Really? You guys must have it really good in that socialist Utopian country to the north.It's almost like back in the 80's when all of the ads for cars had the posted epa mileage. Only time you see that now is on the sticker.
That's more recently - but you used to see this Fuel pump icon with the epa mileages back then - past few years it's just a by-line. Now, the ad co's are amping up the mileage.Really? You guys must have it really good in that socialist Utopian country to the north.
Hard working capitalist Americans have been seeing MPG figures on every single ad in my local Sunday newspapers for several months. Even the "The Ultimate Driving Machine" ads prominently display the mileage their cars get now.
Recently there have been 5 people, who know I ride all the time, tell me they were considering a motorcycle because of the better mileage. I talked them out of it. For the money and the maintenance schedule, they are better off in a small car. A car gives weather protection, better crash protection, etc.
There are no perfect riders, but from what I've seen, about only 3% of bikers take it serious enough to make the odds much safer. All the rest are taking turns as if nothing should be on the road, then complain how unfair it was when they hit it, want to look cool rather wear the gear, couldn't care less about reading safety books, etc.
Unless a person has a passion for riding, and riding safe, they are better off in a car; let's face it.
I know what you mean. My father has been an MSF instructor for over 20 years now and most people show up and ask him if they can just pay him for the card that gets them their endorsement. It's sad the amount of people that believe they know everything already and you watch them ride away (yes they ride to the class with no endorsement) almost dropping the bike, not countersteering, wearing next to nothing as they ride away. I never saw the harm in knowing as much as you can about something that involves possibly saving your life.+1 on atgatt's comment.
When I finished my advanced rider course, I asked the instructor where I can get more training. He just looked at me and said, 'You are one in a million - most people just want the endorsement and don't give a rip about the safety aspects'.
Until everyone on the road realizes using the road is serious business we'll continue to have these 'fuq-ups' aka accidents.
I get the same thing going up to Home Depot for a part or something. I have people look at me and say, "I can't believe you are wearing that on a day like this". Usually, I just say 'It's not so bad - it's ventilated'. Some how they buy that.The cashier looked at us both in gear on a 115 degree day and said "That just can't be comfortable out in this weather wearing those" and he looked at her and said "You know what, I don't really like wearing condoms either".
I find mentioning the moto tire vs car tire lifetime horrifies most car owners and the discussion ends right there.Recently there have been 5 people, who know I ride all the time, tell me they were considering a motorcycle because of the better mileage. I talked them out of it. For the money and the maintenance schedule, they are better off in a small car. A car gives weather protection, better crash protection, etc.
There is no doubt that it's more fun, but I am not sure it's really more economical, especially when you get into the bigger bikes. Did you account for all costs or just cost of fuel? If you are older/married insurance is probably cheaper for a bike than a car, but that changes quickly if you are young and/or have had tickets/accidents. Registration is marginally cheaper too for the bike.I did some maths today, it costs me about 1/2 to run my bike vs my economical car (30mpg Diesel MB) due to the cost of diesel. It costs almost 1/4 to ride my bike vs an SUV, and it's a whole lot more fun.