Riding to work is not that daunting. Really. You only need the following three things to commute by motorcycle.
- A place you work at. If you don’t have a destination that you are obliged to reach, daily, it’s not really a commute, is it? This one is pretty obvious, and I don’t think I need to explain it any further. You’ve probably got this already.
- A Motorcycle. If you’re reading this, you’ve probably got this covered. If not, find a motorcycle you’d like riding daily. If it’s economical to maintain, even better.
- A thing to carry your stuff in. You’ve probably got this covered. Me, I use a Timbuk2 messenger bag. In the past I’ve used a backpack (one that was ten years old. Jansport rules.) and a tank bag. I like the messenger bag because it’s easier to get on over the armor of my jacket than a backpack. The tank bag is nice when you want to look at a map or directions, but I prefer having a bag I can carry hands free. I understand there are tank bags available with shoulder straps, so you can get the best of both worlds.
That’s it. If you have those three things, you can reasonably start commuting to work immediately.
You should, of course, learn how to ride your motorcycle properly, if you haven’t already. And you should invest in some good protective riding gear if you don’t have it. But otherwise, get yourself on your bike and ride it to work, to the grocery store, or anywhere else you need to get to. You know you want to.