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Old 03-03-2011, 06:24 PM   #21
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What do you have against Italian Bikes? Mine is fairly economical about 43.5 miles per gallon.
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I need to get my ruckus back up and running so I can get back to commuting on that sucker.
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Back in '08 when gas was like $4 per gal. I did the math. For a realy short commute, not much of an advantage to ride the bike vs the car. But if you have a commute of like say 40+ miles one way, the savings in fuel realy start to add up. Then throw the time you save being able to use the HOV.

Thats figureing in tires, chains, sprockets and fuel. For me at the time I had a 75 mile round trip each day. I was averaging like 16mpg in the Explorer and 47 mpg on the GPZ. For me, I fugured I was saving about $25 per week after all expenses. That's $100 a month I could spend on something else like food or utilities.

Now once the price of gas fell below about $3.50 it was pretty much a wash.
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if i had to be in rush hour i would not ride mon-fri. too risky
I agree. I get to go in early, no traffic and my ride home isn't too bad.

How some of ya'll do rush hours in freeway traffic is beyond me and I'm afraid I'd be very tempted to cage...

That being said. It's a personal choice. It definantly isn't for everyone.

It's cheaper then my Suburban with my 60 mile round trip daily. But even if I had a cheap car I'd do it becuase I don't need coffee till I actually arrive at work and when I get home I feel refreshed instead of tired.

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I've been riding to school in good weather, but the ride is short and the traffic is light even during rush hour. It is more fun to ride in, even if it is mostly surface streets; also it is 1000x easier to park at UH on a bike.
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I get about 70MPG
I'm calling bullshit if you're talking about your 675.

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What do you have against Italian Bikes? Mine is fairly economical about 43.5 miles per gallon.

you do realize that a new focus is rated at 38 right? Your tiny, little, uncomfortable-for-2 motorcycle gets SLIGHTLY better gas mileage than a 4 door sedan. In short, your bike sucks for economy. Note: this comes from a guy with a couple of Aprilias. I love the bikes, but they're NOT economical.
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Old 03-04-2011, 09:55 AM   #29
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I enjoy commuting the 650r to all sorts of deelish far, far away On average, my trips are 150+mi/day, traveling from Texas City to WestChase area to Downtown to Kemah and beyond and then home. On a bike, this commute is almost or around 50mpg, $10. In a car, this same commute would be 25mpg, $20. Then there's the additional oil, tires, wear/tear, etc. I also find that somehow, someway I get to places a lot faster

If I had to commute to work, I would go 1 day in a car and bring a duffle bag worth of clothes and stuff to change in and ride the remaining 4 days. It really does add up.

I am probably the only person that enjoys riding with cars and even in traffic. It's a visceral feeling smelling brake pads, coolant, oil, the sights and sounds of cars nearby. Yes its more dangerous but it's also a learning experience. I would dare say I learned more riding in dangerous traffic than at a trackday.

When I bought my bike, gas prices were high and I imagine we will be seeing more and more people joining the 2 wheel community There is talk of gas eclipsing $5/gallon this summer.
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That was a great article on the EX250. I try to ride mine around as much as possible to work and school if it's close. My car is a V8 too but for the long traffic commutes towards Katy and back I have to take it because like you said, it is too risky and having the luxuries in this weather is worth it.
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Old 03-04-2011, 10:50 AM   #31
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I know all estimations on economy are based on total vehicle costs, but I'm a lot more short sited... Last week I spent $85 filling my truck. This morning I spent $9 filling the bike. Both vehicles with a full tank will cover my commute for the week.
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Old 03-04-2011, 11:01 AM   #32
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My truck only gets about 12 MPG so the bike is definitely better there. Especially living out here and taking a badass motorcycle road to work every day.

When I was in Houston I was on the bike exclusively for about 6 months while my truck was in the shop. I loved riding every day but it sucked when it rained, which it seemed to do about twice a week in Houston.

I remember riding to UH about ten years ago, shortly after getting my first bike. I got on 225 and got behind a garbage truck - don't ever do this. I had to turn around, go home and change clothes.
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noted, dont. ride. behind. garbage. truck.... smells. like. garbage.
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The other thing i like about two wheels is HOV lane...and parking.
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I'm calling bullshit if you're talking about your 675.
According to my dash, that's what I get at cruising speed. (65-75mph at around 6kRPM)

My round trip to work each day is 70 miles, I do that 6 days a week. That's 420 miles a week. My tank holds 4 gallons, I fill up twice a week and still have fuel to run errands on sunday.
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I rode my ninja 250r to work 9 bucks a week and get 200 miles and FREE PARKING! In my car I pay 4.50 a day on parking and 40 on gas. As for as the smell a little AXE spray fixes that right up.
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According to my dash, that's what I get at cruising speed. (65-75mph at around 6kRPM)

My round trip to work each day is 70 miles, I do that 6 days a week. That's 420 miles a week. My tank holds 4 gallons, I fill up twice a week and still have fuel to run errands on sunday.
Your computer may be set to imperial gallons (UK). I would seriously doubt you're getting 70 MPG, even at cruising speed. 60 would be about right.
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i ride from lamarque to galveston on my 1000. it's a 34mi rd trip. i work on a matrix schedule(in a 2 week pay period i work 7 days.sometimes 8 or 9 if i do ot). my car and blazer stays parked as much as possible. my car requires 93 or it will run like . my blazer run on the cheap stuff. however my wife drives the same type of car i have and it kills her. so i take the extra money i save riding the bike and put it in her car. she goes from lamarque to galveston(drop the kids to school and day care)them from galveston to league city to work. the from league city to galveston to get kids and back to lamarque m-f.
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i ride from lamarque to galveston on my 1000. it's a 34mi rd trip. i work on a matrix schedule(in a 2 week pay period i work 7 days.sometimes 8 or 9 if i do ot). my car and blazer stays parked as much as possible. my car requires 93 or it will run like . my blazer run on the cheap stuff. however my wife drives the same type of car i have and it kills her. so i take the extra money i save riding the bike and put it in her car. she goes from lamarque to galveston(drop the kids to school and day care)them from galveston to league city to work. the from league city to galveston to get kids and back to lamarque m-f.
Why don't you take the car to Galveston to drop off the kids, goto work and pick up the kids. And she take the bike to League City?
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