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post #1 of 26 Old 08-06-2007, 01:43 PM Thread Starter
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Riding as a job?

Riding a motorcycle is obviously an enjoyable experience. Some people are satisfied with a half-dozen Sundays a year, and then spend the rest of the time rubbing their bike with a diaper in the garage (this seems to be more prevalent with those owning H-D's than V-Stroms, a bike meant to be ridden) while others (like me) spend as much time as possible on two wheels, and the rest of the time thinking about it.

I'm curious ... What are some ways people can think of to get paid to ride? And I mean full-time, paid enough to cover a mortgage kind of pay? Obviously there are the rare few that are motorcycling journalists. But what other ideas are there?

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Document Courier, but it's nothing I'd do, riding in the wrong kinda places


I do use my Vee as a company vehicle, riding to jobsites, I charge my cleints fot time & milage, and get reimbursed to the tune of $8ką/year, more than pays for the bike & operating costs, my work is in rural northern new england



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I'm starting to use mine for my Computer Consulting job. Most of the time all I need is my laptop and a couple of portable hard drives. I can fit my daily case in my Givi E52 and have everything I need.

Hopefully I don't find a machine that I need to bring home to fix. . .

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I ride my bike to work a lot, but that's incidental to what I do and isn't really what I'm after. I want to get paid to ride. :-) I've thought about the "roving reporter" angle, sort of like Alton Brown's "Feasting on Asphalt" show on Food Network, where he rides his motorcycle from small town to small town, and then does a video segment on the food he finds there. That sort of thing.

Perhaps combine outdoor or travel photography with motorcycling. Make a series of motorcycling calendars. Who knows.

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I guess you could always try to be Valentino Rossi. I hear he makes a couple of bucks riding.

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I guess you could always try to be Valentino Rossi. I hear he makes a couple of bucks riding.
Then there's always the other,
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Which I was until a dui hit me from the side/behind effectively ending that career in '99. Did 10 years in the streets, then the last 5 like that.
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I just got a new job where I travel to my customers in Sc and W NC. My boss does not mind it if I take the motorcycle instead of my car. I have not done it yet because I don't have the luggage I need to pull it off yet.
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Hopefully I don't find a machine that I need to bring home to fix. . . :wink:
Actually the Wee can carry quite a bit if you want it to. This is one example. Its a 1Kw generator that I picked up at Canadian Tire when we had an extended power outage. Its certainly bigger than a computer but I have also carried lots of other things. Including computers.

Jobs riding bikes need not be related to just the bike I expect. There are the obvious ones like motorcycle cop, racer, bike race marshal, magazine reviewer, stunt rider, round the world traveller and the like but think about using the bike just as a transport vehicle the get you to and from your work. Whatever it is. I'll bet you would get a lot more fun out of it in the long run.


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