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Mileage Economy aprox. 50 MPG

The number 1 reason I got my Versys was to cut down on Gas consumption for my rather long work commute.

Ok. I lied. The number 1 reason I got my Versys is because the bike is cool as hell.

But mileage is good too!
I have been tracking the gas consumption since purchase date: 6.20 and I can say I am saving $170 Dollars a month in Gas only.

Check out the straight numbers here:
http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?k...9GgihPKbjKQaeg

disclaimer: You are looking at the "break period" numbers. Driving mostly under 60mph with two or 3 days punching 80 now and then.

So I'm dishing out +- $70 Dlls a month in gas vs. $250 using my car Accord(98).

I just thought this info may be useful to those crunching the numbers before taking the plunge.

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Those are nice numbers. You are definitely getting better gas mileage than me.



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cabazorro,

Thanks 4 the info. Everyone's pretty much getting about 50 mpg on the Versys it seems. If it isn't 2 personal how much weight is your bike carrying a day.
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We average about 57 mpg (U.S.). Nice! And it's a hoot, besides that.
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We average about 57 mpg (U.S.). Nice! And it's a hoot, besides that.
a hoot?
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I've been spending about $150/week (that's right-$600 per month) in gas in my '07 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad cab. I purchased the Versys largely for a commuting vehicle. I parked my truck the first week I had the bike and spent right at $20 for the week. For those keeping score at home, that's
$80/month versus (Versys) $600/month. I ran the numbers before I bought too and I figured I can easily make my bike payment, truck payment and insurance payments on both vehicles, as well as put gas in both vehicles (while mostly leaving the truck parked) and still save $200-300 over what I was spending without the bike.

Plus, the V is so much more fun!!

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I am in the same situation as boogdaddy. I have a 4x4 full size mitsubishi montero and it gobbles up at least $95.00 of gas every time I fill up. Because I have a somewhat long commute + just doing things that every normal person does with there vehicle, a tank tends to only last about one week if that. So it easily costs around $400.00 a month. Actually it tends to be closer to $500-$550 when all is said and done. So, just as boogdaddy mentioned. It is very easy to justify a moto payment and insurance. I guess in a way its kind of funny to think that my parked Mitsu is paying for my V and then some.

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Man, everyone here has long commutes or drives a fully loaded tractor-trailer to work every day. Either that or I'm going to call shenanigans. My current car gets 25 mpg on average and my V gets 50. At $4.00 a gallon for 87, that means I save ($4.00/25)-($4.00/50) = $0.08/mile driven.

At approximately $7000 with state taxes figured in, I would have to drive my Versys 87,500 miles (!) before breaking even just on purchase price alone - not to mention tires, gear, luggage and insurance costs! By the same calculations, if you are comparing your V against a truck that gets 10mpg, you'll break even at about 22,000... and might actually come up positive if the bike makes it 30k miles without a new engine!
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Man, everyone here has long commutes or drives a fully loaded tractor-trailer to work every day. Either that or I'm going to call shenanigans. My current car gets 25 mpg on average and my V gets 50. At $4.00 a gallon for 87, that means I save ($4.00/25)-($4.00/50) = $0.08/mile driven.

At approximately $7000 with state taxes figured in, I would have to drive my Versys 87,500 miles (!) before breaking even just on purchase price alone - not to mention tires, gear, luggage and insurance costs! By the same calculations, if you are comparing your V against a truck that gets 10mpg, you'll break even at about 22,000... and might actually come up positive if the bike makes it 30k miles without a new engine!
I can appreciate differing opinions, but I know for me the numbers work. If one was trying to justify the total purchase price of the bike plus all the mods we like to do (which I wasn't), then yes, it's pure folly. And yes, I know about tire wear and maintanance costs (I do have a prepaid maint. package). However, like many people these days, I am more concerned with my monthly outlay. With 5 daughters, 2 of which are in college, every little bit I can save in the short term WHILE HAVING AN ABSOLUTE BLAST IN THE PROCESS is what I'm all about! I would've been happy to trade my truck in on a more efficient vehicle but I wasn't that wild about being paid virtually nothing on trade for my truck. The big 3 automakers are practically paying people to drive new trucks off the lots around here!

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I'm sitting at either $0.27 per mile for the montero or $0.074 per mile for the versys. I tend to look at it this way. How many everyday situations arise which involve money, that allow us to enjoy another vehicle (motorcycle) at essentially no extra cost. Plus, I'm able to apply an extra $200.00 minimum to the motorcycle payment per month after all is said and done just using the monthly gas allowance for one vehicle. At 7.4 cents per mile that minimum of $200.00 = 2700 miles towards riding the versys to its "payoff mileage". Why gripe and complain about gas prices when you can have fun on a V while exhibiting no extra financial strain on yourself and lets face it, none of us really bought a motorcycle purely for the reason of saving gas. If we were really concerned with fuel prices and quick vehicle payoff we would have gone with a bicycle or vehicle of the electric breed.

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cabazorro,

Thanks 4 the info. Everyone's pretty much getting about 50 mpg on the Versys it seems. If it isn't 2 personal how much weight is your bike carrying a day.
None. Just me. And 40% of the commute are not highway miles but country roads with few lights.
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Like everybody also, I also found myself engaging in the "Gas savings: A motorcycle that pays by itself!" argument when I floated the idea to the clan.

That's why I posted the raw numbers... so you can see I'm the raw input and not some "feel good about myself" numbers.

And it happens that also I track the gas cost of my Accord...right here!

http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?k...9GipsdOUH_bJbA

Which is ballpark $280/month.

So I can say, with the numbers to support it, that I save $200 dlls/month (good weather) by commuting to work in my motorcycle.

Then, the question of whether the bike pays by itself or not can be answered.

Not in my particular case.

I say here in NJ I may ride the bike from Apr to Oct.
Thats 8 months of the year.
That's 75*8 or $600.00

If I drive the car those 8 months I would pay 275*8 = 2,200.00.

So the net gas savings would be $1,600.00 for one year.
Subtract the insurance (300) and end w/ net savings of $1,300.0

That's about 40% of my total bike payments for 1 year.

So the Versys if gas doesn't climb any further, will end costing me around 4k
That's one big %50 percent rebate, isn't it?

But what if I was driving Nissan Armada putting over $500 a month in gas and lived in Arizona (Sunny most of the year) and my commute was over 25 miles?

Then I would say that yes Indeed!

The gas savings would pay up for the bike and a few dinners at The Red Lobster.

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Good to know some people are seeing some pretty good savings. My versys mileage is hovering right at 50mpg - seems to stay there regardless of gentle break in period, or now that I have sped up a bit.

I guess we were pretty well prepared for the fuel - with all the driving we do, I've found it's usually cheaper to have a car for commuting, and a truck to haul stuff or go camping / to the lake, etc. But right now:

Wife's Honda Insight - 60mpg @$4.00 gal gas = $0.067/ mile
Versys - 50mpg @ $4.00 gal gas = $0.08/mile
My Acura RSX - 25mpg @ $3.00 E85 = $0.12/mile
Ford F150 4x4 - 12mpg @ $4.00 gal gas = $0.33/mile
(Yikes! Glad that one only sees a couple thousand miles per year!)

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But what if I was driving Nissan Armada putting over $500 a month in gas and lived in Arizona (Sunny most of the year) and my commute was over 25 miles?

Then I would say that yes Indeed!

The gas savings would pay up for the bike and a few dinners at The Red Lobster.

You have described me almost to a T!

I live in AZ and I too have a big truck a Ford F150 Supercrew 4x4 (12mpg). All the reasons cited above are why I chose to buy the V and right now I am saving $200 cash money per month and I get the V.

Even if it is just the fact that I get a motorcycle and my truck for the same money it is surely worth it. Not to mention the fun I have on the V which is priceless!!!

ETA: I am 250lbs and I am getting 51mpg on the V

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I'm 245 and get 48mpg on the V.
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a hoot?
Yeh. You know? Fun; a rip; a blast; too cool...A hoot.
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Mpg

Over the last 2 weeks I've ran the I-17 from Phoenix to Flagstaff twice. It's 160 miles one way. The first time around, I got nearly 54 MPG out of my V. The second time, I was runnning two up, and got right around 50 MPG or so...
Not bad in my book. And man is that ride a fun one

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Look, I'm not trying to say Versys ownership is a strictly business decision. I definitely own mine for fun. But I get questions from coworkers on almost a daily basis, and nobody seems to "get it" when I say that bikes aren't as cheap as what everyone thinks they are.
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Look, I'm not trying to say Versys ownership is a strictly business decision. I definitely own mine for fun. But I get questions from coworkers on almost a daily basis, and nobody seems to "get it" when I say that bikes aren't as cheap as what everyone thinks they are.
Yes, I'll second that. No one really understands that they are not as cheap as the general consensus seems to want to believe.
However, I can say for sure, that for me... owning the V is much cheaper than if I were to have bought a car instead. The Versys is my only vehicle... and with insurance, gas, regular maintenance, and my monthly payments... I am still paying much less than I would be paying for a new car payment.


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Who cares if it pays for itself? How much is the fun worth? The savings in gas helps offset the cost of our goodies! Bags, boots, jackets and farkle.
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