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 !
TC : 205k
- Microsoft CNTQ74It'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)
- Intuit / EngGutgutIts 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...
- eBay BuyITnow👋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.
- 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
- 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.
- DocuSign DocudoubleDon’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.
- Amazon pompompomMotorcycle 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
- That’s a pretty solid commuter, light touring bike. Are you trying to beat traffic by lane splitting in CA?