motorcycle commuting

Does Commuting on a Motorcycle Save Money?

As gas prices creep up around the $4 or even $5 mark, the impressive MPG numbers of your motorcycle begin to look better and better. Commuting on a motorcycle sounds like smart way to save money, but before we make a decision let’s take a look at the numbers.

Gas Pump in Indiana

Total Motorcycle has a great tool to find the fuel economy of motorcycles and scooters from modern bikes to those dating all the way back to the ‘30s.

Motorcycle Fuel Economy Guide

Modern cruisers have a wide range in fuel economy, but your typical Harley-Davidson cruiser will get around 42 mpg and a sport bike can get fuel economy as good as 50 or 60 mpg depending on engine size.

Now compare that to your average modern sedan which will get a combined fuel economy of around 29 mpg or your average small truck with a combined fuel economy around 19 mpg, and the motorcycle begins to look like a bargin. 

For more exact calculations of your particular car, fuel economy numbers on almost any modern vehicle are available at fueleconomy.gov.  

At this point it might seem like commuting on a motorcycle is a no-brainer for saving money, but there are several more things to consider before you hop on a motorcycle and head to the office.

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