Join Date: Jul 2011
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I calculated this for myself but I only work 8 miles from home, so the cost savings is minor. Besides, you know your logic is flawed (or at least mine was) because I end up taking the long way to/from work just so I can ride more
I tried that math for my own peace of mind. In my case, it doesn't really work out. Once you consider the insurance, taxes and the cost of maintenance, it's close to a wash.
$200 Personal property tax
$200 Lubricants and filters
$250 tire (installed)
Plus, at that mileage, you are going to be doing something to it every year. Brakes, electrical, motor. Something is going to need attention as the miles pile up. Of course, you are saving wear and tear on the cage, but at least in my experience, the cages are cheaper to maintain.
Fortunately, I have never found myself in the position of justifying the bike. You can either choose to be married to the person whom you married, or try to change them into someone else. My wife and I both have learned through observation of others and ourselves that the later is difficult if not impossible.
My wife is onboard so long as the money involved doesn't affect the family which I honestly thought was fair enough.
this is a level headed situation...you discussed it.. when money is involved its a good practice .. in any relationship communication is the key! sounds like you guys have it all worked out .. and you have a good foundation to your relationship