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Wed Oct 06, 2021 7:36 pm linkquote
Inflation
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Wed Oct 06, 2021 9:12 pm linkquote
BD, do you prounounce that "maid-stone" or "maids-tin"?
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Wed Oct 06, 2021 10:45 pm linkquote
Maid Stone as in a stone that belongs to a Maid.

Famous for not very much.
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Thu Oct 07, 2021 11:44 am linkquote
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If you look on a map of the UK look for the county of Kent and I'm bang in the middle in a town called Maidstone.

I'm an hour away from France but here's the irony. The closest 3 or 4 service stations on the other side have really expensive gas because they know that people aren't going to go looking for cheaper fuel.
(...)
Kent is really close.

I can imagine that these guys at the other side see the business opportunity.

Just a question out of interest: since october 1st we need an international passport for entering the UK. Is that also needed for you in the opposite direction?
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Thu Oct 07, 2021 11:58 am linkquote
Fudmucker wrote:
In South Africa, the fuel price is regulated by the Department of Minerals and Energy.
It is reviewed monthly.
Here is October's pricing per litre in ZA Rands:

UNLEADED:
95 - R18.34 Inland R17.62 Coast
93 - R18.15 Inland R17.63 Coast
DIESEL:
50PPM R15.52 Inland R14.92 Coast
500PPM R15.49 Inland R14.87 Coast

The difference between inland and coast are due to pipeline transport costs.

ZAR 15.05 = 1US$
ZAR 17.45 = 1Euro
ZAR 20.43 = 1GBP

Please do your own math.
It is far too depressing for me!
I did the math.

That is really cheap.

RON 95 comes to 1,051€ inland and 1,010€ coast.
50ppm diesel comes to 0,889€ inland and 0,852€ coast.
I guess these are maximum prices. Maybe in practice you will pay even a bit less?

Compare that to official maximum prices over here in BE:
RON 95: 1,647€ and diesel: 1,680€. These prices are reviewed and adjusted on a daily basis.
They are the maximum prices. In practice at the pump you will pay some 1,5€ for RON 95 or diesel.
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Thu Oct 07, 2021 12:45 pm linkquote
I remember seeing gas for $.19 a gallon in Detroit, Michigan in the summer of 1969. Was a gas war going on, stations competing for business.

But my new 1969 Pontiac GTO Ram Air convertible required Sunoco 260 at $23.9 a gallon.

I was not complaining
Thu Oct 07, 2021 1:21 pm

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Thu Oct 07, 2021 1:21 pm linkquote
Sunoco 260 is a race fuel. You mean it was $23.9 a gallon in 1969?
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Thu Oct 07, 2021 1:34 pm linkquote
You could buy it at the regular pumps back in 1969.

Yep, Sunoco 260 was $23.9 for a short time. They might have been losing money even as they tried to run other stations out of business maybe.

The price went up several cents a gallon more a few weeks later.

Was 50 years ago, hard to believe.
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Thu Oct 07, 2021 10:41 pm linkquote
Yes, a Passport to travel in Europe plus a declaration of where you are staying which can prove difficult if your destinations are multiple.

Plus PCR tests in and out.

I'm waiting for the bullshit over the declarations and tests to stop before I travel.
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Fri Oct 08, 2021 11:06 am linkquote
fried okra wrote:
You could buy it at the regular pumps back in 1969.

Yep, Sunoco 260 was $23.9 for a short time. They might have been losing money even as they tried to run other stations out of business maybe.

The price went up several cents a gallon more a few weeks later.

Was 50 years ago, hard to believe.
Indeed, that is very hard to believe.
$23,9 at that time in 1969 is today some give and take $120. Who would ever pay $120 for a gallon today?
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Fri Oct 08, 2021 11:12 am linkquote
I drew breath when I put £26.00 in the BMW for the first time then I remembered it's got a 225 mile range according to Miguel.

Can't wait to put that to the test.
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Fri Oct 08, 2021 7:40 pm linkquote
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I drew breath when I put £26.00 in the BMW for the first time then I remembered it's got a 225 mile range according to Miguel.

Can't wait to put that to the test.
Sounds like you got it serviced and ready to roll. My 2001 R110RT consistently gets 42 mpg (US miles obviously). I get 225 miles to the tank and usually fill up when the fuel gauge drops to two bars. Let us know how you first ride goes.

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Fri Oct 08, 2021 7:48 pm linkquote
Sadly the Air Cooled Boxer Tech is still booked up so it's going to be a couple of weeks until it's reborn.

To say I'm drumming my fingers is an understatement.
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Fri Oct 08, 2021 8:40 pm linkquote
Quote:
I'm bang in the middle in a town called Maidstone.
I bought my Yamaha 175 trail bike from a shop in Maidstone, owned by Paul Smart

That shop is probably long gone.
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Fri Oct 08, 2021 8:43 pm linkquote
I know Paul Smart.

Don't get him talking, you'll be there all day.

He eventually sold the shop and retired but Ducati still give him a bike every couple of years.

His son Scott now makes looms for racing bikes.
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Sat Oct 09, 2021 10:28 am linkquote
Bill Dog wrote:
Yes, a Passport to travel in Europe plus a declaration of where you are staying which can prove difficult if your destinations are multiple.

Plus PCR tests in and out.

I'm waiting for the bullshit over the declarations and tests to stop before I travel.
It is sad and it should not be like that. Switserland and Norway are also non EU members but travel is free.

Today in the newspaper an article about school visits to London.

It is a tradition here in BE that schools organize a 2-3 day cultural visit to or London, or Paris in the 5th year of high school and a 7-10 day visit to or Italy or Greece in the last year of high school (at least that is for the pupils that follow Latin course in high school). With school I visited Paris and Italy. (Italy made a big impression on me) My son went to London and Italy. My daughter to Paris and Greece.

But this year many schools decided to not organize the visit to London. Has become too difficult.
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Tue Mar 08, 2022 10:56 pm linkquote
mayorofnow wrote:
I think premium is over $5 at many of the Chevrons up here around the Bay. Arco has been hovering around $4.50 for at least a month.
7 months and one war later, I just paid $5.65 per gallon at the same Arco (one of the cheapest spots in the Bay Area). First time I've spent more than $10 on one tank.

Last night, it was $5.45. It rose 20¢ in one day, and it isn't the first time it did that since the war started.
mayorofnow wrote:
The most expensive gas I've ever purchased was in Mendocino. The locals warn you to buy gas ahead of time because Mendocino is overpriced. I thought "I ride a Vespa - how bad can it be?!"

Gas was $6.75 per gallon, when it was $3.30 in San Francisco.
Makes me wonder how far we are from Mendocino prices being standard.
jess wrote:
Looking on the bright side, the last time gas prices were really high (in 2008), MV's traffic stats hit an all-time high. I doubt we'll ever see that much traffic again, but the jury is still out on whether gas prices correspond to scooter enthusiasm.
Also makes me wonder how the composition of the streets will change. Are motos going to become more popular? Will noticeably fewer people be out recreationally? Will electric cars dominate?

All of this is compounded by the supply issues we've faced for the past couple years. Even if someone wanted to change vehicles, it's harder to find what you're looking for now than typically.
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Wed Mar 09, 2022 2:22 am linkquote
That is still relatively cheap. In the Netherlands we have to pay 9.37 $ per gallon from today.
(2.48eu/liter)
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Wed Mar 09, 2022 3:00 am linkquote
It's now the equivalent of $9.56 dollars per gallon here in the UK

Luckily I only live a couple of miles from work and use my bicycle
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Wed Mar 09, 2022 5:19 am linkquote
Filling up the moto was double digit dollars for the first time yesterday. I'm really glad that I've been working towards adventure and returning to car-lite/-free. I'm debating between filling up the van and "winterizing" it vs just putting in fuel as needed.

Bicycles are still scarce. I've had one on back order since last summer with no idea when it's going to be available again. The shop actually put orders on several models as both complete bikes and just framesets to increase chances for first available, but still nothing.

I know it's relatively cheap compared to elsewhere in the world, but I feel for other working class families. I picked up a siphon hose this week and I've started regularly carrying spare fuel, even on routine errands. I've helped several side-of-the-road people already and I prefer to minimize my time roadside in rush hour traffic.
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Wed Mar 09, 2022 7:51 am linkquote
Price of fuel at the Pump,

My good old USA has really let Europe and the rest of the world down.
We are knee deep in available fossil fuels and could have supplied fuel
and LP gas to everyone at a excellent price point.

I do understand and appreciate the need for Green initiatives, but, I am
afraid we slammed the door shut to fast to early and have screwed our selves
along with other nations.

Also, as a business man, we gave up run away profits from not supplying
Asia with LP natural gas. They are starved for it and it impacts their
economic development. We product the cleanest LP gas on the planet.
Just profits from this LP Asia initiative could have reduced car fuel in half
for both the USA and Europe.

We have met the enemy and it is us.

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Wed Mar 09, 2022 8:24 am linkquote
While trying to steer well clear of Politics, we in the UK are sitting on gas reserves for the next 100 years and yet we still buy natural gas from the East.

I believe that approaches are being made to Venezuela to buy crude oil from them rather to tap the US's reserves.

Interesting times when it's £7.88 a gallon over here, or $10.40 if you prefer.
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Wed Mar 09, 2022 8:50 am linkquote
For the record

Travelling into the US from the UK you need

1 An ESTA
2 Proof of Vaccination
3 Fit to Fly Covid Test
4 International Drivers Licence if the Rental Co's are on the case
5 Passport

On return

1 Passenger Locator Form
2 Passport
3 Proof of Vaccination
4 Sense of Humour when the plane blows a hydraulic line on the runway prior to take off.

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Wed Mar 09, 2022 9:53 am linkquote
Dog,

On this forum, I have promised Jess that I would stay out of politics.

I just think we made a tactical mistake in our timing of moving to renewables
The cost of fuel is eating every ones lunch on this side of the pond and we
are half the price of Europe. Joe average guy is in for a economic crap storm.

Hey, back to scooters and bicycles.

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Wed Mar 09, 2022 11:40 am linkquote
Bob Copeland wrote:
Dog,

On this forum, I have promised Jess that I would stay out of politics.

I just think we made a tactical mistake in our timing of moving to renewables
The cost of fuel is eating every ones lunch on this side of the pond and we
are half the price of Europe. Joe average guy is in for a economic crap storm.

Hey, back to scooters and bicycles.

Bob Copeland
Frost Bite Falls Minnesota
Formally staying away from politics, but there is no relation between the timing of moving to renewables and this invasion in Ukraine.
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Wed Mar 09, 2022 11:45 am linkquote
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(...)
Interesting times when it's £7.88 a gallon over here, or $10.40 if you prefer.
Why is it so high?
Here is BE it is 8,77$/gallon, and that is for diesel. Gasoline E10 is a bit cheaper: 8,4$/gallon.
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Wed Mar 09, 2022 11:51 am linkquote
Tax. Lots and lots of Tax. That and a War.
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Wed Mar 09, 2022 12:26 pm linkquote
Yesterday was the first time I've ever put over £10 ($13) worth of fuel in a Vespa. It still had 2 bars showing on the guage when I put the nozzle in.
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Wed Mar 09, 2022 2:09 pm linkquote
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Why is it so high?
Here is BE it is 8,77$/gallon, and that is for diesel. Gasoline E10 is a bit cheaper: 8,4$/gallon.
Why do you think we close-to-the-border Dutchies try to fill up in Belgium whenever we can?
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Wed Mar 09, 2022 2:18 pm linkquote
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Why do you think we close-to-the-border Dutchies try to fill up in Belgium whenever we can?
As do the French!
The extra fuel duty in the UK is high, but hasn't been increased since 2010, at ~ 58 pence IIRC. However, VAT at 20% is levied on the total cost including that fuel duty.



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Wed Mar 09, 2022 3:51 pm linkquote
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Why do you think we close-to-the-border Dutchies try to fill up in Belgium whenever we can?
When you're only getting 200km/10L on a tank anyway (e.g. on a Vespa), it would have to be quite the difference to justify going out of your way.
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Wed Mar 09, 2022 4:05 pm linkquote
Just dropped my car off to get serviced and the nearby gas station was $6.19 for regular and $6.49 for premium. But San Diego is always more expensive than the rest of the state.

What's really crazy is that I filled my car up at Costco less than a week ago and it was $4.49 for regular. The jump in less than a week is unbelievable!
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Wed Mar 09, 2022 5:12 pm linkquote
There was a time–I think it was about two years or so into my ownership of Melody–where I was getting some change back from a tenner when filling up around two gallons (and this was at Costco), when there was also an upward blip in gas prices, due in part to a refinery issue (flooding in Louisiana, I believe). Up until our most-recent calamity, there have been various reasons for prices waxing and waning, the general oil supply being at the bottom of the list.

In spite of Le Wife's car* being relatively thrifty with a gallon of gas, she agrees that Thelonica didn't arrive a moment too soon.

(* A 2013 Honda CR-V, which also has a name: Harriet.)


Melody Gassing Up, 2019. There weren't many Vespas in these parts back then. Things have changed.

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Wed Mar 09, 2022 5:26 pm linkquote
Filling up and leaving the pet carrier flush with the fuel opening. Living dangerously.
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Wed Mar 09, 2022 6:36 pm linkquote
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Filling up and leaving the pet carrier flush with the fuel opening. Living dangerously.
Yeah, 'twas a few more months - and a spill or three - before I got hip to the gas-cap trick.
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Wed Mar 09, 2022 6:42 pm linkquote
lucymae13 wrote:
Just dropped my car off to get serviced and the nearby gas station was $6.19 for regular and $6.49 for premium. But San Diego is always more expensive than the rest of the state.

What's really crazy is that I filled my car up at Costco less than a week ago and it was $4.49 for regular. The jump in less than a week is unbelievable!
I paid $6.69 for premium fill up my BMW MC yesterday with 5-ish gallons ($36) and it's not a Chevron which always seems to have the most expensive gas.

OTOH, my Ebike gets the equivalent to 800 mpg. Fuel cost is about $0.25/fill up, about 50 miles per charge. I LOVE my ebike. It's my most used vehicle by far.
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What you put in your BMW ($36) I put in my BMW in £'s which means I paid $47.50.

It didn't matter because I rode like a demon yesterday.
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Wed Mar 09, 2022 10:16 pm linkquote
The good news in all of this is that finally driving my very old Volvo somewhere is getting more expensive than running to the same place (yes, running shoes are expensive).

Logic is finally returning!
Wed Mar 09, 2022 10:42 pm

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Location: San Francisco
 
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Location: San Francisco
Wed Mar 09, 2022 10:42 pm linkquote
lucymae13 wrote:
The jump in less than a week is unbelievable!
Arco has gone from $5.45 to $5.65 to $5.85 in three consecutive days. 20¢ per day changes don't seem sustainable, yet they keep happening. I wonder what the local maximum will be - $1.40 per gallon per week would be an unheard-of change.
Wed Mar 09, 2022 11:55 pm

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Location: The Netherlands
 
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Posts: 188
Location: The Netherlands
Wed Mar 09, 2022 11:55 pm linkquote
mayorofnow wrote:
When you're only getting 200km/10L on a tank anyway (e.g. on a Vespa), it would have to be quite the difference to justify going out of your way.
I don't see many scooters doing that, but when filling up a 70l gas tank, people see a pretty fair benefit!
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