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Bike for commuting?
Hi, my name is Mario.
*I reffer to motorcycles as bikes, don't know why... If you don't like it... tuff*
I've ridden on a bike before as a passenger and I liked it while I was on vacation in Poland a few years ago. I have an interests in bikes from time to time and want to ask a question which I have not searched the forums for, and expect an answer anyway ^_^
I'm only 18 and I'm going to a college 27 miles away from my house everyday for five days a week. The route I'll be taking is on an interstate road and a long bridge which travel from 65-80MPH and I was wondering if it would be "safe", "economical" and "time saving".
I'll be going to school Monday - Friday,
8:35AM-11:35AM classes on M W and F/ 12:30AM - 4:45PM classes on T and TH
It takes a good 45 minutes (google maps says so.../ 45minutesx2waysx5days= 450minutes driving= 7.5 hours without traffic driving to my college per week) to get there if there is no traffic in my 1990 BMW, but my brother tells me because of my schedule I'll be having traffic problems in the afternoons >.< (lucky me)
Would riding a bike to school reduce the time it takes for me to commute in traffic situations?
My BMW is like 4,000 LBS and I'm not afraid to get in a fender bender with that, but on a bike there is no fender bender on an 80MPH highway, it's more like..... instant death (at least I think so)
The amount of motorcycle deaths keep rising and rising due to our falling economy and people like me who think it's a good idea to get a bike to save money.
7.5 Hours of risking my life on a bike , all that adrenaline... is that even safe for a guy?
I've read somewhere that buying a bike, insuring it, buying gear, taking the MSF course, and paying for maintenance all add up and that its just not so practical to buy a bike to "save money on gas" hehe, it's more like an excuse for bike lovers to get their wives to allow them to buy themselves a bike. I wish I had a geo metro lol...
All in all, Motorcycles are hot stuff and I'd like to have one, what else is hot is the Florida weather I'd have to deal with on a motorcycle... My parents are strongly agianst me getting a motorcycle, I understand them. The last thing I would like to do is to hurt my loved ones with the story of a kid who didn't even get to live his life fully because he died in a motorcycle accident.