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    Big, Fat, Texan WalksOn2Wheels's Avatar
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    Didn't expect that...

    I started commuting last semester to force myself to put some miles in on the two great bikes I have. School kept me busy and I rarely got in any free time rides. I was trying to justify the expense of a lightweight wool jersey for the upcoming warm weather, and suddenly, I thought about my motorcycle. It was my primary transportation of choice since about mid 2003. It got decent mileage, but properly tuned, it wasn't much better than maybe a Honda Civic.

    Anyhow, talking with my wife about the budget, I suddenly though to ask how much we had budgeted for gas each month for my motorcycle. She said 70 dollars a month. I thought about it, and I realized that although I just filled up my tank for a quick errand on Friday, I hadn't opened the gas tank for close to three months.

    I only got into the commuting thing to get some miles in. I honestly never expected it to make such a drastic impact on my motorcycle habit. Not that it's a bad thing. I still love my motorcycle, but now I kind of reserve that for longer trips, or quick errands on days where I only prefer to take one shower.

    So yeah, time to find a nice jersey...

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    Descends like a rock pallen's Avatar
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    Nice! My poor 300ZX does come out to play much anymore either. Premium fuel costs and the bike option leave her sitting in the garage collecting dust.

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    I'm to the point I buy whatever I want or need for my bike/biking. I figure I save over $2000 a year in just parking and gas alone.
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    My car stays parked 5 or 6 days a week... granted, I don't use that much gas in it, but I'm saving the wear and tear on it.

    Good job with it, don't stop!

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    Keep it up!

    I'm a single guy, and own a VW GTI and a '95 Pathfinder.

    Both of them use less than a tank a month. Hell - the pathfinder sits in the work parking lot most days as my emergency ride home (due to bike failure or horrible weather/urgent trips). Comes complete with a sleeping pad and a sleeping bag in the back for those REALLY tiring days at work. It'll see more miles in the summer once I start camping again.

    Until then, my Cannondale gets more weekly miles than either vehicle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WalksOn2Wheels View Post
    Anyhow, talking with my wife about the budget, I suddenly though to ask how much we had budgeted for gas each month for my motorcycle. She said 70 dollars a month. I thought about it, and I realized that although I just filled up my tank for a quick errand on Friday, I hadn't opened the gas tank for close to three months.
    So who gets to keep the extra $70?
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    Even my motorcycle (40 - 45 mpg) was costing me close to two hundred dollars a month in gas, so like the OP I'm trying to reserve it for days when I'm in a hurry or hauling more stuff than I want to carry on the bike. My commute is hybrid, 9 - 12 miles on the bicycle, the rest of the 46 - 50 by bus. A bus pass is only $55 per month.
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