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    I don't want to ride to work anymore

    Riding to work on my bike has become a stressor.

    My commute is from the outskirts of Rochester, on mostly rural county and state highways with limited traffic, though I have a lot of cars coming at me as people head in to the city to work in the opposite direction that I am heading.

    My commute in is 37.5 miles (75 round-trip), about 45-50 minutes long.

    I guess I am posting this because I want to see how others feel about riding to work, and to be heard by others who will understand.

    Here is what is stressing me out:

    -I am drowsy in the morning, even after coffee, getting up at 5am to walk the dog a couple of miles before leaving around 7:00.
    -I am tired in the afternoon, after dealing with people all day.

    As a result of the two things above, I don't feel I can generate the focus I need to ride a motorcycle safely.

    -My ride in is mostly east, ride home is mostly west. Therefore, I get the sun both ways.

    -Riding the bike throws off my routine, so I usually forget something like my office keys, and one time, my wallet.

    -I don't like leaving the bike out in the parking lot for 8+ hours, in full sun the whole time. I cover it, but that is something else that makes the whole experience inconvenient.

    -Speaking of inconvenience, I sometimes go to three different buildings during my work day, involving transportation. It is much easier to this in a car vs. putting on a helmet, stuffing my briefcase in the saddlebag, etc, etc.


    I am an analytical and detail person, so I keep track of how many times I ride the bike to work. Last year, I rode 62 times, including nearly every day in June. This year, only 14 total.

    I bought the F6B as a 50/50 commuting/recreation bike. I rode 8,500 miles last year, with 5,000 of that accumulated from commuting.

    Now I just don't want to deal with it anymore. It is taking away from the riding experience overall, with the lingering unpleasantness of commuting affecting my desire to ride at other times.

    I even mix up the route home, heading up to Lake Road, which is a very nice ride along the shore of Lake Ontario. That makes it a little better, but often I can't wait just to get home.

    Not only that, but now I have a bike that may only get 4000 miles/year riding when I spent a chunk of change on it to serve as commuter transportation. Good thing its a Wing, and I could have it 25 years without spending much on maintenance and repairs.

    Anyway, just wanted to share this and am interested in what others think.
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    You have stated some very good reasons for not wanting to use your bike as your main commuter.

    Take a break from it as such, use it occasionally as a ride to and from work; on days that you feel better; both physically and mentally.


    Riding a bike to work affects folks in the most opposite ways. To me (when I was regularly commuting to the office - 100 mile round trip) the bike was a welcome relief... to unwind from a stressful day. Hell... on some days it was the only thing that would actually make me want to come to work... the bike ride in. Once I got there... all I would think about is the ride back home.
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    I wish I could commute....maybe if I did, I'd eventually feel this way. Commuting around here is a nightmare, so what I don't know is probably better. Mine is garaged a mile from work, so I wouldn't park it here everyday for that commute...only in moments of need right afterwards. The sun would irritate me also. I ride a lot more, so I satisfy my needs that way. Single and a renter, my weekends are free in riding season and the family knows it. It's definitely my medicine to calm me down. No real solace in my post, and the limited riding season you have does surprise me a bit, but I get it.

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    Sheesh. I wish I could sometimes commute on my bike. I have a company provided service truck/van. At least I am not paying for fuel and upkeep and get a new one every 100k miles, About 3 years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VStarRider View Post
    Riding to work on my bike has become a stressor.
    My commute is from the outskirts of Rochester, on mostly rural county and state highways with limited traffic, though I have a lot of cars coming at me as people head in to the city to work in the opposite direction that I am heading.
    My commute in is 37.5 miles (75 round-trip), about 45-50 minutes long.
    I guess I am posting this because I want to see how others feel about riding to work, and to be heard by others who will understand.
    Here is what is stressing me out:
    -I am drowsy in the morning, even after coffee, getting up at 5am to walk the dog a couple of miles before leaving around 7:00.
    -I am tired in the afternoon, after dealing with people all day.
    As a result of the two things above, I don't feel I can generate the focus I need to ride a motorcycle safely.
    -My ride in is mostly east, ride home is mostly west. Therefore, I get the sun both ways.
    -Riding the bike throws off my routine, so I usually forget something like my office keys, and one time, my wallet.
    -I don't like leaving the bike out in the parking lot for 8+ hours, in full sun the whole time. I cover it, but that is something else that makes the whole experience inconvenient.
    -Speaking of inconvenience, I sometimes go to three different buildings during my work day, involving transportation. It is much easier to this in a car vs. putting on a helmet, stuffing my briefcase in the saddlebag, etc, etc.

    I am an analytical and detail person, so I keep track of how many times I ride the bike to work. Last year, I rode 62 times, including nearly every day in June. This year, only 14 total.
    I bought the F6B as a 50/50 commuting/recreation bike. I rode 8,500 miles last year, with 5,000 of that accumulated from commuting.
    Now I just don't want to deal with it anymore. It is taking away from the riding experience overall, with the lingering unpleasantness of commuting affecting my desire to ride at other times.
    I even mix up the route home, heading up to Lake Road, which is a very nice ride along the shore of Lake Ontario. That makes it a little better, but often I can't wait just to get home.
    Not only that, but now I have a bike that may only get 4000 miles/year riding when I spent a chunk of change on it to serve as commuter transportation. Good thing its a Wing, and I could have it 25 years without spending much on maintenance and repairs.

    Anyway, just wanted to share this and am interested in what others think.

    I commuted on my motorcycle whenever the temp was above 20 degrees and the roads were dry.
    My commute was only 17 miles, but there were 42 stoplights (yes, I counted several times) and lots of two lane streets so my commute was 45 - 50 minutes as well.

    For starters: I understand your sentiments perfectly.
    Now for my morning commentary on your predicament......
    I want to get one thing out of the way: for me, riding is not about me vs the bike and then me vs the bike vs the world. Riding is me AND Isleen vs the world.

    Physical vs emotional fatigue:
    - If I walked a couple miles each morning, I'm pretty sure I'd be 'exercised' enough to maintain focus on the bike. Exercise does that to me. Might physically fatigue me, but my mind gets more alert.
    - I was never physically tired in the afternoon, but 'emotionally drained' from dealing with people? You betcha. These people could suck the life out of anyone......
    - I never found my bike commute to be physically challenging and I would look forward to riding her home. Like you, I had several different routes just to mix it up and see what was going on elsewheres.....
    - Separate emotional & physical fatigue as it applies to riding. They affect people differently. For me, I don't find riding physically challenging, and I've learned to stuff emotional crap into its "box" before I ride.

    Routine...
    - My morning routine was up at 6. S, S, S, S, eat breakfast/coffee and out the door. No exercise. Philly drivers will keep you on your guard though.
    - Wearing a uniform and then after I transitioned, wearing a coat & tie (same building) was no factor and I didn't have to transition to other buildings on the compound where I couldn't walk.
    - Every time I leave the house, I tap 3 pockets looking for the critical 3 Ps: plastic (wallet), phone, piece.
    - My cage vs bike routine never changed in the prep work inside the house. In fact, I would often head to the barn not knowing if I was riding or driving.

    Bike outside all day:
    - Yeah, I didn't like that either.
    My assigned parking spot was by the smoking area so there would be people gathering around Isleen, Saorla, or "Cherries & Cream" (red & white 98 Valk) with cigarettes in their hands.
    Made me nervous. The sunlight wasn't good either and yes, I concur that a cover or even a half cover is a PITA.

    Analytics:
    - My bikes all have logbooks where everything that happens to the bike gets documented.
    - Every fill up with mileage, every time I roll over a 1000 mile marker, every maintenance action, every mod.
    - So yeah, I get that part too.

    Passion for riding:
    - I've read many of your posts over the years and you are passionate about riding, about being a better rider.
    - Like me, you can analyze & "nit-noid" to the microscopic level, but at the same time, get emotional about doing it right & proper the first time through.
    - You are concerned about safety as well (with posts that have proven this) - and that is obviously the number one priority. If you think you are setting yourself up for being unsafe, it's time to step back and review.
    Personally? I think you are better in this category than you think you are, but in reality what I think doesn't matter.

    Bottom line: Let the light of your passion for riding shine on your morning commute.

    Riding vs Commuting:
    VStarRider, I write this with love and respect: "Do not let your analytical mind associate/link pleasure riding and commuting."
    Thinking of your bike more as a partner in life's journey (like a favorite pocket knife or every day carry weapon) rather than a transportation conveyance might help. Might not.
    People think I'm crazy for naming my bikes and projecting personalities into them. If flying large helicopters taught me anything, it is that machines that are identical & somewhat complex can behave VERY differently and those differences must be factored into the equation. Giving them a personality helps that.

    Whether commuting or leisure riding, I'm with my girl. We are dancing. We are a team. We are ready to take on whatever life throws at us and take it on with a smile on our faces.

    Please allow yourself to take your riding to the ethereal level.
    Reading "Calvin & Hobbes" helps too.

    Time for more coffee.....
    Cheers,
    Steve
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    Quote Originally Posted by 53driver View Post
    .....Snip.....
    My morning routine was up at 6. S, S, S, S, eat breakfast/coffee and out the door. No exercise. Philly drivers will keep you on your guard though.
    ....End of Snip....
    I know what three S's are... what's the fourth one?

    Sex?
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    Quote Originally Posted by willtill View Post
    I know what three S's are... what's the fourth one?

    Sex?
    Sex? That would be morning exercise....nope.

    Sh*t, Shower, Shave, Shine.
    I know you aren't so young as to never had to shine your boots. Lol.
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    Never enjoyed riding my bike to work..Traffic was bad, weather was always a gamble, hated to leave bike in employee parking lot as it was covered with dust/dirt by end of day, and it just became a "royal pain in the ass"...Love to ride and have been doing so for over 50 years, but no fun for me if I am stressed going back and forth to work...Life is to short to be miserable on a bike!!...JMHO

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    I've been around bikes for 50 years. I commute daily on my 6. Almost 100mi round trip daily. I put about 25K a year on just commuting. To me, it helps keep the stress of commuting in the Northern Va/DC area down. I can take HOV, I get 35+ mpg (versus 17 in my diesel truck), I can zip in and out of traffic when necessary. Yes it can be more stressful at times, and damned new dangerous. One downside, after 500 mi in the saddle, come the weekend there are a lot of other things I would rather do than ride.

    YMMV, and you need to do what makes you happy. Good luck with your decision.
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    "Philly drivers will keep you on your guard ...". That's a step up from L.A. drivers, who are basically trying to kill you. Thankfully, road rage shootings have slowed down, but turn signals are now unfashionable, even untrendy. Switching lanes is something they do whenever there is one car length of empty space available, plus one inch. If you are still sleepy when you get on the road, you will be wide awake 60 seconds into your freeway commute, splitting lanes for endless miles of total gridlock, packed with texting addicts, uninsured illegals and swerving Prius drivers (who are the most important people in the world, FYI). The girth of the F6B adds to the adrenaline rush, while you guesstimate the elevation of hundreds of rear-view mirrors on both sides.

    Sometimes you get lucky following a Highway Patrol bike – then it's like Charlton Heston parting the Red Sea: cars will politely move to either side while you give them a California wave of gratitude. Everyday commute becomes a blessing, when you reach your destination and are still alive! I have started collecting some of my best Innovv motorcam videos (when the bloody DVR doesn't crash) and hope to post an edited video of the whackos and the crazies at some point. L.A. traffic will definitely sharpen your riding skills!

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    Quote Originally Posted by willtill View Post
    I know what three S's are... what's the fourth one?

    Sex?
    Since he has been in uniform in the past - I'm guessing shoeshine

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    I've been riding for about 40 yrs and although average 12-14,000 miles a year I very seldom ever ride my Motorcycles to work during the week. Although I will ride the old 78 GL1000 in from time to time on a nice Saturday.

    My riding is my sanity and riding to work constantly makes it more of a task. Dealing with other commuters and rush hour traffic means constant focus and very little "wind down" time on the way home.

    I can't see myself riding home from work then jumping back on to ride out and meet friends for Coffee or Dinner or a ride out to a local bike night.
    I've spent most my money on Motorcycles and Women, the rest I just wasted.

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    My commute is only 20 min...10 if everyone would get the hell out of my way! Don't they know the road is mine? Ok, I don't own the road all by myself, but when I ride I like to feel as if I do. Commuting on my six just sucks the fun out of what the machine is capable of and what it is meant to do. Cars, traffic lights, 35 mph speed limits, etc are just not fun. I was recently on a road trip and while in Idaho I had maybe my favorite ~120 mile stretch of all time. We rode from Ketchum, ID to Challis, ID mirroring the Salmon River without seeing a single car on the road. Now that, my friends, is how it should be!

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    Ride to work daily, I'm so lucky, rural road, farms and lakes right into our little industrial park.

    Having to put the bike up for winter and cold is the suck part.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DTOM View Post
    My commute is only 20 min...10 if everyone would get the hell out of my way! Don't they know the road is mine? Ok, I don't own the road all by myself, but when I ride I like to feel as if I do. Commuting on my six just sucks the fun out of what the machine is capable of and what it is meant to do. Cars, traffic lights, 35 mph speed limits, etc are just not fun. I was recently on a road trip and while in Idaho I had maybe my favorite ~120 mile stretch of all time. We rode from Ketchum, ID to Challis, ID mirroring the Salmon River without seeing a single car on the road. Now that, my friends, is how it should be!
    My commute to work sucks, 30 yrs now. But the sweet summer - fall rides make up for most of it.


    Undoubtedly one of my favorites also. It's much like Lolo Trail from Lewiston to Bozeman. http://www.her-motorcycle.com/Lolo-Pass.html
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    ride to work

    Hey Vstar I hear ya.I ride to work occasionally,why . Well , I'm on the road bout 4:45 and I'm tired.sometimes forget to get jacket etc. Ready.ohh,and don't forget the deer in the dark.also when coming out of the building it's raining,I know some of you guys ride in the rain,not me unless surprised by it.

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    Cool

    I retired 3 years ago so I don't sweat driving ANYTHING to work.

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    Work whats that all about-I know just another wise ass retired guy rubbin it in.When I was employed and living in Northern California I commuted 130 miles round trip from west of Santa Rosa to San Francisco.Tried to wear out a 1100,1200 and a 1500 Goldwing over 28 years of burning up tires on Hwy 101.I worked a 4-12 shift most of those years to avoid traffic-when I was going in all the day workers were going the other way.Ride home at night was very relaxing with few people on the road.Going thru the city and fog were the two things that at times would make my arss pucker.After about 200,000 miles I was able to retire and do not miss that commute at all.Now I live in Northern Nevada and get to ride for fun when these old bones feel like it.

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    One of the few advantages of being in the sticks

    20 minutes each way. Go in at 8 so I leave about 7:30. Little traffic.few nice curves. No stoplight. I ride a few days a week. Not all of the time just to switch it up.
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    I commute nearly everyday regardless of the weather. About 14 miles each way now. There's a dual purpose for me in it...I luv to ride regardless of the reason and I'm not senior enough to get reasonable parking. The only lot I can get a pass for is close to a mile walk by the time you weave around everything. MC parking isn't assigned and I can get a lot closer. Of the 70k on my VTX probably 50k are commuting, my Vstar before that was a similar ratio and on the B 5k of the 8k are commuting. I spent nearly 6 months in Japan walking to work so it's a bit low...

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