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Jan 28th 2019, 08:00 PM   #16
 liberpolly's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Seattle

  Ducati Diavel, Aprilia Scarabeo
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Originally Posted by sunofnun
I love the Haibike! I think its the best design out there..
I have been looking at them for the last couple years.

So close to pulling the trigger!

How is the battery?
How much range can you get?
Can you swap batteries?
Yes you can swap batteries. I haven't run out yet, the furthest I went was about 20 miles up and down some seriously steep hills. I usually run out of juice before the battery does All in all awesome bike, the absence of throttle keeps me honest and pedaling even on max assist... Love the double suspension and fattish tires on the broken Seattle roads.

Bought it last year on a winter sale, huge difference in price! So don't delay if you see one on sale online.
Jan 30th 2019, 11:26 AM   #17
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  Jan 2016
  Issaquah

  2015 Yamaha FZ-07
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Originally Posted by Ryanthegreat1
I have never found 2 wheels to be an easier mode of transportation. Never mind cost.

I suspect the group they are speaking about are not of high maturity and probably live in a fair weather state which may or may not have helmet requirements. Bike can live outside year round and they have minimal if any gear to put on before setting off. Probably on corded tires and dry chains.

Cages are far superior in ease of transportation accept maybe that parking part. And maybe lane splitting where legal.

EDIT: Those interviewed have probably never owned a bike and have not a clue.
I'm a Millenial (27 years old). I bought my bike for the exact reason put forth in this article. I also ride year-round in the Bellevue area of WA, even in winter.

I had a Yamaha Raider (big 1900cc Harley-ish cruiser). It was a fun bike and I loved the style, but it wasn't very easy to drive around because it was 8.5 feet long and got 30mpg. And I felt bad getting it dirty because of how badass it was.

I traded it in for a Yamaha FZ-07. $7000 bike out the door. Cheap, good on gas, maintenance is a breeze, small and nimble, easy to park, etc. It is TOTALLY for ease of use in commuting. It is so much more pleasant to deal with traffic and parking on a motorcycle. Really makes up for having to get dressed with my astronaut suit every morning.

Basically, my point is that my personal experience is exactly the opposite of your speculation lol
Jan 31st 2019, 08:30 AM   #18
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  Jan 2016
  Northeast Olalla

  07 Guzzi
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Originally Posted by albatrosscafe
I'm a Millenial (27 years old).

I traded it in for a Yamaha FZ-07. $7000 bike out the door. Cheap, good on gas, maintenance is a breeze, small and nimble, easy to park, etc. It is TOTALLY for ease of use in commuting. It is so much more pleasant to deal with traffic and parking on a motorcycle. Really makes up for having to get dressed with my astronaut suit every morning.
That type of bike is way to dangerous for a child, so as a public service I will force myself to come over and save you from yourself, by taking custody of it.

No charge.
Jan 31st 2019, 01:14 PM   #19
 
  Apr 2016
  WA

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Originally Posted by albatrosscafe
I'm a Millenial (27 years old). I bought my bike for the exact reason put forth in this article. I also ride year-round in the Bellevue area of WA, even in winter.

I had a Yamaha Raider (big 1900cc Harley-ish cruiser). It was a fun bike and I loved the style, but it wasn't very easy to drive around because it was 8.5 feet long and got 30mpg. And I felt bad getting it dirty because of how badass it was.

I traded it in for a Yamaha FZ-07. $7000 bike out the door. Cheap, good on gas, maintenance is a breeze, small and nimble, easy to park, etc. It is TOTALLY for ease of use in commuting. It is so much more pleasant to deal with traffic and parking on a motorcycle. Really makes up for having to get dressed with my astronaut suit every morning.

Basically, my point is that my personal experience is exactly the opposite of your speculation lol
I am also in the age bracket mentioned. Just a couple years older than you.

Motorcycles for commuting for me are a pain and take away from the enjoyment of riding. Highway miles suck on the bike. On my commute I don't contend with traffic and parking is readily available.

I think they need to be more specific about their demographic. You are in a very urban environment with rather dense population. I commute out into the sticks with very low density populations. Do I wish I were on 2 wheels for some parts of my commute? Oh hell yes but that is maybe 5-10% of the distance. Not enough to make motorcycles easier or worth while. Different strokes for different folks.
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