Want to save money? Don't buy a motorcycle

With gas prices at the level they are, many of you might be considering buying a motorcycle to save a bit of money. While it's true that you can get enough performance to crush even the fastest super cars, while getting Toyota Prius gas mileage, the true cost of motorcycle ownership might startle you.
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First start with yourself. As a motorcyclist, at the very least, you're going to need a helmet, jacket, gloves and boots. Don't think that's necessary? Look at yourself in the mirror. Look at how squishy you are. The fact that you're 80% water means you're essentially a water balloon. We all know what happens to them. Not convinced? Well try this: strip down naked, run as fast as you can down the road, and throw yourself on the ground. Hurts, doesn't it? All that road rash will sting for a few days (or months if it's at motorcycle speed). Figure on spending around $600 for a decent mid-level protective gear set.

As far as the bikes themselves are concerned, motorcycles require replacement maintenance parts far more frequently than cars do. Neglecting maintenance on your motorcycle is like being a professional sky-diver and forgetting to take care of your parachute, or forgetting to feed your 6000 pound pet tiger, who sleeps in your bed.

While a car usually needs new tires every 30-50 thousand miles, most sporting motorcycles will wear out their tires in around six thousand miles, with ten thousand miles as an extreme before the belts are showing. Name brand tires will normally cost you $300 or more installed, or roughly $.05 per mile.

The drive-chain which connects the transmission to the rear wheel, lasts around 15 thousand miles. The sprockets should be changed when the chain is replaced since the sprockets wear with the chain. The cost of a good name-brand chain and equal quality sprockets will be in the neighborhood of $250, or roughly $.017 per mile.

Changing the oil in a motorcycle is important because the oil in most motorcycles lubricates not only the engine, but the transmission and the clutch as well. Because the oil gets smashed up in the transmission and because it collects clutch matter as well as engine debris, changing the oil is done quite often. Two thousand miles is the normal interval for most motorcyclists. This comes at a cost of $50 or so, or roughly $.025 per mile.

The engine on your motorcycle will probably need to have its valves adjusted every 15 thousand miles or so. The average cost is $300 to get it done at the dealer. Hopefully you can do this yourself in an afternoon. If not, you will have to add a cost per mile of $.02.

The total price is $.11 per mile of just absolute basic maintenance. Taking a trip to Miami from Tampa? a 600 mile round trip will cost you $66 in maintenance alone. Fancy a two day, 1000 mile trip to the Grand Canyon? That will cost you $110 in maintenance alone.

Most sporting motorcycles these days are so mind blowingly fast that if you twist the throttle, it'll take your brain a while to catch up to the speed. By the time your brain does, you're already in a completely different zip code. A motorcycle truly is a two wheeled teleportation machine that can achieve MPG in the high 30's, but you will pay for it my friends, one way or another you will.


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Comments

Hello! You forgot the fun factor!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That makes up for any extra cost. Life is short. Enjoy it!
If you dont ride a Harley then your not really riding. Charlie also has no clue what he is talking about and he probably doesnt even have a bike.Harley require zero maintenance because there american built and are done right. The only thing you have to do is change the oil once every 15k. Nothing else besides an occasional tire replacement.
Fairly accurate no matter what you're riding. If you put miles on your bike,you will open the wallet wide and often. I bring it to the dealer for everything. I do not work on my bike. 120$ an hour!!! With the big maintenance (16000) mile or 24 costing close to if not over 1000$ . I ride a honda. It has gotten to the point to where I can no longer afford to own and ride.
I do about half of my bike maintenance myself. My bike shop is run by a fantastic mechanic who is not only savvy about bikes, he is reliable, fast and charges $40.00 an hour. Oh, did I say he is FAST too ? My last electronic black-box problem took him FIFTEEN MINUTES to diagnose and repair [ a quarter of an hour's worth of labor ]. When I travel in Netherlands, Germany, Italy and France, gasoline prices are higher than here. Today [ 10/10/2018 ] gasoline costs 1.57 EUROS PER LITER or 6.89 USD PER GALLON !!! Now, if you rent an ENZO [ Ferrari ] to drive in BELLA ITALIA, this hypercar gets 8 mpg. Gas cost; ROME-to-PARIS is around 226.00 USD ONE WAY !!! My HARLEY STREET gets ( 47.3 mpg average ). You do the math ! Buying an ENZO today sets you back THREE MILLION USD, while a 1943 air-worthy BOEING-STEARMAN PT-17 would set you back only SEVENTY THOUSAND and it is a heck or a lot "cooler" [ literally since it is an open cockpit biplane ] and gas consumption is ~12.5 MILES PER GALLON at a cruising speed of 95 mph and a service ceiling of 13,200 feet where the scenery is much more impressive than less than 2 METERS off the ground in an ENZO. Bottom line? If your Soul does not SING the first time you Pilot a MOTORCYCLE [ or an OPEN COCKPIT BIPLANE ] you have no idea what you are talking about when you criticize those who DO ! So you should remain SILENT !!!
You obviously do not have the SOUL of a Biker. SOUL? I stop riding here in the Northern Midwest when the snow flies thick or the air temp drops below MINUS TWENTY degrees Fahrenheit. Simple maintenance even 16K mile work is not hard. Start doing your own wrenching. Or, I'll give you FIFTY BUCKS to take your HONDA off your hands :-) My girlfriend rides the AUTOBAHN every day to grad school ( Physics ) on her S1000RR MOTORSPORT EDITION BMW. She recently sold her car and rides her BEEMER exclusively.. At 250 kph she says nothing can compare.

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