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Unread 09-09-2008, 08:55 PM   #1
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Default Motorcycles getting second looks as gas prices rise

While some people are trading in their SUVs or even large cars for smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles, others are abandoning four wheels for two. Heritage Harley Davidson owner Toby O’Brien has noted an increase in the number of people coming into his store and purchasing motorcycles after selling off their SUVs. “With a bike you're getting up to 40 miles a gallon so you're saving significantly so a lot of people are taking advantage of that,” says O’Brien.
But he readily admits that new sales means novice riders. Organizations such as the Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program and others offer free training courses for newbies.
Would you be willing to switch from four to two-wheels to save gas?
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Unread 09-10-2008, 05:23 PM   #2
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I already did. 43mpg in something that weighs 500lbs with me on it and 180whp FTW.
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Unread 09-10-2008, 08:01 PM   #3
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^^^ what kind of bike do you have?

i'm hopefully gonna try and get a r6 or if i'm lucky a special edition triumph 675. 10k for the yamaha and just a little over 9k for the triumph
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Unread 09-11-2008, 08:54 AM   #4
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^^^ what kind of bike do you have?

i'm hopefully gonna try and get a r6 or if i'm lucky a special edition triumph 675. 10k for the yamaha and just a little over 9k for the triumph
I have a gsxr1000. I loved my r6, and if I sold the gsxr, i'd get another r6!
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I had to give up the bike a couple years back but would no doubt in a blink of an eye ride again on 2-wheels. It just gets a bit difficult when I gotta chauffeur the kiddos to school and the sitter. If everything that I hope for pans out, I'll be riding again perhaps next year.
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The costs of maintenance of a motorcycle offsets its gas savings. Especially with sportbikes. Motorcycle tires last about 1/3 of a car's tires, motorcycle oil is about 3 times more expensive. Insurance can be more expensive than a car as well. If you go from a 10 mpg behemoth to a motorcycle then you will see a bit of a relief in the wallet. But otherwise you won't ace that much from switching to a motorcycle.

With that said, I am currently fiddling with the idea of buying a bike, my eyes are set on a blue or special edition 675 or street triple. Already researched insurance costs and possible loan monthly payments. I will truly have to watch the money I spend if I go that route but it should be worth it.
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juan the special edition 675 is the way to go. i'd take that over the triple any day. it's one damn sexy bike
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Been watching the price of gas-guzzlers going down. Might just pick up one of those behemoths instead. Been driving gas-sippers for the past 7 years. Enough is enough.
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Unread 09-16-2008, 02:20 PM   #9
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The costs of maintenance of a motorcycle offsets its gas savings. Especially with sportbikes. Motorcycle tires last about 1/3 of a car's tires, motorcycle oil is about 3 times more expensive. Insurance can be more expensive than a car as well. If you go from a 10 mpg behemoth to a motorcycle then you will see a bit of a relief in the wallet. But otherwise you won't ace that much from switching to a motorcycle.

With that said, I am currently fiddling with the idea of buying a bike, my eyes are set on a blue or special edition 675 or street triple. Already researched insurance costs and possible loan monthly payments. I will truly have to watch the money I spend if I go that route but it should be worth it.
Juan,

quit trying to compare the maint costs of an econo box car with a sportbike.

How about the maint of an econo bike to and econo car - say a DRZ400 to a Corolla?

If you have your heart set on it - compare the cost to maintain a porsche to a GSXR 1000 -

apples to apples

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Unread 09-16-2008, 03:53 PM   #10
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I get 42MPG out of my 1584CC powered pig... cruise control, saddlebags, Radio, etc... (of course, it also cost more than a damn corolla too.... )
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