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Rising fuel prices = free bike? - June 3, 2008, 11:37 PM

I'm starting to think that getting my F4i was one of the best decisions made, especially with fuel prices rising. The money I save from fuel pays for my bike's note.



Actually, I average around 18k miles a year, so the savings are a bit more substantial.

Now, how do I do burnouts?
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You definitely get some fuel savings. But there also are offsetting costs like tires (which will need replacing on a bike far more often than on a car), other parts that need replacing more often and, in most cases, shorter maintenance intervals on a bike. You can minimize those costs if you DIY, but it's probably a push in the end, unless you drive an H2 or some other gas guzzler.

That said, it certainly feels better to go to the pump and fill up a bike compared to a car these days.
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I have takeoffs for your bike so tires are cheap


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June 7, 2008, 02:07 AM

I would like to see anyone ride a bike through the snow days and full rain days.. or days when you need to drive someone around or carry groceries home..

some things can't be compared to just gas savings alone.


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I would like to see anyone ride a bike through the snow days and full rain days.. or days when you need to drive someone around or carry groceries home..

some things can't be compared to just gas savings alone.
I know someone who does all of the above... he literally only owns a motorcycle. Rides it every day all year long.


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I know someone who does all of the above... he literally only owns a motorcycle. Rides it every day all year long.
Been there, done that when I was about 20. All I had was a bike, lived fairly close to work, unlike now, and road in snow and rain.

If someone had put a motorized visor wiper on a helmet I would have bought it!

I did electrical estimating, I remember carrying plans on the back of my bike from the general contractors to the office.

Now back on topic.
My truck is diesel, 32 gallons or so, $4.89 gallon $156.48 @ 16.5mpg
The Harley 5.5 gallons (I think), $4.20 gallon $23.00 @ 40mpg
600 miles to and from work each week costs me $176.04 in the truck.
$63.00 on the bike for a savings of $113 wk or $452 month so the fuel savings alone pays the bike note then some!
The truck is paid off by the way!


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You definitely get some fuel savings. But there also are offsetting costs like tires (which will need replacing on a bike far more often than on a car), other parts that need replacing more often and, in most cases, shorter maintenance intervals on a bike. You can minimize those costs if you DIY, but it's probably a push in the end, unless you drive an H2 or some other gas guzzler.

That said, it certainly feels better to go to the pump and fill up a bike compared to a car these days.
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sorry but oil changes go til 3k and Rotella is 15 bucks at walmart. Tires?

go dumpster diving at colemans...its amazing what tires they throw out.

if you want to go cheap and save money no way in hell maintenance intervals are going to raise annual costs to Beat $1770 in Savings.

if they made a scooter that went up to 90 miles an hour and gets 100mpg...i would have bought one already.
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sorry but oil changes go til 3k and Rotella is 15 bucks at walmart. Tires?

go dumpster diving at colemans...its amazing what tires they throw out.

if you want to go cheap and save money no way in hell maintenance intervals are going to raise annual costs to Beat $1770 in Savings.

if they made a scooter that went up to 90 miles an hour and gets 100mpg...i would have bought one already.
Also if you use your bike for commuting mainly, don't get Pilot Power, M3's, etc. Get some true touring tires. They grip fine, last much longer.


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sorry but oil changes go til 3k and Rotella is 15 bucks at walmart. Tires?

go dumpster diving at colemans...its amazing what tires they throw out.

if you want to go cheap and save money no way in hell maintenance intervals are going to raise annual costs to Beat $1770 in Savings.

if they made a scooter that went up to 90 miles an hour and gets 100mpg...i would have bought one already.
Well, sure, if you're going to cheap out and pull used tires out of the garbage and such, of course it's going to be less expensive than owning a car.

But if you're going to go to those kinds of lengths, might as well throw in siphoning gas out of a neighbor's car into your own car. Problem solved!

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Try these if you commute, Mileage at least 10,000.

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Metzeler ME-880 rear ME-Z6 front looks like a good combo also.


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if you're looking for a cost effective motorcycle buy a scooter or a small cc cruiser. they get great gas mileage and the tire last for ever. they run on regular unleaded and most have driveshafts which = minimal maintenance. Plus they're comfy


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June 7, 2008, 10:04 AM

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Well, sure, if you're going to cheap out and pull used tires out of the garbage and such, of course it's going to be less expensive than owning a car.

But if you're going to go to those kinds of lengths, might as well throw in siphoning gas out of a neighbor's car into your own car. Problem solved!
Except being frugal by using takeoffs is not the same as theft....

I sold my last set of track takeoffs for $40 front and rear. They had zero street miles and were essentially brand new down the center. The new owner will get a ton of miles out of them. Not really that extreme to save money on tires. The point is you don't need to spend nearly as much on tires as most people do (if you are trying to minimize costs)


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June 9, 2008, 10:20 AM

im sure jly2k was just tryin to shine some light on the problem of gas prices and how much you save using a motorcycle..but of course someone has to post up and just CRUSH it... damn pesimist
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I guess if you assume inflated gas prices, gus guzzling car, cheap bike - most likely not a sportbike, and no maitenance costs, your estimate may work out.

Try doing your estimate with a cheap car that gets good gas mileage, like Geo Metro.

I commute on my bike to work, but mainly for easy parking and convenience. It's probably not any cheaper than a car. There are other costs I didn't foresee either; my bike has been tipped over several times now, (plastics broken/rashed up and fairing stay broken) and no one ever leaves a note.
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Where is that calculator? Too lazy to do all the math myself..


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