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Just off the top of my head figuring at $2 a gallon for gas $2.25 for diesel in the last few years, figuring all maintenance, registration, insurance, repairs ect. Not counting the initial purchase costs I came up with the cost per mile of my 3 primary vehicals. Doing all repairs and maintenance myself.

1977 Kawasaki KZ650 motorcycle, $0.12 a mile

1997 Ford F350 Diesel truck, $0.34 a mile

1984 Honda GL1200 Aspencade, $1.70 a mile

I hope things improve someday on this Aspencade, not doing real well.
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There was a time that I was in the same boat when I had my gl1200. My problem was having to use a mechanic to keep it tuned up, just was not a profitable thing for me to keep it.

I upgraded to the gl1500 and things improved because of less need for maintenance and better parts availability from the mechanic's viewpoint.

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On a very quick look I got the following

Gas $0.10 per mile

Insurance, maintenance $0.19 per mile

Nissan truck

Gas $0.25 per mile

Insurance maintenance $0.26 per mile

It works out this way because I make a point of doing everything on the Wing when I can


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i dont save anything, my car is twice as good on fuel than the wing

radio hams do it all night !!! and sometimes with frequency
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My truck gets 18 mpg, my bike gets around 40-45 mpg. I just assume the bike costs me less, maintenance and insurance included. At least that's the excuse I use to ride it to work all the time.

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I do not save any money owning a motorcycle. The UPS truck beats a steady path to my door with all kinds of gadgets for it. Kit

The 1800 is my bike. The very best motorcycle ever made. I was enthralled with my first test ride on this machine. It is a great bike. A crotch rocket with storage bags.............As for oil I use the slick kind, and I like round tires, but as of late I have found square ones work best on the rear. Pirelli Eufori 195/55/16 @ 32 PSI
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When gas got to pushing $4.00 I figured that getting 40mpg meant about $0.10 a mile just for gas.

It's hard to figure the maintenance, I've been bless with a great used 1200 and it's mainly oil and tires.

Insurance is cheap too. I've had my bike going on two years. If I figure about $500.00 a year for insurance that's a grand.

I've done almost 40,000 miles in those two years. That figures to about 2 1/2 cent pere mile.

I just wish I had more expendable money coming in so I could start doing the little things to keep my ole girl happy. I haven't seen a girl yet that doesn't like a little bling!

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Don't know or care too much but I do know the Mrs was a lot happier when I filled up for $18/week vs $80/week commuting to work and back.


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I do recall many a gas stop on vacation... wife driving sidecar with kids, me driving solo (or with one kid on back) people would walk up and say.... "I bet that is economical"
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My Hyundai gets about 40 mpg. the same as my Wing. I can buy a set of good Uniroyal tires for the car for about the same price as 2 tires for the bike. The car tires go about 80,000 miles for a set. The car is much cheaper to drive.
Now for the truth about my summer driving-I park the car in April and ride the Wing until November. I drive 45 miles each way to work with the bike, 32 miles each way with the car. The crooked roads add about 13 miles and way more fun.
I don't ride to save money, I JUST LOVE TO RIDE.

Keep riding, it keeps you young.
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