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Old March 26th, 2008, 12:09 PM   #61
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Its not very american to buy a bike to commute with. thats why there are few bikes that are even commutable.
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Old March 26th, 2008, 12:12 PM   #62
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Its not very american to buy a bike to commute with. thats why there are few bikes that are even commutable.
Wwwhuuut?!?!!? WTF are biker gangs?!?!?
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Old March 26th, 2008, 12:15 PM   #63
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I wouldn't call a Harley or a Crotch rocket a commuter.


thats pretty much what everyone has, except for a few lesbos with 80's Yamaha's in the garage.
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Old March 26th, 2008, 12:30 PM   #64
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Let me fix that for you then:

He gets 35mpg now. He buys this enduro and gets 60mpg. He has saved 25mpg. He drives 64miles per day. That's 1.83 gallons with the car and 1.07 gallons with the bike. A savings of 0.76 gallons a day. Let's assume he rides the bike 4 months at 5 days per week = 80 days x 0.76 = 61 gallons he has saved per year. Even at $4 per gallon

that's only $244 in savings per year. But it cost him $5K to purchase. Had he put that $5K in even a conservative mutual fund with a 6% return he would have made $300 compounded per year and when he decided to "sell" it would not have depreciated. It is not a SMART purchase, but if you want the bike for fun go for it.
maybe for him...but the math is different for me...I currently have to spend 220-250 a month on gas @$3.15 a gallon...the bike costs me less than 200 a month to run including gas, the bike and insurance...I have to ride the bike to make it worth while, but I wanted one anyways so it works for me...If you are driving something the gets 30+mpg already you are right you would have to ride it for many years in order for it to be any real savings, but not for me...and I don't really see gas getting any cheaper, so as the prices go up the saving are even more to me...if the prices go down it then it was a good excuse to buy me a new toy...
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Old March 26th, 2008, 12:50 PM   #65
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Mike, bad news. I'm a tool and left the net at home. ugh
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Old March 26th, 2008, 01:21 PM   #66
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My real objection is to the thought of seeing Cornfed driving down the road on a bike wearing chaps......
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Here is my bike http://www.motorcyclecruiser.com/roa...750/index.html

I love the cruiser. I get around 50mpg and can ride all day and night and not be soar.

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i dont think this thread was about whether or not its a moneywise decision to buy a bike as a commuter, but instead, the decision is already made, and wants to know what is a good bike for him.

i agree, the klr650 is a good choice. i would prefer a crf250x for myself, but im much smaller and will ride it in the woods more than the road. a crf450x may be a good choice for you, but wont be quite as comfy on the road as the klr. the 450 will most likely need some work to get it ready for the daily commute, youll want tires, gearing change, a little softer suspension, and possibly some other stuff.

it stick with a 650 sized bike if i were in your position.

if we were discussing whether its a good idea or not, you wouldnt base it on either a bike of 5k in fuel, as the bike isnt expendable goods. the bike will have value when its time to see it go. if he can sell it for 3500 in a few years, he will only have 1500 into the bike, if you can own a summer toy for 500 a year, then your doing pretty darn well. this doesnt even count in any of the fuel costs.
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i dont think this thread was about whether or not its a moneywise decision to buy a bike as a commuter, but instead, the decision is already made, and wants to know what is a good bike for him.
You're only wrong by saying that I have committed to buying a bike. I have not. I'm tire kicking for a summer toy. A small savings in fuel economy is a benefit not the main driving force to this search.

I'm not set on a dual sport. The dual sport is appealing because of the upright riding position, dirt road stability, and overall height of the bike. If I bought a bike, it would primarily pound pavement, the occasional dirt road, and very rarely trails. It would be nice to have a bike capable of riding the trail system. Oh, and I'd have a good excuse to buy ass less chaps. Another must-have is some storage capacity- rain gear, milk, change of clothes, etc.

The most amount of highway driving I would see is on US23 between Milan and US12. I have no desire to ride I94 to my Ann Arbor commute. Taking the backroads from Carleton to Ann Arbor is a pleasant ride and a huge grid. Some of the roads are dirt. I could see myself taking dirt roads to avoid the gravel trains which frequent the areas.
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My real objection is to the thought of seeing Cornfed driving down the road on a bike wearing chaps......

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