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MPG Monsters

Discussion in 'Biker's Cafe' started by TripleT, Jun 23, 2018.

  1. TripleT

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Oct 24, 2002

    Posts: 9,398

    Location: Manchester City Centre

    Boring subject I know sorry...

    I'm currently doing 54miles a day which is 270miles a week or 1170 a month or just over 14,000 a year. So quite a bit.

    My current bike is a 13 year old 750 naked with about 30k on the clock so I'd like and want somthsome newer and more comfotable.

    Due to a new born baby and paying £800 a month in fee however I have to be sensible. Boo...

    What would you go for in my situation? Any other bikes to look at baring in mind the mpg quest?

    I've looked and tested a nc750x which I actually liked. Only revs to 6.5k but I rarely manage much more on my commute.

    Looking at £4-5k (although the nc750x new PCP with 12k miles a year comes out doable)
     
  2. Kreeeee

    Man of Honour

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    Duke 390. Light, small and frugal but still a lot of fun.
     
  3. Daftbrown

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Oct 23, 2013

    Posts: 1,193

    Location: Surrey

    For fuel economy I'm not sure you'll find better than the Honda you've ridden. I expect it's comfortable too.

    It's a bit boring of course, but if commuting is your only use for a bike, excitement between and around slow-moving traffic isn't really what you're looking for anyway.
     
  4. TripleT

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Oct 24, 2002

    Posts: 9,398

    Location: Manchester City Centre

    Gonna be worse than my 750 nake on the motorway though.

    As said fun isn't the top priority sadly. Comfort, mpg, reliability.

    Give me 2 or 3 years and I'll buy something big and silly but for now the only way to change is to use man maths to massage the figures :p
     
  5. BUDFORCE

    Wise Guy

    Joined: May 3, 2012

    Posts: 2,004

    Just ride your bike slower.

    On my sv650 I normally get 100-120 mileson a tank cus I crank it pretty hard to work and back.

    But when I go touring I ride slow like 50mph I can get 180 on a tank, possibly more.
     
  6. Beans on toast Dave

    Mobster

    Joined: Mar 27, 2004

    Posts: 4,254

    Location: Telford

    cb500x, love mine, 80-90 mpg
    not mega fast but fast enough for me atm

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    Last edited: Jun 23, 2018
  7. arfoll

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jan 25, 2011

    Posts: 1,318

    If you're just using it for communiting have you considered a big scooter? Would be nicer in winter times.

    Generally an nc750x is going to be pretty unbeatable mpg/motorway wise, if you have the money to buy it I'd say go for it. If you have to PCP it I'd rather just pay less and use more on fuel.
     
  8. IC3

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Dec 3, 2011

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    The lowest I ever hit was 89 miles to the tank, but good to know I'm not the only one that was struggling to get over 120-130 miles usually. :p
     
  9. TripleT

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Oct 24, 2002

    Posts: 9,398

    Location: Manchester City Centre

    I'm already at the limit of what's possible on my bike mpg wise. I'm riding for an hour each way (27miles) and riding sensilibily, best I can in M60 traffic. It's an old 750cc so 50-55mpg is all I'm going to get.

    Jumping up to 70-80mpg takes a chunk of the upgrade cost out and puts me on a shiny new modern bike.

    I've been weighing up 2year old v PCP on a new one. And selling on a 5 year bike with close to 40k on it won't be easy or get much. Option of just handing it back appeals and won't be much more overall. Plus warranty etc etc
     
  10. BUDFORCE

    Wise Guy

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    Watch the milage limits on a PCP.
     
  11. TripleT

    Sgarrista

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    Yer I've had quotes of the usual 4,000miles and then again with 12,000miles. Difference wasn't too bad both monthly and final value. Even excess miles were only 3p so tiny.
     
  12. The_Abyss

    Capodecina

    Joined: May 15, 2007

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    Location: Ipswich / Bodham

    Scrimping on fuel to save money and buying via PCP? Are the two things not contradictory?
     
  13. TripleT

    Sgarrista

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    No, I'm just using the fuel saving to offset some of the cost of getting a new bike to justify it in my head (and also to the Mrs!).

    As said I've got 2 or 3 years of mental £800p/m nursery fee's to pay for. After that I can get something silly. So I have to be sensible to any cost saving is good. (yes I know keeping my bike is the cheapest way but if I can get a new bike for not much more overall then why not).

    I want a newer bike and I'm slowly killing mine with the milage. We've got two cars but I still consider the bike as my primary transport as my commute is rubbish by car so need it to be reliable and being more comfortable on long motorway trips is a bonus. Keep throwing money at mine for another year and let it melt from another winter and another 14k miles, or basically get a new bike now and enjoy it.
     
  14. Kreeeee

    Man of Honour

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    I wouldn't bother with a new bike if you're going to be putting it through that.

    Get one a couple of years old and run it into the ground.
     
  15. EVH

    Don

    Joined: Mar 11, 2004

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    work from home
    save on nursery fees
    ????
    profit
     
  16. Bug One

    Capodecina

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

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    Location: Sandwich, Kent

    I got a Kawasaki Versys for a similar commute. Very comfortable on a long journey.
     
  17. TripleT

    Sgarrista

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    2 year old for £5k is very much the probably out-come here. New PCP was better than I thought that's all, I thought I'd get laughed out with my mileage needs.

    I love my kids, but spending all day withe a 1year old and trying to work... Nah! :p

    That's the other bike I'd looked at briefly but no-where near as economical as the nc. Doubt much will be really bar a 125, which I don't fancy doing :p
     
  18. BUDFORCE

    Wise Guy

    Joined: May 3, 2012

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    Could look through bike trader, can pick up an old Japanese 250 for less than a grand.

    Be quick enough (just) for motorway use and cheap as chips to run. Something like a suzuki tu-250, even old ones, so little to go wrong on them.

    Probably get that trading your current bike, if it's only for a year or two, then buy a proper bike once the kids go to school.
     
  19. Lokwyr

    Gangster

    Joined: Nov 9, 2018

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    Location: Poole

    A kid, a bike and TWO cars?
    Priorities need adjusting?
     
  20. tom_e

    Man of Honour

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    Get rid of the kid, one of the cars and buy 3 more bikes?