Motorcycles Offer a Fuel Efficient

At a time when many people across the globe are reeling from financial hardship, commuters are looking for ways to save some money on the cost of fuel.  Motorcycles offer a new alternative to standard cars and trucks and have begun to gain popularity recently, particularly amongst younger working males.  According to the United States Bureau of Transportation statistics, the average fuel efficiency for a passenger car is approximately 23 miles per gallon.  Although there are no set standards for motorcycle fuel efficiency, most manufactures and government officials say that most bikes average well over 50 miles per gallon.  If you begin to compare motorcycles against the efficiency of large trucks and SUVs, the advantages become even more noticeable.

Since motorcycles are relatively light and typically carry a single passenger, fuel consumption is affected by a number of factors that are somewhat negligible when determining the efficiency of most automobiles.  The biggest factor tends to be the weight of the passenger.  Heavier passengers or cargo will reduce the efficiency of the motorcycle, as the engine must work harder to support the movement of the additional weight.  Wind flow and aerodynamics also play a large role.  Automobiles are subject to standard aerodynamics tests that produce results based mostly upon the shape and materials.  Motorcycle riders must take many other variables into account.  Not only are the shape and material of the bike a concern, the composition of the rider’s clothing and the positioning must also be considered.  These factors vary dramatically from one rider to another, making the exact fuel efficiency of a motorcycle extremely hard to determine.

Despite all of the confusion over exact fuel consumption numbers, one thing has remained very clear.  Due to their much smaller engines and lighter weight, motorcycles are naturally more efficient than standard gasoline powered automobiles.  Many riders take advantage of warm climates or mild seasonal weather and drive their bikes almost exclusively.  Not only do motorcycle riders save money on fuel, they also reduce the size of their carbon footprint.  Motorcycle emissions are typically just a fraction of what is produced by most standard passenger cars.

The only drawback to exclusive motorcycle commuting tends to be the limitations of what can be worn or carried while riding.  I can’t really imagine too many business men cruising down the street in a shirt and tie or folding their neatly pressed slacks into a backpack – not to mention what that helmet will do to a perfectly styled head of hair.