Originally Posted by Brock
Can you explain how it cost more in the long run please?
I'm just wondering. I'm not trying to be rude, just curious.
I'm going to say you'll drive 15,000 miles a year. I do not know how many actual miles you'll drive, but this is a little over the average for a four wheel cage in the USA.
A good rear tyre - $150 3/year = $450
A good front tyre - $120 2.5/year = $300
Plus mount and balance = $220/year (At $40/wheel if you bring the whole bike in vs. bringing in just the wheels and you putting them back on at home, that'll cost $20/wheel). Make sure your wheels are clean, some shops will charge extra if your wheels are dirty and they have to clean them.
If you bring in the whole bike - $970/year
If you bring in just the wheels - $870/year
A chain and sprockets last 20,000 miles. So a new chain and sprockets every 1.25 years. $150/1.25 years
Oil every 5,000 miles - $10/quart (good motorcycle oil) plus $8 for oil filter.
$48 every 5,000 miles. At 15,000 miles a year, that's $144/year in oil.
It's a good idea to flush the brake fluid every year - DIY $10-15.
Brakes - $140/year
At 15,000 miles a year, it'll cost around $1,500. This does not include tax, gas, depreciation value, costs of gear (boots, jacket, helmet, gloves...) maintiance costs (if you take it to a shop that's around $75/hr), insurance, registration and whatever else I have forgotten.
I have a 2006 Ford Ranger, it has 145,000 miles on it.
I'm on my second set of tyres (first set was factory, the current tyres will last till end of next year). I am on my second set of front brake pads (rear drums still have 15,000 miles), oil change every 5,000 miles ($25 I do it)...
Without doing the math, you can tell it's already cheaper to run the truck. It's also a 2.3L, 5-speed, 2WD. I get 26-30mpg.
Of course all the prices are just estimates, they could be more expensive (tyres I believe will be) or less expensive..