The decision to purchase a motorcycle can be a very daunting one, or at least it was for me (and more so for my family), but when you finally put aside all the fear and horror stories there are some incredible benefits to commuting by motorcycle – and chief among them would be fuel economy!
I have been tracking my fuel economy since I purchased my 2008 Honda CBR 125RW in the summer of 2009. During my first year of riding (August to November) I clocked 3,020 kilometres on my odometer, and for that coverage I spent a grand total of $47.95 CDN on fuel at Petro Canada (averaging a fuel cost of 0.90 cents per litre at the pump). In other words, my Honda CBR 125cc motorcycle is achieving an average fuel economy of 2.2 litres per 100 km (106 miles per gallon), or busting my wallet with a fuel expense of 0.02 cents per kilometre. LOL. In practical terms, for $50 bucks I can drive from Ottawa to Yellowknife! Totally amazing, but with my fuel tank’s capacity being tapped out at 10 litres (2.64 US gallons), to cover that distance I would need to stop six times to fill up along the way (I guess you can’t have everything…LOL)
To provide you with some extra context, I weight about 182 pounds. I’m 5 foot 10 inches. I always ride solo. I always use unleaded gasoline with an octane value of 87 (Honda recommends 86 or higher). At full throttle I can hit 125 km/h, but I mostly cruise between 60 and 80 km/h for the bulk of my riding. With a backpack I can do my groceries, and in most cases, I can park just about anywhere for free. Owning a motorcycle can be a sweet deal and a great compromise if you’d like to reduce your environmental foot print, yet still remain mobile and independent. I would highly recommend prospective riders give the Honda CBR 125 a look and try. Don’t be fooled by the 125cc marker, it’s more than enough power to do anything in the city, and even a few short highway trips. And when you begin to smile at the fuel pump, give me a call and I’ll capture that amazing moment for you with my camera…LOL