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Old 04-20-2017, 06:40 PM   #1
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Needing some advice

Hey y'all. I need a bit of advice. I. Contemplating selling my car and riding full time over the next 6 mo or so. I think I have a buyer but my wife gave me the advice of do whatever I think is best and she supports me. That's no help. Just wondering what you all think of riding full time to work(10miles ) everyday rain or shine. I will say I have done it before but I was a little bit younger. I'm in Denton area. Thanks for the advice in advance and sorry for being wishy-washy
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Old 04-20-2017, 07:18 PM   #2
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Whenever the wife says Whatever (don't). Always leave yourself an alternative mode of transport for north Texas weather! Just my 2 worth. Ride Safe


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Old 04-20-2017, 08:55 PM   #3
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Why sell it, try it for the six months while the car sits in the driveway if then you are ready to go for it sell the car at that point.

But while you may get wet a few days during the best riding season remember winter comes every year and spring, summer and fall riding is great, cold rainy days still suck or at least they do for me.
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Old 04-20-2017, 10:30 PM   #4
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Why would u only ride full time for 6 months?
Getting another car at that point?
Maybe buy a hoopty to drive on bas weather days.



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Old 04-21-2017, 12:01 AM   #5
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It can be done. Does your wife have a car? While grocery shopping can be done on a bike, it kind of sucks.

The next six months are doable for sure on the bike. Not something I'd want to do up here year round, but for most of the year it's not too bad. I ride often and most of the time my four wheeled vehicle just sits in the driveway. But it is nice to have it for backup just in case.
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Old 04-21-2017, 06:00 AM   #6
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When the kids got to driving age I didn't want to buy another car. They inherited my Subaru and I bought an old Goldwing. That was in 1990 and I still don't have my own car. 3 Goldwings, 4 BMWs,and 650,000 miles later I am still riding daily. It isn't cheap ....lots of tires.

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Old 04-21-2017, 07:01 AM   #7
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When my wife was pregnant with our first daughter, I wrecked and totaled the family Monza.

Only way for me to get to work was on the trusty GS750E. So from late November till tax refund showed up, I rode it to work every day.

The wife bummed rides from relatives and neighbors.

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Old 04-21-2017, 07:07 AM   #8
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Unless money is the impetus, I'd tend to agree with Budzrex -- try it before you're completely stuck with it. Spring storms can be more than just "riding in rain" so if absolutely have to be somewhere, you'll need a cage available. That said, if you have a car you can use on those days, once you get into summer and into fall, the days you can't ride will be few and far between.
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Old 04-21-2017, 07:13 AM   #9
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When my wife was pregnant with our first daughter, I wrecked and totaled the family Monza.

Only way for me to get to work was on the trusty GS750E. So from late November till tax refund showed up, I rode it to work every day.

The wife bummed rides from relatives and neighbors.

The things kids do ...
Brings back memories when I had little, a new wife a baby and 26 years old. Some of my fondest memories are when I had the least. I had some junk cars and mostly drove by faith with a screw driver and pliers chunked in the rusty floorboards. Back then I always had a dirt bike or old fishing boat.
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Old 04-21-2017, 07:15 AM   #10
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I wish I could live with a pickup. I'm tired of filling that thing up with gas twice a week.

If your ok getting wet sometimes, I'd say go for it. A 10 mile commute can be easily done, unless there's a tornado or terrible storm outside.
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Old 04-21-2017, 07:23 AM   #11
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What's the motivation here? Saving money? You won't save that much over a 10 mile commute let me tell you. Tire wear alone will take it's toll on the gas savings.

I don't save much over my 70-100 mile round trip either, but getting a discount on the HOV/Texpress is good, and add in that I'm always in a less stressed better mood when I've ridden to work and it is well worth it. But riding doesn't save much money, especially if you've got an efficient car. Even with the HOV/Texpress it doesn't save much time. By the time I've suited up and gotten the bike out and ready to go, I could have been well on my way. My arrival time is usually sooner when I drive. And that's over 35-50 miles depending on my route. You won't be saving any time over 10 miles.

If it's because you want to ride, go for it. If you want out of the car payment because you are planning on getting something new in six months, go for it. But make sure you know why you are doing this because you don't want to be kicking yourself in three months because you need a car for some reason and don't have one.
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Old 04-21-2017, 08:04 AM   #12
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I ride about 8 miles each way to work. Neighborhoods, and a couple of main roads. I do like to stay dry on the way in, but coming home for that short of a ride I don't care about rain gear. Ice and snow would mean I'd work from home I do drive my truck in once a week just so it gets driven. I'll take my wife's car on days when we are doing a team lunch so I can take my turn driving. But I could easily get by without my truck and just her car.
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Old 04-21-2017, 09:12 AM   #13
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Well, you're an experienced rider, so you know what you'd be signing up for. Sounds like a personal choice to me. Let us know what you decide.
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Old 04-21-2017, 09:54 PM   #14
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Thanks for the advice y'all. I decided to stick to the car for now. We were a one car one bike family for many years and as the kids have gotten older I just don't think I can do that as my wife has more need of a car then she used to. I think I will work on getting a bike and keeping the car until I know I can ride as much as I hope. Then maybe trade the car in on something more useful.
Thanks again for the advice. It's nice to have a level headed sounding board. I appreciate this community
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