Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Texas Panhandle
I paid $4,400 for the leftover '06, I got back $3,800 when I traded for the '08. I got 86% of my purchase money back on the '06. The magically disappearing $3,800 was applied to the '08. That plus $1550 machine cost and another $650 for TTL and such.
Brush chains were made out of #16 trailer chain, 20 ft roll purchased 20 years ago for maybe $3, if that much. Led conversion $30, Radio Shack and SuperBrightLEDs.com. Power plug $2, Auto Zone. Bar risers were about $25 from RoxSpeed. Chain and sprocket set, $80, TPI I think. For the stand ($125) and skid plate($48 I think, sale price), from Whitehorse (get on your vendors' mailing lists for close-outs and sale notifications). My helmet was included with the '06 purchase. ...Riding gear? What riding gear? The same boots I work in are the same boots I ride in. The jacket is a nice Carhart, $40, 3 yrs old. It's my work jacket also. If you want to spend $300 on a jacket for just riding go ahead, it's your money. I paid $190 for 2 sets of Avons , 2 fronts and 2 rears, bought through Sharp's Honda, they located a clearance sale, I got 2 sets, I've used one set up. They last 10,000 miles. Insurance, $60 a year through Progressive. The cycle pump is not just for the bike, it inflates truck tires also. So should it be considered a truck expense also? The screw driver I bought that tightens the hose clamp on the washer also tightens the screws on the bike...bike or washer expense? You're not figuring in the 86% recovery of the '06 purchase price and over estimating maintenance and modification cost. Fuel cost for a while exceeded $4 gallon, that drove the savings up over the truck quite a bit also.
You're not being a dick. Look at this way, I paid about $4,400 for the '06, and about $6K for the '08 for a total of $10.4K. I recovered $3,800 in the trade-in. Subtract that and get $6,600. Divide that by 2 and get $3,300. I've owned 2 brand new KLRs for about $3,300 apiece and rode them both 30,000 miles. It cost me about a $1,000 to operate one KLR (fuel and maintenance, insurance, etc.)for 15,000 miles, so call it $4,300 apiece. It cost nearly that much just to fuel the truck over a shorter 12,000 miles without figuring in insurance. That's why I say the bike has paid for itself, the real money saved has exceeded its actual sticker cost, $5350 when all relevant expenses are considered.
Last edited by ScareCrow; 09-27-2008 at 06:34 AM.