Rising Gas Prices: Four Wheels Bad, Two Wheels Good?

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While it seems perfectly natural to assume that clicks on cars reveal trends down at the showroom, I'm not entirely convinced. For example, Autoblog's post on GayWheels top ten researched vehicles would have you believe that a large number of Dodge Caliber buyers are that way inclined. So when the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) put out a press release claiming "interest in motorcycles increases as commuters seek two-wheel alternatives" based on their website's traffic, I was interested to see if they mentioned any "real world" impact. To their credit, they did, right from the git-go. "Motorcycle buying interest at NADAguides.com increased 48 percent in March 2008 compared to March 2007, even though sales of motorcycles were down over seven percent at the end of 2007, with NADAguides.com estimating sluggish sales so far this year." And yet, motorcycle ed Lenny Sims is ready to climb out on that limb. "We believe the current state of the economy, coupled with recent summer fuel price predictions, has caused consumer mindset about motorcycles to shift. In our opinion, motorcycles have become attractive options as primary vehicles for daily drivers — due to their fuel efficiency — and are no longer considered just a luxury, 'secondary-vehicle' purchase." Your take?

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  • Skor Skor on Apr 18, 2008

    @TexasAg03 I’ve never seen an enduro bike that is street legal; they don’t have blinkers and such (they do have a headlight and taillight). They are cross-country racers. That's because you're probably not old enough to remember the 70's. Yes, my enduro has a speedometer, blinkers, horn etc. It's not legal for highways, (that's because of the small displacement) it is legal on secondary roads. Have a look: http://thebrighams.com/1975%20Yamaha%20DT100.JPG

  • TexasAg03 TexasAg03 on Apr 18, 2008
    Yes, my enduro has a speedometer, blinkers, horn etc. Maybe things have changed since the late 70s/early 80s, but in that time, when I was reading about motorcycles, a true enduro bike had no more than a headlight and a taillight and was NOT street legal at all. They were made for cross-country races (by cross-country I mean through the woods via trails). They could not have tires that were street legal because they needed the traction. Bikes that were street legal but looked like dirt bikes were called "dual-purpose" or "dual-sport" bikes. At least that's the way they were referred to by the magazines of the day. The current XR650L is a dual-purpose bike and the XR650R is an enduro bike (or at least is similar to what an enduro is-I don't know what Honda calls it officially). That's what I have seen/read over the years. Just another $.02...

  • Skor Skor on Apr 18, 2008

    @TexasAG03 Maybe things have changed since the late 70s/early 80s, but in that time, when I was reading about motorcycles, a true enduro bike had no more than a headlight and a taillight and was NOT street legal at all. Have a look at this picture: http://mysite.verizon.net/vze3j6z2/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/62_1.jpg Can you see what it says on the oil tank? It says, "Enduro". Yamaha use to build these single cylinder 2 strokes in displacement ranging from 80cc all the way up to 500cc.

  • TexasAg03 TexasAg03 on Apr 21, 2008
    Can you see what it says on the oil tank? It says, “Enduro”. Yamaha use to build these single cylinder 2 strokes in displacement ranging from 80cc all the way up to 500cc. Yamaha can call it whatever they want, but that doesn't make it so. Automakers refer to vehicles by types that don't fit all the time. Go to GM.com and search for cars by type. Under "sport/convertible" they list the Grand Prix. I think most would agree that the Grand Prix is far from a sports car. Marketing hype doesn't change what something is. Enduro racing is racing through rough terrain and/or forest areas with bikes built for the purpose. You don't need blinkers for that, and true enduro bikes don't have them.

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