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Old 06-03-2008, 10:34 AM   #1
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Arrow Who REALLY saves by riding? I do! Now with numbers.

I want to discuss this.
My bike really does save me a lot of money. Here's the breakdown of my car vs my bike.

Monthly mileage - 2500 miles.
Price of gallon today $3.85

Car - 1986 Toyota MR2.
MPG - 28 on a good day
Insurance - $75 monthly
Oil change - $28

So using my car for a month to get to work and back I spend
(2500/28) X $3.85 + $75 + $28 = $446.75


Bike - 2005 Ninja 250.
MPG - 67mpg (I get 200miles out of 3 gallons every time)
Insurance - $10 monthly
Oil change - $34

So using my car for a month to get to work and back I spend
(2500/67) X $3.85 + $10 + $34 = $187.65

That, folks is $260 saved a month! Will be a lot more once gas goes up another dollar.

Car is parked, insurance on it suspended and is for sale in the appropriate forum section.
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Forgot to factor in cost of the bike.
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Old 06-03-2008, 10:37 AM   #4
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Forgot to factor in cost of the bike.
Not really applicable here. Most of us already have one. Even at that it will pay for itself in less than a year.
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Not I! I go round and round w/o going anywhere and smoke tires in 3-5 days depending on the location and about 10-15 gallons of fuel per day. WTF is wrong with me?
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Old 06-03-2008, 10:37 AM   #6
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Old 06-03-2008, 10:37 AM   #7
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Anything is maintenance. Work on a Ninja 250 is cheaper than almost any car.
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I'm sure I save some, but not that much...keep insurance on the vehicles and I normally give up a ride w/my HOV buddy in order to ride...but I guess the weeks that I'm supposed to drive I'm saving $
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Anything is maintenance. Work on a Ninja 250 is cheaper than almost any car.
really? I haven't noticed yet. At least the valve part gets me.

Tires (NOT STOCK, Pirellis) go after about 6k on the rear, if I don't have tools to mount, that factors out a lot of savings and makes me break even.
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Old 06-03-2008, 10:43 AM   #10
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eh, i did the math on my bike, my car..

i get bout the same. 600rr vs 4 banger honda accord.

maybe i should get a 250 to make a difference...:dontknow:
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Anything is maintenance. Work on a Ninja 250 is cheaper than almost any car.
replacing tires every 5-6k, vs a car at say 30k, so you'll replace tires 5x on a bike for 1x on a car. so if you ride 18k a yr, you'll replace 3 sets of tires @> $200 set.

and most sportbikes tires only last 3-4k.

chain, every 15-20k
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Wow. Makes me want to get equipment to change all tires myself... How much money I could save!
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replacing tires every 5-6k, vs a car at say 30k, so you'll replace tires 5x on a bike for 1x on a car.

chain, every 15-20k
You drive 30K on your tires?

There are a lot of parts on a car that I always end up replacing.

Say you have a used car like me. You end up replacing just about everything. Battery, brake master, clutch master, slave, clutch, radiator, hoses, spark plug wires, wheel bearings, bushings, water pump, timing belt, valvecover gasket.

All those are at least $100 each. Something ends up going on my old Toyota every month.

Say you get a new car.

You pay 25k out the door. You probably get rid of it when it hits about 160k. You sell it for.. 5k. You lost 20k.
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I was not going to ride my bike every morning to work. I was driving my truck ,but at 12 miles per gallon. I just went out and bought a car "miata" paid cash for it from Tim/Lisa Ellis. I thought about getting a cruiser for the ride to work, but dont like the idea of how houston weather is. So I opted for a car, I will save a TON of money having it. Not sure on the MPG but sure will beat 12 LOL. Sorry but a bike would never be my only mode of transportation, with the idiots that travel texas roads forget it. A bike is to me a pleasure vehicle. Hence why I dont really ride the street, just track for the most part now days.

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You drive 30K on your tires?

There are a lot of parts on a car that I always end up replacing.

Say you have a used car like me. You end up replacing just about everything. Battery, brake master, clutch master, slave, clutch, radiator, hoses, spark plug wires, wheel bearings, bushings, water pump, timing belt, valvecover gasket.

All those are at least $100. Something ends up going on my old toyota every month.

Say you get a new car.

You pay 25k out the door. You probably get rid of it when it hits about 160k. You sell it for.. 5k. You lost 20k.
our P5 we paid less then $15k out the door. and 30k is conservative for tires. and thats sporty tires.
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Old 06-03-2008, 10:53 AM   #17
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I pay $400 / mo for my truck, $120 for the ins. and $250 / mo in gas (getting ~ 17 MPG). (New- only maint. is basic.)

Thats $770 / mo. for me driving my truck.
I normally drive about 1122 miles each month or so.

I paid for my bike already. Broken down it's about $292 per month. Ins. is $51 per month, and gas is roughly about 15 per tank (4 gal). I get 43 miles/gal. (So 1122 / 43=26 gal per month. Costing $97.50 per month in gas.)

So that comes to $440.50 per month on my bike.

Technically that would save me about $330 per month.

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driving a car $446.75
riding a bike $187.65
Getting hurt on a bike riding to work and no work no pay, priceless.

Riding does save money but health/lives is more valuble. I hate riding during traffic hours and all these people are crazy. The front car like to drive fast and slam on the brakes. If there is an opening, someone will cut in front of them. If I leave them room then someone will cut in front of me and kill my following distance. The one behind me will likely do the same, riding my . If I give it brake check and it falls back. Another douchebag will cut in front of him and the cycles continue. That's not counting, someone could try to squeezed into your lane because they didn't pay attention.
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Technically that would save me about $330 per month.

Yes you can save by riding!

IF you drop the car note and insurance. If you keep the car note and insurance, not so much.
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Old 06-03-2008, 11:00 AM   #20
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Ok lets change it up a bit.

Monthly mileage - 2500 miles.
Price of gallon tomorrow - $4

Car - Random truck.
MPG - 18 on a good day
Insurance - $75 monthly
Oil change - $38

So using my truck for a month to get to work and back I spend
(2500/18) X $4 + $75 + $38 = $668


Bike - 2005 Ninja 250.
MPG - 67mpg (I get 200miles out of 3 gallons every time)
Insurance - $10 monthly
Oil change - $34

So using my bike for a month to get to work and back I spend
(2500/67) X $4 + $10 + $34 = $193.65

Difference here goes up to $500
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