Just a note to encourage all my beemer brethren and sistren to ride your bikes to work EVERY day, not just once a year (whenever it was).
I co-own a small jewelry store/art gallery and therefore work six days a week, so if I am going to get the most out of my scoot, then Ride It To Work Everyday (RITWE) is the way to go.
I have three routes I can take to get here. Shortest is 10 miles, longest is 17 (along a nice winding road).
Yup, there are a lot of hassles like helmet hair (we do have running water to deal with that), changing clothes, etc. etc. but the pay-off is worth it.
This year I vowed to ride every ding-dang day. When the starter quit in my box back in late May it forced the issue. Haven't fixed the car yet and am on the bike 7 days a week. It helps me arrive with a great attitude - especially if I leave a few minutes early and take the longer, twisty way in. And it helps me get home with a smile.
If we want folks to take bikes seriously as TRANSPORTATION, then we have to use them as such. Don't JUST use yer bike as an RV, take it to work with you - you will both be happier. I wish I had the time and money to do a two month tour of the country, but for now I have to rack the miles up one day at a time.
RIDE IT TO WORK EVERYDAY. Or RITWE.
okay - will someone help me off this soapbox......