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Old 05-31-2006, 04:31 AM   #11
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For many of us bike insurance is far cheaper than auto... $120 vs $700 in my case. We buy used bikes which avoids the severe depreciation and using high mileage tyres reduces the differential of the cost of car tyres. I also do most of my own maintenance.



I coud run all the figures, but at current gas prices I save at least a grand a year by riding my bike rather than driving my truck. And that's figuring a 7 month riding season in northern Utah. I have actual need for a 4x4 so switching from my truck to a VW TDI Diesel is not an option.



A friend of mine has a Golf TDI diesel and gets over 50mpg regularly. That's the way to go over those hybrids IMHO.
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Old 05-31-2006, 04:32 AM   #12
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Old 05-31-2006, 05:25 AM   #13
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Yeah, yeah, yeah. Kind of obvious, isn't it?



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Old 05-31-2006, 05:30 AM   #14
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Do you put a car tire on the back?
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Old 05-31-2006, 05:35 AM   #15
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cars also need insurance, maintenance, and tires. And they depreciate. Plus, they generally get worse MPG than a bike. So where are those savings disappearing to again?

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Old 05-31-2006, 05:39 AM   #16
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I wanted to put those purple neon lights on it but I found out that you bought all the left coast stock for your Geezerglide.



At least, that's what your girlfriend told me while I was banging her on a dirty mattress under a bridge.
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Old 05-31-2006, 06:05 AM   #17
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Was she good cuz I haven't seen her in a few months?
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Old 05-31-2006, 06:16 AM   #18
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Well don't look in my garage then...



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Old 05-31-2006, 06:29 AM   #19
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Agreed, but also for other reasons. I don't think motorcycling should be taken lightly. As someone with both dealership and teaching experience (MSF), there are already far too many people getting into the sport who treat riding without much respect to the potential dangers. I'm not sure that Joe Cheapo actually adds to the fray, except for just increasing the physical numbers. And while I can appreciate the implications on the business end and the swelling of our ranks, on a personal level I don't agree. Maybe if we had the stricter licensing requirements of some of our European counterparts I would think differently.
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Old 05-31-2006, 06:41 AM   #20
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Ah, one could easily need to spend $250 on tires every 6,000 - 8,000 miles (yes, maybe more infrequently/less money for touring types but perhaps more frequently/more money for sporty types) compared to automotive tire changes every 35,000 miles and easily more money on more frequent and expensive oil changes (yes, I'm assuming bike specific oil and factory filters). I would personaly add other things including riding gear and lots of it if you are serious and ride throughout the year. Spark plugs every 7,500, chain and sprockets every 14,000, air filters, etc, etc. Get the idea? The first service (5,000 miles) on my new Scion cost us $16 which included oil and filter, tire rotation and 29 point check and fluid fill. OK, the first 3 oil changes are free, but the maintence intervals are every 5,000 miles and involve mostly what I just said for a very, very long time. Also, most of us spend a lot for "things" for our bike. I guess you could assume Joe Milk Crate, NIghthawk rider for example purposes here, but much of what I said still holds true. In sum, I personaly think that short term, week to week expenses will seem better but that much of it is negated over the course of time.
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