Edited by Greeves Rider on June 28, 2018, 2:01 pm
I used the bike wet or fine except for some really icy days in winter. Frankly it would not have been financially viable to use a car, (the T80 does 120mpg) and sometimes I had to go to another depot to help out a neighboring bus company for a school journey. Obviously horses for courses, a large sports bike would not have been so attractive, but a good small commuter bike with good weather protection is ideal.
As for insurance, in all my years riding motorcycles(since 1960) my insurance has always covered riding to work and indeed my current policy with Peter James does NOT list commuting as not being covered, only the following are excluded:
Dispatch riding, courier services or messenger services
Racing, pacemaking, being in any contest or speed trial (apart from road safety rallies and treasure hunts or if your motorcycle is being used for display purposes)
Trial riding apart from where your motorcycle is travelling on a public road or is being used for display purposes
Being trackside (in the restricted area or on the track) at a motor racing circuit, unless you have told us about this and we have agreed.
Any purpose connected with the motor trade, unless this use is described as allowed in your certificate
Hiring out your motorcycle in return for money
Carrying passengers or good in return for money