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Ride to Work Day, and one other bike in the parking lot (rat Ninja250 ridden by a guy downstairs). There is a 90% chance of thunderstorms, but come on.


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The highways around the San Antonio area were strangely devoid of bikes, too. I purdy much ride everyday. I reckon the gas crunch isn't hurting anyone, eh?

On a fun note: bumper to bumper traffic, a lady on a cell phone decided to share my lane. I flipped on the cruise and knocked on her window. She jumped and dropped her cell phone. I just wish she had been drinking something, too. As it was, I almost pissed myself laughing.



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It is too early (7:00 AM) to check the parking garage, which is still mostly empty. I saw more than the usual number of bikes on the road this morning from 5:30 - 6:00 AM. There were more "wavers" out today, too. I am looking forward to the ride home. (Orange County, CA, USA)
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I rode to office today!
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The highways around the San Antonio area were strangely devoid of bikes, too. I purdy much ride everyday. I reckon the gas crunch isn't hurting anyone, eh?

On a fun note: bumper to bumper traffic, a lady on a cell phone decided to share my lane. I flipped on the cruise and knocked on her window. She jumped and dropped her cell phone. I just wish she had been drinking something, too. As it was, I almost pissed myself laughing.
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The highways around the San Antonio area were strangely devoid of bikes, too. I purdy much ride everyday. I reckon the gas crunch isn't hurting anyone, eh?

On a fun note: bumper to bumper traffic, a lady on a cell phone decided to share my lane. I flipped on the cruise and knocked on her window. She jumped and dropped her cell phone. I just wish she had been drinking something, too. As it was, I almost pissed myself laughing.
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I ride as often as is feasible

Yeh I am saving gas thats it!

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I rode today, but, being a rebel, I counteract the gas savings by taking the long way

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I rode in just like any other day. Maybe it's me, but I'm seeing more bikes on the road now....except when I come in at 5:30. Streets are pretty quiet then. I see them more when I'm heading home.

I had some idiot woman decide she wanted my lane yesterday. No cell phone, just out in la la land and not watching.

I swear I'm gonna get one of those Gallagher dart guns and start tagging some of these drivers....or better yet, a paintball Uzi.


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Well as soon as I get a job, I will ride to work!!!!!

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It is sad indeed. I work for the corporate telecom giant Verizon and usually the area reserved for motorcycles is full by the time I get in. Imagine my surprise when there were quite a few empty spaces today. I don't get it. Only a slight chance of rain predicted here in the Dallas / Ft. Worth area.

And I received more than one reminder email of Ride To Work Day...

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Howdy, folks. I'll be driving the Focus into work today. I can't figure out how to shoehorn this boot cast under the shift lever on QuickSilver. It's really starting to bum me out. Paint ball Uzi, eh? Now there's an interesting idea. Good on ya, Griff. Did you wag your index finger at her to say no you don't?

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Be careful of what? No way is a ditzy bitch gonna bring me down.

I agree I had one knock off my bike last year! I just flip them off
I just am saying when we focus of these people we can not see our surroundings and end up getting in trouble.

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The paintball uzi isn't a bad idea. I think we could put it under the seat were the carbon canister goes. Then put a muzzle out the sides, front and back. This way I could shoot at the soccer mom who is tailgating me, the person in front that wants to sit in the passing lane, and at the Cell toting mamas who cut me off. I just put a switch or some type of trigger on the handlebars and go for it. 100 rounds in 5 seconds would make an statement I think.

It is time to fight back and let the cages know there are other vehicles on the road.

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It is too early (7:00 AM) to check the parking garage, which is still mostly empty. I saw more than the usual number of bikes on the road this morning from 5:30 - 6:00 AM. There were more "wavers" out today, too. I am looking forward to the ride home. (Orange County, CA, USA)
I just went downstairs and looked in the parking garage (10:30 AM). There are no new bikes, just the "regulars".
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Howdy, folks. I'll be driving the Focus into work today. I can't figure out how to shoehorn this boot cast under the shift lever on QuickSilver. It's really starting to bum me out. Paint ball Uzi, eh? Now there's an interesting idea. Good on ya, Griff. Did you wag your index finger at her to say no you don't?

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I guess it's too hot here today and yesterday (+90). The 2 Hardleys didn't show up and I'm the only one that wears gear.

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I can't figure out how to shoehorn this boot cast under the shift lever on QuickSilver. It's really starting to bum me out.
Anyone got a heel-toe shifter to loan to Karl?


Saw about a dozen bikes out this morning, with about half who looked like they were heading to work. Of the others, two rode into residential areas, one had a large seat-bag with sleeping bag on top, and three couples, looking like they took the day off to ride as a group. Pretty much the same volume and mix as I've seen for the past few weeks.

Don't remember last time I left the bike home....6 or 8 weeks ago, I think.

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I guess it's too hot here today and yesterday (+90). The 2 Hardleys didn't show up and I'm the only one that wears gear.

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Ride to Work Day, and one other bike in the parking lot (rat Ninja250 ridden by a guy downstairs). There is a 90% chance of thunderstorms, but come on.

And all those empty spaces are the ones complaining the loudest about fuel prices! Go figure.

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CRAP! I didn't have any clean riding clothes today (was going to ride just to ride bike)and forgot about it! We've been unusually busy lately and it sliiped my mind and I haven't even had time to get here in the last few days. I have missed it every year for one reason or another - I usually plan and forget. I did ride Monday. And will have clean riding clothes tomorrow. That's my excuse - I guess I could have ridden in shorts???

I did see a few bikes at lunch time, so maybe some ppl are riding today for RTW day.

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I did my part...

The wife and I rode the twisties to Tellico Plains.

Having to work daily, must suck?

I guess someone has to do it.
I have to work Thursday and Friday this week.
In Florida of all places.

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I did the usual ride-to-work thing today. It's subjective, but I noticed no difference in the number of bikes on the road today in central Ohio.

At the office it was the usual crowd: me, a guy on a really nice Gold Wing, and somebody on an old Ninja. There is no designated parking for bikes, so we take up big, fat car spaces. The bigger the company, the more bureaucracy. Last year they promised to 'do something special' for Ride to Work Day next year. This year... nothing.

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I was going to ride to work today,but I forgot I"am retired.So I just rode to the cost and back.Fried oysters and shrimp at LULU'S Makes for a great rest stop.before hitting the beach..
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snip>> was going to ride to work today,but I forgot I"am retired<<

Ya.. besides Work is a four letter word ...

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I rode to work today. My street is always busy with HD's. Republic Harley Davidson is just a few blocks west of my office and they cut through on my street a lot. I usually look up when I hear them. Numbers have been up the past few months.

Went to the bank and then home for lunch. While in the house a Texas size thunderstorm blew in, so I took the truck back to work. Typical Houston storm where it drops faster than the storm sewers can drain it. Our streets are built lower than the surrounding property so that they can act as canals when it rains.

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Ride to Work Day, and one other bike in the parking lot (rat Ninja250 ridden by a guy downstairs). There is a 90% chance of thunderstorms, but come on.

Really sad indeed, over 30 motorcycle spaces at my institution and one bike here today (mine). I did not see a single bike in the street today! It appears that these two wheelers are really just "butt jewelry" to most of the people who own them. Sadly even BMW riders seem to have adopted the poseur idea of late.
I'm not exactly as proud to be a rider today , as I was when Andy started this tradition back about 1992?
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Our company has increased our moto parking several times this year to respond to increased demand. It's hard to find a spot if you get there too early (before third shift leaves) or too late when all the office folks fill up the spots.

There are a lot of new riders these days, don't blame them for backing off if the weather is threatening. Better they do that than try to push it before they are ready. Summer rain is the worst. Here in sunny so cal, the little rain shower in the middle of summer will lay you flat fast unless there is a real downpour that can clean the streets.

My first rain training was on the way home from a tech session and I had to do a few weekends of wet weather, light traffic riding before I was comfortable on my commute.

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Ride to Work Day, and one other bike in the parking lot (rat Ninja250 ridden by a guy downstairs).
I didn't see an appreciable increase in bikes at work either. In honor of ride to work though me and a couple of coworkers rode up to Alice's for lunch. There weren't a ton of bikes there either, but more than is typical for a week day.

What there were a lot of out today is motorcycle cops. There was a group of 8 or so CHP BMWs out on a training ride at Alice's, a Sheriff waiting along 9, another 3 CHP on duty on 85, and another solo CHP motorcycle. So that's 13 motorcycle cops that crossed our path on a lunch time ride!
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107F today, only 3 people rode. 72 empty cycle spots...
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Well as soon as I get a job, I will ride to work!!!!!
+1! When I grow up, I'm gonna get a (real) job also....

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Someone was talking about a heel toe shifter. Here is one for sale on ebay.
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Rode an hour and a half to one meeting yesterday morning and an hour to another meeting. All I saw were Harley's out. NOT A SINGLE BMW, I ride to work daily too. However when I stopped everyone said, nice bike, haven't seen on like that before, trying to save fuel?...... I just..... yeah


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I rode to work yesterday, as I do daily.
Last year at this time I was unemployed... so I just rode.

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Had 100% participation were I work ...all 6 of us rode to work & it was in the 90's..temp & humidity.

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I've ridden the last two days. Yayyy. I still missed the RTW day.

Only one other guy here rides that works in shop. Haven't seen his bike in a looong time. It's usually reserved for bar hops on weekends.

There are several road guys that ride, but they are out on the road.

The scooteristi are alive and well. I did see one the other day traveling 40 mph oina 45 on a scooter with no plate (supposed to be limited to 28mph) and a rear wheel wobble that had be a butt clincher. Or maybe it just added to the mystique, not sure.... scary-looking to me.

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I was in a cast for a year and half. Duck taped a steel plate on the cast to shift and bungeed the crutches to the handlebar (Harley). You should have seen the doctor's face when I went in for my first appointment after getting out of the horsepistol.
Howdy, Grif. For some unknown reason, I truly can see you doin' that. You be the man! The rub on this onion is being a boot cast, there is no structural strength resisting downward pressure to my toes and pressing up on the shifter would not do the sutures and knitting bone any good. I suppose I should stay off the scooter until healed to help to remember not to do stupid stuff like that again. Still really jonesing though.

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Anyone got a heel-toe shifter to loan to Karl?


Saw about a dozen bikes out this morning, with about half who looked like they were heading to work. Of the others, two rode into residential areas, one had a large seat-bag with sleeping bag on top, and three couples, looking like they took the day off to ride as a group. Pretty much the same volume and mix as I've seen for the past few weeks.

Don't remember last time I left the bike home....6 or 8 weeks ago, I think.
Hi, Sparky. That would be an idea, heel-toe shifter, but I can't get the riding boot on over the boot-cast. Believe me I've tried. Not going to ride without protection on that leg and foot. Thanks for the idea.

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I just went downstairs and looked in the parking garage (10:30 AM). There are no new bikes, just the "regulars".
And just how paranoid would you have been if there would have been a couple of new bikes?????

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Not going to ride without protection on that leg and foot.
Isn't that what the cast is for? You could duct-tape a slider puck to the ankle area for extra protection...
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And just how paranoid would you have been if there would have been a couple of new bikes?????

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Hey Karl,

Are you picking on me? Everybody is picking on me!!

I meant that the people who ride every day were there, but there were no new "ride to work day" riders. Besides, I needed a break - might as well join all the women who seem to spend their entire mornings doing fast-walk laps around the garage.

(P.S. I hope your leg is feeling better soon. I was concerned when you left OC with that heat wave on the way...)
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Ride to Work Day, and one other bike in the parking lot (rat Ninja250 ridden by a guy downstairs). There is a 90% chance of thunderstorms, but come on.

Say, nice bike Dave! Great color too!

I didn't ride because Kathy and I carpool M-W. We take her Nissan. At 32 mpg, that's like 64 mpg if we went separately. Anyway I rode the Tiger the following day.

Grif, I am seeing more and more bikes. The commuting percentage isn't large yet. Bike spotting is one of the activities we engage in at Starbucks on Fridays. Seems I see more than usual.

And lots more people are talking about getting them. The fewer 1-ton trucks, soccer mom SUVs and 145-foot windmill blades on the road the better. Oops, I don't guess the blade truckers will want bikes....

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