Join Date: Mar 1999
Location: The Island of Luzon
I got one:
1969 MachIII 500CC Kawasaki (I think, it was red, and my Uncles)
It got 65mpg when driven in "commuter mode".
It could carry Two People if they were less than 132# each, so lets call that (to allude to Hybrid's Seat-Miles per gallon) 65X2=130mpg.
Suburban can seat 9, gets 12 mpg. 108 seat-miles per gallon, with LESS pollution due to current regulations (SUV is GREENER than the bike!)
Put that in a Ford Product with the 6.0L Turbodiesel (alluding to my govermental regulations limiting our choices...) getting 25mpg and it goes to 225 seat-miles per gallon.
SUV KICKING ASS on the bike.
Now, consider if you will, the 2002 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab, seat Five in a pinch. 3.3L V6 Petrol engine gets maybe 20mpg, but more likely 18.... so that's a paltry 90 Seat-Miles per gallon. BUT, take the SAME VEHICLE sold in Mexico, Italy, Australia, Europe, and just about ANYPLACE BUT THE USA with the 3.0L Direct Injection Turbodiesel..... 35mpg. And that works out to 175 Seat-Miles per gallon!
Forgive me, driven z if I have put more time into actually THINKING about this delemmia than you apparently have, but the ALTERNATIVE is for LESS GOVERNMENT REGULATION, and more ENGINE CHOICES.
Ranting over-regulating, emotionally-driven politicians with an agenda have driven the country down the WRONG PATH as it relates to TRUE fuel self-sufficiency, and for that matter, sustainable environmental responsibility.
But then again, sportsmen killing Bambi have always paid for more conservation efforts than any Sierra Club protester ever did... That's the irony about the whole situation. The people who DO actually just want to be left about their business to DO it without someone butting in and ordering them to do something.
Those that do the ordering, they usually go half-cocked into the situation, and get it totally wrong in retrospect.
Such is your situation on suggesting (he he hehaw haw haw) we all start riding bikes to save gasoline...
What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.
-Ecclesiastes 1:9 and that means SEARCH, NOOB!
Canadians don't get it. Period. End of discussion.