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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 08-24-2009, 12:56 PM Thread Starter
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Any full time bikers out there?

Hi VN750 forum members/riders.

I was for 5 years from about 87-92 and am trying to get back to it.
My cage died a few months back and I dont wanna replace it.
Gonna get the bike into tip top handling condition.
I commute a very short distance(1.2 miles)and can get by on 7 miles per day if needed.
Seems to me I remember the old days without raingear,..uh yeah,..never again...i have money now...I have a couple months before rains start again.
Anyhow, a lot depends on the g/f and ex wife and their taxi abilities...3 kids. one each in grade/middle/high school. WISH ME LUCK!!!

Anyhow, any other full timers out there?
Am I looking thru rose colored shades? cause I'm actually excited...maybe this is my mid life crisis....

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Not I brother, I usually take the cage if its gonna rain...
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I dont own a car, the wife does so if its snowing I'll have her take me into work but besides that every day of the year I ride.

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If it's not raining, and I don't have to haul big stuff, I'm on the bike. But no, not a full time rider

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Full time rider now until grass needs cut then i have to drive my truck to get the mower other than that I RIDE , And also I live in the so called "Sunshine State ".....Yeah right Its rained every day for the past month no joke
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1.2 mile commute? Walk.

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I'm usually a "full time" rider except for the month of August. This summer, not so much. Maybe I'm getting old, but since June and the start of a string of 100+ degree days, I've gotten barely 2 rides a week in. But, September is just around the corner. I just looked at the 10 day forecast and it shows rain for the first few days of Sept. We usually come out of a drought with floods down here.

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I was for 10 years.

First off, EQ has it right, if you have a 1.2 mile commute to work, walk... or get a BICYCLE. You are going to kill your motorbike riding it that far everyday.
You will never get the battery to charge and you will wear the motor out faster than racing the thing.

A scooter might be a good alternative, but a bicycle will cost alot less for fuel.

You also did not say where you live, so do not know if snow/ice storms might fit into your future.

If you are serious about riding a motorcycle full time, I would suggest getting a cheap duel purpose bike and not subjecting your poor Vulcan to such harsh treatment. A 175-250 cc single is all you need, if the motor wears out it would at least be cheaper to fix.

Now if your communte was 10 miles or more, you would have a good case for using the Vulcan.........


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I agree with EQ & KM, walk 1.2 mi. would be just a warm up...

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