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Posted by Curbie on January 3, 2010, 9:37 pm

People have to weigh the risks for themselves, for me, I've see people
in their air-bagged, seat-belted, anti-locked safety-mobiles get
T-boned and killed at a intersection when another driver wasn't paying
attention to the light. I've also seen motorcyclists riding on their
bike backwards, on one wheel, doing 70mph a lived through it! It seems
to me, life is sort of a crap-shoot and you can't change the odds by
NOT rolling the dice.

I've never seen someone on a motorcycle gabbing on their cell-phone,
fixing their make-up, eating, or tending to their baby OR someone in a
car doing the backwards wheely thing, but it seem to me there may be a
little more to safety than what you're driving.

I've kept an eye on my fuel mileage and it has been getting around
70mpg, and thinking about being completely independent of any fuel
source, I may monkey around with one of these scooter to see if I can
get them to run well on alcohol (Ethenol), I don't think peddle power
is really the thing for me.


Posted by Jim Wilkins on January 4, 2010, 1:23 am

I've been lucky and only scrunched a foot under a motorcycle, nothing
broken, not as bad as my bicycle crashes. Helmet, leathers and steel
toed boots helped.

It was really interesting to watch the change in a store clerk when a
bunch of us pulled up, all in black leather and dusty from the road,
then they found out I was actually polite and articulate in the local
language. We didn't realize we had crossed from Quebec into New
Brunswick so I addressed the clerk in French and got an awful nasty
reaction, then in English and she apologized and was very nice to us.

I got 60 MPG from a Honda 350 twin before putting saddlebags on it,
then 50 - 55. IIRC the CB400F averaged around 50. They were at the low
end of acceptable on long trips.


Posted by Curbie on January 4, 2010, 5:21 am


For me, this just illustrates my point that, how you approach the act
of driving is more telling of your results, than what you're driving.

At this point I will wait until I get settled somewhere before I make
a decision on what vehicle I'll get next, but I think some sort of
bike will fit into the picture somewhere. As much as I think shifting
gears would help MPG, those CVTs are fascinating and simple


Posted by nospam on January 4, 2010, 3:54 am

Neo wrote:

Having ridden motorcycles and scooters from 80cc on up for 40 years I
can say that's bullshit. Even large dinosaur primitive motorcycles such
as 1200cc Harley's get close to 55mpg on the highway.

None of these are available in North America, so the point is moot.

Posted by vaughn on January 4, 2010, 1:49 pm

Perhaps, but my beloved 1965 600cc Beemer only managed in the 30's.  Primitive


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