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December 15, 2006

The commute: advice sought

My current commute to Bristol is some 100 miles a day round trip, and includes a rarely smooth section of public transport at it’s worst (buses – shudder). Having had to stand around for ages in the cold and miserable winter weather for one evening too many waiting for a trip home, I’m re-considering how I’m thinking of getting to work once I move nearer to Bristol hopefully in the summer (my original plan was just to have a shorter drive to the park and ride, but I really want to not have to rely on buses). I’ll still be around 10 to 15 miles from the office, and Bristol is one of the most hellish places to move about in during rush hour. Furthermore, parking is, well… Limited. Which kind of rules out a car too really as a sensible choice, unless I want to be stuck in traffic lots and have to park my car outside someone’s house or in a dodgy car park still a sizeable walking distance from work. My new thought therefore is to get a bike licence and make full use of the advantages of two wheeled transport – shooting straight between lines of parked cars, using bus lanes (oh the satisfaction!) etc. Assuming that I can resolve the parking issue (should be somewhat easier with a bike than a car), does anyone have any advice/experience that they wish to pass on? I’m considering probably either a Yamaha R6, Kawasaki ZX-6R or Honda CBR600 as the pick of the sports bikes on the market today. I’ve never ridden a motorbike in my life (would probably need to do a week long direct access course or something), so all advice welcome.

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