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post #1 of 45 Old 09-11-2012, 05:36 PM Thread Starter
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anyone else commute everyday on their bike?

As a daily driver, my zx6r is a lot of fun... though i'm thinking of moving up to a 1000cc someday. I love this bike, no question about that... but the under the tail exhaust gets too hot while going light to light lol

I workm six days a week and just wish that i didn't have to keep my eyes on my temp meter everytime i come to a stop :/ i can usually keep it between 195-210 degrees, (average on the road is around 175 btw, so i'm not worried that there's something wrong) but every now and then i catch a Miami light that skips me or takes 4 minutes to turn green.. so i'm sitting there sweating from the waste down and praying i'm not ruining my internals at 225-230 degrees :/

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post #2 of 45 Old 09-11-2012, 05:44 PM
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i ride it 3-4 times a week to work but it's all interstate, and no i don't think you'll ruin anything. you could always put a manual switch on the fan
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post #3 of 45 Old 09-11-2012, 05:55 PM
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my ninja was my daily driver since the first day i got it in 09. i just bought an s10 over the weekend...i forgot how nice it was to get around town with ac!

i had an over heating problem too when moving from one red light to the next. i flushed the rad and put water wetter, it didnt make much of a differnence in temp when sitting at a light but as soon as i started moving my temps would drop like 10 degrees in a few secs, i may switch to engine ice next weekend

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post #4 of 45 Old 09-11-2012, 05:59 PM
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I use to commute, in traffic my temp never exceeded 228, you should be fine, the have coolant that makes the bike run at cooler temps but not recommended below a certain temp outside because it will freeze. but your in Miami, no worries

Edit: I get to drive a company van home for the past 5 years so no money spent on gas

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mine's been my daily since I got it in May, its 20-30 miles each way depending on how much freeway I decide to use, depends on the day.

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you could always put a manual switch on the fan
if you're worried about the internals this wouldn't be too hard to do, even though I'm pretty sure they should be fine at that temp anyways as long as it's not for long periods of time
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I put about 30 miles on to and from work everyday and ride it hard every weekend
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I used my 636 as a sole vehicle for years before she finally got too tired of doing it. Looking back, I feel bad for putting her through that but it was just way more practical than buying a car. I never had much trouble with overheating, even when temps reached 110. Then again, I can lane split and that helps a lot.

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I put about 30 miles on to and from work everyday and ride it hard every weekend
Only time I drive the cage is in the Morning taking the kids to school.

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Pretty much every other day for me. I go in at 10 every other day as opposed to 9. The idiots rushing in to work at 8:45 just isn't worth the risk. I took it in today and it was beautiful.

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Only time I drive the cage is in the Morning taking the kids to school.
Hell yeah that's good for you!

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I take a bike every chance I can. I think I drove my truck to work 3x this year.
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post #13 of 45 Old 09-11-2012, 06:30 PM
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im out the door at 545 so taking the bike is optimum.... was a little bit nippley this morning though. 49 degrees. BBRRRR
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Yeah same here I did not waste time going to work this morning either

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45min interstate drive to school and 45min back. then me and my friends ride at night for about 3hours every other night
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