Fodder for thought/discussion:
'They' are saying that gasoline may hit $5/gal by summertime.
What impact will this have on you?
I don't know what gasoline costs outside of the USA but the rising cost of fuel affects everyone.
How much does the cost of fuel influence what type of vehicle you drive?
Is it practical to expect to save money by purchasing a motorcycle and using less gasoline?
How long would it take to recover the price of the motorcycle in gasoline savings?
Are there economically priced cages that get 30+ mpg that you would cost about the same as a motorcycle?
Personally, I didn't buy my bike for fuel economy, but it does get more than double the mpg of my Crown Vic. I ride it as much as I can to help defray the cost of gasoline. Also, I ride it for fun on weekends and that is an expense that I would not have incurred if I didn't own the bike. I went from about 12K miles per year on my Crown Vic to less than 5K. ( I have a short 6 mile drive to work and we use my wife's cage for other driving )
Observation: We spend $200 to $300 per month on gasoline and even though I know I save $$ by riding the bike, I don't see our monthly fuel spending decrease!
1.) I drive about 30,000 miles per year and yes price of fuel made me sell my 2005 F-150 for a used 2004 Honda Civic back in 2007. Gas hit $3.97 that summer here for months (Note that was during Bush's last term. Also note that gas went over $2/ gallon for the first time ever under Bush. That being said, I don't think president's have $hit to do with the price of fuel, but to each his own.)
2.) Of course you can save money on a bike, but depends on what you buy and what you quit driving. My 500 gets 50 mpg on average sometimes more and sometimes less, so yes when make my 60 mile round trip commute to work it saves me about $4 per day in gas.
3.) As far as payback that depends on what bike you buy, cost of fuel, and again what you quit driving instead of the bike etc...If you pay $1500 for a used VN 500 and you park the SUV, assuming you drive at least 15,000 miles a year, that particular bike would pay back in about 1 year based on only fuel savings.
4.) You can buy a used compact and average 30 mpg for about $5,000 depending on your needs you can spend a lot more too.
Everyone's situation is unique and would vary based off of numerous factors, but yes, the price of fuel, has and does affect my habits and decisions.