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Old 07-05-2008, 12:13 AM   #1
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so im looking into buying my first motorcycle and i wanna get something thats very fuel efficient.

what are some older bikes that are known for being more fuel efficient? should i look for specific brands?

a couple of bikes i am considering are:

1975 honda CL360
1975 honda CB360
1982 honda nighthawk
yamaha midnight special 1100
1989 sb50p honda elite

any help would be MUCH appreciated!!
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Old 07-05-2008, 12:41 AM   #2
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Any ninja 250r from the last 10 years.
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Old 07-05-2008, 10:07 AM   #3
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ive heard that from some people, but i dont think that ninjas are really my style.
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Out of the list you supplied, I'd go for the Nighthawk. Which size is it?

Keep in mind that motorcycles, at least those sold in the US, tend to be designed for performance, and fuel efficiency comes second. A smaller bike will (as a result) not necessarily get higher mileage. About the most you'll see is around 55 mpg, on average. I've heard that some newer bikes will get more, but it isn't easy.

Oh -- a scooter such as the Elite will tend to get higher mileage than a motorcycle. You could probably get up to about 70 mpg with a small scooter (under 150 cc).
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I get around 50 to 60 mpg on my GS500F, depending on the weather. General rule, the smaller the engine and the less power, the better the mileage. The 360 Hondas should have great mileage, but make sure you get one in good enough shape that you don't end up paying more to the mechanic than the gas station. A Nighthawk 250 sounds like it's just your style and should get incredible mileage. Or if you're not all that tall, see if you can find a Rebel 250. Most of the beginner friendly bikes are also the most wallet friendly too, both in terms of milage and purchase price.

That 1100 is definitely going to be the thirstiest of them, and while not as crazy as a modern liter bike, it's likely to be a real handful for a beginning rider to try to control.
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Old 07-05-2008, 04:21 PM   #6
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a couple of bikes i am considering are:

1975 honda CL360
1975 honda CB360
1982 honda nighthawk
yamaha midnight special 1100
1989 sb50p honda elite

any help would be MUCH appreciated!!
Are those bikes that are actually available for you to purchase? I'd like to ask what prices are they asking, if you don't mind my asking?
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Old 07-05-2008, 11:01 PM   #7
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Are those bikes that are actually available for you to purchase? I'd like to ask what prices are they asking, if you don't mind my asking?
you hit the nail on the head.

each of those bikes range from 650 to about 800.
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I get around 50 to 60 mpg on my GS500F, depending on the weather. General rule, the smaller the engine and the less power, the better the mileage. The 360 Hondas should have great mileage, but make sure you get one in good enough shape that you don't end up paying more to the mechanic than the gas station. A Nighthawk 250 sounds like it's just your style and should get incredible mileage. Or if you're not all that tall, see if you can find a Rebel 250. Most of the beginner friendly bikes are also the most wallet friendly too, both in terms of milage and purchase price.

That 1100 is definitely going to be the thirstiest of them, and while not as crazy as a modern liter bike, it's likely to be a real handful for a beginning rider to try to control.
im actually 6'5''

ill look into the nighthawk. i really like their style.
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Oh -- a scooter such as the Elite will tend to get higher mileage than a motorcycle. You could probably get up to about 70 mpg with a small scooter (under 150 cc).
Ostensibly, the sub-50cc scooters will get you pretty darned close to 100mpg.
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you hit the nail on the head.

each of those bikes range from 650 to about 800.
All things being equal (and they probably aren't) I'd get the CL360 only because it's such a cool looking bike.
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