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Old 03-31-2014, 09:10 AM   #31
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I got back into riding motorcycles about eight years ago, after about a 15 year hiatus. Given the extremely heavy rush hour traffic flow where I live, I spent about 3 months re-honing my skills and gradually working my way into heavier traffic patterns. As someone else mentioned, it was a comfort level.

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Old 03-31-2014, 09:17 AM   #32
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Is Germany pretty? I've always wanted to go there. :)

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Definitely! We have some absolutely beautiful regions. If you like the see/oceans, the north has two of it plus Hamburg, a bigger city, but a really nice one (old harbour for example) and many other smaller cities worth a visit. In the mid and south, we have a lot of small beautiful cities with really old parts and nice roads. For example Heidelberg is a beautiful small city at a river, with hills around, an old castle, old city center, a big meadow at the river and beautiful paths around the city and the river :) (lived there for some years).

If you want twisties, we have the Harz, a woody/hilly/mountainous area with curves without ends or the Schwarzwald and Odenwald and of course the Alps in the south.

I would say get over here and have a look, you won't be disappointed :) and the distances are really short, compared the the US
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Old 03-31-2014, 09:25 AM   #33
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I had a mate ride out on his bike so I could commute in to work on my learner plates BEFORE I got my licence. Clocked up the miles and experience.
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Old 03-31-2014, 09:30 AM   #34
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Commuting was the reason I bought a bike in the first place.
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Old 03-31-2014, 10:05 AM   #35
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It was (and is) the main purpose I got the bike for.
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Old 03-31-2014, 10:49 AM   #36
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Definitely! We have some absolutely beautiful regions. If you like the see/oceans, the north has two of it plus Hamburg, a bigger city, but a really nice one (old harbour for example) and many other smaller cities worth a visit. In the mid and south, we have a lot of small beautiful cities with really old parts and nice roads. For example Heidelberg is a beautiful small city at a river, with hills around, an old castle, old city center, a big meadow at the river and beautiful paths around the city and the river :) (lived there for some years).

If you want twisties, we have the Harz, a woody/hilly/mountainous area with curves without ends or the Schwarzwald and Odenwald and of course the Alps in the south.

I would say get over here and have a look, you won't be disappointed :) and the distances are really short, compared the the US
+1 from an American point of view. Spent a summer in the southern part mostly the Schwarzwald(Black Forest) and Bavaria. Just beautiful and so many other countries like Switzerland, Austria, and Belgium are a quick ride away.
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Old 03-31-2014, 11:02 AM   #37
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I've commuted year round as long as I've had a license. No snow or ice anymore but the cold never has bothered me much.
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Old 03-31-2014, 11:24 AM   #38
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I commute as close to year-round as weather and road conditions, though this past winter that meant I only got out on the bike a handful of times. (next year I'm studding up a set of knobbies and getting better cold-weather gear). I've been riding for about 10 years now, and commuting for that whole time, though not as regularly as I do now.

There have been a lot of hairy moments out on the road, especially during that pre-rush hour time where everyone's still going full speed but the road is packed, but it's still worth it to walk into work with a smile on my face and leave the same way.
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Old 03-31-2014, 11:55 AM   #39
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i started commuting on L plate on a 125cc bike on main road and sold my car after i passed my test and got a big bike . being doing it for yrs and save loads per years not running a car know as ride 90% of the year. ie i dont ride in ice and snow and will just take the bus.

my wife is commuting on a bike as it a nice and cheap way to get a round so the safest as the bike tops out at 65mph but she is going to get her test done soon then get a bigger bike
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Old 03-31-2014, 01:09 PM   #40
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Well, I made it.
I commuted to work and back in one piece. It is totally worth it to walk into work and leave with a smile for the adventure about to happen. I was so stoked at work all day to have ridden there and be riding back home, and it being something I did alone made it all the better of an accomplishment. I will say that big suvs riding close behind made me a little nervous but I stayed at the speed limit and made sure I was very aware of my surroundings. I enjoyed the sunny ride home too. I was getting tired of all this rain/ice/snow stuff. I feel so refreshed and just energetic. Whereas I'm usually getting sleepy on my way home on my car.

Definitely a great day.

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Old 03-31-2014, 02:36 PM   #41
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Well, I made it.
I commuted to work and back in one piece. It is totally worth it to walk into work and leave with a smile for the adventure about to happen. I was so stoked at work all day to have ridden there and be riding back home, and it being something I did alone made it all the better of an accomplishment. I will say that big suvs riding close behind made me a little nervous but I stayed at the speed limit and made sure I was very aware of my surroundings. I enjoyed the sunny ride home too. I was getting tired of all this rain/ice/snow stuff. I feel so refreshed and just energetic. Whereas I'm usually getting sleepy on my way home on my car.

Definitely a great day.

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Old 03-31-2014, 02:41 PM   #42
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The day I got my license at 14.

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Heh, I did the same, except it was at 12. The day I got my license I was out delivering papers that afternoon.
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Old 03-31-2014, 03:12 PM   #43
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Well, I made it.
I commuted to work and back in one piece. It is totally worth it to walk into work and leave with a smile for the adventure about to happen. I was so stoked at work all day to have ridden there and be riding back home, and it being something I did alone made it all the better of an accomplishment. I will say that big suvs riding close behind made me a little nervous but I stayed at the speed limit and made sure I was very aware of my surroundings. I enjoyed the sunny ride home too. I was getting tired of all this rain/ice/snow stuff. I feel so refreshed and just energetic. Whereas I'm usually getting sleepy on my way home on my car.

Definitely a great day.

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Grats :) It's just the best thing to leave work, hop on the bike and drive off :) Did it today and took a "slight" detour and will do it tomorrow, can't wait :)
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Old 03-31-2014, 03:45 PM   #44
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There have been a lot of hairy moments out on the road, especially during that pre-rush hour time where everyone's still going full speed but the road is packed, but it's still worth it to walk into work with a smile on my face and leave the same way.
yeah i hear you about the "pre rush hour" thing. if morning rush hour is what you mean. some people are in a hurry to get home from work, sure. or w/e they are doing. but i find its morning that brings out the worst in drivers. half asleep, distracted, got up late, etc. w/e it is it isn't good. some drivers are just all over the road, seeming to blindly charge ahead without regard for the safety of others. or even a little on road manners

of course just a little experience riding a bike would change that for them, and they would realize they are really saving no time at all as they will be slowed sooner then later. they seem ridiculous jockeying for every little inch of "forward" they can grab. speeding around a car to cut it off and get behind more....cars!

i always think "why not just get on the road a little earlier and take it easy?" but i guess not. for some their time, space, and life is just more important then others. important people, with places to go and things to do. and apparently, in a big hurry :/
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Old 03-31-2014, 07:23 PM   #45
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maybe the question should be how long did it take commuting to ruin the ride
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