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Old 03-04-2011, 12:50 PM   #41
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I live in the Heights and work on the southwest side. "Beltway/Bellaire" I normally drive my F150 to work. I rode my stuntbike up here a few times and seriously thinking about changing the gearing back to stock if gas prices keep going up. I just bought my other half a new Mazda3 but I doubt Ill ever be able to drive it. :(
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Old 03-04-2011, 12:54 PM   #42
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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.
while that's a good point, if that were the case, wouldn't it say litres, not gallons? either way, I'm very happy with my MPG
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Old 03-04-2011, 12:58 PM   #43
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Riding to work today, I thought of another bonus (at least for me) for riding. When I have had a day at work, I notice in my truck, all the drama/ from work stays with me. As soon as I throw that leg over the bike, im focused on riding. By the time I get home, I am much more relaxed, and my head is clear. I haven't dragged the home with me, and I can focus on other tasks, instead of still dwelling on what happened during the day.

In my opinion, that alone is worth it to me!
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Old 03-04-2011, 01:09 PM   #44
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Riding to work today, I thought of another bonus (at least for me) for riding. When I have had a day at work, I notice in my truck, all the drama/ from work stays with me. As soon as I throw that leg over the bike, im focused on riding. By the time I get home, I am much more relaxed, and my head is clear. I haven't dragged the home with me, and I can focus on other tasks, instead of still dwelling on what happened during the day.

In my opinion, that alone is worth it to me!

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Old 03-04-2011, 01:17 PM   #45
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I don't argue that you'll save in gas, but when something happens to the bike, unless you can fix it all yourself, it's more expensive than a car unless you're in some high end car and only deal with the dealer. Tires for me are roughly $400 all the way around.. And that's only two tires.. lol.. For my car, some good tires about $50 - 100 less... I work down town in an office and anytime I can ride in I will. Suit and tie and all. There will be days that are probably just too hot to ride.

Over all, I think if you don't go that far or can use HOV or toll, and not stuck in stop and go, the savings in gas (compaired to your cage) may make a difference, but if you have a bike that requires a lot of maint, you probably won't see the savings. If you had like an 800 cruiser that was low maint, (metric probably) would probably be your best of bets. But even a tourqy 600 may destroy tires too quickly.
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But even a tourqy 600 may destroy tires too quickly.
I've found that I can double the life of a rear if I don't downshift/wind the motor down at every single light.

If I'm coming up to a light where it's obvious I have to stop I'll pull the clutch and leave it in back shifting to the appropriate gear as I slow but leaving the clutch in.

I mean it's literaly doubled the rear life....

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Old 03-04-2011, 01:56 PM   #47
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I commute on my ninja 250 when weather permits (i.e. not pouring rain). I'm able to take the HOV lane, but I do have to drive a bit to get to the entrace. I average about 60mpg at 65mph. My brakes were replaced at 15k miles and the tires at 12k, though I probably could have gotten to 15k on them as well.
I work in an office and wear a mesh jacket during the summer.

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Old 03-04-2011, 04:16 PM   #48
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while that's a good point, if that were the case, wouldn't it say litres, not gallons? either way, I'm very happy with my MPG
An imperial gallon in the UK is different than a standard US gallon - not talking about liters, though the imperial gallon is unofficialy used in the UK.
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I dont live very far from work but I do have to drive back to San Marcos at least three time a month for testing and labs. I take the SV every chance I get because the ride there is comfortable and the roads are just that much more fun around the SM/austin area.
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An imperial gallon in the UK is different than a standard US gallon - not talking about liters, though the imperial gallon is unofficialy used in the UK.
learned something new today

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Old 03-04-2011, 04:41 PM   #51
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I spend more money gas money on my bike than I do on my car
just sell it. then you'll have lots of gas money
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Old 03-04-2011, 05:21 PM   #53
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If I didnt have my little one, I would.
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Old 03-04-2011, 05:24 PM   #54
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my 600RR gets about 35MPG, my Corolla gets 41mpg, and my Porsche gets 29~

You rarely see me out of my Corolla nowadays.
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Old 03-04-2011, 05:26 PM   #55
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I ride to work whenever I can. My bike gets about 42-44 mpg and I fill up with premium still, and an $11 fill-up beats a $65 fill-up in my beemer anyday. Especially when I have to fill-up twice a week in my beemer. It's not cool.

And I'm in a white collar job too. It just makes it that much more fun sitting and talking to a client and they're looking at your jacket and helmet. It's def. a conversation starter.
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i never commute on 2 wheels because i dont really feel safe specially during rush hour traffic. I have a v8 that sucks at gas mileage but still, it makes me feel a lot safer.
HoV lane. Thats what I do. And gas is much cheaper on my 600 than in my corvette.
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Old 03-05-2011, 02:30 AM   #57
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Sounds like you need a tune up. VFR's are supposed to get good mileage.
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I've found that I can double the life of a rear if I don't downshift/wind the motor down at every single light.

If I'm coming up to a light where it's obvious I have to stop I'll pull the clutch and leave it in back shifting to the appropriate gear as I slow but leaving the clutch in.

I mean it's literaly doubled the rear life....

Sound like me, I slam my rear brake and slide to a stop, I find it amusing. With street tires sounds like a car locking up the brakes.
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