts I don't have to rent a car.
From 1973 to 1988 I only owned a bike. My wife always had one but I didn't. I remember once I had to put her car in the shop and taking the boys to school one at a time, remember I have 4 sons, then take the wife to work. That was a long morning, but everyone made it on time. Then one time when I got her a new car I kept her old one for such emergencies.

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I was torn between Only on pretty weekends, and Commute on pretty days. Only because I work at home, so commuting is not part of my day.

Ride in my spare time, would be more accurate in my life.

And I'll add this, if you have to work for a living, working from home is about the best thing EVER!

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When I retired my wife and I got rid of the car, All we have are the bikes now, I am picking the 2006 Strat I bought in Daytona next week. Then we will have a 650 Classic and the Stratoliner.
This is nothing new to me , but the wife is getting used to it.

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I ride to work as long as the rain percentage is 50% & below.
I get to ride 1 day out of the 8 weekend days. The other weekends I'm with the wife & kid. So, its cage time.

Ride Smart! Ride Often!

No matter what you ride. Just ride!

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