Where are Britain's motorcycle commuters? Have we gone soft or are we too sensitive to the ravages of winter on man and machine? Year-round commuting has its upsides. Be inspired to ride every day of the week, with our help
You can never have enough time. Ask any millionaire what he'd like more of. It won't be money, more than likely it'll be time. And this is what the motorcycle offers you.
We polled our readers to find out what their commuting habits were. This is what we found:
So compared to the car the biking commuter saves 46 minutes a day, which accumulates to a substantial 7.6 days over a working year. And compared to the train the biking commuter saves 88 minutes a day, which accumulates to a staggering 14.6 days a year -nearly two years over a working lifetime!
As we've already said, motorcyclists are also saving around half the fuel bills a car's racking up. We compared the fuel economy of our own Corporal Hogan's Suzuki GSR600 with that of an 1800cc family car over his 15-mile urban commute. John was making his commute in half the time, using half the fuel, puffing out half the atmosphere-killing CO2s and gaining a full seven-and-a-half extra days to spend with his two young daughters (oh, and wife).
We've made the case. Of course if you're just a big girl's blouse and think you're gonna get your hands cold, gonna crumple your hair, gonna be ridiculed by your workmates, then take stock and think again. You have the means to making your own life, and those of others, much better. Do it.
Posted: 06/12/2010 at 13:19
Also: Is your photobike trying to get himself squished? Excellent positioning!
Posted: 06/12/2010 at 18:00
Posted: 27/05/2011 at 10:32
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Posted: 23/05/2012 at 12:14
Yes most sports bike riders are big girls' blouses. They only ride when the sun shines and not in winter. They get excited at the thought of the Brighton May Day run, thinking it's long distance travel.
I see them coming down to the Oakdene Café in summer, and most of them have come 20 miles and think they're doing well.
When I talk to them from a man's bike (a big trailie) they just don't get it, that I travel down to Morocco on this, over to Turkey, up to Estonia and so on. It frightens them-if they knew where these places were. If they ever do go across the channel, they stick a Union Jack on the bike, they are so nervous.
Commuting in winter? Not a chance with these types. Sorry.
The bikes they ride are fabulous, but the riders are wooses . Great article , wasted on wimps.
Posted: 23/05/2012 at 12:32
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