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Bikeaddict 10-12-2005 03:15 AM

Re: The upside of high gas prices?
Our cars could get much better mileage but to the guy who is hurting on these gas prices now, buying a new car is not a probable option. The British bike market is very vibrant, they are much more recreational now but still far more utilitarian than they are and were here in the US.

There are a lot of people in the US struggling to make ends meet and these fuel prices are pushing their means. These folks are pushing that HD they've financed for 94months and buying old UJM for little and trying to leave the pickup truck at home. It's not everyone but far more than in the past.

Bikeaddict 10-12-2005 03:21 AM

Re: The upside of high gas prices?
Yep but if you changed the speed triple for a CB250, the civic wouldn't even come close. My ZX10R eats tires and needs the expensive valve adjustments and the insurance and all but a smaller utilitarian bike needs far less tires, cheaper tires, minimal insurance and could probably hit 70mpg if you stayed legal.

Bikeaddict 10-12-2005 03:29 AM

Re: The upside of high gas prices?
I think that the perception that Americans are vastly weathier than our European cousins is more about how much cheaper things are here than they are in Europe. When our costs get up to their levels, we will see smiliar effects (not to the same magnitude but the same forces non-the-less). For example, most things are about half the cost that they are in the UK. Brits seem to be pouring over here for vacation because their money goes pretty far. Your $40K SUV would be what you'd pray for a mid-entry level car there. The other side of that is that my $40K SUV can be leased and financed out the ying-yang. We've got a real problem with that and how easy it's been for folks to put themselves under with mortgage debt that there is no way they could get 10 years ago. So I may have a $400K house and two $40K SUV's and be just keeping me nose above the water and $3 a gallon is going to hurt.

For Mondeo's are fine cars.

Bikeaddict 10-12-2005 03:31 AM

Re: The upside of high gas prices?
And handguns and assault rifles are readily available....

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