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Anyone use the R3 as a daily commuter or primary vehicle?

Or any motorcycle for that matter? If so, I'd love to hear your thoughts.

I'm about to have to pass my car on down to my youngest sister who will be of driving age, and I'm definitely not interested in financing another car (I'm a recent subscriber to the Dave Ramsey "buy it with cash, or don't buy it" philosophy). That said, I'm wondering if I can get by with the R3 not only as a daily driver, but also as my primary vehicle. My wife will still have a car, so I could potentially use that for grocery store trips, etc. No kid in the situation yet, so that really helps makes this a possibility.

My commute to work is laughably easy, so I'm not worried about that. What concerns me is riding through rain and difficult road conditions. I could invest in better tires, get water proof tail bags for storage, get better gear to keep myself protected, etc. I'm already in the process of installing a GPS for navigation, so that will help. It's a bit of a daunting thought even still.

Thoughts from hardcore motorcycle commuters ("uphill, downhill, both ways, in the snow, in a hurricane...etc.")? What are the main concerns I should be preparing for?
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I commuted on my bike almost daily. I had an almost 1 hr commute. Great bike. No problems in the rain but you should always be cautious.

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I've been a daily commuter for the past 12 years (currently 60km per day) and that's the primary (although not the only) reason why I chose the R3. My partner has a car, and we've always had just one car between us, so the bike has been my only option for as long as I can remember.

Obviously, cars have advantages in some areas, but a lot of that can be mitigated (top box, heated grips, good wet weather gear, multiple pairs of gloves and so on). Obviously, even with the top box I am limited with what I can carry, but between that and a backpack, it's usually not an issue. The only issue I ever have is that I have to ride over a harbour bridge, and it can get darn right dangerous a couple of times a year due to extreme wind gusts.


Other than that, I don't have any issues, and the bike is easy to park and there are special transit lanes in my city that only bikes, busses and cars with 3+ people can use, which really speeds up the morning commute. Also the ability to filter between lanes of traffic can be a major time saver.

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I commute daily in San Diego on 5 different bikes, the R3 being the last of them. It was obviously lacking the power of the others but still was more than capable on the fast freeways of Southern California. Japan traffic is much slower and I have an R25 now, also my daily commuter. Obviously as already mentioned a car will have advantages. Rain, sun or snow, I have ridden my bikes through. Keep in mind when the temp gets low that it won't be as fun as when it's in the 80's.
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Been commuting to campus for a year now (5 miles each way), cold as 36f Winter mornings and hot as 117f most of the Summer. Bike gets great mpg and gets up to freeway speed quickly if you let the RPMs climb over 9000. Only real issue I've had is when the winds kick up and the bikes light weight forces you to focus.

Can't speak much on the rainy day rides...Phoenix!
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Wow, kudos to you for looking out for your younger sister.

Where are you located? You have 4 seasons? I mean, if you have true snow conditions, you'll be SOL unless you can just walk to work. Occasional rain is fine but if you have to deal with a lot of rain... it gets really tiring and uncomfortable having to commute in the rain if its always raining.

Your biggest concern (aside from the normal motorcycle riding concerns) will always be weather. Anything else, you'll adapt to it quickly through experience (road conditions, hills, etc.)

Sadly, some people have no business riding a motorcycle.

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