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Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Chandler, Arizona
I warm the bike up BEFORE riding off on it.
I will, and have, ride through almost anything, but as far as commuting goes, to me, it is just no fun anyway, might as well take the car, and save the motorcycle for more FUN riding.
By far the biggest danger trying to commute on a motorcycle on the urban freeways around here is being rear ended. Traffic will be moving along at 55-65 mph, then, for no apparent reason, come to almost a complete stop, very suddenly. This happens all the time. Add to that that most cagers are busy on their cell phones, laptops, reading the paper, putting on makeup, shaving, eating, watching something on their indash DVD player, and a whole lot of other things besides driving, and we have 20-30 rear end collisions per day, many including multiple vehicles. 5 or 6 car pileups are not uncommon. It is so common, that there are signs up all over the place that say "in the event of a minor crash, remove vehicles from roadway". Now if you are in this traffic on a motorcycle, especially after dark, you could easily be seriously injured or killed. The few times I've ridden I've ridden in it, I keep my 4 way hazard flashers (another nice feature of the Vulcan) on, and keep flashing my brakelight, hoping whoever is behind me is paying attention. I keep a few feet between me and the vehicle in front of me for an escape route, but you would literally have a fraction of a second to see the situation, react to it, and take evasive action. Hell, I even keep the hazard flashers on in my car under 30 mph (legal in my state) in traffic like this. Jerry.
I am a motorcyclist, NOT a biker.
1997 Vulcan 750, purchased about a week ago
2006 Sportster 1200 Low
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500, converted to carb
2001 Yamaha XT225, heavily modified
2004 Honda Rebel 250
1979 Vespa P200E
2002 Vulcan 750 parts bike
1994 Yamaha XT225 parts bike
Last edited by VN750Rider/Jerry; 12-22-2009 at 07:12 PM.