I have the unfortunate position of being a Northside dweller who works in the Southside (Brisbane). The gateway toll is my main convenience allowing more or less continuous highway between work and home, at $2.15 per trip. So, this week I've been experimenting with the suburban commute at $0. My observations are this: the high speed highway is much more forgiving. Peak hour suburbs are ruthless. Not only are the lanes tighter, the cagers don't like you 'pushing in' and other riders might as well be cagers. Plus, who let the scooters out? Tonight, I treated myself to the gateway. Despite heavy haulage and utes I had more than three cagers spot my approach and move to give me space. Plus my R1 mate who wasn't content splitting at 40kmh just made his way around me, no head shaking judgement unlike yesterday's rider who didn't like my apprehension to squeeze between a Getz and a bus in gridlock. We're told 'speed kills' but honestly I sincerely feel the faster highway is safer simply due to the reduced competition factor of getting through the narrow, traffic lit, over subscribed suburbs. TLDR: splitting on suburbs is heavy sh*t compared to highway - how does one learn wheelies?