As gas prices continue to climb, I find myself considering more and more to move a motorcycle, gas mileage being the most important factor in considering the change. But at what price does gas have to get to before you will make a change in your vehicle? Just check out this list of Honda motorcycles and their gas mileages (chart taken from http://www.totalmotorcycle.com/MotorcycleFuelEconomyGuide/Honda.htm):

Year Make Model AVG MPG / L/100km MPG City/Hwy
2006 Honda Shadow Aero

46.9/5

43.6/50.2

2006 Honda VTX 1300C

40/52

2006 Honda CBR1000RR

41/5.7

2005 Honda CB1300

34/41

2005 Honda Silver Wing Scooter

53/4.4

2005 Honda VTX1800F

31.4/7.5

2005 Honda Big Ruckus

57.4/4.1

2005 Honda CBR600RR

36/6.5

2005 Honda VTX1800N

36.2/7.5

2005 Honda 599

40.6/5.8

2005

Honda

Shadow Spirit 750

50/55

2005

Honda

VLX600 Shadow

49/61

2005

Honda

Rebel 250

73/86

2005

Honda

Shadow Aero

53/4.4

2005

Honda

Unicorn

129/1.8

118/1.6

2004 Honda CBR600RR

34.1/6.9

2004 Honda CBR1000RR

31.8/7.4

2004 Honda 599

49/4.8

2004 Honda 599

47/5

2004 Honda Shadow Sabre VT1100C2

48/5

2003 Honda CBR600RR

35.6/6.6

2003 Honda VTR1000F

29.4/8

2003 Honda Nighthawk 750

41/48

2003 Honda VTX1800R

38/6.2

Now, I of course chose Honda motorcycles for my example because I just love Honda. They are pretty much the only thing I drive, with the exception of Toyota (I would drive a Toyota as a second choice). But think about, let’s say you had a car like mine, where you had a 12 gallon tank and averaged around 25 miles per gallon. So you would average around 300 miles on a tank of gas, and at the forthcoming price of $4 per gallon, you are looking at $48 each and every time you fill up at the gas station.

Now, let’s compare that to the average of the chart above, based on just the AVG MPG / L/100 km column. That average over all the models with data displayed is ~46.5 miles per gallon. So that is almost twice the gas mileage. So to drive the same 300 miles, now it will only cost you $24 at the pump, instead of the $48. So the question is - how many times a month do you have to fill up your gas tank? I usually have to fill up once a week, which means I spend (at $3 per gallon for gas) about $130 per month in gas. Would I like to be able to spend just $65-$75 per month in gas? You bet.

Here’s my problem though (and maybe you can relate). My wife does not like the safety risk associated with driving a motorcycle. So to this point, I have obliged and not bought a motorcycle. But if gas continues to get more and more and more and more….you get the picture…and more expensive, that may be just what happens.

The other thing about motorcycles that is so great - they depreciate even faster than cars and trucks. So realistically, you can get a bike that is 3-4 years old, in good condition, for $1,000-$2,000. So for me, it may just be a matter of time before I take the plunge and go ahead and buy a motorcycle. The gas mileage is phenomenal, and the cost to acquire is low as well. A perfect mathematical equation for financial success.

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