Rode to work four or so days a week since April- getting my money's worth out of my fine machine.
Unfortunately, it's only six miles; with the cooler weather, I'm backing off. Since the engine's hardly getting warmed up, I'm doing a lot of needless wear. So I try to ride on days when I can make a trip out of it. I plan on doing this until they salt the streets.
I ride to a Federal research center, so I leave it unlocked. (Now there's a fringe benefit you don't hear very often.) It's safer than it is in front of my house, where I chain the rear wheel with a Kryptonite New York Chain. And I still think I need extra protection- every loud noise makes me bolt up in bed and look out the window.
When we were in college, my wife and I would ride our CB750 and later our XR650 to school every day. We'd take turns sitting at the controls and riding pillion. Now that we have different jobs we figure out what each of us has to do/ where each of us has to go during the day and decide who takes/ needs the car and who'll ride the bike.
Of course, being in SoCal helps with the year-round riding, and with good rain gear the few spring thunderstorms we get are quite acceptable.
I'm trying to quit riding it midweek for errands and such and might get a scooter instead. IMO parking it anywhere downtown is asking for trouble. My main concerns are it being knocked over, tampered with and putting unnecessary mileage better spent on weekends.
I ride to work right up until the first snow(many years I ride home in the first snow). But have yet to take the Monster to work(picking it up next week WOOHOO). I keep a cable lock and caliper lock in my locker at work. And lock it after I punch in.
In the 5 years I have been working nights at the hospital, I have had only one problem. A guy driving his wife in to have a baby backed into my R1. Knocked it over. Luck thing there were some friends out smoking from the lab. They caught the bike before it went all the way down. The man bought me a new pipe and I scanned and helped deliver his son. It was an interesting experience. I did not know he hit my bike until after I scanned her. He told me he needed to go find the owner of the bike he ran into. I almost passed out.
I finally found a good back road to get to work as to avoid the highway, but now my bike is sitting, waiting for me to put on my new chain and sprockets (got em today).
I plan on riding a while before storing her for the winter
I used to ride to work around once or twice a week.
I ride to work when the weather lets me. Lately its been nice and cool. I don't need to lock up my bike since we have a fenced in lot. I've yet to leave my bike anywhere where I need to lock it. I have a neat looking lock which looks like a pair of handcuffs for the Hulk. One end on the fork or wheel and the other end to a pole.
I ride to work unless its going to rain. Parking is not a problem at home or the where I work which is in a National Park (The Presidio of San Francisco). When I have to go down town or for a superslab trip I take my Nighthawk 750. Weekends are for the twisties!
Damn those Italians, they didn't design the Monster to feed cows with . Can't ride my Monster to work, I live where I work. Actually I try to ride the Monster any chance I can if I need to pick up parts or something like that (as long as they aren't too big or heavy)
I live in the Phoenix area so I ride my bike everyday! I think I have only been rained out 4 or 5 times since I bought the bike 7 months ago. I am a Speech-Language Pathologist and I do home visits all day. I have a Kryptonic disc lock and chain but I have never used them since I park in my clients driveways. I used the disc lock once on my S*zuki and forgot it and bent the disc brake!
i'm in tucson, AZ, and i ride to work everyday. i pretty much have no choice, i work on campus and the parking situation (for cars) is out of control. i refuse to pay for an overpriced parking permit just so i can park where i work. there is plenty of spots for motorcycles though. it is a short drive (around a mile) which as someone already said puts "unneccessary wear" on the bike, but whats the point of having a monster if you cant enjoy it everyday? also, theres nothing like going to work in style
I live in Birmingham AL and since passing my MSF course (about 5 weeks ago) I've ridden my bike every day except for when it rains. It's a short commute (6.6 miles) so I worry about wear, but the attitide adjustment I get from riding seems like a fair trade
We have covered parking at work so I just run a chain through the bike and my helmet to keep honest people honest.
This will be my first winter riding - I'm hoping to ride all the way through (at least regularly if not every day) but we'll see how I feel about that in the dead of winter (though admittedly the dead of winter in central AL isn't quite as bone-chilling as it is in other parts)