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Motorbike for commuting

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by domtyler, 17 Jun 2008.

  1. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    What would be the best kind of bike to get for a forty odd mile commute into London all year round?

    I am guessing some kind of sports tourer like a Yamaha FJR1300?
     
  2. dan_bo

    dan_bo How much does it cost to Oldham?

    Location:
    Failsworth
    Old beemer twin pot
     
  3. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Location:
    Penarth, Wales
    I used to commute from Aylesbury to London for a few years and had several bikes but the favorite was the K100RS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  4. beancounter

    beancounter Well-Known Member

    Location:
    South Beds
    I commute pretty much every day on a 1999 Honda VFR800.

    Absolutely ideal for the job and it was cheap as chips too.

    bc

    p.s. FJR1300 is a big big bike!
     
  5. Paulus

    Paulus Getting older by the minute

    Location:
    Barnet,
    A Honda CB 500. I get around 90 miles a gallon out of mine on commutes. They are nippy, manoeuvrable, and are quite comfy.
     
  6. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    Eek, no fairing? Does that not make for bit of a blustery ride? What about in rain?
     
  7. Paulus

    Paulus Getting older by the minute

    Location:
    Barnet,
    I've got a decent waterproof coat and waterproof trousers, and you don't get to much wind buffer until you get over 50 mph, on the main roads only you understand. I also have a pair of handlebar muffs for the winter they are invaluable.
     
  8. Alcdrew

    Alcdrew Senior Member

    Location:
    UK
    Whats wrong with pedal power?
     
  9. Paulus

    Paulus Getting older by the minute

    Location:
    Barnet,
    Depends on how far you have to go.
     
  10. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    Okay so FJR may be a little too big for me then. The VFRs look like a sensible choice though. Can they take side panniers at all?
     
  11. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    Heh heh, wondered when someone would pipe up with that one! :thumbsdown:

    I have been cycling to work and back for years Alcdrew, but I live and work in London, my ride is only seven miles each way. Forty five miles each way is going to be too much for me to do on a daily basis all year round, both in terms of effort and more importantly time, it would take about six hours a day given a fifteen mile per hour average! Would you like to reconsider your suggestion now? ;)
     
  12. magnatom

    magnatom Guest

    Ya big jessie! :tongue:
     
  13. beancounter

    beancounter Well-Known Member

    Location:
    South Beds
  14. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    Alternatively buy some soft throw-over panniers or a clip-on tank bag.
     
  15. Alcdrew

    Alcdrew Senior Member

    Location:
    UK
    Ya big jessie! :ohmy::biggrin: