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Old 10-31-2015, 11:34 AM   #31 (permalink)
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At one time, I had a 1970-ish Honda CB350. Two cylinder, dual carbs, point ignition completely stock UJM. I did some gas mileage tests and got 103 MPG at a steady 30 MPH, and 67 MPG at 60 MPH. In both cases, DWL was the secret. That bike needed a VERY steady wrist on the throttle to get best mileage.

Power was more than adequate to accelerate to and keep up with traffic at 70 MPH. I averaged 60 MPG driving "normal" in a mixture of city and highway driving.

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Old 11-04-2015, 06:48 PM   #32 (permalink)
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Wait and see if you like and keep your job before spending hard earned dollars.
Realistically, it would not be economic or safe to buy a motorbike for such a short commute. If you don't want to cycle, get the bus, walk or get a lift.
Getting a taxi to and from work would cost less than buying and maintaining a motorbike.
But .... if you must then get the most modern, cheapest, economical, easiest to resell one possible cause you don't sound like you know anything about motorbikes.
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Old 11-04-2015, 06:54 PM   #33 (permalink)
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The new Honda motorcycles place the most emphasis on fuel economy. The PCX150 will get over 100 mpg but tops out at 65 mph. I got 93 mpgUS on my CBR250R when it was stock but most people get about 68 mpg. The long stroke CBR500R can get over 80 mpg but most people get 66. Same for the low revving CTX700 (half of a Honda Fit engine) if you want a cruiser seating position.
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Old 11-04-2015, 07:12 PM   #34 (permalink)
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Decent deal, just over your price point. Not a standard.

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Old 11-04-2015, 08:59 PM   #35 (permalink)
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I've got to put a plug in here for Electric. Something used...?

Yes it is expensive - but you just got a new job! I bought my 2013 Zero S after a promotion and really should have bought it sooner - though buying a 2013 in 2014 did have its discount.

A commuter (or errands) over 10 miles look at the Zero's that are 2013 or newer.
Even if you don't like take a few test drives anyway they are a hoot - and don't cost the dealer very much to show.

Below the electric motorcycles can easily cover 70+ MPH. There is a serious upswell in electric scooters and electric augmented bicycles which are targeting the MOPED velocities.
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Old 11-04-2015, 10:02 PM   #36 (permalink)
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I didn't read anything but the op...

That being said, I've been riding my whole life. I currently have an FJ09 street bike (cross plane crank 3 cylinder 847cc). It gets 49.7 mpg average, city and hwy combined..all while being a hooligan (who doesn't love seeing a touring bike with saddle bags doing wheelies, right?)

My gsxr 600 track bike gets about 35 minutes to a tank (4 gallons)...I guess that comes out to about 9-11mpg.

It's not exactly WHAT you ride...It's how you ride it. My gsxr spends 90% of it's life at wide open throttle.

If I cruise the fj09 gently, it'll easily get 60mpg.
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Old 11-04-2015, 11:51 PM   #38 (permalink)
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I've got to put a plug in here for Electric. Something used...?

Yes it is expensive - but you just got a new job! I bought my 2013 Zero S after a promotion and really should have bought it sooner - though buying a 2013 in 2014 did have its discount.

A commuter (or errands) over 10 miles look at the Zero's that are 2013 or newer.
Even if you don't like take a few test drives anyway they are a hoot - and don't cost the dealer very much to show.

Below the electric motorcycles can easily cover 70+ MPH. There is a serious upswell in electric scooters and electric augmented bicycles which are targeting the MOPED velocities.
I shot the 2015 press launch for zero... They're pretty fun bikes! I've spent a lot of time on the brammo as well...I'm a huge fan of the empulse.

Regarding the zero tho, I left zero hq on the fx with 100% charge..I put 14.7 HARD tight, twisty miles on it (wheelies, backing it into corners, that kinda stuff ) and ended up with 37% battery life remaining.
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An electric bike would be top priority but I'm not sure if the new job will have a place to charge it. I can't charge it in my apartment complex lot eucase of no outside receptacles; extension cord out the window is not an option as my apartment does not face the parking lot and is up on the second level.
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