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I'm curious. How many of you use your bikes as your main means of transport. Do you use it more than 50% of the time to go to the store? Work? Dates?

I only ask because the girlfriend asked me to pick up a blender and some other stuff the other night and I jumped on the bike...I got there and went, "****, how do I get this stuff home now?" :confused: :confused:

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For work yes, for runs to the store depends upon what I'm going to buy, for date night with my wife of 30 + years yes if we are meeting after work. If going out from home no we take the truck. Vacation no we take the truck & 5th wheel trailer.
 

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I only drive our car to fill it up for the wife or on family outings. Otherwise it is 2 wheels for me with an occasional run in the Turbo Stealth just to keep it lubricated and the tires round......or Date Night!:D
 

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I ride my scooter to commute to work and for running errands whenever possible. It's so quick and easy on the scooter and makes even boring trips more fun.
 

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My '08 Exec has been my primary source of transportaion for almost five years now. I have logged over 27,000 miles commuting on it Monday thru Friday hot or cold, rain or shine, and use it for virtually all of my errand running. I'll often stop at the market on the way home to pick up stuff. Twice a month you'll see me riding home with a 75 lb bag of dog food lashed to the passenger seat. I carry a couple short pieces of woven nylon rope in the trunk for just such uses. On the weekends I'll go out riding or go on PGR missions. My wife drives the Honda Accord which I typically drive once a week or often less. Otherwise we have an old Jag XJ6 that gets driven once a month to move it off the street for street sweeping or so if one of the other vehicles is out of commission for one reason or another.
 

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I put 22K on the IceBurg this year.
Roughly 800 miles on the Cabriolet (backup/utility vehicle).

The Burg works for 40lb dog food. 50lb chicken feed or scratch, weeks worth of groceries (with or without a 12-pack). Can't squeeze a case of beer in the seat (without unpacking it).

Doesn't work well for: Fender Acoustasonic or guitar (unless it's your beater). Might be able to figure out a way to fit a Bose L1 PA.
 

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I put about 2 1/2 times the miles on my bikes that I do on my truck. Still I'm not sure I can say I use the bikes as my main ride. I just do a lot more pleasure riding on the bikes. Outside of pleasure riding it's probably a toss up as to which vehicle I will use.
 

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We sold our 2nd car over a year ago. I ride one of my highway-capable scooters every day that I can for nearly everything and plan around picking things up with our car if my scoot doesn't have enough carrying capacity.

You would be surprised how much you can carry on your scooter and your back in a thin backpack like a REI Flash 18.
 

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Do you use it more than 50% of the time to go to the store? Work? Dates?
50% is a small number, try 99.99% and the .01 % to haul farm animals :D

I had asked a similar question if the Burg 650 was okay to use for daily commuting. Previously I was using the B650 only for long distance rides and touring.

Now my B650 is my everyday ride 99.99+% of the year.
 

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I just bought mine with the intent of using it as my main ride, weather permitting. I had to laugh, today I went to the store and picked up a 750 ream of printer paper, a nine pack of toilet paper and a fishing pole :iconbiggrin:. The fishing pole was a collapsible spinning rod, bought specifically to keep under my scooter seat (never know when you'll get the itch)

Take care all!

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I use my Bikes most of the time, for commuting, shopping, and whatever else. I use the cars for hauling trash, and just to check them out for unusual noises that I know my wife or daughter won't notice when they use them.

Is there another way?
 

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I keep my car on a battery tender and use ethanol free gas with stabilizer in it. I use my scooter for 99.9999% of my needs. The longest thing I have had to carry was a floor lamp about five and a half feet tall. The heaviest is probably two forty lb. bags of bird feed. The hardest things I have to carry are filters for my home central air system, they are real flimsy and hard to use bungee cords without bending them. I have found out if I take a piece of plywood 20 inch square(the size of my filters) with me when I need to get filters they make it home safe. If I need to get a box that will not fit in the top box or under the seat I leave the top box at home and bungee it to the top box mounting plate.
 

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I use my scooter as my primary transportation. Rent a car as back up from Enterprise. WHen on the mainland in TX, I rode about 12=18k miles per year. Commuting and weekend rides. Burgman 650 and Burgman 400, started out on a Kymco Bet&Win 250. I liked the Burgman longer service intervals. I have never had any issues except for the clutch on my 07 Burgman 400. Other than that just normal maintenance. Love it! Dates, shopping, commuting.
 

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Not the main ride but it will be used 2-3 days a week. Today stopped and picked up 2-24 pack of bottle water. Came out of store going oh crab riding the Burg oh well, pulled out some bungy cords. went down the road.
 

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Barring actual or predictions of frozen/freezing precipitation on the road surface or, the need to haul large stuff, I'm on my 400. 18K miles since March of 2012, including two tours this summer, one being over 1800 miles through the Colorado mountains including Pikes Peak, Red Mountain Pass Monarch Pass, Trail Ridge Road (through Rocky Mountain Nation Park and being the highest continuously paved road in the US), etc. (ie, it's one very capable scooter) averaging 70mpg. Daily commuter. My wife rode 2-up with me on "dates" and errands until she got her own.
 

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I drove my Mustang 5 times last year, a total of 870 miles; the scoot went 12k miles. The new (to me) car is getting more use as it is more fun to drive, however it will see maybe 2000 miles this year...
 

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same

I ride about 7k per year on my 650, my first year 10k-I was addicted. My car 5-6k which includes trips hauling a kayak and bicycles. I use it to go to work when possible, and for running most errands. JC
 
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