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Old 07-05-2005, 12:26 PM   #21
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You're not including everything into your cost basis, are you? Are you figuring insurance and depreciation as well?



2005 Ford Explorer, 15k/year



Gas per year (@$2.20/gal, 15mpg)=2200

Insurance, full coverage: $1000

Depreciation, per year (Fords depreciate like melting ice cream!)= $2000

Maint., per year= (roughly)=$500



total per year: $5700



2005 KLR 650:

Gas per year (@$2.20/gal, 50mpg)=660

Insurance, full coverage: $300

Depreciation, per year (They're $5200 new and will always be worth at least $1500 as long as they are running! I figured you'd keep it for 5 years)= $720

Maint., per year= (roughly- I figured 4 minor services, one major, one new chain and sprockets and 3 sets of tires)=$1800



total per year: $3480



That's if maintaining an SUV is as cheap as I guessed.



But what if gas goes to $3.50/gallon? (and it could!)



Ford: $7000

KLR: $3870



Of course, we can't ride our bikes year round. But motorcycles make economic sense, especially if you purchase and plan for economy. Most of us don't. I wouldn't have bought my Triumph if that were the case, but a KLR or an older Honda Nighthawk.
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Old 07-05-2005, 12:41 PM   #22
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Y-U-M-M-Y!!! Some mighty good lookin' and interesting bikes there.
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Old 07-05-2005, 01:04 PM   #23
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I'm not sure that's so much better.
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Old 07-05-2005, 01:20 PM   #24
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reminds me of Yamaha SDR from the 80's



http://www.2tausend1.de/motors/norma...DR200-1987.jpg

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Old 07-05-2005, 02:06 PM   #25
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Kool! They don't make them like that anymore.
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Old 07-05-2005, 02:12 PM   #26
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People out there would be surprised if they analyzed all the costs associated with motorcycle ownership vs. automobile ownership. The July issue of Motorcycle Consumer News contained a VERY interesting analysis of a Ford F150 vs. a Suzuki Bergman scooter (IMHO, a motorcycle wouldn't be that much different in this analysis). This rather simple analysis basically consisted of insurance, toll fees, and maintenance by the author. The bottom line is that the author (Greg Warne) saved $4,308 per year in So. CA. (based on a gas price of $2.20 per gallon) and calculated that the savings would be almost $1,000 more if gas was $3.00 per gallon! If you included depreciation (smartly pointed out by Gabe), the savings would increase even more. This is something the "average" person should seriously consider.
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Old 07-05-2005, 02:15 PM   #27
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Oops! My mistake. It wasn't a Ford F150, it was an Expedition. My apologies.
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Old 07-05-2005, 03:28 PM   #28
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Funny, in my issue it's an Explorer.



I think the savings would be even bigger for an Expedition (12-13mpg vs. 16mpg for the Explorer.)

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Old 07-05-2005, 03:59 PM   #29
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Nothing. It's just broke in is all! LOL
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Old 07-05-2005, 04:28 PM   #30
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did anyone catch the ducati article when you scroll about 2/3rds the way down?



ROFLMAO.

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