1000 Miles

Actually, it’s 1,124 miles. This weekend, I took the bike in for it’s 1,000-mile service. It only took me 20 days to rack up those miles, even though I’ve really only taken the bike to work and back. Putting those miles on the bike, by the way, only cost about $80. In the same amount of time driving the truck, that would’ve cost me over $200.

But, let’s not get all giddy over the cost savings just yet. As it happens, my 1,000 mile service cost me $275. So, that’s pretty much what it would have cost me to drive both the bike and the truck to work over the last 20 days.

Fortunately, my next service is due at 5,000 miles, so, hopefully, the cost savings will now begin to kick in.

Except for Wednesday. They’re forecasting scattered thundershowers that day, so I’ll be driving the truck in for that. Since it hasn’t really rained here since January, I suspect that rain will make the roads extremely slippery that day. So, better safe than sorry.

Author: Dale Franks

Dale Franks is the former host of The Business Day, ”a daily, four-hour business and financial news program on KMNY Radio in Los Angeles. From 2002-2004, he was a contributor on military and international affairs for TechCentralStation.com. Currently, he a publisher and editor of the monthly political journal The New Libertarian, as well as an editor of the popular web log, Q and O. Dale served as a military police officer in the United States Air Force from 1984 to 1993, in variety of assignments both in the United States and Europe, where he also was assigned to the staff of the Headquarters of Allied Forces Central Europe. In addition to broadcasting, writing, and speaking on various topics, Dale has also been a long-time technical training instructor on a variety of computer software and technology subjects. Dale has also long been involved with information technology as an accomplished web designer, programmer, and technologist, serving as the corporate knowledge specialist for Microsoft Outlook at SAIC, the nation's largest employee-owned corporation. Additionally, he is the author of a number of software user guides used for classroom training by one of Southern California’'s premier computer training and consulting firms. His book, SLACKERNOMICS: Basic Economics for People Who Find Economics Boring, is available from Barnes & Noble.

2 thoughts on “1000 Miles”

  1. No offense, but when you consider the cost of buying the bike and the gear alongside the cost of operating it, you’re probably never going to see savings compared to what you would have spent just driving the truck. I don’t know what the operating costs of your truck are like, but I did a car vs. bike analysis a few weeks ago. Someone would have to practically give me a motorcycle to make it worth my while over the lifecycle of the bike.

    I would suggest that you learn to do as much of the bike maintenance yourself as you can. Motorcycles dealerships are stealerships just like the car ones.

  2. You can compare cost of maintenance and payments, all the financial stuff but you can’t compare the experience itself of riding a motorcycle and driving a truck. There just is no comparison! Give me all the money in the world and I would still ride my 1200C.

    Also riding a motorcycle is much more environmentally friendly than a cage. Less fuel consumption, less raw materials to manufacture, less exhaust emissions etc.

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