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cbr6rr 10-10-2011 05:23 PM

selling car for a bike;; advice plz
Hello. I am a new rider and received my certificate from a safety course last July. Right now I have a car which is my main use of transportation to go to work and back home about 20-30 min each way (in LA area). I currently do not have any use for the car anymore (its a small suv) like carrying big items or carpooling etc. so i was thinking about selling it to get a used motorcycle.

But before i begin planning to sell it, I wanted to list some thoughts on the pros and cons but so far can only come up with:

- not being able to load big stuff around when needed
- cant drive in the rain
- cant take long trips (as I have family that i visit frequently and lives almost 2 hours north)
- more dangerous

and the pros:
- more mpg (although my car still gets a solid 24-25 mpg)
- getting through traffic quicker especially during rush hour
- easier to maintain
- riding the bike itself and enjoying it

are there any other things i should be keeping in mind if i plan to do this? also if i sold my car i could at most get $5000 while the KBB for it is $ 4,600. i think id have enough for a used bike and some equipment to start out with so money wouldnt be a problem.

Easy Rider 2 10-10-2011 07:59 PM


Originally Posted by cbr6rr (Post 267873)
so i was thinking about selling it to get a used motorcycle.

For most people, that is a BAD move......especially for a new rider.

Best to get a cheap, small used bike to get your riding skills up to par first and then consider selling the car later.

Not only is rain a problem, so is fog, smog, dust, bugs, darkness and idiots on the freeway (lots of them). How much do you go out at night ?? Your riding risk factors go up about 10X when it's dark out.

cbr6rr 10-11-2011 12:45 PM

i only go out at night during some weekends.

iwas wondering about bugs and if they really are a problem. do you get your gear dirty from dead bugs etc. after a 20-30 min ride?

as i mentioned i live in LA so i was going to use public transportation when needed. another reason i wanted to sell my vehicle was that it is 10 years old and problems are starting to develop. i dont want to spend any more money on it than i already have (new cat converter, timing belt, might have to replace motor mounts) so i thought getting a bike would be simpler in terms of maintenance.

call me ****y but i feel i can handle all the crazy drivers on the freeway. i have very high awareness while driving and find myself avoiding collisions with other drivers through their faults, and good at staying away from drivers that seem "unpredictable".

are there anyone that has done this before and something you missed the most from having a car or regretted doing?

12er 10-11-2011 01:55 PM

The money you save on gas gets eaten up by frequent maintenance and tires, possibly insurance depending on you and your bike of choice. A knock over can cost more than your starter bike is worth often. Ride because you want to, not because you believe you'll save $$$.

trenttheuncatchable 10-11-2011 02:34 PM

Owning a bike in Los Angeles is awesome. However! Get a bike in addition to a car. Think of them as separate issues entirely, even if they're not. Fix your car problem pretending that motorcycles don't exist. And save your money for a small used bike and the gear to go with it.

Don't worry about getting gear dirty from bugs. Wear a full-face helmet so that if a bug hits your helmet, it hits your face shield instead of your face. Another reason you wear a full-face helmet is so that you're better protected when the car in front of you kicks up a rock.

cbr6rr 10-11-2011 03:38 PM

i definitely want to ride because i want to, saving money just seemed like another benefit for me. i feel that if i do happen to buy a used bike while still owning my car, i will just have it sitting on the driveway while the value depreciates from its already low point.

i am however just brainstorming some ideas and "what ifs" to be prepared in the future inc ase i do swap my car for a bike. at the moment it seems like a good idea to keep the car for a bit longer, but i just hate having to keep pushing back till i get a bike and start getting some road experience.

thanks for the input everyone;;

Easy Rider 2 10-11-2011 08:34 PM


Originally Posted by cbr6rr (Post 267927)
call me ****y but i feel i can handle all the crazy drivers on the freeway.

I don't know what word got blanked out but I call that a pretty stupid statement to you don't even know how to handle yourself on a bike yet. :rolleyes:

Squid Killer 10-12-2011 12:20 PM

Riding in the rain isnt an issue and 2 hours isnt far.

Easy Rider 2 10-12-2011 01:57 PM


Originally Posted by Squid Killer (Post 267985)
Riding in the rain isnt an issue and 2 hours isnt far.

What ??
Do tell us more. :rolleyes:

The_AirHawk 10-12-2011 02:49 PM


Originally Posted by Easy Rider 2 (Post 267999)
What ??
Do tell us more. :rolleyes:

I believe perhaps he's referring to an Experienced Rider. With that Caveat in mind, I concur.

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