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Last post 07-01-2012 11:01 AM by Walt34. 9 replies.
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  • 06-20-2012 4:37 PM

    • Brandy
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    Car Vs Motorcycle

    Many of us wives have heard the argument of how much a motorcycle can save over using a car. Like we buy that's the reason you really want one, sure, you care about the great difference in costs.

    But..is there some fact to this reason for owning one? Is fuel really much less, how about insurance?

    If you are really interested in saving then this is something worth checking on.

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  • 06-21-2012 12:15 AM In reply to

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     I was on a bike like cindy was at three why dad road around in on motorcycle and yes cindy rides pretty good one one she puts some guys to shame riding one of those so can I so when we grew up dad saved alot of money going to the base alot and mom had the car in case something happened dad could not be off the flight line any time a goofie thing happens.

    So I was looking into a scooter sallybabe use to ride one of those I have to ask her how much savings she had with her bike cindy said she saved 50 percent off her bill so wonder if sally babe saved on hers.

    chrissanne
  • 06-21-2012 9:16 AM In reply to

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    I ride a scoter whenever I don't have to carry anyone else. The cost savings are huge. Insurance is only about $100 a year and I pay about $5 or $6 a week in gas. Compared to my hybrid at $35 every three weeks or $45 every week and a half in a regular car. If I was just me with no dependants I'd ride the scooter (or a motorcycle) all the time. Yu'd be surprised how much stuff you can carry on a scooter too, on the board between your feet and in the trunk!
  • 06-21-2012 9:48 AM In reply to

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    I'd say the cost difference is great.  You would have to be willing to dress appropriately for the seasons & ride in the rain if you were doing it year round.  Our neighbor drove 45 minutes one way to to work every day for years on his motorcycle.
  • 06-21-2012 1:38 PM In reply to

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    I rode a big scooter a Suzuki Burgman 400cc for over 4 years.  I loved it and it only cost $14 to fill the tank with gas and that allowed me to ride 300 kms.  The insurance was about $55 a month so nearly the same as the car which was $63 a month.  I rode purely for the pleasure and not for the savings.  Sure it saved on trips to the supermarket but having both vehicles insured did not save me anything.  If I did not have the car then yes it would have been cheaper than having a car for the same trip.  I miss it daily.

    Sally

  • 06-22-2012 9:41 PM In reply to

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    sissy:

     I was on a bike like cindy was at three why dad road around in on motorcycle and yes cindy rides pretty good one one she puts some guys to shame riding one of those so can I so when we grew up dad saved alot of money going to the base alot and mom had the car in case something happened dad could not be off the flight line any time a goofie thing happens.

    So I was looking into a scooter sallybabe use to ride one of those I have to ask her how much savings she had with her bike cindy said she saved 50 percent off her bill so wonder if sally babe saved on hers.

     

    sissy I was on a bike way before you were born kiddo I even ride now and then but me Im out because it may save money in the long run maybe not its because I want a big one so I can get the indorcement and take a trip some place anywhere but here..I know a friend saves alot on hers but she rides a little one to get back and fourth to work thats where the savings is at but knowing my luck Im going to get hit by a crow or a sea gull.

     

  • 06-22-2012 11:03 PM In reply to

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    From what I have seen, insurance depends on the bike, a fully loaded Harley is going to cost as much, if not more than a car.  A stripped down basic import might be close in costs (parts are expensive since many of those factories were ruined in the tusanami).  A scooter is very reasonable.

    Gas costs is like night and day.  Definately a savings!  Walt could really fill you in on the details as I am sure he has it all figured out.  I know he rides his bike during good weather and drives his truck in bad weather or winter.  he could give you specifics on the difference.

  • 06-23-2012 7:28 AM In reply to

    • Walt34
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    Re: Car Vs Motorcycle

    It depends on the type of motorcycle. A Honda or Suzuki 250 cc bike is definitely going to be cheaper to own/insure than a car, but a recent-year used Harley Road King costs a lot more than a new Honda Fit to buy and insure, and gets less gas mileage. On a strictly cost basis the break-even point is probably about the 650 cc size bike. Bigger than that and one might as well start looking at small used cars.

    Also take into consideration the weather where you live. Where I am the bike pretty much stays in the garage three months out of the year. Not practical if one is planning to use it for commuting.

    Officially Recognized Stretchpert in Money Management
  • 06-25-2012 11:46 PM In reply to

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    I definitely understand the allure of a motorcycle. The savings in gas is a huge plus especially these days with gas costs rising literally everyday and I hear driving a motorcycle on a beautiful Spring day is absolutely amazing. But, as I'm sure others have pointed out, they are just not practical as your sole means of transportation. I never understood what motorcyclists do in the rain. I'm assuming they have to pull over and just get soaked until the rain subsides. And if you're in my neck of the woods, you CANNOT ride it from November to March. If you're looking to save money, but need to get yourself to and fro, I suggest getting a used car from a dependable source like Hertz Car Sales or from a private owner as long as they have detailed information of the car's background. To me, motorcycles are more of a splurge, something you get down the rode in addition to a car. 

    T.J.
  • 07-01-2012 11:01 AM In reply to

    • Walt34
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    TJMitas:

    I never understood what motorcyclists do in the rain. I'm assuming they have to pull over and just get soaked until the rain subsides. And if you're in my neck of the woods, you CANNOT ride it from November to March.

    The hard-core motorcyclists can and will ride in almost any weather. I read of one who rode across Canada in the winter! The only thing that stops people like that is deep snow.

    Others buy rain gear and heated suits to ride in but those require a bike with an electrical system strong enough to carry the additional load. At 250cc bike will not do for that. I can ride mine for 30 minutes in 25 degree F weather with the gear I have, which is not heated. For an hour or more the temperature limit is 40-45 F. But if there is snow melt with the accompanying risk of ice I will not ride.

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