In keeping with the mpg theme we have had around here lately, what sort of bike would you recommend manufacturers introduce to the U.S. market as an economical commuter? Even high performance motorcycles can vastly out-perform most automobiles when it comes to mpg (see our comments about our Ducati 848 test unit here). As some readers pointed out, tire costs may be higher, but amortization of the purchase price of the vehicle would more than off-set that cost, presumably (a $20,000 “economy car” versus a $6,000 two-wheeler).
Would you commute on an automatic-transmissioned scooter? With plenty of built-in luggage? A traditional motorcycle? A motorcycle with an automatic transmission? Give us your thoughts in an email.