I ride my motorcycle to work about three days per week. Some weeks more, some less. Overall I drive about 75 miles per day during my commute, 35 miles each way plus 5 extra or so if I run an errand or go out to lunch. My motorcycle averages 50 mpg. My car averages 25 mpg. You can already see where I am heading with this.
Assuming a gallon of gas costs $4.00 per gallon, it takes me three gallons of gas per day in my car and costs me a total of $12.00 to get to work and back.
On my motorcycle it takes 1.5 gallons of gas per day and costs me a total of $6.00 per day.
Therefore, I save $6.00 per day, $18.00 per week, $72.00 per month, and an amazing $936.00 per year if I ride all year round! Not bad for doing something that turns my 1 1/2 hours of daily commuting into a pleasure instead of a frustrating waste of time. I am also blessed in that the road I commute on is one of the better bike roads in the area. I used to work in Louisville and my commute was all interstate in heavy congested traffic during rush hour. It wasn’t quite as relaxing and enjoyable as my present commute, but it still made the drive more fun than it was in the car!
Gotta go! I just realized I need to go tell my wife about that $72.00 per month that I am unselfishly and sacrificially saving our family finances! Perhaps you should go do some calculations of your own. You may be able to legitimately justify the purchase of a new bike! In fact, I just read that Honda’s new 2013 PCX150 scooter can go 70 miles per hour and gets an amazing 102 mpg! Calculate out those numbers and it becomes hard to understand why we don’t all have one, they’re free after all!