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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadow Shack View Post
    Also not entirely true.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6HTs9x3xBE

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3t-0-2ekA3U

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    IMO, it's not worth gearing up and firing up a bike (or a car for that matter) to go 3 miles to work. You're better off walking or bicycling. Your vehicle will never get to proper operating temps. Tires never warm up.
    Potato, po-tah-to. My commute is about 4.5 miles each way, and taking the bike is TOTALLY worth it for the frame of mind I'm in when I get there. In addition, there's the ability to get myself into turn lanes that backed up traffic would normally block if I was in my car.


    Dan... how to put this politely....

    I think this is a BAD combination...

    Yes, while the smaller Ninjas are better for a beginner in the sport bike community, for someone who has admitted that they are an aggressive driver... I would rather see you on a dual sport or a standard. A nice sedate dual sport or standard. Plus at your height (assuming you're proportionate), I think you'd be more comfortable on one of those types of bikes to start out on, practicing the basics from your BRC.
    +1 I can be aggressive in my car, and I dial it back on the bike. I'm not saying I don't take advantage of the bike's much smaller blind spot and the zippy ability to change lanes, but being car aggressive on a bike is just a bad idea. I ride for relaxation. Aggressive driving, for me, get's me amped up and stressed. Who needs that? That's the part that's not worth it. Why take the fun, relaxing bike to work if you're going to stress yourself out driving like every other "passhole"* out there?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Lezbert View Post
    * Passhole -- Aggressive driver who stops at nothing just to get in front of you, saving him/herself a whopping 10 seconds.
    THAT is priceless!!!
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    Heh...Lindsey and I came up with that one a few years ago.
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    The only time I've fired up the bike to go only a few miles was when I needed to warm up the oil for an oil change... and even that was just to the pavement and back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sxy Rdr View Post
    IMO, it's not worth gearing up and firing up a bike (or a car for that matter) to go 3 miles to work. You're better off walking or bicycling. Your vehicle will never get to proper operating temps. Tires never warm up.
    Must be something wrong with your motorcycle. My last commute was just over 2 miles to work. Motorcycle always got up to proper temps on the 30 mile return trip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lezbert View Post
    * Passhole -- Aggressive driver who stops at nothing just to get in front of you, saving him/herself a whopping 10 seconds.
    Love it. I'm adpopting it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sxy Rdr View Post
    IMO, it's not worth gearing up and firing up a bike (or a car for that matter) to go 3 miles to work. You're better off walking or bicycling. Your vehicle will never get to proper operating temps. Tires never warm up.
    That assumes you go straight home after work as well.

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    It also assumes I have a bike that will fire up. Maybe this weekend I'll have a chance to start tearing into it.

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    Where did the OP go? Says he's "online..."

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