• Sep 2nd 2011 at 5:03PM
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As oil prices rise, the cost of a gallon of gas keeps rocketing up too. As consumers look to save money on fuel, there's at least one way to ensure your mode of transportation is both frugal and a blast to drive: buy a motorcycle!

No matter what car you compare them to, motorcycles are usually some of the most efficient forms of gas-powered transport around. And, now with Total Motorcycle's comprehensive fuel economy guide, you can rest assured that you've bought one of the most fuel-efficient two-wheelers available. Version 3 of the guide includes over 5,500 motorcycles dating all the way back to 1934, so if it's a fuel-sipping two-wheeler you're after, Total Motorcycle will guide there.

How's a 1964 Yamaha YG-1T Trailmaster 80 that gets 170 miles per gallon sound? Or maybe a 87-mpg rated 2008 Honda Rebel 250 CMX250C suits your tastes. We'd suggest that before you buy your next two-wheeled ride, you check out Total Motorcycle's fuel economy guide and know before you go.

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      • 8 Months Ago
      They list my motorcycle at 39 city and 53 highway. I've never seen numbers anywhere near that at the pump, I usually average 33 mpg with it and it takes premium. My commute averages 62mpg, seats 2, takes regular fuel, and has airbags. However, my daily driver has 70hp instead of the bikes 170hp and can't do 0-60 in the Veyron time zone :) I'm a fan of purpose built specialty vehicles. If your looking to get high MPG, get the highest MPG possible and don't compromise. If your looking for speed, get the fastest thing you can afford and don't worry about MPG. Unfortunately going with this strategy just makes me collect vehicles, but they all have their special purpose and are great at them.
      • 8 Months Ago
      They didn't list my Honda Ruckus. I get about 90 to even 110 at times... if I'm reaaaally trying. My V Rod gets about 38 as they said, but not when I red line it getting on the highway while causing houses to shake from the sound, fun. ISTG the front end lifted up one time, It's hard to do with a bike that long.
      • 8 Months Ago
      Woah. My old GN400 got MUCH better mileage - closer to 90 mpg.
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 8 Months Ago
      Very cool post ABG! Motorcycle MPG numbers are always hard to track down.
      Doug Danzeisen Sr
      • 8 Months Ago
      I love the sound of a powertrain straining up the powerband. The sound of a well tuned intake, exhaust and the assorted mechanical noises is like a drug to me and I never time of it. It is not an accident that cars have gotten m. ore powerful as they have become more efficient, as cutting inefficiencies in all aspects of a powertrain increases both. Cycles have never had efficiency mandates and many manufacturers downplay, or don't even advertise mileage figures from the EPA Craig Vetter has done a lot of work in aerodynamics to increase efficiency in cycles- yep, the same guy who popularized fairngs. There is much that can be done in this area, and the gains can be quite large, as cycles tend to be aerodynamically quite dirty. There is also much that can be done with gearing to decrease revs and consequently cut fuel consumption. Some bikes rev like crazy and owners change sprockets to decrease overall top gear ratios. Lots of bikers do not like to shift down to pass, and companies have created larger engines to give more torque in order to oblige. Few of us need, or really have the skills to handle speeds in excess of 100mph on a cycle. But many want it- and some cycles far exceed this. Amajor cycle mag recently tested a 750cc sport bike which showed a top speed of over 170mph. How much is enough for you as there is plenty available? I have a Kawasaki 125 which I use to put around town on and average vetween 75-85 mpg, but it is not speedy. I have a GS500F which has plenty of power for most of my riding and averages mpg in the 50s. There are options,I am told the BMW 650 single cylinder averages between 60-70 mpg. One final thought, many cycles actually are riden very few miles annually, and this factors also into the overall efficiency picture. A couple of my friends who ride full sized Harleys were teasing me about putting so many miles on my little bike. They ride so seldom they typically have to jump start their bikes (I know, I suggested battery tenders to them) I have seen a lot of 10-12 year old bikes that have less than 8,000 miles on them. So overall fuel use is probably in line with a collector car. Ride what you want, but be aware that all things have a cost, some costs are readily apparent, and some are hidden. Choose wisely and keep the rubber roadside.
      • 8 Months Ago
      The sad part is that according to their list the most efficient motorcycle ever was the 1964 Yamaha YG-1T Trailmaster 80 at 170mpg. They don't list electric motorcycles from Brammo, Zero, ktm, mission, etc at all though... The most efficient modern motorcycle is: 2011 Suzuki DR200SE at 105.0 MPG
      • 8 Months Ago
      As a long time motorcyclist, I don't know how they can say a motorcycle is "efficient". Many cars today match the mileage of most popular bikes, they carry more passengers X2, more cargo x30? and they are cheaper to maintain, particularly tires. There is more to efficiency than just fuel.
        Actionable Mango
        • 8 Months Ago
        You are comparing the big powerful motorcycles to the most fuel efficient of cars. A fair comparison of car vs bike would match the big motorcycles against big cars, SUVs, and trucks, while comparing small motorcycles or scooters against compact and subcompact cars. And while cars COULD carry lots of cargo and people, take a look at the freeway. It's filled chock full of single occupant cars and pickup trucks with pristine cargo beds.
      • 8 Months Ago
      According to this site, my 2001 Suzuki SV650 gets 62.5 MPG. Hah! I get 37-45 depending upon conditions, averaging just about 40. I ride well, keep it in good tune, etc., and I can say with confidence that the 62.5 figure is just flat-out wrong. I'm curious to know what others think of this site's accuracy.
        Ford Future
        • 8 Months Ago
        Most motorcycles are PIGS today, does anyone make a 500 cc for example?
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