I never thought I’d be doing this, but yesterday I found myself trying to hyper-mileage my 2006 Dodge Magnum SRT8. There I was in a 425 hp, 170 mph hot rod wagon trying to shift before the tachometer reached 2500 rpm. It’s ridiculous I know, but after paying just over $60.00 for a premium tank of fuel just a few minutes earlier, my thought was that I wanted it to last. At the station by my house premium fuel was $4.01 per gallon, and I’ll be honest, it’s getting to the point where it’s starting to hurt. I’m also finding myself doing things that I’ve never done before. For instance, I just purchased new tires for my Maggie, but instead of going with a full-on max performance summer tire with a low tread rating, I instead opted for a max-performance all season, with a treadwear rating of 540AA or 50,000 miles. First off there’s less rolling resistance and secondly, they won’t be bologna skins after 15,000 miles.
When it comes to cars I was always the guy that said, “Screw it! I’ll pay what I need to pay!”, however that’s becoming harder and harder to do these days. Don’t get me wrong, I won’t be trading in my uber wagon just yet, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t notice the financial hit. I know we’ve talked about it, but some sources are saying that fuel may exceed $4.50 per gallon by the end of the summer. Honestly, if that happens, I’ll be running out to buy a used motorcycle and parking everything else. So… anyone got a used Kawasaki KLR 650 for sale?