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Old 06-29-08, 03:35 PM
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Motorcycle mpg savings

I was trying to figure out if buying a motorcycle could pay for itself in mpg savings.

Situation: looking for 1,000-1,500$ motorcycle. 60-90 MPG Small one.

Currently using almost 60$ a week in gas.

Technically in less than a year the bike could pay for itself.

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Old 06-29-08, 03:38 PM
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what mpg are the $60/week racked up at?
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Old 06-29-08, 03:52 PM
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Motorcycles rock

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what mpg are the $60/week racked up at?
18 MPG roughly.
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I don't think there's enough difference with cars. A good car will give you 40mpg, and you get much better protection in a crash and the ability to transport people and stuff.

I think you could come out ahead, but I'm not sure that's a good primary reason to get a motorcycle.
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Old 06-29-08, 05:34 PM
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I sold my SV650s, a vtwin Suzuki 650cc sport bike in December 2007. 45 to 50 mpg if ridden "legal", but at $2.90 per gallon, the cost of tires for the bike was equal to the cost of gas. The tires last about 5000 miles and cost $350 per pair installed, labor was $100 of that cost. I decided they were fun to ride, but for actual transportation they suck....and deadly deangerous.

Don't forget to factor in tires and insurance in the overall math. Please take the MSF course, before you even buy a motorcycle. They fatality rate in the first year of riding is amazingly high.
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Old 06-29-08, 05:39 PM
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Originally Posted by merlin55 View Post
I sold my SV650s, a vtwin Suzuki 650cc sport bike in December 2007. 45 to 50 mpg if ridden "legal", but at $2.90 per gallon, the cost of tires for the bike was equal to the cost of gas. The tires last about 5000 miles and cost $350 per pair installed, labor was $100 of that cost. I decided they were fun to ride, but for actual transportation they suck....and deadly deangerous.

Don't forget to factor in tires and insurance in the overall math. Please take the MSF course, before you even buy a motorcycle. They fatality rate in the first year of riding is amazingly high.
Hey I just got SV650s. Great bike. Anyway as merlin said, tires don't last as long. As for insurance, it depends on your age. I am paying 200 something a year.

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Don't forget to factor in insurance.
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what motorcycles are you looking at which cost $1-1.5k?

or is that your budget?

you are probably going to get a pos for that kind of money.
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Originally Posted by merlin55 View Post
The tires last about 5000 miles and cost $350 per pair installed, labor was $100 of that cost. I decided they were fun to ride, but for actual transportation they suck....and deadly deangerous.

Don't forget to factor in tires and insurance in the overall math. Please take the MSF course, before you even buy a motorcycle. They fatality rate in the first year of riding is amazingly high.
All 100% correct.

I've been riding a m/c daily for 4 years now, including occasional trips to midtown Manhattan in rush hour traffic. I feel safe. I know it's dangerous. I own two $30K cars. I ride the motorcycle because I love it enough to tolerate the risk. But no matter how safe you are, the risk is present. You can of course reduce that risk by at least 75% by not riding like a complete and utter friggin moron. And if you don't believe that, read every article about m/c fatalities you see in the newspaper and count the number that involve conduct or riding you wouldn't engage in. For me that's generally 3 out of 4. Case in point: the fatality rate for touring bikes (the kind of bike I own) is 1/3 that of sport bikes (crotch rockets).

But buying a motorcycle to save $ on gas seems silly. Either get a scooter or a Honda Civic that gets 35 mpg. The latter is probably a more practical approach.
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Old 06-29-08, 08:21 PM
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Originally Posted by sirpoopalot View Post
what motorcycles are you looking at which cost $1-1.5k?

or is that your budget?

you are probably going to get a pos for that kind of money.
He was looking at used Kawasaki Ninja 250's. That budget I believe is derived from finished Ebay auctions.
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
All 100% correct.

I've been riding a m/c daily for 4 years now, including occasional trips to midtown Manhattan in rush hour traffic. I feel safe. I know it's dangerous. I own two $30K cars. I ride the motorcycle because I love it enough to tolerate the risk. But no matter how safe you are, the risk is present. You can of course reduce that risk by at least 75% by not riding like a complete and utter friggin moron. And if you don't believe that, read every article about m/c fatalities you see in the newspaper and count the number that involve conduct or riding you wouldn't engage in. For me that's generally 3 out of 4. Case in point: the fatality rate for touring bikes (the kind of bike I own) is 1/3 that of sport bikes (crotch rockets).

But buying a motorcycle to save $ on gas seems silly. Either get a scooter or a Honda Civic that gets 35 mpg. The latter is probably a more practical approach.
Ask people, plenty of them do it for that reason.

Don't think I'm doing it only for some mpg savings. I love motorcycles, want to ride them, and am very interested in them. The mpg savings is the only practical excuse I have to get one.
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don't skimp on the safety gear. it's cheaper than a visit to an emergency room. road rash can be horrendous on a mc.
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Ask people, plenty of them do it for that reason.
In large part because they don't add up all the other costs.
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I cant echo more what others have said... first off do NOT buy a crotchrocket if you want to save in gas... the tickets you will eventually get will MUCH overshadow the price of gas

Considering my truck... my bike gets really good fuel economy... I ride my 2003 Honda Goldwing (came off a 2002 Yamaha R1) when I can... which lately hasnt been too often... but I hope to change that later in the season...

All I can say... is DEFINATELY take the MSF course... it may save your life...
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Originally Posted by Orgnoi1 View Post

All I can say... is take the MSF course... it WILL save your life...
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LOL thanks... thats what I meant... just not the type to tell someone something SO definate...LOL
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My Jetta TDI and Ducati ST4s get about the same MPG. Around 45 mpg on average. Gas is 1 dollar a gallon cheaper. The bike would be long gone before I could recoupe the losses of ownership just on gas savings. Since my wife and I work in the same area, we carpool in the Jetta. I did the math and on a cost per mile (gas only) it would cost more for each of us to take our motorcycles to our jobs. Even with gas being cheaper than diesel.

Seriously, you should only buy a motorcycle because you want one. If your looking from a purely MPG standpoint, get a scooter.

The upside of Motorcycle ownership is that on a smiles per miles basis, it way cheaper to own and operate a Ducati than a Ferrari.
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There are other reasons besides dollars that people want to use less gas.
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There are other reasons besides dollars that people want to use less gas.
To keep the odometer reading lower on their valuable cars?
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small economy car will always be better than a motorcycle
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Ask people, plenty of them do it for that reason.

Don't think I'm doing it only for some mpg savings. I love motorcycles, want to ride them, and am very interested in them. The mpg savings is the only practical excuse I have to get one.
I would say that most of the people that "do it for that reason" actually use that as an excuse to justify the cost. I've tried to use that excuse but it hasn't worked for me yet.
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To keep the odometer reading lower on their valuable cars?
That is certainly a viable reason.
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I have a small Suzuki S40. Between 70-80mpg's. It's a light 1 cylinder cruiser with 33hp and great for commuting. ~4300$ new out the door. I actually rode it to work today

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I ride a motorcycle for the same reasons I ride a bike-it makes me smile, alot. I had the wife on the back with me for the first time this morning, taking it easy. It felt so nice to have her back there, holding on tight. Mmmm.

Anyways, bikes are fun, but be smart and take the course. Get some protection and wear it all the time, even when you don't wanna and its really hot outside and everyone else is riding in shorts, flip-flops and a wife beater. Above all, be safe and ride within your skill level.
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