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Old 06-24-2009, 02:01 PM   #1
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Sold car for bike...

Simple as that
I went from a 2001 Integra Type R 37mpg max to a 2002 Honda XR650L and hit 45mpg so far.
Sure it doesn't carry as much and the bugs dirty up my visor at night, but for all the local driving I do it's saving me $$$ on gas and basic costs of a car.

I will however be buying a 99.5- 2003 Ford E350 7.3l TD for work,,, as soon as I find one I like.

Just wanted to stop in and share.
Til later.
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Old 06-24-2009, 02:39 PM   #2
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Not sure what your intentions are with the honda, but a change of gearing and road tires would help bring that mileage up. I don't think you will see better than 60mpg though. I have a 200 lifan and my best has been 77mpg.

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Old 08-08-2009, 11:01 PM   #3
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My intentions are to use it as intended, a Dual Sport.
Slab, dirt and anything else I can find.
As mentioned, it's my only vehilce so it's being used for everything.
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Good on ya, mate.. that's awsome.. my previous attempts to use motorcycle as my only vehicle always led me to more two-wheel vehicles.
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Old 08-09-2009, 09:49 AM   #5
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Good on ya, mate.. that's awsome.. my previous attempts to use motorcycle as my only vehicle always led me to more two-wheel vehicles.
Almost the same here, sometimes I ride my girlfriend's Hyosung GV250, though it's for fun and keep that other bike running too (she doesn't have her riding license yet).
But I don't have a car at all Pretty inconvenient in the winter, I must admit, I commute by bus, once a week (and sleep at my moher's place, she lives 4.5km from my workplace, easy to reach by bycicle or on foot), instead of by bike every day; or when I'm in night shift and it doesn't freeze in the afternoons I time my trips accordingly...
(And a used car would be cheaper to buy and maintain than Teresa (my 2004 BMW F650CS), it's true too... not balanced by the better FE, but absolutely balanced by the fun...)
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Old 02-02-2010, 03:03 PM   #6
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I applaud you for getting a motorcycle and selling your car. I too have an enduro motorcycle. Its a bunch of fun aint it. I still dont have my motorcycle license, so i just ride it off road.
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I have an 01 XR650L too! I've put street tires on in and keep them inflated hard, but I can never top 52 mpg. If you want better mileage out of the box, buy a Suzuki 250 single cylinder.
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Old 02-04-2010, 05:14 PM   #8
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And I sold my bike because the car got better fuel mileage....
45 mpg Honda GL1500 vs. 52 mpg VW Passat TDI
(those are duration-of-ownership averages, not one-time best)
220 mile range vs. 900 miles (1200 in the Passat wagons I got later on)
89 octane fossil gasoline vs. renewable lower carbon biodiesel
air vs. climate controlled air

No, I lie.... I sold the GoldWing to get the money to buy my Saab Sonett.
I do miss the bike, but they're easier to find than another Sonett.
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I get easily 53 us MPG with my Honda CBF600S (2009), a 78 BHP 4-cylinder.
I should start a gaslog for that one too.
In the past I owned two one-cylinders too (an Aprilia Pegaso 650 and a Yamaha SZR660Supersingle). The Aprilia was worser than the Honda and the Yamaha the same as the much more powerfull Honda 4-cylinder.
So my experience: one cylinder motorcycles are by far not the best for fuel economy.
Even my 1994 Honda CB Sevenfifty was better than the Aprilia.
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45 mpg is about right for a 'Wing...that's about what I got out of my '81 GL1100 some years ago.

Honda 750...about 50 mpg.

Yamaha XS400 and Triumph 650...60+ mpg.
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