Gas Mileage

Egor

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My wife came to me today and asked me what the mileage of one of my Motored bikes would be? We payed 3.74.09 for gas today, I wonder if that had any influence on the reason she asked the mileage. I told her that "I think I could get about 150 Mi. to the gallon if I tried", OH she exclaimed, and left it at that. Now if she asks me to start one up for her to go to work, I will get a picture to post up here. I don't think she has any business on a motor bike, for that matter nether should I, but that is another thing. If enough of the cars were off the road I think I would let her, but not with the (NUT'S) in my town. I wonder how many of you are using your bikes for every day? The traffic for me is the biggest hang up. Well have fun, Dave
 

Ilikeabikea

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Last fall before the weather got cold I was riding my bike back and forth to work nearly everyday. I had to stop when winter got here. I think I'm going to start riding it again as soon as we get a little warmer weather. I live in a small town so traffic is not an issue. Traffic cops are though. I think I'll just ride on the back roads to work and if I see a cop I'll just act like I'm peddaling.:ride2:
 

Bikeguy Joe

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I rode nearly 100 miles on a tank a couple of times....I did coast down all the hills I could and never went faster than a "cruise"- maybe 60% max rpm.

So I say at least 150 mpg.

As a side comment, I've only had a problem once with a motorized bike/traffic. It was two drunk boneheads in a van towing a boat and they screamed stuff out the window and purposely cut me off....I think they also forgot they were towing a boat, or it wouldn't have been so close.

I tried my best to get them to come back, boy would they have been surprised.
 

deacon

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Jan 15, 2008
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I ride in traffic some of the time, even if it is just fun rides, trying to get used to cars passing me. Actually I think that with a little planning you can stay out of the worst of it. Most every road that is heavily traveled inside a town has a street running the same direction that isn't. You have to make good plans to stay away from the worst of it. You probably would need to vary your schedule some. Go to work a little earlier and find a restaurant that had good coffee to wait till the doors opened maybe.

It takes a different mind set for me to ride in traffic. Wait till there are no cars in either direction before joining the flow of traffic. I think cars need a good distance to figure out what we are. Some never do of course.

I mostly get people pulling out of intersection in front of me. They don't realize how fast I am traveling, and that isn't fast at all.
 

paul

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last summer i pretty much parked my pickup and used the bike to go everywhere. it was my transportation to work and to the store unless picking up something big. i went from filling my truck up twice a week to once every 2 or 3 weeks. they definitely save a lot of money. make sure she has a good mirror and teach her to use them properly and to ride like she as at risk with every car out their. i think she will surprise you and do quite well and she will enjoy it as much as you. a motorized bike is a great form of transportation if you respect it
 

Egor

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I'm glad to hear that so many of you are riding for economy and fun. When I ride to work I use the bike path on the river levy, and the rest on the side streets, there is one place I use the bike path on the side of the road, it is wide and clear, and the fun part is passing all the same cars each red light, if the timing is rite when the light turns green I fly by the ones in the front and get out there as far as I can. It is 9 mi. to work but in this city of over 1 million people it is crowded, and dangerous. I would give anything to live in a small town, I wonder what dirt looks like LOL. Have fun, Dave
PS: All parking around the Pike downtown at work, is 6 to 9 dollars a day minimum no free parking anywhere.
 

Autocycler

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Parking a car can cost $22 per day here in Washington, DC. The bike gets to park for free...which adds up fast. Plus, traffic slugs along at such a slow pace it is actually quicker to motor bike in rather than drive or subway in.
 

deacon

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You are the ideal motor biker then. Talk about saving money. Gas for the drive, gas for the idle time in traffic and parking lord your bike paid for itself in two weeks if you used it daily.
 

OSCAR383

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i use mine for travel to work you have to have take a route away from the schools in the mourning . and in the afternoon its avoiding all the people who try to pass me and stop infront of me to talk to me about my bike.... most of the time ill talk to them but sometimes you just want to go home
 

jasonh

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I use my bike for my daily commute as well. I only get 100-120mpg, but that's ok. Went from filling the car at least once a week to maybe once every 2 1/2 weeks or so. I haven't driven to work in over a month. I hope I'll be able to tough it out during the winter.

I just use residential/side roads. No road on my 6mi commute is over 35mph.
 

Dave31

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I use my bike for my daily commute as well. I only get 100-120mpg, but that's ok. Went from filling the car at least once a week to maybe once every 2 1/2 weeks or so. I haven't driven to work in over a month. I hope I'll be able to tough it out during the winter.

I just use residential/side roads. No road on my 6mi commute is over 35mph.
I get about the same :)
 

MarcPhotoMan

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I use mine to go to work as long as the weather permits about 8 miles each way. It costs me 14 dollars a month gas. Here is about $5.30 a gallon. I get about 130 miles to the gallon on my last count.

I aviod busy streets and highways side strets only. the drivers here are nuts, I had one guy in a dilevery truck cut me off and give me the finger mostly because i pased him at an intersection. :crash:

But otherwise I have never has a negative reaction to my biike. I have driven past the cops but i cut off the engiine and pedal.(^):ride2:
 

JDUBWEB

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Jun 25, 2008
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I ride daily 8 miles to and from work - 16 miles round trip. I run the sucker at about 85-90% wide open most of the way - about 24 miles per hour on the odometer. I just tracked my mileage and gas usage. I got about 70 miles per gallon for the last two gallons. I might try easing up a bit to see what that does, but the difference may not be worth the time and fun I have cruising at the higher speed. I mean, really, so I use an extra gallon on my bike, but still save the money from filling up my 4Runner.
 

ebmvegan

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My commute is about 6 miles each way to work and I ride the bike 3 times a week.I would ride it more often but that would mean I have to ride before the sun comes up. I don't want to ride when people are just waking up and driving. Since my ride is flat for the most part I open up quite a bit. My mileage isn't as great as i'ld like it to be. Approx 80 mpg. It's worthit just having to ride. Plus I get incentives from work for using a low fuel consuption vehicle.