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I just sold my daily commuter cage (still have the family transport) to remove the temptation to cage-it if the weather gets gray. I live in CA so the weather is almost always rideable (sic?). One $12 fill up every two weeks vs. one $70 fill-up every 10 days. It makes a difference.
 

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The only thing I think about fuel mileage on my bikes is that two of them get worse fuel mileage than a Toyota Prius. Not a good sign for our motorcycling future when some cars get better mileage than bikes.



The good news; the cost of gas should reach about $2 per gallon within a year and a barrel of oil will drop below $30.



The bad news: The cost of gas should reach about $2 per gallon within a year.



BURN THE EARTH !!!!!
 

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Mileage was the factor that convinced My accountant (ie:wife) that a Motorcycle was a worthy investment. I went from 40$ a week to 16$ on my daily commute. Paid cash for the bike and haven't looked back. Mrs is quite pleased with the financial end of it as well.
 

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The cost of bike vs. car ownership usually works against the bike. When you consider the longevity of tires and their cost, the maintenance requirements and other issues, several cars work out to be cheaper to operate per given distance traveled.



However, to paraphrase that old saw, "A bad day on a motorcycle is better than a good day in a cage!"



Speaking of which, I need to jump on the bike and get some lunch!
 

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I agree, at $3 a gallon the overall cost of 40 vs 50 mpg is pretty hard to distinguish. a mere 1.5 cents a mile, as the ratio is exponential and the average american drives only 15000 miles a year, savings drop off quickly after 35+ mpg





My s3 gets 45mpg reliably, but 300 bucks a year on tires and $10 a quart oil really make a dent in my savings (1 set of tires and 2 oil changes for a 12000 mile year ) I have a sneaking suspicion it is a near wash with my 25mpg v6 altima



In the end I like to tell myself I am reducing petroleum consumption while having fun. Your personal delusions may have varied effect.
 

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I would suggest that you are comparing apples to oranges. The higher the performance of the bike the shorter the maint interval, the less the gas milage and the faster a tire disapears. consider the cost of owning a car that even starts to aproach the performance of a sportbike. last time I checked, a dodge viper can eat a set of 330 section goodyears faster than a bike can dispatch a 180 michelin (and it still can't do wheelies straight from the factory)



A commuter bike is more efficient than an econobox, a sportbike is more efficient than a sportscar and a harley is more efficient than an suv ( I think )



 

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I'd like to see makers put more effort into improving gas mileage, at least on select models. If I was going to buy a real burner I might not want to sacrifice any performance for mileage but Im more interested in something light/fun, fairly quick (0 to 60 in 4 seconds or so) and freeway capable (80 mph with plenty more on tap), and 80 mpg at cruising speed.
 

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All ways, with the gas companys profits sky high and them selling world wide even a penny a gallon extra adds enough money to make a person rich. That's reguardless what the price a gallon is.

If 90% of every car or truck in America each gave you a 10 to 55 cents bonus each time you filled up, you'd be happy. Money from motorcycles would be icing on the cake.
 

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I only ride for fun, no commuting ( I am not saying commuting isn't fun). I will still ride, regardless of how high gas prices get, and with the work I do, commuting on a bike is not an option. $2.00/gal or $5.00/gal, I will still ride the same.



 

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No

kpaul, GMP, ex-Fire Fighter (BLM)*, soon to have 3 college degrees (EE, Business, CS) , predicts gas will soon rise after election.

January price $3.00

June price $3.50

August $4.00



Go baby go.. I hate SUVs

Biodiesel is the way to go..



prices in U.S. average price/gal



*BIFC/NIFC carded, 6 seasons, 200+fires, 50+fires as Fire Boss/Incident Commander, Heliattack Foreman, Engine Forman, Air Recon officier (youngest person to hold those last two positions)
 

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No brag just fact weasel..Ask me anything about fighting fires for the BLM? both of you? I fought fires all over western Colorado, some in eastern Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana...
 

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LOL but Smokey is Forest Service. BLM was Johnny Horizon... BLM has more land than the U.S.F.S. Three times for fires.
 

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Fuel mileage is important to me because I like a motorcycle with decent range. That means a bike in at least the 45 MPG range with at least a 5.5 gallon tank. The Honda Superhawk V-twin was appealing to me until I heard its mileage was in the low to mid 30s. With its small tank, that seems like an absurdity to me. I have hung onto my CBR1000F all these years because it is still going strong, has a 5.8 gallon tank and can get 50+ mpg at times, even when cruising 80+.



As far as the price of gas goes, it dies get my attention when I have to fill the 9 gal tank on my R100GS-PD at 3 bucks per gallon. I had an almost 40 dollar fillup in Austin, NV in that bike a while back. ouch
 
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