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when will bikes become mainstream commuters?

I don't understand why the bike manufacturers are not pushing advertising on getting people commuting with motorcycles. People think that 35mpg honda fits and toyota yaris' are amazing, but forget that even an F4i can get over 50mpg, let alone an EX500 or 250. Manufacturers should make full size bikes with 250-500cc for commuting, or push the scooter market further. When people realize all the benefits of a bike like easier parking, 60mpg, cheaper maintenance, no smog, and more, they will start buying a lot more of them.
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Weather....
The general public is scared of the weather.
Little rain and they'll melt.
Too cold, they'll freeze.
Too hot, they'll burn.
And don't forget the wind... might blow them right off the road!!!

So... there are 3 days a year left for the average person to ride...


As much as I like seeing bikes on the road, there are a lot of people out there I don't want anywhere NEAR a motorcycle!

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I don't understand why the bike manufacturers are not pushing advertising on getting people commuting with motorcycles. People think that 35mpg honda fits and toyota yaris' are amazing, but forget that even an F4i can get over 50mpg, let alone an EX500 or 250. Manufacturers should make full size bikes with 250-500cc for commuting, or push the scooter market further. When people realize all the benefits of a bike like easier parking, 60mpg, cheaper maintenance, no smog, and more, they will start buying a lot more of them.
I rather those iggits stay in their cages lol
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I don't understand why the bike manufacturers are not pushing advertising on getting people commuting with motorcycles. People think that 35mpg honda fits and toyota yaris' are amazing, but forget that even an F4i can get over 50mpg, let alone an EX500 or 250. Manufacturers should make full size bikes with 250-500cc for commuting, or push the scooter market further. When people realize all the benefits of a bike like easier parking, 60mpg, cheaper maintenance, no smog, and more, they will start buying a lot more of them.
I get 36mpg on my bike. Not the best gas milage.
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I get 36mpg on my bike. Not the best gas milage.
yanno ya dont have to keep it at redline
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I get 36mpg on my bike. Not the best gas milage.
I've gotten down to 36 mpg on mine... when i beat the tar out of it...

Average about 42.

WAY better than the 12-16 in my pickup or car

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I've gotten down to 36 mpg on mine... when i beat the tar out of it...

Average about 42.

WAY better than the 12-16 in my pickup or car
Thats daily commuting back and forth to work. Its worse when I beat on it.
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I get 40-45mpg dependin on how I ride it.
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I'm not sure about full blown MCs but I have saw a good increase in those flat bottom scooters!




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I'm not sure about full blown MCs but I have saw a good increase in those flat bottom scooters!
so GMan, what's the ol chop get for MPG???

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Anywhere from 30-40. Normally, mostly city, it gets like 32-34. The highway gets the high 30's - 40




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Anywhere from 30-40. Normally, mostly city, it gets like 32-34. The highway gets the high 30's - 40
what cc/ci is it???
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Anywhere from 30-40. Normally, mostly city, it gets like 32-34. The highway gets the high 30's - 40
That pretty good. I get roughtly the same and my bike is half the weight and almost a 1/3 of the cc's
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That pretty good. I get roughtly the same and my bike is half the weight and almost a 1/3 of the cc's
Yeah its not bad. All depends on how much rappin on the throttle! Its a big motor!




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As much as I like seeing bikes on the road, there are a lot of people out there I don't want anywhere NEAR a motorcycle!

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I ride mine year round as a commuter. Usualy 3-4 times weekly. I bug out when there is a sure sign of storms but for the most part ride. I get about 40 mpg average and it adds up!
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In Atlanta scooters are becoming really popular. I see scooter stores everywhere that specialize in scooters. Both our two promonent Am radio hosts in Atlanta (Clark Howard and Neal Boortz) both ride Motorcycles and Scooters and promote the hell out of them. With Clark Howards wife driving one that gets 150mpg.

I'm seeing more bikes for commuting but people in Atlanta will also commute 70miles everyday to get to work. So many go to bikes.

My bike on straight highway and not wrapping on it gets 60mpg. Normal driving (Including getting hard on it a decent bit) gets around 50mpg.
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Don't buy a Honda Superhawk if you want good gas mileage! <30 I would say.

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People will be more accepting of MC's when @$$holes that do wheelies in traffic stop giving them a bad name.



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