Monday, May 16, 2011

Do gas prices affect motorcyclists?

Based on the smug look on this chap's mug, it can be safe to assume that gas prices do not affect a motorcyclist's ability to patrol around town.  He is often interrupted during petroleum fill-ups by other motorists, the kind who drive on four wheels, who inquire how often he needs to fill his tank.  "Once a week," is the reply.

"How much does that tank hold?"  Two and a half gallons.  "How much do you buy in a week?"  About a gallon and a half, give or take.

The Littlest Ninja had the air pressure in its tires refreshed this week.  Mpg has increased from 6o to 80.  Not bad, not bad at all.  To get 110 mpg, there are other options:
The wee Honda Metropolitan may be the most reliable scooter on the market.  Yes, that Honda reliability is all it is cracked up to be.  I don't drive a Metro anymore, mainly because after a year of heavy use, its top speed steadily decreases.  Most of the time 35mph is enough, especially on city streets.  20mph doesn't leave a lot of escape maneuvering when a spot gets tight in traffic, though.  Plenty of under-seat storage cannot be lauded enough.  The Littlest Ninja has no storage, but it easily achieves highway speeds. It is an equitable trade on capability.

The price of gasoline right now?  $3.69 a gallon.  Not enough to break the bank.  I wish it was higher.  That might get more cars off the road.

Drive safely.  May is Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month.  Keep the rubber on the road.


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