Motorcycle Commute, Day 1: Cold!

May 1st. My first day as a full time motorcycle commuter. I have to say that it didn’t go too badly. I actually slept in an extra 15 minutes, and still got out of the house 10 minutes early. I made it a point to iron and pack my clothes last night to save time so that paid off. And of course not having to dry and gel my hair was cool too.

The only downside this morning was that it was freaking cold! My commute is only about 20 minutes max and by the time I pulled up my fingers were completely numb. I could barely undo my helmet. I hope the weather starts to warm up soon.

My new garment bag worked really well. I bought a special bag called the Iron Rider by Dowco that is designed to carry clothes on your motorcycle. It’s just like a business travel suitcase in that it’s got hanger hooks, and a zip up bag that you put your clothes in, and then fold up. It’s got room in the bottom for shoes, and a pocket for your belt, tie, whatever. It’s really ingenious and is the only bag like this I’ve seen. I’m only slightly crinkled this morning and I think if I pack my shirt in the morning instead of the night before, I can fix that. At any rate, it’s not bad at all.

Changing at work though is not the greatest. I don’t know what it is, but stripping down to your skivvies in a bathroom stall is just uncomfortable. I suppose I’ll get used to it.

So I think this is going to work. I was worried about it taking longer to get to work in the mornings but I actually got to sleep in and I still punched in right on time. And after paying $3.95/gal for gas last night, it’s going to be worth it.

Let me share some math with you….. my truck costs me $140 to get strictly to work and back. The bike will cost me $65. That’s a $75 savings right there. If I expand my bike usage to things other than work, I can save as much as $150 a month. I don’t know about you, but for me, that’s a lot of cigars and Sam Adams. Or a new bike!