• Apr 28, 2006
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?

[Source: The Pittsburgh Channel]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      I was barely doing 15 mpg (imperial gallon) with my stock RG500 when the throttle was mostly opened. But I'm sure a 125 cc single cylinder 4 stroke could do close to 100mpg in fuel saving mode. So choose your ride and ride to save.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yeah, I'm on the bandwagon, too. Taking the course this summer and looking at the Ninja 250, Aprilia Scarabeo 250, and Honda Nighthawk.

      $5000 total for everything, including safety gear, and 45+ minimum MPG. Plus easier parking.

      As a sociological phenomenom, the more riders there are, the safer it will be for all riders. Car drivers will notice them more and adapt. What the critical percentage is for this effect to happen is a figure I do not know. Anybody from Europe want to comment on motorcycle safety in urban / exurban environments?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Run! That guy is a GIANT MAN!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      10 years ago I bought a motorcycle to go to university & work, plus cut through city traffic ... and possibly save on fuel. My car was too efficient compared to my more sporty motorcycle habits though to save on fuel. :)
      • 8 Years Ago
      I forgot to mention you look a lot cooler hauling around some trashy skank who likes to flash her boobies and show some butt crack. Biking makes me feel alive.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Alot of my driving is in town/under 45 mph. I have a a BMW 3 series as my driver and a "new" 70's vespa clone called a Stella. It's 150cc, manual tranny, and averages 90 mpg. I can also save $5 a day parking downtown, and it costs about $100 a year to insure. No it wont pay for itself, but it does save me about $150 monthly or so on gas and parking AND its a blast to drive.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I ride a KLR 250 to work, school, and just around for kicks, and its efficient, fun and I think everyone should ride 2 wheels instead of 4.
      • 8 Years Ago
      If I were going to ditch 4 wheels for 2, I'd go for a cruiser, but the safety aspect really bothers me. I'd rather keep the four wheels, roof, etc. for a little more stability and a lot more safety, even if it's lighter and has a smaller engine...

      Maybe something like a Lotus :D
      • 8 Years Ago
      Scooters are just about the most unsafe vehicles out there. No power, no agility, just a metrosexual waiting to get killed.

      I ride a 954RR. I'm faster than any car this side of a quarter million bucks and get 45+mpg. Price paid, $10k. Nothing else compares. Sure I get wet when it rains but it's worth it. Riding is a way of life for me.

      People need to wake up, stop buying large and ineffecient vehicles they don't need, and start riding.

      • 8 Years Ago
      With a bike you're getting up to 40 miles a gallon."
      Gee, when compared to a small car the bike should pay for itself in only one hundred years or more!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I already have a Harley (gets about 40mpg) but I have been riding it more as opposed to driving the SUV because of the gas mileage.

      I didn't purchase it for the gas mileage, just using it more because of it...
      gbh
      • 8 Years Ago
      One's ROI varies by mileage driven, not time.

      Also, 40 MPG is 'crotch-rocket' mileage - not 'dual-sport', 'average-kinda-streetbike', or 'cruiser'. Those are often 50+ MPG.

      Yeah, you can get 50 MPG with an Insight, Prius, or several diesel automobiles.

      However, big picture, a motorcycle requires FAR fewer natural resources overall from amount of material involved in construction, to the amount of material required to maintain, to the amount of space it takes up.

      Think about the ENTIRE chain - from the plant, to shipping, to the dealership, to the parts store.

      There are times you need a car. There are times (VERY few, regardless of current day self-delusion) when you need a full-size truck/SUV.

      What are you driving the REST of the time?
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