I spent the rest of Jan and all of Feb commuting to the city. This made for an interesting experience for me on the largish Ninja. I’ve always commuted by bike, but almost always I’ve travelled either against the main flow or at weird times, so have generally avoided most heavy peak hour traffic. That’s not to say I’m not confident in riding in this amount of traffic or of filtering through lines of stuck cars, its just not my usual commute.
For almost two months, it was my daily ride. Taking about 50mins each way and costing $32 in tolls per day I was still glad not to be driving. I think that would have added at least 20-30mins every day. (I checked public transport, it would have taken around 2 hours).
I’ve actually managed to make a video, so check that out. BBB 41 – A new commute, which will give you some idea of what it was like.
Overall I found the Ninja very capable in the city. Of course there were times when I was just too wide to fit through. To be honest, I think there are times when it doesn’t matter how small you are, you’d be stuck. Having the top box was excellent. I was impressed with one rider splitting with a pannier (though it was a narrow bike and only the right hand pannier).
The bike never seemed to get super warm, often a problem (the VFR was always doing this, though never hot enough to be a problem) for big faired bikes in city traffic. Basically, if my mirrors fit, then the rest of me did too.