Gas prices are going up

Discussion in 'Motorized Bicycle General Discussion' started by biknut, Dec 27, 2010.

  1. biknut

    biknut Active Member

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    I just read a news article where the ex president of shell said gas prices will hit $5 by next year. That could just be the beginning. Although it's really bad news in general, it's probably good news for motor bicycles. Especially when it hits $10 a gallon.

    What price do you think it will have to get up to before the masses will be clamoring for motor bicycles? Might be a good time to invest in motor bicycle stock.
     
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    Or at least set aside some place and time to start building them for people. I'm sure glad I'm retired now. I used to commute 80 miles a day and filled the tank in my Ford Ranger twice a week. I've only filled the tank twice since October 14. With the rising gas prices...that's money in my pocket :)
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  3. Hammond Egger

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    I doubt if the price of gas will have much effect on the sale of motorbikes, people will just drive less.
     
  4. matthurd

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    hammonds right, most people aren't very smart.

    but honestly i don't see gas becoming that expensive to soon. at least not in most parts of the country.
     
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    In Arizona over the holiday the police wrote about 2,700 tickets for DUI's, now that's something that could effect the sale of motorbikes.
     
  6. Goat Herder

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    "Necessity is the mother of all invention."
    — Albert Einstein

    In foreign counties they live daily life on these things and it necessary. How will our economy fair?
     
  7. matthurd

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    thing is these things have been around for like 100 years now, and are still not common place in america. even though for many it's a very viable option.

    most people simply don't have common sense sadly.
     
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    back in the 70s families were rationed to 1 tank of gas every 2 weeks. they still didn't adopt these bad boys.

    they'll go with out before they'll compromise.
     
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  10. Goat Herder

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    IMHO I lived here in the states all my life and never saw that ban. I don't remember it? Ban or not I think there will one day be a time of reckoning and there will be a with out for some of us for sure. I am going on getting to be a old man so it will not be in my time? Not gonna be my problem lol.Google
     
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    There was a short lived gas rationing in the late 70s but that was from a trumped up oil imbargo. The difference between then and now is back then the bottom wasn't dropping out of the economy like it is now. We still had manufacturering and jobs in those days. It's different now and getting worse fast.

    If it gets bad enough and stays that way long enough, when people see us laughing ans singing our way to the store getting 120 mpg things could change.
     
  12. Goat Herder

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    In third world countries you don't get caught or stopped after dark. It will no longer be your bike lol. I can name off a few places here locally that will happen now! Some of the natives get restless after dark! There are places in L.A. you better run the red lightslafflaff
     

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    That's not as big a problem in Texas. Everyone is armed.
     
  14. KevXR

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    I'm old enough to have been driving in the 70's and worked in a gas station two summers. (People are actually nicer after being cut off from gasoline for a year.)

    Gas was rationed only by ODD or EVEN license plates, you could get gas depending on the last number of the car's license plate. The problem was the Arab OPEC countries decided to stop shipping oil to the USA. Gas lines were long and some stations rationed quantities, but I don't remember the government ever putting in rationing. (I have a GMC Suburban I rarely drive. Don't get impatient and honk while I'm filling it. I'll fill it up... all 43 gallons.)

    Everyone sold their big cars and bought small cars. 15 years later, all of those small cars are gone, oil is $10 a barrel, and SUV's are the car of choice. 20 years later, oil prices are skyrocketing back to adjusted for inflation highs.

    Big picture, look at Europe. More people in the USA riding small cycles and smaller cars. However, most American cities are setup to use freeways as the main transportation, unlike Europe. Switching from suburban sprawl to urbaan high density housing is going to take an economic shock.

    If gasoline goes to $10 a gallon, watch out for hyper-inflation. You might smile about more people riding motorized bikes, but you may not have a job.

    Gas is going up as the American dollar goes down.

    Lastly, in California, you need a motorcycle license for a motor bike, just like a motorcycle. Only electric bikes are unrestricted.
     
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    instead of every thing's bigger in texas, can we change it to every thing's more badas.s in texas? :D
     
  16. fundreamer1

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    I heard the gas was going to go higher than that.
     
  17. cory151

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    It can go up to $20 per gallon for all I care, Ive been running waste motor oil filtered and run through a centrifuge for some time now. People just dump gallons of it at autozones and walmarts with little care and my little 6BT Cummins just drinks the stuff. Long live the oil burners!!
    Now if we could only get a 49cc diesel motorbike kit.
     
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    I'm afraid I don't know that much about diesel engines. lol
     
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    I dont want to jack the thread but compression ignition engines are relatively simple with no spark plugs needed.
     
  20. fundreamer1

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    But are they made small enough for a bicycle?:)
     

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