Fuel efficient vehicles have become increasingly popular over the years, but you still can't argue with the efficiency -- and fun -- of a sportbike.
I’ve noticed a healthy increase in the number of fuel-efficient vehicles on the road lately; this includes everything from 100-percent electric vehicles and Flex Fuel cars to the ever-popular hybrids. I’ve also noticed that the majority of people driving these cars are proud of their “environment saving ways,” as evidenced by the number of stickers they use to highlight their level of efficiency. The other day, I even saw a sticker on a Prius that advertised the exact fuel mileage the driver was getting. I can’t help but laugh then when I pull up to a gas station and get nearly as good of fuel mileage. Not to mention I’m probably wearing a bigger grin on my face between fuel stops than the average Prius driver is.
I have nothing against hybrids or electric vehicles don’t get me wrong. I do think, however, that there are a lot of other options out there that some people haven’t yet considered – two-wheel options. Take for instance a college student who commutes to and from school on a daily basis. Wouldn’t a scooter or small displacement motorcycle like a Ninja 300 or CBR250R be a better option than a car? Same thing goes for the full-time worker who’s forced to commute on a daily basis; wouldn’t he/she be saving fuel costs AND having more fun by riding a motorcycle?
I agree that motorcycles aren’t for everyone, but I think there are certain advantages to owning a motorcycle that many people have yet to consider, fuel efficiency being the primary benefit. It would also be nice to see more newcomers to the sport; I’ve always had a soft spot for the sportbike industry, and I’d love to one day see it back to the point where it was in its prime. New riders could definitely push it in that direction, and they could save the environment along the way! -- BA