Your MB vs insane gas prices

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by Wheres my dog, Mar 3, 2011.

  1. Wheres my dog

    Wheres my dog New Member

    Sure everyone has heard by the summer we will be seeing well past $4 a gallon, most likely $5 a gallon or higher for gas...

    Anyone thinking of converting over to using their MB full time, or even a great deal more?

    I know there are a few factors here such as theft, distance, weather, laws, and such that makes everyone's situation different...

    In my case... I work 3 days a week and each way is 23 miles which totals out to 138 miles driven to and from work. I average right about 20mpg for the trip which comes out to 6.9 gallons.

    ~7 gallons times $5 a gallon is $35.... My GIANT GEBE is getting right about 140 miles to the gallon which makes this a $30 a week savings just in fuel, or $120 a month savings.

    Anyone switch over and what is your savings?

    Anyone going to switch over, and at what price point?

    Anyone love their MB but just can't cummute with it?

  2. Dave C

    Dave C Member

    I'm not working anymore so commuting isn't a factor but I could possibly never own another cage for the rest of my life...
  3. Hammond Egger

    Hammond Egger Member

    I have three mb's and I can't see them as being my only mode of transportation....even if gas goes to $10.00 a gallon and insurance is $200.00 a month.
  4. wbuttry

    wbuttry Member

    well this is something like i was thinking im gonna half to do something cause i work on call so thet call me when i dont have the money to do much and gas hit 350 a gallon here in sikeston mo and i work in new madrid 25 miles away so im parking my van and rideing to things in town on my motor bike and just use the van when i go to work or when raining real hard there is no reason for oil prices this dam high i dont care what is happening in the middle east
  5. Dave C

    Dave C Member

    Ah..but you weren't forced off the road 16 years ago for non-payment of child support for your ex-wife's illigetimate child. I refuse to pay their blackmail and have never given them a volintary cent. They've had to grab money whenever I worked and now they can't touch my SSI:devilish:
  6. wbuttry

    wbuttry Member

    well you dave are a special case people who build these for fun would never consider using for actuall transportation like us they got money for this expensive *** gas i got lucky and got me a couple of gallons before it went back up again yesterday i paid 319 for it now it is 350 price gouging at it's worst
  7. Dave C

    Dave C Member

    I'm betting it doesn't stop until $4.50 a gallon and in Canada and Europe, better invest in a oil well :p

    I hear gas prices are lowest in Venezuala, might be cheaper to fill a 55 gallon barrel and have it shipped here :/
  8. retromike3

    retromike3 Member

    transportation Vs. "fun"

    The main reason I put this bike together is that I have problems getting around the burbs here in Oregon. In this part of town the roads are not designed for bicycling and I am a bit out of shape. Back when I lived in Portland I did not really need a motor bicycle because the blocks were all 500 yards long and the main city was built for trolleys. this made going by bus a workable solution.

    I live right next to the local light rail(about a mile away), But if I want to go someplace that is not on the line than I have to go for miles to get some place. Its faster for me to take the train to Portland to get to the pharmacy than it is to get to local one in Beaverton. If I take my motor bicycle I get there faster and I can do it on my own time. I also don't have to worry if the guy next to me has a cold and wont cover his mouth if he coughs.

    Even in a bike "friendly" town like Beaverton OR I use my motor bicycle as my main transport.

  9. wbuttry

    wbuttry Member

    now thats what we like to here you go mike i went and bought me a super heavy duty chain and master lock by guardian secuirty they cut and steal it covered our walmart is 3 miles away not very far just rite for a 2 stroke and our store are scattered all over town so i can ride to get to all of this stuff this is a motorbike friendly town almost everybody owns a motorcycle here so i fit rite in with everybody else
  10. jg767

    jg767 Member

    Today it cost me $3.39 a gal. for gas. I've put 5000 miles on a GEBE setup and 18000 miles on a Staton chain drive. I've gone 260 miles in a day with a Tanaka 40 cc and the Staton. So I know for a fact that I can live without a gas guzzling car. Let them raise it all they want. It will make our motored bikes more valuable. On the down side it will still cause massive inflation and stall any chance of an economic recovery. Remember the gas rationing of the 70's?
    I do, and I"m gonna be prepared if it happens again.
  11. GearNut

    GearNut Active Member

    I am seriously contemplating getting a GEBE system with a EHO35 4-stroke for reliability reasons. I do not believe that I can trust my cheapo ChinaGirl to reliably take me to and from work day in and day out. Work is 11.6 miles one way by the freeway rout, I don't know how far by the street rout. I cannot afford $4.00 a gallon gas in my truck for sure, and I really don't want to pour that kind of money in my car either; and we are not too far away from the $4 mark right now.
    Last edited: Mar 3, 2011
  12. motorpsycho

    motorpsycho Active Member

    I don't use my bikes for anything other than just riding around for fun and taking them to car shows. I only have my bikes out in the summer, and gas prices don't bother me at all.
    now my car on the other hand, gets about 8 mpg, and even that won't stop me from driving it this summer to car shows and around town for fun.
    right now gas is about $3.50 a gallon here, and a few years ago when it hit almost $5.00 a gallon, it didn't stop me.

    you have to realize that we NEED gasoline and there's nothign you can do to stop them from setting the gas prices as high as they want.
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2011
  13. Porkchop

    Porkchop Member

    NOT ME ! I'll continue to drive my V-8's. There are 2 kinds of bike/motorcycle riders. Those that have fallen and those that are going to. Any typical 4 wheel configured car is safer than any 2 wheel bike. Can't get safety and mileage all in the same package. The more you ride a bike, the more your chances are of crashing it. But hey, everybody has their own opinion. As long as I can afford it, I'm going for the comfort factor !
    I know where your dog is !
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2011
  14. liscos439

    liscos439 New Member

    My local petrol station is selling unleaded for 128.9p a litre.
    So one US gallon costs £4.87 or $7.92.
    Camerooooon is inflicting a new budget in April so it'll be rising again soon.

    I would use my MB but seeing as they're illegal I'm either cycling or getting 60mpg in my car. I'm seriously looking into getting my MB registered though.
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  15. wbuttry

    wbuttry Member

    you have to realize that we NEED gasoline and there's nothign you can do to stop them from setting the gas prices as high as they want.
    __________________well there is no need of putting your whole check in the gas tank now is there ther is no sensible reason that gas should sky rocket just cause people are freaking greedy gas companies already said back before christmas they were gonna raise the price of crude to well over a hundred dollars a barrel and i believe they had last i looked today 109 a barrel easy that was at opening bell and pork chop you gotta watch yourself no expect them to watch you safety is not a accident like osha says . and im very careful how and where and when like the cops told me when i started riding thesse dont assune they see you assume they dont see you and you will live another day another wors expect the best and prepare for the worst and murphy love motor bikes by the way.
  16. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    I could live without a car. I've even been tempted. I'm afraid I'd lose my wife, though.

    She'd certainly make me pay a high price for it.

    But it doesn't have to be an all-or-nothing situation, anyway. When fuel hit $4.50 or so a couple of years back I simply rode my pedal bike and my MB more and drove my car less. I felt good, my car had less wear and tear and even those high gas prices didn't destroy my budget. And the best thing of all was that there was a lot more bicycles, mopeds, etc on the road that summer. I loved it. I was saddened when the price of fuel bottomed out that winter.

    For entirely personal reasons I like seeing the price of gas climb. Though I am well aware that too high would likely devastate our fragile economy.

    But you know what? I suspect that our society could adjust itself to high fuel prices and benefit from doing so. It didn't work out in 2008 simply because it didn't last long enough. As long as it doesn't go too high too fast, then I think it might just be a good thing.
  17. wbuttry

    wbuttry Member

    im with you me and my wife both ride bikes i have the motor bike cause i got licences and i got 2 motorbkes but the car is so much easier to deal with but im not getting rid of car i just use the car to go work 25 miles away one way and use motorbike the rest of time but when car does break down motor bikes come in handy i cant afford to put car in shop so i gotta fix it my self and it takes me a little time to do it so no worries and i would take my motorbike to work if need be.
  18. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    Yes, that part about getting to work could be the problem, couldn't it? It's great that you're willing to do it, of course. But it's not likely to be practical every day of the year.

    That would be one big problem if our society had to cut personal consumption of gasoline by, let's say, 60%; people would have to live much closer to their jobs than they do now.
    And that adjustment would be very difficult.

    Let's hope that if fuel prices must rise (I suspect that they really must, for one reason or another), then it will at least be fairly slow and not very steep. The strain of a fast climb might break our economy.

    Let's hope our leaders are putting some responsible thought into this question.
  19. In canada its already $1.25 a liter (4.74 US Gallon) a liter and there saying it might go to $1.50+ a liter ($5.67 US Gallon). And Europeans got it even worse.

    You Yanks should consider yourselves lucky. They pretty much give gas away in the US.
  20. RedBaronX

    RedBaronX Member

    I've spent the last nine months taking the bus to work as I pay off a car repair. Had a few weeks of commuting on the MB before the frame cracked :( but once I have enough for a new frame, I will be rebuilding the bike and commuting a great deal with it. It's 30 miles round trip to work. Yes, a car is a safer vehicle, but I've picked a decently safe route to work-- bike/bus lanes and such for a great deal of it.