# Thread: \$\$\$\$. Fuel

1. OM the only way to travel, reminds me....better go get yesterdays oatmeal cookies from the tank bag!

2. Even at \$5/gal, taking the bike out for a ride is the most economical mental health therapy around...

3. Originally Posted by langoptc
Even at \$5/gal, taking the bike out for a ride is the most economical mental health therapy around...
This is an excellent point.

SPP

4. \$1.846 / litre (Cdn) this morning for regular in SW Ontario.

5. Originally Posted by langoptc
Even at \$5/gal, taking the bike out for a ride is the most economical mental health therapy around...
At 3x the price 18 months ago, it's going to cut into the trips expenses pretty deep this summer. 40mpg/4000 miles=100 gallons or 500.00 for gas alone instead of 160.00. That's 380.00 more that could be saved for 2 nights @ motel room.

6. Originally Posted by brownie0486
At 3x the price 18 months ago, it's going to cut into the trips expenses pretty deep this summer. 40mpg/4000 miles=100 gallons or 500.00 for gas alone instead of 160.00. That's 380.00 more that could be saved for 2 nights @ motel room.
Not sure I am understanding this math (500-160=340)

Also, you were paying \$1.60 per gallon a year and a half ago?

SPP

7. Originally Posted by slowpokepete
Not sure I am understanding this math (500-160=340)

Also, you were paying \$1.60 per gallon a year and a half ago?

SPP
Yes I was paying 1.60 a gallon 18 months ago. 100 gallons would have been 160.00.

Ya, it 340.00 savings instead of 380.00, but the example still demonstrates the added burden on an extended trip of 1K's of miles. Multiply that time two trips a year, about 700.00 or 5 nights in a room [ nearly a week of rooms I will now spend on gas.

8. Originally Posted by brownie0486
Yes I was paying 1.60 a gallon 18 months ago.
Wow...I don't think its been that low around here in forever!

SPP

9. Originally Posted by brownie0486
Yes I was paying 1.60 a gallon 18 months ago. 100 gallons would have been 160.00.

Ya, it 340.00 savings instead of 380.00, but the example still demonstrates the added burden on an extended trip of 1K's of miles. Multiply that time two trips a year.
Or more than a couple of trips in a season.

Having been confined to my home province with only day rides for the last two years, I had been very much looking forward to extended bike trips this summer. However the past few days has had me thinking the same as you, Brownie. My bikes average between 15-17 km per litre and with our fuel prices fast approaching \$2 a litre, bike trip costs are going to be considerably more expensive (even when travelling in the US with your more “reasonably priced” gas).

Of course the bikes are far more fuel efficient than our car, but under non-COVID conditions, I put more mileage on the bikes than the car.

I guess time will tell if the fuel prices will drop somewhat during the summer. Hoping so.

10. Originally Posted by slowpokepete
Wow...I don't think its been that low around here in forever!

SPP
In that time period we were at \$2.00 and Des Moines was around \$1.80, so the \$1.60 was possible.

11. Originally Posted by slowpokepete
Wow...I don't think its been that low around here in forever!

SPP
Az. shows 1.74 average in April 2020, today's average 4.11 a gallon. A difference of 2.37 a gallon or 237.00 more for 100 gallons on a 4K mile trip. 2x trips this summer makes it 474.00 more this year than 2020. That's at least 3 nights in a room out of roughly 18 days on the road or roughly 16% more for fuel this year, or a new set of tires, or a good portion of the service on the bike to make the trips.

12. By no longer commuting to work, we're currently only driving about 7 or 8k miles/year for the last couple years - on 8 registered vehicles.

I kinda don't really care what gas costs cuz we don't use very much anymore. Your mileage may vary. Literally.

My brother, who's retired, somehow drives 20k miles a year. I have no idea how he accumulates that much mileage because he doesn't really ever go on trips or anything.

13. Originally Posted by kbasa
By no longer commuting to work, we're currently only driving about 7 or 8k miles/year for the last couple years - on 8 registered vehicles.

I kinda don't really care what gas costs cuz we don't use very much anymore. Your mileage may vary. Literally.

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Our total miles driven by car the last few years has been around 10,000 miles.
Our total motorcycle miles ridden the last few years has been in the 20,000 to 22,000 mile range.

This year we had five motorcycle trips planned and one car trip.
With \$4 to \$5 gas we might have to shorten some of those trips or cancel one.

Last week we drove Debbie's car to Des Moines two times just to get rid of the 3 month old gas in her tank, so I'm not worried about the cost for our cars, but I'm concerned about the cost for our motorcycles.

14. I just read that the Swedes are paying about 25 krowns per liter.
That's about \$8.90 USD per gallon

15. Had to go 250 miles to El Paso, and then 250 back home today. We drove the 2014 Ford Focus (Econobox). Got 41 mpg going west and 39 mpg coming back east - a little wind and different gas accounts for the difference. But \$4 gas in the Focus costs me less for fuel than \$2 gas in my 5 cyl 2014 Chevy Colorado. I paid \$3.89 in Alpine headed west and the same at Fabens headed back east. But it was up to \$4.09 when I got back to Alpine. I am very happy to have the '14 Ford Focus. I had eye surgery on January 7 and have made five 500 mile round-trips since, due to some complications. Very happy to have a fuel efficient car. If I had a nice F250 like all my neighbors I would be very unhappy about now. My car gets the same fuel mileage as either of my two K75s do.

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