Not exactly a pleasure ride, but it certainly sharpens your awareness. I have to make 3 round trips from North LA County to Irvine (about 80 miles one way) each week. We have added rain and frost (in LA!) to the mix now.
This can be a 3 hour trip by car in rush hour, I have never had it take me more than 2 hours and sometimes as little as 75 minutes on my aging K75....nothing is more fun than rolling through a dead stopped traffic jam to the front and freedom!