- Motorcycle Commuters
My heated grips don’t cut it and I think gloves would be better.
I’ve got heated grips, and while they’re great for autumn I agree they don’t cut it when the weather turns properly grim. Hence the bar end muffs, dumb looking but oh so warm with decent gloves + grips 🙂
They keep your gloves dry in the rain, too – which is great for the ride home.Posted 5 years ago
Only downside is remembering I have to get my hand back in the muff after wiping my visor or whatever rather than just slapping it back on the bar.
Yeah, that is a problem until you remember. Mine pretty much live on the bike from December to February, by that time I’ve learned 🙂Posted 5 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
I don’t think regular washing really works (especially when it gets properly cold, your hose freezes solid, and if you do manage to get any water onto the bike it forms a sheet of death underneath it). I just got mine really clean at the start of winter, then sprayed it with ACF50 and let road crap accumulate on top- the bike looked like it had been parked in the sea, but stayed in good shape underneath. Despite the Legendary Suzuki Build Quality. It probably got cleaned about once a month.
I think cleaning regularily without protecting basically means you get a new coating of fresh salt on every morning, and a nice dose of wetness every night.Posted 5 years ago
I agree with Northwind on the clean and protect with acf50 then don’t clean it off. The honest answer from me is I don’t worry about it. My commuter has done 70000 miles and looks awful but does the job. I have other bikes for when the sun is shining. Ride a bike year round and it’s going to suffer.Posted 5 years agosuperfliMember
Heated gloves are the best thing since sliced bread.. unfortunately they tend only last as long! Mine are EXO, had them changed a couple of times, but gave up. The gloves themselves are pretty warm – also got a size larger so I can wear inner gloves as well. Got heated grips on the BMW, so that’ll help, although I’ve used them before and your hands will still get cold (my commute is only 15mins 🙂 )Posted 5 years agopirahnaMember
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For £4k I’ll sell you my KTM 990SM.
Do go on…? [/quote]
For reasons of house moving I’m going to have to sell it. It’s an 09 with 14k ish miles. Just about to put it in for a service so £4k before the service or £4200 after.
At that price it’s well under the dealer buy in which is currently £4400. Dealer retail is £5200.Posted 5 years ago
what’s the advantage of an electric bike over a petrol one? (not being sarcastic)
As a motorbike? Nothing IMO
As a commuter vehicle, lots I would thinkPosted 5 years ago
Fuel costs, parking and traffic lane concessions etc. may make them more attractive than a normal bike, I guess it depends where you’re commute is to.
I’d go electric based purely on numbers. If it worked out cheaper than £1,500 on petrol and £80 tax per year I’d have one. Trouble is the average cost per year of ownership is still rather high for electric as they are expensive to buy and I’m not confident the range is good enough for a 60 mile round trip commute.
Never had a go on one either, I’d jump at the chance.Posted 5 years ago
I’ll just leave this here.
Although, after all that I ended up buying a Tiger 800 – brilliant all-rounder, decent on juice, decent wind protection and way more than powerful enough for the road.
It’s not what I’d buy as a full-on winter commuter though, a sub-£1500 ratter with some decent wind protection, headed grips and a couple of tins of ACF50 would be my choice there.Posted 5 years ago
decent wind protection
Are you sure?Posted 5 years ago
The the OEM Triumph screens are pretty useless at any sort of wind/weather protection.
Unless you’re very short, even the touring screen can’t direct the wind flow high enough – most people tend to get it straight in the face resulting in very tiring buffeting.
On mine, I have the saddle at its highest and the screen at its lowest, which puts the wind straight on my chest as a best compromise.
There quite a market in alternative screens for the 800
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