Don't give me that "I want to spend time with my family" nonsense. If you were thinking about your family you wouldn't be taking risks that could leave them without their parent. Speeding gets you there maybe 1 or 2 minutes faster AT MOST. Do you jog to and from your car? How much of that precious time do you spend sitting in front of the TV? How much time are you going to spend with your family if you get pulled over for a ticket, or worse, get in an accident?
I do the speed limit, maybe 5 mph over. Depends on the situation. Most of the time there's no benefit to speeding but I match the speed of traffic for safety reasons. Every day a few *******s speed and cut around me. I catch up to them at the light every time. I used to speed on long freeway trips, but these last few trips have taught me that if I do 70 vs 80, I make one less stop at the gas station, hence I GET THERE AT THE SAME TIME but with a couple more bucks in my bank account.
I haven't gotten it yet but you can bet i'll be hypermiling in that thing.
I don't think you are going to be hypermiling on a 250 Rebel, they are fairly underpowered and you're more than likely going to be wringing its tail just to keep up with traffic.
I've had a number of small street bikes and the temptation to just beat the hell out of them is extremely difficult to overcome. My current FZR400 is just big enough to escape that fate, you can ride it conservatively and still more than keep up with traffic but its still small enough to handle extremely well and be very flickable.
Handling is way more important on a motorcycle than in a car, when you are on two wheels you want the most predictable handling you can get since your life could well depend on dodging the next cage that aims straight at you.
After this evening's ride home, I hope gas goes to $6 a gallon OR they go ahead and pull that 55mph speed limit thing again - then actually have police enforce it. Heck, the extra cops used to enforce it could pay for themselves in a short time (at least in my area).
They way they are slowing down here I would be there are a lot less tickets being issued. Last 45 miles trip west to Richmond there were 6 troopers trying to catch speeders on the interstate. Since only a few are going 75-80 they stand out in the crowd.
Kind of hard for a trooper to pick one out of a bumper to bumper crowd going 75-80 in a 65 zone. It's reckless over 80 here and I would bet they are all getting nailed with the $500 fine and 4 points.
From 1974 to 1987 the national speed limit was 55 mph. During the next 9 years federal speed limits disappeared and it was and is up to individual states to set their own limits.
I favor a reasonable speed limit (65 mph) with a minimum speed of 55. This way drivers who want to drive in the 55 to 65 mph range will be able to and those who want to drive 75 and over will need to make sure they can afford the points and fines they're liable to collect if local law enforcement wants to collect easy money from them.