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    Posted: 21 Sep 2018 at 09:40
Since I started riding a bike back in the 1960's both the use and image of motorcycles has changed considerably. Back then it was transport to work, meeting up with mates and just the pleasure of going for a ride. (Even in London roads were quieter back then!) Bikes did not have a good image mainly due to media reports of biker gangs and a poor image in ( mainly American) films, and you did tend to come home often showing traces of petroleum industry products. Things have changed a lot since then as has my use of a motorcycle.

Being retired I rarely have an urgent need to be anywhere and am also fortunate to have a choice of transport. I can use the car when appropriate and because of my advanced age I also have a bus pass. We have an excellent service around here connecting several major towns which is a blessing if I want to go into Portsmouth or Chichester. It's safer to let the bus run the risk of the A27 as it has a better chance of survival against the dim witted kamikaze pilots that pass for drivers in this part of the world.

The bike is for fun. Without any plan or meaning to, I usually end up doing around 100 miles with a stop off for lunch on a circular route. Where is the fun of going somewhere and coming back the same way? I don't care if my bike is only showing a low mileage because it's there for me to use when I want, for as long as I want or am able to. Good luck to all of you who enjoy riding all year round and come the first frosts I'll see you when the weather warms up!Beer
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I use mine for long trips only
nowt else
round here I walk or cycle, its safer
if I need to carry tools or kit I use the car
for 15 years I worked locally and cycled every day a 12 mile round trip, yet other drove or motorcycled ?
I couldnt be bothered
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Brian UK Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Sep 2018 at 10:19
I thought the A27 has had the attention of flying kamikazi pilots too. That was a bit nasty.
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I'd forgotten that, and my apologies to anyone who thought it was a cheap reference to the air crash at Shoreham.Embarrassed It's just that the standard of driving around here varies between incompetent and cretinous.
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Originally posted by BobV7 BobV7 wrote:

 It's just that the standard of driving around here varies between incompetent and cretinous.
Sadly Bob, I think that is far from unique to your locale!
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The A11 here is usually ok. The left hand lane is empty and the right one is for german cars anyway. 
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My bike spends most of its time in the garage - on its own little bit of carpet!

Work is only a mile away for me so I tend to walk. Occasionally I will take the bike, but I have to go the long way to make sure it has warmed up.

I tend to use it for ride outs on my own; sometimes for transport to see a friend. Not sure I will ever have the opportunity to do a long trip as I always seem to have children in tow.
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I use mine for “commuting” to and from France. I am sat on the Normandy rather damp at the moment and beginning to question if at almost 66 years old it is still a good idea. 
But then I reflect on the crossing over on Monday and the ride down to near Le Mans in 30c plus and bright sun, and think that’s what biking is all about Tongue
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Which crossing do you use normally?
I use the Newhaven Dieppe because anyone over 60 gets a 20% discount. You have to ring for this though, can't do it online.
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I have tried nearly all the possible routes over the years Brian. My wife and I are both members of the Brittany Ferries club voyage and get 30% off schedule crossings and 10% of the promotions. This week it cost me £63 return Portsmouth Cean with reserved seats (on the moto). 
If you compair the price with DFDS there is little difference, but in terms of mileage the Portsmouth route is a lot less for me - 176 miles door to door from Amersham to Saint Leonard des Bois. 
I am back over again next Thursday but on the Saint Malo overnight ferry. A little more expensive but my wife is coming and taking her car she likes the restaurant and cocktails, also you get a proper nights sleep, not roughing it on a bike in a storm Wink


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Mike H Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Sep 2018 at 17:45
As per OP, only started biking cos needed to commute cheaper than by train, and then got bitten by the bug. Nowadays it's only for leisure.


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I use mine for everything.

Past it's MOT today

I'd done nearly 400 miles since the last one.
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The trip to the filling station is at least 15 miles shorter than the trip back. 

I used to be able to ride a bicycle but I still like getting out to see and smell the world which you cannot do in a tin can. I rack up about 1300 miles a year on a bike just pootling round.
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Must look into the Brittany Ferries thing.


When I first started biking it was my only transport. I bought my only new bike a few years later, the Norton Commando - possibly the first privately owned one on the road. Did 900 miles in the first week in order to get the first service done before a holiday in Scandinavia. Did 25k miles in that first year.
These days it's a fraction of that, just leisure trips.
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I started commuting  to work on two wheels in the late  70's  but along  the way I ended up in service related jobs that came with 4 wheel transport . However , more "recently"  I have been commuting all year round on bikes continuously since '98 . The first ten years ('98 to '08 were a doddle  , the last  9 and a bit have been a bit trying at times , with snow , ice ,hurricanes  , flooding and high temperatures!  (obviously the three years I commuted on bicycle in the mid 90's didn't help global warming). My current  commute is only  maybe a weekly total of 100 to 120 miles  but my total annual mileage   can be up to  20k miles spread over a few bikes.
Edit   , I forgot to mention was it  '82 and the heavy snow  , I walked to work for a week and I ended  up commuting  on the Saturday when it started thawing  , but lost count of the number of times I fell off my MZ that day . I swore I'd never ride a bike in snow ever again but in '09 '10 or was it'11 we had two winters of heavy snow /ice although the snow was a lot grippier than the '80s. Some days I left the bike at home and walked for hours . Currently I have the option of a small car but I don't think I have the temperament or time for commuting in  4 wheels.


Edited by nab301 - 21 Sep 2018 at 21:50
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