Bay Bridge motorcycle commute?

Facebook / Eng lillsnorre
Sep 3 12 Comments

Anyone have experience commuting over the SF Bay Bridge by motorcycle? I'm considering Emeryville - SF (Twitter), and seems like lane splitting could make it bearable.

By the way, I've looked at supermotards like KTM 690 SMC R which should have a wet weight of 345lb. Should I be worried about wind on the bridge? I'm 190lb and just shy of 6'5. Used to drive cross style mopeds when I was younger but those do like 30mph in my country...

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  • New / Strategy Porsche996
    190lb and 6'5? I don't believe you
    Sep 3 4
    • Siemens / Eng Persever8
      I graduated high school at 6'7" and 165lbs. Thirty years later and I have finally breached the 200lb mark and am holding steady at 205. so this is totally believable.
      Sep 3
    • Smart Energy Water / Other bdYR67
      I’m 6’7” 280lbs and I’m not fat. You must be a twig
      Sep 3
    • Facebook LrPV05
      What is this, tinder?
      Sep 3
    • New / Strategy Porsche996
      Sorry folks. Someone had my phone and life for past weekend.
      Sep 4
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    Platox

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    Platoxmore
    Did it for years. It’s awesome. Plus California has amazing roads to explore in your non-commute hours. Just be safe, wear proper gear, and be safe!
    Yesterday 2
    • Facebook / Eng lillsnorre
      OP
      That's great, thanks for sharing! What bike did you use? Did you drive your car instead when it rained/mid winter? How was the wind? :)
      14h
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      Platox

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      Platoxmore
      This was years ago, on a Suzuki SV650. You want something small, nimble, and stable at low speeds. Your super motard may be a bit wobbly at low speeds.

      I bought a full one-piece suit (FirstGear I think?) that was waterproof so rode year round. The suit also offers great skid protection and is much more comfy than leather when hot or raining.
      3h
  • Facebook LrPV05
    Child’s play. Try commuting over a bridge or tunnel in New York where splitting isn’t even legal. You’ll be fine
    Sep 3 0
  • Siemens / Eng Persever8
    which bay bridge? i did the MC commute on the Cheasapeake bay bridge for a year. the only issue was sitting in the toll delays. I was on a Shadow Sabre 1600 VTwin. Is lane splitting actually legal anywhere?
    Sep 3 1
    • Facebook / Eng lillsnorre
      OP
      Oh yeah, the one from San Francisco to Oakland. It's legal in California!
      Sep 3