|Royal Enfield Bullet takes on the commute home in this video.|
To summarize, as he puts it, "if I was on my Buell, I'd be home by now."
Going fast enough to keep up with traffic is the big problem, he explains. You end up hoping traffic on the expressway will have to slow down.
The car-pool lane is open to motorcycles in California, but using it would only mean blocking traffic.
On the other hand, our rider treats us to hair-raising examples of lane splitting. Although not strictly legal in California, lane splitting is usually tolerated by the state's law enforcement. It's a way for motorcyclists to weave their way to the front of the pack.
|The Bullet is narrow enough for this dangerous duty.|
Lane splitting may work on the freeway, but I'm not going to weave my way to the front of a line of cars waiting at a traffic signal. The last thing I want is a dozen impatient drivers in 300-horsepower SUVs behind me.
In the end, our rider concludes that he probably won't use his Bullet to commute to work again.
But with all the criticism, the sound of the Bullet's motor beating is enormously appealing as he finally reaches a speed appropriate road.
Experience it for yourself: