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chrismscotland

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Motorcycle Commuting

Hi folk first post, be gentle!

Looking for some commuting advice!
Looking to sit my CBT very soon and then complete my DAS this year.
I was initially planning to sit the DAS and just jump straight to a 600cc bike (Hornet, V-Strom or GS650) but I've decided that I'd be better to pickup a 125cc to get some practice on and also mean I can get onto 2 wheels quicker!

I'm looking at the Honda CBF125 which seems really well priced and I've seen a few used deals which should enable me to not lose much cash when it comes to sell on later in the year.

I'm intending on doing my commute across the city on it but I was wondering how do people commute? Do you wear your normal work gear and just stick your bike jacket / trousers over the top?
 

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oldenuff

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oldenuff says:

Biking Gear

I don't commute daily but my most frequent trips - usually in the 35-60 miles round trip band - require me to turn up looking reasonably smart at the other end. I have found that good fabric kit with decent armour chosen a size bigger than I would otherwise wear allows me to wear tidy clothes while being warm dry and safe. I just need to change my boots for shoes, when I get there.  If you need a jacket leave one at work,  It is a bit bulkier than leathers, which I prefer if it is dry, but gets the job done without making a meal of it.  In the warmer weather you can dispense with zip-in linings and remain reasonably cool. 

I have found e-bay can, with a bit of patience, provide top-end kit at remarkably affordable prices. 

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oldenuff

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oldenuff says:

Biking Gear

I don't commute daily but my most frequent trips - usually in the 35-60 miles round trip band - require me to turn up looking reasonably smart at the other end. I have found that good fabric kit with decent armour chosen a size bigger than I would otherwise wear allows me to wear tidy clothes while being warm dry and safe. I just need to change my boots for shoes, when I get there.  If you need a jacket leave one at work,  It is a bit bulkier than leathers, which I prefer if it is dry, but gets the job done without making a meal of it.  In the warmer weather you can dispense with zip-in linings and remain reasonably cool. 

I have found e-bay can, with a bit of patience, provide top-end kit at remarkably affordable prices. 

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KWAKZ750S

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KWAKZ750S says:

Chris

I commute daily across Edinburgh on my Bandit. Generally, I put my jaket and trousers on over my works clothes, but leave a decent pair of shoes and suit in a locket at work, in case I have to go to meetings etc.

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steveb

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steveb says:

I leave a suit and shoes at work

and just wear leathers over my shirt.

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Kamchat

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Kamchat says:

chris

Do you wear your normal work gear and just stick your bike jacket / trousers over the top?

 

It depends on your job to an extent.... if you work as a circus clown then trying to change gear with those huge clown shoes can be a problem ..and the spinning bow tie clattering on your Arai chin-guard can also be dangerously distracting.  However if you work as a lifeguard then a pair of Speedos should be no problem at all. :winkie:     

 

 

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philehidiot

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philehidiot says:

Depends

on what you wear.


My kit is damn near 100% waterproof. Any failings in that have been down to me leaving a gap. That said, I spent the best part of £2k on it as I commute every day in all weathers. If you spend more on your kit then you can risk wearing a shirt and trousers underneath without any issue. Obviously if you go for cheaper kit then the waterproofing will not last and you will get wet at some point. It is therefore worth carrying a top box with either your clothes in or spares in or leaving spares at work.

If you're planning on all weather every day commuting then you should invest in a good suit that'll cope with it. For advice on that look in the back of ride magazine or ask about here. The expensive ones will last a lot lot longer than the cheaper ones as well as being far better in ways you can't appreciate until you ride in one and then the other.

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steveb

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steveb says:

Hmmm

I wonder how many couriers spend £2k on kit?

Whilst some people choose to spend £1000's on riding kit, it reallty isn't necessary. Lots of people commute on a daily basis with similar levels of protection for a fraction of the expense.

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chrismscotland

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Cheers

Thanks folks a great help!!! Booking my CBT tomorrow, now I need to decide Honda CBF 125 or Varadero.....

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old(ish)git

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old(ish)git says:

philehidiot...

2k on a suit......where you going ....the Moon?.:wacko:

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bikergrrl

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bikergrrl says:

Oldenuff's

advice is sound. Personally I take my work gear all folded neatly in a knox K-pack (it's the new one, comes with a waterproof cover as well in case it rains) and I change in the loo at work. But I am more of a sports bike girl so I wear leathers (can't fit work clothes under those). I don't change shoes at work because I ride in my new rocks (not really work suitable but I can get away with it here) other people just leave a set of work shoes in their drawers or under their desk. I find doing it this way as well if it's a particularly hot day I have fresh clothes to wear in the office, which is nice. And being a women I'd be taking a bag to work anyway so the backpack is no hassle. :biggrin:

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