This is a discussion on Scooters vs. Motorcycles within the Off Topic & Humor Discussion forums, part of the The Back Porch category; North American?...
It is surely true that you can lead a horse to water but you can't make them drink. Nor can you make them grateful for your efforts.
First off, if I lived just 5.5 miles from work and it was all city streets/road ways, I'd be riding my bicycle to work and save all the gas money. 5.5 miles on a bicycle only takes me about 15 minutes.
But, if you have to go motorized, I also suggest a 250 cc motorcycle over the scooter. I am saving right now for a Kawasaki Ninja 250. 70 mpg is hard to beat and the bike looks really, really good....
I'd do the bike thing if it wasn't for the many hills here. Work is about 10 miles one way. I sold my vstar 650, and upgraded to a kaw vulcan 1500 with fuel injection. 48 to 50 mpg. Still go to florida or the mountains without going broke, and still ride comfortably 2 people up...
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I do some walk commuting and bike commuting. 5.5 miles will be a 1 hour walk or a 35 minute bike ride on average. If you can pull it off, a bicycle is the way to go. The health benefits are worth the effort and learning curve involved. It's a great option once you have a bike set up for commuting and learn how to ride safely in traffic.
I bought a bike last October. It's a Honda 1300vtx. I didn't buy it with the idea of saving money or commuting. It's pretty much just a toy for me. I get between 40 an 50 mpg. Today was the first day I used it to commute. Gas savings is probably a wash for me. Sure I drive the truck less but I just cant stay off the thing and ride just for the enjoyment so I end up burning my savings.
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one of the local guys here in NWA uses his car to take his kids to school..he parks his car on campus, unloads his bicycle and then rides to work.
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The motorcycle will have far more versatility than most scooters. But any two-wheeler, bicycles included, is a whole lot smaller than a '72 Cadillac. You really need to learn about how to drive defensively. If you understand what precautions to take, maybe you won't be in that spot that the soccer mom talking on the phone while driving her SUV just drove through.
Taking a Motorcycle Safety Foundation course could save your life.
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Completing the course will count as the practical test for CA's motorcycle drivers license endorsement, and usually qualify you for an insurance discount.
03 Vulcan Nomad. I like to ride in comfort. I ride to work more often now that gas prices have gone crazy.
I say get a cheap car. I own a cheap 4 cylinder Japanese car, pay less than $40/month for insurance and use about 11 gallons of gas/month. About $80/month total to go wherever I need to go, in any weather, including snow.
If you're on the road long enough, you're going to get in an accident. Just about any car at all is still many times safer than a scooter or motorcycle (and more useful). So if you already know that you will get hit eventually, it might as well be in a car.
As others have pointed out, neither a scooter or motorcycle is likely to actually 'save' you money. If you're o.k. with the increased risk of 2 wheel transportation, you should consider a bicycle. Good for your health (until you get smushed), good for your wallet... although I'll never ride a bicycle if I can help it. It takes me 7 minutes to drive 2.5 miles to work and it would probably take 30 minutes to ride a bicycle. I wouldn't want to add an hour to my workday just for cheap transportation.
Is there any public transportation in your area? How much is a bus pass? Cheaper and safer. Except for the wierdos in the back. So many people drive cars because they're the best option.