During my working life I mostly commuted by motorcycle. This was considered eccentric by my co-workers. They thought that bikes were dangerous and uncomfortable - why not buy a car? But when I worked in Glasgow city centre bikes made sense. I could cut through the traffic and park free.
I usually had a commuter bike that was light and economical (eg my CBF 250) but what do other folk use? During my now weekly visit to the city centre I see that the bike parking bays are being fairly well used. The mild winter has meant that riders have been able to use their bike all year.
Today I took a run into town to survey the bike parking bays.
|Sym Citycom 300, my CBF 250, Aprilia Caponord 1000, Yamaha Fazer 600, Kawasaki GTR1400 (Concours 14)|
|Trio in black - Yamaha XJ6 Diversion, Suzuki Bandit 600, Honda NC700|
Two 125cc scooters, Suzuki Gladius 650, CCM 644, Honda CB500, Chinese 125, Yamaha Thundercat 600, Kawasaki ZXR600, Yamaha YBR125
|Yamaha Thundercat 600|
|Suzuki GSXR600, Honda S-Wing 125|
|Honda Transalp 650, BMW K1200RS, Yamaha Fazer 600|
|My CBF, Suzuki VStrom 650, Suzuki Burgman 400|
|Honda CBR600, small scooter, Suzuki Bandit 1250, my CBF, Yamaha YBR125|
|Honda CB500, Honda CBR250, Honda CBF125, Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200, Honda VFR800, Honda CBR125|
|Piaggio Fly 125, two Honda CBR125s|
It was a typical Scottish early spring day - dull & damp but mild. The sort of day that makes you wrap up well to ride, but soon feels warm & humid when you start walking about.
So my conclusion - well people use all sorts of bikes. Mid-sized bikes are popular but Honda's sporty learner bike, the CBR125, is the commuter king.
Also there are a lot of 125cc bikes & scooters with learner "L" plates that I take to be people who've got into bikes for commuting.