OK....stop reading if you don't like math.
Good. Because this weeks little article involves math. In particular, fuel milage. Don't worry, it's not that bad. A bit of simple basic adding and subtracting. Multiplying and dividing, the stuff you should have learned in school if you were paying attention.
I wanted to conduct a little experiment. I was curious about how much money it would cost me to go about 1000 miles, how much fuel it would take and a few other things. One Thousand miles was just a nice round figure to use.
Now to be honest, this test was not conducted under strict scientific standards. I was using the bike's odometer and not a much more accurate GPS device. I should have filled up the tank with the same amount of and same type of gas each time as well. I didn't do that.
So in the end, my experiment took 1,209.1 miles. It cost me a total of $63.82. My average price per gallon was $3.54 and I filled up a total of 6 times. Again that works out to be 201.5 miles per fill up on average. A fill up on the Burgie is 3.1 gallons.
On average then I'm getting about 65 miles per gallon of gas. Not great mileage, but certainly better than my car, which gets an average of 30 miles per gallon. Even being an economy model it takes anywhere between $40 - 50 dollars to fill up and I'm not going to get anywhere close to 1000 miles on one tank. (edited: recent experience shows me that I should be in the 70 - 75 mpg range)
If I used my bike for nothing but commuting back and forth to work 5 days a week I would put roughly 1400 miles on the bike each month. So for another $10 - 12 dollars I have my monthly gas budget. Let's call it $100 just to be safe.