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Old 04-10-2012, 07:05 PM   #1
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Who is riding to work these days?

With gas prices gone F'N stupid, I decided it I can save some significant loot by riding one of my bikes to work.... My truck gets 13 mpg and I spend almost $100 every week commuting and running around after work/weekends. I figure I have two perfect running bikes sitting in the garage and no time to ride them...both of which get over 30 mpg so....I am going to start commuting on them. Now I wont be daily riding out into the rain/storms and stuff like that but.... I think I can cut my fuel bill in half by riding just to work.


So anyone else decided to commute on the scoots to save some money with these ridiculous gas prices? If so, what is your daily rider weapon of choice?

My commuter most of the time will be a 01 GSXR1000...
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Old 04-10-2012, 07:06 PM   #2
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I've been commuting to work for years just for fun, not to save anything.
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Old 04-10-2012, 07:08 PM   #3
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A good number here ride to work daily, including myself. My arsenal of no choice: ninjer 250.
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Old 04-10-2012, 07:10 PM   #4
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Assuming it doesnt rain or i have to do something/go somewhere afterwards that makes it inconvient for riding. Or if i dont wake up late or feel lazy. I ride my 50. Gets like 60-70 mpg. Its kinda fun (would be better with big bore) only downside is it takes me twice as long to get to work. Aprox 25 mins.
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Old 04-10-2012, 07:13 PM   #5
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i ride to work whenever it doesn't rain! 600rr is my ride!
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Old 04-10-2012, 07:15 PM   #6
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i ride to work whenever it doesn't rain! 600rr is my ride!
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Old 04-10-2012, 07:17 PM   #7
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I ride my R6 to work everyday except if it rains. My job is like a mile and a half away so I only pump 10$ of gas every two or three weeks unless I ride on the weekends.
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Old 04-10-2012, 07:18 PM   #8
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My drive is an hour each way.

Ive been taking my 500r to work and back this last week. HUGE savings.

My car gets 20mpg and this 500r gets 55-60 lol
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Old 04-10-2012, 07:21 PM   #9
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I started doing it again yesterday on the zx10r. It beats the out of 14mpg in my truck
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Old 04-10-2012, 07:26 PM   #10
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i work at hobby airport and ride to work when it doesn't rain. Love all 10 mins of it lol but I'm going to start training to become a manager and there going to send me to 290 thats good be real fun for me.

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Old 04-10-2012, 07:29 PM   #12
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My car gets better MPG on average... But I still take the bike to work/school on most occasions
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Old 04-10-2012, 07:30 PM   #13
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Commute on my bike to save gas as well as my soul.

Even with having to put all my gear on, I still get to work 10-15 minutes faster on my bike.
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Old 04-10-2012, 07:43 PM   #15
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You know a few years ago, I ran the numbers on commuting on the bike vs. driving a 15 mpg truck and over the course of an entire year, on a 50 mile daily drive.... If you commuted daily, EVERY day on the bike, and even though the bike was much better on fuel, once you factor in the more expensive oil changes, needing tires a lot more often as well as chains/valve adjustments etc....It was virtually a wash in cost savings between the two....and thats if you are hardcore enough to ride daily rain/shine. So I never really got into commuting then.

Now with gas prices over $4 gal, I don't see how you could NOT save money riding the bike, especially if you are not doing it for an extended period enough to need tires etc etc. I think short term savings, say over 6-8 months would be huge...

I am fully anticipating cutting my fuel expense on my commute alone about $150-200 per month.... thats a new bike payment alone.

My current truck gets 13.5 mpg on average and I drive 48 miles per day.... My 1000 gets about 33 mpg...it will be a fun experiment to try to see how much $$ I can get and not away to the pumps....not to mention get to ride every day..(when its not raining)..
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Old 04-10-2012, 07:56 PM   #16
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I save a lot with the 250 on gas than I would with my truck. Cost of tires and oil changes are about the same but the truck costing more.
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Old 04-10-2012, 08:01 PM   #17
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I too did the math and while my Accord gets 25mpg (avg) and my bike gets 50mpg (avg), the savings are nearly dismissed by chain/tire costs. I don't drive to work (I work from home) but I do drive to gym and to lunch and dinner Monday through Friday. Each day, I commute about 150miles.

CAR: 150 miles / 25mpg = 6 gallons @ $4/gallon = $24/day

Let's just say on average $20/gas per day and a bike is half of that ($10)

Then we start to factor in costs...

CAR: 150mi/day x 20 days/month = 3000/month
TIRES changed every 20k mi @ $500 for tires = about $80/month
OIL changed every 5k mi @ $15 = $10/month
$90/month in maintenance costs
3000mi/month divided by 25mpg @ $4/gallon = $480/month gas
COMBINED MONTH DRIVING = $570/month

BIKE: 150mi/day x 20 days/month = 3000/month
TIRES changed every 7.5k rear 15k front is $450/15k mi = $90
CHAIN/SPROCKETS: changed every 15k mi @ $200 = $40
OIL changed every 5k mi @ $40 = $30
$160/month maintenance costs
3000mi/month divided by 50mpg @ $4/gallon = $240/month gas
COMBINED MONTH RIDING = $400/month

So not figuring anything else into the equation, I could save $170/month by riding instead of driving everday. While that may sound appealing to some, the reality is I don't want to ride *everyday* to gym/restaurants. Somedays I like AC and no gear and somedays I like getting places faster.
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You also have to weight the risk you're willing to take being on a bike the highways everyday in traffic. Personally, that's a risk I like to reserve for the weekends.
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