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Old 03-07-2011, 08:11 PM   #81
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i don't think there is any real advantage unless you get a touring bike. sport bike tires burn through tires so fast that what money you save on gas, gets burned up on tires and chains and
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now, get a bike with shaft drive and good touring tires and you might come out ahead.
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The bike gets 40+ mpg.... my expedition gets 12-14. I put $65 in that truck yesterday to JUST get 3/4 of a tank. And if I take it to work every day I am filling it back up near the end of the week. The bike can at least go Mon-Fri with 1 fill up...
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now, get a bike with shaft drive and good touring tires and you might come out ahead.
my M50 was shaft driven, i really liked it... actually wanna get another cruiser eventually if i can find one that doesnt jack my back up.
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I may be looking into this very soon as I may be changing jobs. Right now I drive a company truck w/paid fuel but if I change jobs, I will be driving my personal truck which gets about 13-14 mpgs, costs about $75-$80 to fill up right now at $3.50 a gal.....If gas jumps up to $4.00+, it will be an easy $100 to fill up....which will get me about 300-320 miles per tank....

So say for now:

$80 = 300 miles...

Now my 1000 gets around 32 mpgs on average, but runs on premium for .25 more per gallon... so say $3.75 per gal X 4 gals = $15 which gets me 125 miles per tank on average.

So say for now:

$15 = 125 miles, X3 (multiply by 3 to match the truck mileage per tank)

$45 = 375 miles


Monthly EST 1200 miles:
Truck = 4 fill ups, $320
Bike = 9.6 fill ups, $144

Literally less then half of the fuel cost each month, even if I had to buy a set of tires every 5 months at $300 per set, I would still profit $580 in a 5 month span. Roughly $1200 per year, lets subtract $200 for a chain/sprockets for a year, still a $1000 per year profit by riding only 10 months out of the year....and that is doing the math at $3.75 per gal for premium, if it jumps to $4.50-5.00 like suspected, the savings will be greater. I'm not counting oil changes because I would have to do that on the truck or bike at the same 3000 miles.

But I know good and well I won't ride every day, but even if I only rode 2-3 days per week it could really help. Luckily my new job I will likely only work 20 days or less per month so I won't be driving as often.

Gonna miss that company truck and paid fuel though, especially during the summer.
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I drive an '03 VW Jetta diesel. I get 34mpg setting the cruise at 75, and 42mpg setting it at 65. The mileage dropped from 04-08, but the 09's get better mileage than mine. Running Royal Purple, my oil changes last 10k miles. Most expensive thing to replace is the timing belt (~$750 every 100k miles). If you're running 93 octane in a bike, there's virtually no difference in fuel cost at the moment, so with my Jetta, I get comfort, safety and economy. Since I have a cruiser, which has a low compression motor, I can run regular with no issues. My bike averages 42mpg, so I do save a little in fuel costs. Just a little ballpark math....at current fuel prices, a vehicle (bike or car) would have to get around 34mpg running on regular to break even with what it costs me per mile. You can pick up 03 Jettas pretty cheap.
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It really depends on more than money. Parking, the type of job you have, whether you have to drive around during the day. I work in an office suite all by my lonesome about 80% of the time. There is only 3 of us and 1 is in Canada and the other rarely comes in. I know if I will be meeting someone that day or not. I come home for lunch because my office is only 4 miles away. If I don't have a meeting I ride my bike because I don't have to sit at a few longs lights. I just filter up and save about 15 minutes and I ride a tard so 4 miles is still fun. If I have a meeting and it isn't in the morning I just grab my car and put on some dress clothes when I get home from lunch. I like having the bike with me so I can grab a quick bite to eat and romp around for 30 minutes to break up the day. Both of my jobs for the last 6 years have been like this. When I used to have a 40 minute drive I would only ride my bike to work on Fridays if the weather was nice. 40 minutes in rush hour everyday sucks. It's like a video game where everyone is trying to kill you but you only get one life. Fun but not something I would want to do everyday although I did do it everyday for about 8 months a long time ago. One advantage of it though is if you ride everyday in rush hour for a long time you get pretty good at handling traffic. Like some sort of urban assault ninja.

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I ride about 8.5 miles to work whenever I can...not to worried about the gas prices since it keeps me employed in the Oil and Gas Industry.

I'm also sick of people saying that gas will make them go broke...If $4/gal gas makes you broke than how come $2/gal didn't make you rich?
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my commute is 62 miles round trip. most of the time i ride ninja 250 which gets 63 mpg with 87 octane gas. once a week or once every other week, i take my sportster 1200 which gets about 43 mpg with 93 octane gas. i really enjoy my bike commuting, because
- i get to ride
- saves gas
- i get to ride
- i'm on hov and saves time (tho, i almost ran into a lady who was backing up in hov the other day)
- i get to ride
- keeps my cage miles down
- i get to ride

ninja is good for fuel mileage, but has no power.

sportster is good because of low maintenance - no valve adjustment, no chain maintenance. lots more power compared to 250.

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I ride about 8.5 miles to work whenever I can...not to worried about the gas prices since it keeps me employed in the Oil and Gas Industry.

I'm also sick of people saying that gas will make them go broke...If $4/gal gas makes you broke than how come $2/gal didn't make you rich?
Come on man. That analogy is weak. And realize you don't just pay extra at the pump for higher gas prices. EVERYTHING goes up. Peoples budget gets tighter due to take home pay not linked to inflation much less the rise of oil prices...
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Come on man. That analogy is weak. And realize you don't just pay extra at the pump for higher gas prices. EVERYTHING goes up. Peoples budget gets tighter due to take home pay not linked to inflation much less the rise of oil prices...
I realize everything else rises with gas prices, but it's not enough to send people into a fit about their finances. First of all, a majority of people live paycheck to paycheck with no budget in place. Most people drop $150/month on a cell phone, $$ for clothes, $$ for 3D movies, etc. If you're truly hurting due to a layoff, then it is unfortunate.

Food prices have been through the roof for the past year, back when oil was in the 70's....the fact that our dollar is becoming worthless in front of our eyes would be a bigger concern than the stupid gas prices.

It's just an attempt by the media to vilify big oil and push that energy independence ; when in reality if they would have allowed more drilling in the US, we wouldn't be in this predicament.
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i really enjoy my bike commuting, because
- i get to ride
- saves gas
- i get to ride
- i'm on hov and saves time (tho, i almost ran into a lady who was backing up in hov the other day)
- i get to ride
- keeps my cage miles down
- i get to ride

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(between my son and shooting when I don't have him I don't get to ride on the weekends so my commuting IS my chance to ride...)

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... Parking, the type of job you have, whether you have to drive around during the day...
yeah, i forgot about parking. it could make a HUGE difference. for example, at my work, it costs cagers $484.00 year to park in the parking lot where i park my motorcycle. it costs $66.00/year for a motorcycle to park in the same lot. i have two bikes registered there, so i pay $132.00. but that's still a lot of savings over a cage. $352.00 can buy at least 100 galons of gas today. for me, that's 6300 miles on my ninja and 100 days of commuting in gas.

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With rising gas prices it seems even including the cost of Tires...
and with my above calculation, i can get a good set of tires once a year.

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I am still amazed that, after having had a bike for years, people still get excited to fold themselves in half, put their elbow on the tank, and hold steady throttle for 20 minutes in the HOV lane on the freeway.


How is that kind of riding exciting in the slightest? Motorcycles aren't THAT awesome.
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In a general sense, yes it's probably more economical.

I'm a rider because its a hobby, an escape from everyday life if you will. Riding in traffic down a straight road isn't enjoyable to me.

People's perception of "economical" is always debatable.
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I am still amazed that, after having had a bike for years, people still get excited to fold themselves in half, put their elbow on the tank, and hold steady throttle for 20 minutes in the HOV lane on the freeway.


How is that kind of riding exciting in the slightest? Motorcycles aren't THAT awesome.
I'll admit that it can get old if you have to do it everyday for extended stretches, which I've done - but riding to work a couple of times a week, even on the freeway, is still a lot of fun for me.
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Sure it isnt the most awesome riding, but its still riding. I work 11.5 miles from my house. I ride down the street, get on hwy 6 for 3 exits, drive down another street and Im at work. Some days it hardly seems worth strapping on the gear for.
BUT, going through the work-day, seeing my lid sitting on the bookshelf and knowing that a ride home is waiting for me is all that gets me through the day sometimes.
I dunno, its not glamorous or super exciting, but im riding, which is what I love to do.

Ive been riding for 10 years and motorcycles ARE still that awesome to me.
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I am still amazed that, after having had a bike for years, people still get excited to fold themselves in half, put their elbow on the tank, and hold steady throttle for 20 minutes in the HOV lane on the freeway.


How is that kind of riding exciting in the slightest? Motorcycles aren't THAT awesome.
I don't know. Why do so many people get excited over getting naked with a friend, putting themselves in all sorts of positions, getting all hot sweaty and sticky just for 20-30 minutes of fun on average?

Just because you're bored with it - doesnt mean the rest of us are
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