Motorcycles vs. cars for fuel consumption

Fuel consumption is a major problem for car or motorcycle drivers. Cars are the dominant mode of transport, but the popularity of motorcycles and scooters has increased considerably with rising fuel prices.

Miles per gallon

When it comes to gross miles per gallon (mpg), motorcycles seem to have the advantage over cars. Suburban motorcycles regularly prove that they can reach a speed of 100 km / h or more, while even hybrid cars start at 50 mpg. Cars have an advantage because they can travel this type of mileage by carrying four people, while motorcycles can only carry two people at a time.

Cost of efficiency

The big difference in efficiency between cars and motorcycles comes from their costs. For $4,100, you can buy a new bike that will receive 61 mpg. A Toyota Prius is sold for between $22,000 and $28,000 and becomes 51 mpg. Scooter enthusiasts can get up to 150 mpg from $1,300 invested in a machine, but with significantly reduced performance and load capacity.

Second-hand market

Cars with high mpg are more competitive in the used car market. Cars like the Honda CRX and Geo Metro have comparable fuel consumption to the motorcycles of the 1970s and 1980s, such as the CB750 or Virago. Used EX250 motorcycles often sell for $2,000 or less and consistently reach 60 to 70 mpg. Many dual sport bikes reach values from 50 to 60 mpg and are very reliable.

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