And to think I've been complaining because we hit $3.29 . . . we used to drive 30 to and from work, but moved into town 18 months ago... I'm only 4 miles from work now. What a difference! The fill-ups are still high, but I'm doing it once a month now...
In my retirement mode, I am barely using a tank of gas per month in my R32. Therefore the price increases are really not much of a factor for me. We just bought a new Accord with a V6 that shuts down up to 3 cylinders for economy. We haven't driven it on the interstate yet since we just bought it Monday, but they claim it will get around 30mpg. I guess the first time we will find out is when we drive to Mobile for the forum cruise.
That is a tricked-out R32! They don't come with turbos though. Mine is computer limited to 130mph, and is supposed to go 0-60 in 6.5 seconds or so. The all-wheel drive and all the other traction and stability junk makes the R stay pretty glued to the road though. It does have a F1 type launch control which will light it up pretty fast. Here are the specs.
Back in my motorcycle days, when I was younger I picked up a Kawasaki 900 Ninja with dual stage NOS somboby else had tricked out before I got it. I got it dirt cheap and figured I'd sell it but wanted to enjoy my little rocket before I did. Trip a little toggle and the horn button dumped an extra 50+ HP into the bike in less than a second. I ran her up to 5th gear on the I-10 causway to New Orleans but couldn't bring myself to hit the button. I was doing 165 at the time and that was enough to make me pucker. Sold the bike right after the trip and never touched the button. I've always wondered about the rush of adreneline I missed out on because of cold feet.
I was quite the Kawasaki fan for most of my biker life. I had a string of KZ whatevers, and then I had a GPz550 in both their first and second years, a GPz750, and then a Ninja 600R. The 600R was impressive. It was the first bike I took up to 130 or so. That was the last time I did that. I then moved on to Harley and a more laid back riding style, but even that got too hazardous for my tastes.
Was always a Suzuki fan in my dirt/mountain bike days. That last time I was on a bike gas was 55 cents. I heard on the news they are supposed to start mailing the stimulus checks Monday. The first ones will be to Social numbers that end in 00-09.
I rode dirt bikes in the early 70's when I was in the Marines. This was in eastern NC. I remember when the first Suzuki RM125 came out. It was unbeatable in the right hands, although the Honda Elsinore was superior. Suzuki had to modify the RM about mid-way through the year to make it more competitive.