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Comments on: Cost of owning a motorcycle - An evaluation http://www.whybike.com/blog/index.php?p=150 Good question . . . I write about motorcycles and why we ride them. en Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:46:54 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=1.2.2 by: <br /> <b>Deprecated</b>: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in <b>/home/monkey2k/whybike.com/blog/wp-includes/kses.php</b> on line <b>527</b><br /> <br /> <b>Deprecated</b>: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in <b>/home/monkey2k/whybike.com/blog/wp-includes/kses.php</b> on line <b>96</b><br /> Steve Johnson http://www.whybike.com/blog/index.php?p=150#comments Mon, 26 Mar 2007 15:10:07 -0700 14714:150@http://www.whybike.com/blog
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The Cato Institute published an article several years in response to the CARB wanting to force automakers to produce more fuel efficient cars. Here&#8217;s the article: http://www.cato.org/dailys/07-01-04.html The gist of it is that as vehicles become more fuel efficient, people drive more. Hence, they really don&#8217;t save more money, and they really don&#8217;t save the environment. Because I have a motorcycle, I probably burn more gasoline than ever before, just because I spend so much time joy-riding. I imagine I&#8217;m spending more money now than I was before I started this form of recreation. And that time spent joy-riding increases the frequency by which I buy new tires and oil changes. When I was in college, I rode a 400cc Kawasaki as my only transportation, and I didn&#8217;t have much time for joy riding. It saved me a lot of money.
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The Cato Institute published an article several years in response to the CARB wanting to force automakers to produce more fuel efficient cars.

Here’s the article: http://www.cato.org/dailys/07-01-04.html

The gist of it is that as vehicles become more fuel efficient, people drive more. Hence, they really don’t save more money, and they really don’t save the environment.

Because I have a motorcycle, I probably burn more gasoline than ever before, just because I spend so much time joy-riding. I imagine I’m spending more money now than I was before I started this form of recreation. And that time spent joy-riding increases the frequency by which I buy new tires and oil changes.

When I was in college, I rode a 400cc Kawasaki as my only transportation, and I didn’t have much time for joy riding. It saved me a lot of money.

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I'&#8217;ll have to disagree with some of your extremes on your post. I purchased a 2001 250cc Honda Rebel, used, $1775. The insurance cost for me a YEAR is $190. Compare that to my 2005 Ford Ranger which full coverage insurance is $3,192 for a year. I commute on my motorcycle as much as possible, even through winter (I&#8217;m in Georgia so I can do that and I don&#8217;t mind riding around in high 20 degree weather at the coldest it gets here). I average about 1,000 miles a month commuting between full time work and school. Because of my goal of riding my motorcyle as much as possible, I dropped my truck down to liability which dropped my truck insurance down to $912/yr. The savings there are astronomical. Gear? You can have good gear for less than $1,000 bucks. You budgeted $1,000 for rain gear. All you need ia frogg togg suit which you can pick up for less than $60 bucks and I&#8217;ve gone through everthing short of a freaking hurricane with it on and come out dry as a bone. They fit over over your existing clothes. Gasoline costs are highly reduced; My truck would get 18-20 mpg and with being on a 250cc bike, I&#8217;m getting about 74mpg. Do I do more maintainence on my motorcycle than my truck? Yes. Does it cost more? Yes, but with all the money I&#8217;m saving, it&#8217;s more than made up for it and then some, and I do my own maintainence. If I can&#8217;t fix it myself, then it goes to a mechanic. I had to replace my rear tire already with the miles I&#8217;ve rode and that was about $150 with tire and labor. I highly believe that for anyone who can ditch 4-wheels and try to ride their motorcycle as much as possible, will definitely save a lot of money in the long run.
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I'’ll have to disagree with some of your extremes on your post. I purchased a 2001 250cc Honda Rebel, used, $1775. The insurance cost for me a YEAR is $190. Compare that to my 2005 Ford Ranger which full coverage insurance is $3,192 for a year. I commute on my motorcycle as much as possible, even through winter (I’m in Georgia so I can do that and I don’t mind riding around in high 20 degree weather at the coldest it gets here). I average about 1,000 miles a month commuting between full time work and school. Because of my goal of riding my motorcyle as much as possible, I dropped my truck down to liability which dropped my truck insurance down to $912/yr. The savings there are astronomical. Gear? You can have good gear for less than $1,000 bucks. You budgeted $1,000 for rain gear. All you need ia frogg togg suit which you can pick up for less than $60 bucks and I’ve gone through everthing short of a freaking hurricane with it on and come out dry as a bone. They fit over over your existing clothes. Gasoline costs are highly reduced; My truck would get 18-20 mpg and with being on a 250cc bike, I’m getting about 74mpg. Do I do more maintainence on my motorcycle than my truck? Yes. Does it cost more? Yes, but with all the money I’m saving, it’s more than made up for it and then some, and I do my own maintainence. If I can’t fix it myself, then it goes to a mechanic. I had to replace my rear tire already with the miles I’ve rode and that was about $150 with tire and labor.

I highly believe that for anyone who can ditch 4-wheels and try to ride their motorcycle as much as possible, will definitely save a lot of money in the long run.

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I agree, owning and riding a motorcycle will save you tons of money compared to any 4-wheeled automobile. For the past two years I owned and operated a Venox 250cc motorbike, and my weekly gas bill was $1.78 (8 mile commute daily). I used the bike for all of my non-shopping commutes (like work, going to a movie, or visiting friends)&#8230; people tend to forget that the wear and tear on a motorcycle is much different than a car, as well as &#8217;stop-n-go&#8217; commuting&#8230; a car will suffer much more from city traffic than a bike will do because of it weight, and the amount of stress put on the engine and moving parts to get a 1-ton car to move from rest. Other things like servicing a bike are generally easier and less expensive. There&#8217;s less that can break! I will probably own and operate a motorbike for the rest of my able life because of the cost savings and sure fun of it.
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I agree, owning and riding a motorcycle will save you tons of money compared to any 4-wheeled automobile. For the past two years I owned and operated a Venox 250cc motorbike, and my weekly gas bill was $1.78 (8 mile commute daily). I used the bike for all of my non-shopping commutes (like work, going to a movie, or visiting friends)… people tend to forget that the wear and tear on a motorcycle is much different than a car, as well as ’stop-n-go’ commuting… a car will suffer much more from city traffic than a bike will do because of it weight, and the amount of stress put on the engine and moving parts to get a 1-ton car to move from rest. Other things like servicing a bike are generally easier and less expensive. There’s less that can break! I will probably own and operate a motorbike for the rest of my able life because of the cost savings and sure fun of it.

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Agree a 250cc bike can save money, but don&#8217;t think my 1800cc Wing is cheaper to operate than a car
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Agree a 250cc bike can save money, but don’t think my
1800cc Wing is cheaper to operate than a car

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Can i ask why you didnt include any training cost to own a car when you need to take driving lessons?
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Can i ask why you didnt include any training cost to own a car when you need to take driving lessons?

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