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Old 10-11-2012, 02:00 PM   #21
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Old 10-11-2012, 02:18 PM   #22
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I like how the guy talks. Straight shooter. If you gonna put 20-30k miles over the next few months, might as well start with something's already go some miles on it. VFRs are veru comfy. You don't want a sit up straight bike for mostly hwy. Need a little bend to counter the wind.
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2500 for that vfr looks like a good deal if you like yellow. i dont on that particular bike but still it is a good deal especially if you have painting skills
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Old 10-11-2012, 02:40 PM   #25
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looks like a good deal. My 98 VFR has 45K mi and still runs great (after some minor maintenance after sitting for a few years) If I was looking for a street project I would pick it up myself.
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That's a good deal, I had been thinking about a viffer in the back of my mind.
I am not worried about resale value, I try to put as many miles on bikes as I can for as long as I own them. And while I realize the argument of "It would take x number of years/miles to offset the benefit of a bike's fuel economy", well combined with the fuel economy, free tolls (back in the 90's) and mileage reimbursement for commutes longer than 25 miles I was able to offset the purchase price my XJ550 in less than a year and then began making money on it riding it to Conroe & back, so this should pay for itself even quicker. Quick google map search turns up 118 miles one way from here to there.
At $0.55 miles>25 = 93 miles x $.55 = $51.15 each way. For a bike averaging 45mpg = 2.6 gallons @ $4.00 (premium) = $10.48 each way.
Net a little over $40 each way,
$81.32/day
a little over $406 per week.
That's just my mileage reimbursement, comparing it to the cost of taking the Jeep instead;
Compare that to my Jeep @ 15mpg, which works out to eating up $27.53 in gas each way leaving only $23.62,
$47.23/day
just over $236/week so roughly half.
Plus the jeep already has 185,000 miles on it, this kind of commuting will kill it quick.
So, $406 - $236 = $170 profit per week riding the bike versus the Jeep. Smart money.
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Come sit on my versys and tell me what you want between your legs for a long ride.
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Come sit on my versys and tell me what you want between your legs for a long ride.
Ive been on Navigator's (Carl) Its a nice bike no doubt and he loved it. But the suspension and seat of the 500 is more comfy.

Its like a caddy with a v6.... slightly low on power but comfy as lol
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my bike runs on regular, per the manual, so you can reduce your fuel costs...unless you like premium.
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my bike runs on regular, per the manual, so you can reduce your fuel costs...unless you like premium.
Ran regular in my Harley's, premium in my Ducati's. I would just as soon prepare for higher cost fuel just in case. If I get a bike which doesn't require it, less cost is all the better for me.
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Ive been on Navigator's (Carl) Its a nice bike no doubt and he loved it. But the suspension and seat of the 500 is more comfy.

Its like a caddy with a v6.... slightly low on power but comfy as lol
Ok fair enough. Bikes are like women, everyone likes to ride something different.
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Ok fair enough. Bikes are like women.
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BTW, I have never put anything but 87 in my bikes.
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Ninja 650r would be my suggestion... a little cheaper than the sv560s, can tune the bar height for $60 if you don't like completely upright, or get a double bubble/touring sheild if you do. Maintenance has been cheap, and my 2007 has gone 26k miles without ANY issues.

Seriously, have you looked at the costs to commute that far?

I mean, spending 4hrs+ a day commuting is up to you, but I'd bet you could near pay off your lease with the gas and maintenance you're gonna need. Don't walk out, ask them about breaking it with pay-off.. maybe paying a month or 2. Then again, I don't know what your aggreement says, or what you pay.

Out of curiousity....
2-2.5hrs each way (i'd veto on 5hr of daily commute alone... but i like my sleep)
125miles each way.

5day week = 1250 miles a week = 25 gallons (@50mpg) a week = $87.50 (@$3.50gal). near $400 a month in gas alone.
$50 in oil changes every 3 weeks (you'd be 750miles late)
New tires within every 2months (assume ~10miles)

That could all come to $550 a month... without counting for plugs/valve check/chains/ etc. I'm not sure how long you really plan to do this... just seems like it sure would add up.
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If the OP can get reimbursement for the mileage, that would make a difference. I have never heard of getting reimbursed for long commutes, but every company's policies are different.

118 miles one way is a LONG commute. Personally, I'd still rather spend that commute time doing something else. But whatever works for you I guess.
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If the OP can get reimbursement for the mileage, that would make a difference. I have never heard of getting reimbursed for long commutes, but every company's policies are different.

118 miles one way is a LONG commute. Personally, I'd still rather spend that commute time doing something else. But whatever works for you I guess.
Again my lease ends in January, after which I have already begun making arrangements with a friend who owns some homes up in Cypress, so this would be a couple month long long commute, followed by a shorter (but still 60+ miles) after that. Its not worth it to risk my credit to break a lease with two months to go. Although my credit is already a wreck.
And one of the stipulations of my acceptance of this offer was mileage reimbursement, its either that or the company pays to move me to College Station, so they chose mileage. Besides, this project will end in 15 months and then I should be back working in Houston proper. In the meantime, I can justify a big boy bike again as opposed to the tiddlers I have now.
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the ninja 500 is the best choice for your operations maintenace wise and everything as the posters above have suggested. The Katana needs valve adjustments ever 7,500 miles. The 650 is a higher priced bike.

You can get a 500 for next to nothing. Put some synthetic or rotella in the bike and run it for a long period of time doing these highway commutes just fine.
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