Gas prices are spiking right now, so it’s a good time to talk about my fuel savings during my year-long ride! I logged 3242 miles back and forth to work over the last 12 months. I probably had more miles than that, but I only logged the mileage and fuel usage for bikes I rode far enough to need the gas tank filled up, which was usually after 100 miles or more. Bikes that I only rode a couple days are not counted in mileage or fuel usage. Most of these bike I rode during the summer fun-riding months.
The main three bikes I rode during the “off” season were a VF750 Magna with lots of wind protection, a Helix w/sidecar, and a CRF230 w/studded tires. The VF750 was the worst for fuel economy, getting only about 35mpg. The best was a Metropolitan 50cc scooter, which got over 110 mpg! It has a top speed of only 35mph, but it’s great city transportation and gets huge fuel savings. The PCX150 scooter got 89mpg and will run 60+mph all day long. The CB500 got 80mpg. It was one of my favorite rides. Overall, I averaged 55mpg for the year.
The vehicle I would have driven if not on my motorcycle is a Chevy Suburban two-wheel drive. It gets only 13mpg. My wife drives a Honda Element that gets, at best, 25mpg.
The average price per gallon for the year was $3.60, with a low of $3.23 and a high of $4.23. I purchased 59 gallons of gas for a total of $212.
By driving motorcycles instead of my usual vehicle, I saved just over $.20 per mile driven. That’s a yearly savings of $673 compared to the Suburban, and $242 compared to the Element. And that’s just driving six miles to work.
More than that, it was fun in the spring, summer, and fall, and an adventure during the winter! I had a great year! It’s just an extra bonus to save the money.