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Old 04-10-2012, 08:23 PM   #21
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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.
Very sharp conclusion....

Some days you just "dont feel like riding" or you have to be dressed nice etc etc.... When I had my sales gig there was no way I could ride to work, I had a company truck for 8 years... Now that I am blue collar plant trash, there is no problem at all riding to work.... I'm hot and sweaty as soon as I get there and hot and sweaty when I leave so......Its pretty convenient for me to ride to work.
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Old 04-10-2012, 08:31 PM   #22
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Old 04-10-2012, 08:49 PM   #23
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I'm riding tomorrow. I can't ride on days that I have to pick up kids
your bike is still running? LOL

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Old 04-10-2012, 08:57 PM   #24
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I ride to work whenever I can. Even if the cost is a wash because the ducati dealership robs me, it is too much fun to ride.
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I only have a ~4mi ride to work. I'm a nurse, and I ride in my scrubs, except when it's raining. When it's cold I wear heavier warmer gear to ride, then change when I get to the clinic, but that's kinda a pain if I'm cutting it close on time.

Also if I'm taking only one kid to school, I stick a helmet on her and she rides with me. I probably do that twice a week. (My kids LOVE to be the ones gettin off a bike while all the other kids gawk from the soccer moms' Suburban windows!) But if I have to take two or more, then I've got no choice but to drive.

I've got a Savana that gets ~18/city, and a Honda Accord that gets ~25/city, but I know my Vstar gets close to 40. I only fill up every 2 weeks -ish, and that's with near-daily riding.
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Old 04-10-2012, 09:00 PM   #26
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Ive never had a "just don't feel like riding" kind of day...
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Old 04-10-2012, 09:05 PM   #27
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I've been commuting to work for years just for fun, not to save anything.
Same here.

Being commuting on the bike since early 2001 to the Medical Center, Downtown, Galleria and my last job (now the closest) in the Clay Rd and BW-8 area.
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Old 04-10-2012, 09:09 PM   #28
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Connie 14 is my commuter workhorse. Occasionally I take the RSV1000 on nice Fridays or when i expect traffic to be light. I ride whenever I can and as long as I feel like it. While I appreciate the fuel savings (35-40 MPG with Connie 14), I don't hold any delusions of actually saving any money.

I ride to work because it's the best way to get my moto-fix regularly without cutting into family time. If it starts to feel like a chore, I'll retreat to the comfort of my 22-24MPG car in a heartbeat.

My commuting season is coming to a close anyway. Don't feel like sweating it out there just to save a few bucks.
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Old 04-10-2012, 09:13 PM   #29
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I started riding in May of last year. I have been riding to work every day since, even some days when it rains. I started riding a GS500F, and after I sold that I split the commuter duties 3 days a week I ride the CBR, and 2 days I ride the FZ6R. 39mpg on the CBR, and 48mpg on the FZ6R. Beats the 18mpg I get in my RX7.
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I ride everyday. Free parking alone saves me over $130/mo and then I only get 14 mpg in my cage so I think it probably saves me a couple bucks every month. I do sometimes dislike showing up to work sweaty and not being able to dress nice very easily, but I can deal with that.
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Old 04-10-2012, 09:29 PM   #31
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My commute's 80 mi./day round trip; truck ~ 16 mpg, bike ~ 38 mpg; I work 9/80 so @ $3.50 gas that's $2,200/yr. difference (@ $4 it's $2,500!). Add in ~ $5 tolls/day if I'm caging & can't take HOV is another $1k/yr.. If I do my own oil & chain maintenance, maintenance difference is negligible, so I can spend $1500 more per year in tires for my bike & still come out over $1500 ahead...& have a kick- therapy session before & after work every day!
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Old 04-10-2012, 09:32 PM   #32
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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.
I work downtown and the cheapest parking is around $7 per day + the cost of my time in 2 hrs of traffic a day.

Park my bike for free, cut my commute time in half, and have more fun doing it.
I also get noticed in the office more. I have not decided if that is a good thing.
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Old 04-10-2012, 09:38 PM   #34
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was thinking about the $$ saving fact by riding to work...My car gives me 27mpg...bike 35mpg....but, here's the kicker...car tires last about 75k miles and bike tires about 5k...car tires cost about the same as a set of bike tires..wear and tear on bike motor is more than car...risk of riding is far greater than driving..Insurance on car is cheaper than bike..

So, even though i save on gas by riding...i still spend the saved "loot" on tires, maintenance, and more risk...Although, the commute time is shorter in the HOV..

Again, this is my analysis..Maybe i need a bike that gets over 50mpg, and uses tires that last over 15k, and has low maintenance...
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Old 04-10-2012, 09:42 PM   #35
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& have a kick- therapy session before & after work every day!
well.....i figure last weekend was one of a therapy then..lmao...I saw #8 bike on the ground every 10 minutes..
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Old 04-10-2012, 09:48 PM   #36
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If I were riding just to save money, I would certainly pick another bike. I would choose something like a Ninja 250 or maybe a scooter. When non-riders say that I must be saving a lot of gas money, I just agree with them. I never get into the costs of tires/chains/etc. I used to run errands for a company I worked for and got paid mileage. They suggested paying me less per mile because I was riding. They couldn't do that, but I did bring up the cost and life of my tires lol.
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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.
Get you some Frog Toggs for the rain. When its overcast I keep em in a back pack
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Old 04-10-2012, 09:54 PM   #38
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I was planning on riding to work since I live stay in spring but work at the medical center and I drive a SUV that cost me about $60 every 3-4 days to fill up, but since theres so many bikes that goes missing in that area I decided not to. I started taking the park and ride instead. Still huge savings for me and I get to nap!
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Old 04-10-2012, 09:55 PM   #39
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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
wooo 500r!!! ... i ride mine everyday .. 8 miles round trip .. tues n thurs i ride out to San Jac in pasadena for school form league city .. using about $15 a week .. my jet kit dropped my mpg to around 45ish .. but hey, im not complaining lol ..
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would like to

but 2004 is not the best place for early morning rideing , and to top it off they have a big turn around starting with some 800 + contractors

but may be back on a busa befor long so i may just have to suck it up and ride !
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