Some Drivers Ditching Gas Guzzlers For Motorcycles Amid Record Gas Prices

It's a pretty big travel weekend as a lot of people hit the highways to see friends and loved ones for Easter.

Others say they just can't afford it.

And with the national average for gas getting close to $4 a gallon, News 3 discovered how some local drivers are switching out their gas guzzlers for something more economical.

It's time for a change for Jodie Penn of College Station.

"I was always getting from point a to point b really fast," said Penn.

Driving 40 miles each way to Brenham for work has him constantly filling up his 1979 Pontiac Trans Am.

"It cost me 50 bucks a day to putt around and go from here to Brenham so it got expensive real fast... I decided to trade my classic in and go from eight miles a gallon to 45 and this time I was going to do it with a Harley," he said.

Aside from the thrill of the open road the thought of filling up for only $10 to $15 has motorcycle sales moving swiftly.

He came here to make a trade at Independence Harley-Davidson in College Station where springtime business is blossoming.

"Take myself for example, you've got a truck that's gonna have a 25 gallon fuel tank, you're gonna be close to a $100 to fill it up. I can take my motorcycle and spend $5 in filling it up and it's going to last me for about three weeks out of the month," said Jeremy Hymer, the sales manager at Independence Harley-Davidson.

Hymer said they are looking at adding more motorcycles because demand is higher than their current supply.

They range from $9,000 to over $30,000.

"What we've found is that after, if you drive that motorcycle 50 percent of the time it can pay for half of that motorcycle loan payment," Hymer added.

Rusty Gottula of League City came up to College Station for Easter weekend with the family and he says he's holding onto to his SUV even though it costs him about about $80 to fill up right now.

"Probably only going to get worse so you know save your money where you can and pay what you have to. If you have to pay it you have to pay it," said Gottula.

For Jodie Penn, he'll be taking his new wheels to Fort Worth for Easter and while maybe burning rubber, won't be burning as much fuel.

"I'll just be able to put it back in the bank man and just be nice to have some cushion instead of friggin' just spending it all on gas. It's just a headache," said Penn.

And that headache may not have relief in sight anytime soon.

If you think it's hard to swallow prices here listen to this;

AAA says the current California average is $4.28 a gallon.

Hawaii has the most expensive at $4.61.

And to find the best deal on gas you have to drive to Wyoming where regular is going for $3.60.

Here in Texas the latest average is $3.84 a gallon.

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