Join Date: Jul 2012
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I'm looking at mpg from more of a financial standpoint than a "saving the world" standpoint. With that in mind, I don't see a big deal with even increasing mpg by 10. Heres an equation for annual gas savings:
(annual miles) * (1/(other vehicle mpg) - 1/(cbr mpg)) * (average gas price)
For me, I'm looking at about 14,000 miles per year, the cbr gets minimum 66 mpg, my WRX gets 22 mpg, and gas is $2.75 a gallon in Colorado right now. If I figure $3 average over the year I get $1272 savings. If the cbr got 76 mpg it moves up to $1356.
Meh, not a big deal. The majority of my savings come from avoiding depreciation on my car and putting it on the $4000 cbr anyway. I'd rather beat the absolute piss out of the bike and not worry about $85 a year.
That said, if you ARE trying to save the world - hypermile away my friends. It's cool, just not something I want to do myself.