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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 11-22-2005, 06:47 PM Thread Starter
 
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Operating costs for an F4?

Hey guys,
Im looking to buy a '99 cbr F4. I think its the best looking bike for the money.
I've had a dirtbike for a couple years, and I'm 20 now.

Ok so, my biker friend is telling me the operating costs (bike payments, insurance, gas, maintenence, repair bills) on an F4 will be too high for me. I have a part time job (30hrs/week) at Mr.Lube. So I'm not rich right now. How much would i be looking to spend per month on a higher mileage '99 cbr? lets say $300/monthly payment, + repairs etc =______.
I will also be parking my car during the summer, to focus my money on the bike.

Thanks in advance for any input.
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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 11-23-2005, 05:57 AM
 
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With enough dedication, you can afford it.
Here is what you are looking at
$1 for every 10-15 miles traveled (gas)
$250-$400 tires every 5k miles (depends on wether you get them from a dealership or buy the online)
$30 or so for oil every 3k
Repair cost should be pretty low, depending on how you ride it. Engine shouldnt give you any problems, but you will need new sprockets ($150) and chain ($120) after about 12k miles



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Insurance could be $1000 per year.

A few ccs short of a full litre.
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post #4 of 24 (permalink) Old 11-23-2005, 08:25 AM
 
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Don't forget about Gear. Tags and tax. 300 per month is pretty high for a payment. You would be looking more at 150-200.
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post #5 of 24 (permalink) Old 11-23-2005, 08:36 AM
 
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300 per month is pretty high for a payment. You would be looking more at 150-200.
Depends on how soon he wants to stop making payments.

Budget about $1k for good gear.



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post #6 of 24 (permalink) Old 11-23-2005, 09:17 AM Thread Starter
 
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Oh so you guys are talking normal stuff like oil, tires, chains. Ok thats totally affordable. I was thinking repairs. Are honda bikes as reliable as the cars?
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post #7 of 24 (permalink) Old 11-23-2005, 09:18 AM
 
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Yes.
Well sorta. I would guess your bikes engine should be good for 100k miles. That may not be much to a car, but try logging that many miles on a bike



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At 10k miles per year for 10 years = 100,000 miles. (My wife's a math teacher). 10k per year is prolly at the higher end of the spectrum. I average 5,000-7,000mi. per year. I buy 2 rear tires for every front and at this rate, Thats about 3 tires a year. I ride 3 different bikes and that spreads it out some, but it still costs about $1000/year for tires and changes.

There is no doubt that motorcycling ain't cheap! especially sport bikes. More performance= more $'S

A few ccs short of a full litre.
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post #9 of 24 (permalink) Old 11-23-2005, 11:41 AM
 
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You will find that mac020 is being pretty honest for a m/c is a "fun" thing & not a basic means of transportation. Sure I clock far, far more milage on my bikes then I do my truck even in the limited seven months of riding but that is because I like riding yet dislike driving. Obviously my m/cs are going to cost more to ride then my '91 Mazda truck that just clocked 70 thou last month.

Besides you probably know, from your yrs of riding dirt bikes, is that if you need something simple like a clutch or throttle cable, let alone something not carried in small boxes, like the nose piece & one side panel of the fairing plus signal light & mirror (some riders do have a rare accident once in a while---not to mention a slight fender-bender with a cage driver) they will have to order it in & you will be left waiting a week plus. Same with other goods & believe me cage tyres have an amazing long life compared to thos on most m/cs & especially sportbikes with the soft tyres. Tack on the fact that a shaft drive will last so much longer then sprockets & chains. So pretty obviouse I feel.

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post #10 of 24 (permalink) Old 11-23-2005, 03:24 PM Thread Starter
 
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wow i didnt know tires are so consumable. But they are pretty cheap for bikes arent they? My car tires are about $300 each for the rears, and $270 each for fronts.
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