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Motorcycle for daily commute

Nov 14

Looking to buy a motorcycle for daily office commute. Is Yamaha MT-07 a good option ? Would this be comfortable to drive 45+45 miles per day ?

Need advice from motorcyclist who drive for daily commute.

Location Bay Area, married, have kids
Trying to spend less time in traffic during peak hours.
Have driven motorcycle in India for 5 years.
I know its risky, but I am *not* going to use it for racing. I don’t have such interest.
Wont risk myself during rainy days !
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  • Microsoft CNTQ74
    It's not risky only because of racing, it's risky because you are more likely to be involved in crash with other vehicles (10x from what I read somewhere)
    Nov 141
    • Symantec NJrS13
      I would say racing on the track is more safe than splitting lanes on the freeway.
      Nov 14
  • Intuit / EngGutgut
    Its not worth it! You are a married man with family. You have people who would get badly affected even if you are on bed for few weeks due to an accident. I would rather change jobs or move accommodation. Just think of the fact that you are leaving yourself on other car drivers mercy. Its just not worth it...
    Nov 141
  • I believe you’re 37x more likely to have an accident here on a bike than in a car. It’s not so much that you’re more risky on your own, it’s the high rate of speed and other cars are terrible drivers. All of my friends who had bikes have crashed bad. It’s very risky.

    Find a new job closer to home or move closer to work.
    Nov 140
  • Symantec NJrS13
    I have mt-07 and commute on it everyday for 12 miles and it’s perfect . I think 45 miles each way would be exhausting though. First, splitting lanes is very tough process on the freeway and you have to always be focused and prepare for anything traffic might throw for you. Second, since this bike is naked, you would be exposed to the winds, which will make you cold during chilly CA mornings and will fatigue your body when you go 65+ due to the lack of protection
    Nov 142
    • OP
      Even with better gears you feel chill? I won’t be driving much during winter days. I would avoid much of lane splitting except during high traffic. I get your point, yes it’s risky
      Nov 14
    • Symantec NJrS13
      You will have to put layers on layers to not be cold: think underpants, 2 layers for gloves, balaclava, etc
      Nov 14
  • Facebook honourcode
    Heated grips. You'll thank me later
    Nov 140
  • POWER Engineers / Other
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    Hate to start a debate but I am originally from the Midwest and lived in SF for a couple years. I worked at a place on Geary called Psycho Cycles as a mechanic and race bike builder but never understood the lane splitting. What the history? How is it justified as legal? Just seems so reckless to me.
    Nov 142
    • Reddit ImQJ74
      It’s fine at stoplights and in slow traffic, more dangerous on the highway
      Nov 14
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      Ya the highway is what I am talking about. When all the cars are stopped and the dude flys by at 50mph I am just shaking my head in amazement. Nuts!
      Nov 14
  • DocuSign Docudouble
    Don’t do it. I used to do exactly this. Split lane with 45mile commute in Bay Area. I used to think I was good at riding and was always careful and not ride in the rain/at night. Then I started seeing a lot of shit people were doing in their cars while driving. Texting, eating pizza, burgers, drinking, then I realized it doesn’t matter how much gear you have or your skills. You are literally 38x more likely to get in an accident and that’s a fact. And there are no fender benders when you are on a bike. You will lose vs anything (car, curb, tree, other bikes). With a kid I’d really discourage you from doing it. I’ve seen first hand dead bikers on the road after bad accidents on 101 with tarps over their bodies when the pickup they hit barely had a scratch. Wanting to save an hour of commute by being in the hospital for weeks or dead doesn’t make sense to me.
    Nov 141
    • OP
      Thanks much. I have all you said in my mind still. Evaluating if it’s worth it
      Nov 14
  • Amazon pompompom
    Motorcycle commuter here. Invest in good gear. Motorcycle commuting is more risky because cars does not pay attention and generally doesn’t register motorcyclist. You should be ok if you are vigilant enough
    Nov 141
  • Facebook Zuccbot
    45 miles one way is too much. You’ll get fatigued and lose focus, which will increase the chance of an accident.
    You’ll be freezing in the winter too.
    Almost all of the time saved will be spent on dressing/undressing.
    Nov 140
  • Where do you live that you have to commute 45 miles to ebay in SJ?
    Nov 142
    • OP
      Walnut Creek
      Nov 14
    • Omg, are you insane? That's more than 1.5hrs in a car in rush hour.
      Nov 14
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    That’s a pretty solid commuter, light touring bike. Are you trying to beat traffic by lane splitting in CA?
    Nov 142
    • OP
      Yes
      Nov 14
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      I lived there before and could never feel comfortable with the lane split! It’s a pretty testy practice and I think you have to be just a bit crazy to pull it off.
      Nov 14
  • Symantec / Eng0x80007005
    And heated handle gloves
    Nov 220
  • New BFrD16
    You probably want a bike with a windscreen for a commute that long.
    Nov 220
  • Symantec / Eng0x80007005
    Since it is a 90 mi a day round-trip wouldn't a cruiser kinda design be better for the back? Personally I am Norton or a triumph fan though
    Nov 140
  • ARM JIfV62
    You’re safer when racing a bike on track (a controlled environment) than while lane splitting on CA freeway . Just two weeks ago I saw a guy on a bike slam into a car that was changing lanes across the lanes he was splitting - right in front of me.
    Nov 140

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