I soon discovered the disadvantages of a 50-Km motorcycle commute:
- it is cold much of the year
- it is windy all of the time
- it is scary some of the time
- it is boring all of the time
- it is cheap
Even at present, I would not drive a car to work. With all costs, including parking, it would probably cost at least $200/week.
In 1985, I found a better way: the 'bus.
To be sure, there are now commute trains (I don't know if there were in 1985). In a pinch I could take the train. Because of the location of the station (at both ends) it would be difficult.
Sometime in 1985 I began taking the 'bus. It goes on the motorway for about half the distance. It takes a little over an hour. It is cheap. I can read on the 'bus - or sleep. It is very satisfactory.
So when I was offered a job not on a convenient 'bus route - and, nearly simultaneously, offered the University job - and the 'bus goes right past the University - that was the deciding factor.
I began riding the 'bus to the University - and experienced the main disadvantage that 'bus-riding has over driving:
- it is inflexible
For a while in 1986 in my new job, I started riding my motorcycle to work again. I did this until sometime in about July 1987, when an incident happened, which had no direct relationship to my riding the motorcycle to work, but which ended my motorcycle riding.