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Question: I have a 92 BMW R100GS that I spend about $1500 per year on in maintenance and repairs riding about 7500 miles per year.  This works out to $1,500/7,500= $0.20 per mile in maintenance and repairs (everything but gas). What do you spend per mile?
$0-0.10 - 18 (62.1%)
$0.11-0.20 - 8 (27.6%)
$0.21-0.30 - 1 (3.4%)
$0.31-0.40 - 1 (3.4%)
$0.41-0.50 - 0 (0%)
$0.51-0.60 - 0 (0%)
$0.61-0.70 - 1 (3.4%)
$0.71-0.80 - 0 (0%)
$0.81-0.90 - 0 (0%)
$0.91-1.00 - 0 (0%)
$1.01 or more - 0 (0%)
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« on: April 20, 2015, 11:51:22 am »

In The comment section it would be interesting to know the brand and annual miles.
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« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2015, 12:44:24 pm »

My FJR is my most costly to maintain because it
simply devours tires at better than a set per
season at about $300 a pair.
Therefore its cost is approximately.09 per mile.
I average about 7500 miles per year on it

Conversely, my Concours is easily the cheapest
vehicle to maintain. Other than tires, which
easily last two seasons, its greatest expense is
oil which gets changed once a year, whether it
needs it or not.
Its yearly cost is less than .03 per mile.
I average about 6000 miles a year on this one.
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« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2015, 12:50:18 pm »

My Tiger 800 costs are mostly oil and tire related. Going on three years I have 27,000 miles. One valve check, three sets of tires. Will need a chain soon so I included that.

Around .07 per mile.

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« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2015, 06:04:17 pm »

Rear tire every 5000 miles
front every 10,000
stater every 50,000.

Oil and brakes.


My wife is MUCH higher maintenance.    Crazy
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« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2015, 09:32:02 pm »

I come in higher at $0.21/mile because my totals include farkles in the cost of maintenance - not going to back them out either - just looking at the list I can tell they easily double maintenance costs.

My Toyota is about 1/4 the cost, and 1/100 the fun.
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« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2015, 04:19:15 am »

Do you include insurance costs in that figure and fuel?
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« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2015, 06:57:52 am »


Do you include insurance costs in that figure and fuel?



Operating costs should be separate from maintenance costs.

Much the same way your electric bill is separate from the
cost of a roof replacement.

And farkels are capital expenditures, not maintenance costs.
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« Reply #7 on: April 21, 2015, 07:07:17 am »

I really try to not think about it and just ride.   Embarassment
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« Reply #8 on: April 21, 2015, 07:12:03 am »


I really try to not think about it and just ride.   Embarassment


You're deflecting in an attempt to avoid the harsh reality
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« Reply #9 on: April 21, 2015, 08:34:43 am »

Not exactly.  I have never wanted to think about the cost of my riding and trips.  It takes away the fun.   Bigsmile
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« Reply #10 on: April 22, 2015, 01:02:10 am »

I really try to not think about it and just ride.   Embarassment
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« Reply #11 on: April 22, 2015, 08:36:03 am »

Interesting pole.  I'm just ready for a new rear tire and I was wondering what I was
spending.  I've been using the free Gas Cubby app since I got the bike and it made
it easy to see the bottom line.
$0.0367 per mile based on 25,000 miles
FJR, about 21,000 miles per year.
Just for the hell of it... fuel = $0.09 per mile
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« Reply #12 on: April 22, 2015, 10:32:58 am »


Interesting pole.  I'm just ready for a new rear tire and I was wondering what I was
spending.  I've been using the free Gas Cubby app since I got the bike and it made
it easy to see the bottom line.
$0.0367 per mile based on 25,000 miles
FJR, about 21,000 miles per year.
Just for the hell of it... fuel = $0.09 per mile



Should I conclude you're getting over 10,000 miles out of a set of tires?
I will never see that kind of mileage from mine.
My tire costs alone are .06 a mile.
I budget $600 a year for tires and sometimes I have to park the bike
because I run out of tire money.
A good reason to have more than one bike.
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« Reply #13 on: April 22, 2015, 12:47:14 pm »

Tough to figure out since I don't keep good records and some things, such as chains and tires last longer than one year, but 14.5 is a fair estimate.
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« Reply #14 on: April 22, 2015, 08:03:26 pm »

I thought I was doing ok on the Street Triple with just a couple of pairs of tires, oil changes and $200 or so for the 5 or 6K service. Calling to make an appointment for 12k service (delayed to 15K - it's out of warranty), I find that it is well over $1k at a dealer and $800 to 1K at a good independent shop.
I guess it is time to go back to doing my own wrenching.
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« Reply #15 on: April 22, 2015, 08:42:45 pm »




Operating costs should be separate from maintenance costs.

Much the same way your electric bill is separate from the
cost of a roof replacement.

And farkels are capital expenditures, not maintenance costs.


Depends upon your perspective.  I consider everything associated with my motorcycles to be an expense; that includes purchase price, gear, tolls, motel rooms and beer.  I put everything (that I can) on one credit card which is only used for motorcycling.  So at the end of the year I get a statement that shows how much I spent at the shop and for gas, food and beer, etc. but it doesn't split out repairs from maintenance or accessories.  

Not that it really matters - sometimes I wonder why I keep track - I just like to know.  Makes me feel like I somehow have control.

Unlike Doug, I just can't totally fugeddabout it and enjoy.  
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« Reply #16 on: April 23, 2015, 02:11:21 pm »

$1500 per year for maintenance sounds like a lot.
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Should I conclude you're getting over 10,000 miles out of a set of tires?
I will never see that kind of mileage from mine.
My tire costs alone are .06 a mile.
I budget $600 a year for tires and sometimes I have to park the bike
because I run out of tire money.
A good reason to have more than one bike.



Here is my rear PR4 after 11,124 miles.  This is 90% freeway commuting.  A shame to lose all that side
cornering rubber.
11,100 Miles on a PR4 photo IMG_1653.jpg" alt="" border="0" />
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« Reply #18 on: April 23, 2015, 11:16:32 pm »

I get about 10,000 from a set of tires. The old GS is relatively light and under powred so easy in tires.
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« Reply #19 on: April 24, 2015, 11:05:22 am »

I've owned my Super Tenny for 11 months, and 9000 miles, so far it's cost 3 oil changes, one being the throw away at 1000 miles, then every 4 k since which I do myself for about $40 bucks and 1 rear tire which picked up a nail around 2k miles. For that it's ran flawlessly in everything from low thirties and driving rain up to over 100 degrees in traffic.  
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« Reply #20 on: April 24, 2015, 11:26:25 am »

I'm anal with records and cost.  My Tiger since new has come me $0.323 per mile since new, excluding gas.  This does include the cost of the motorcycle, oil, tires, farkles, gear, other maintenance cost, etc.
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« Reply #21 on: April 24, 2015, 03:16:09 pm »

My biggest expenses on any bike trip are hotels, food, and booze. Most often in that order.
Yet I never figure out a 'cost per dump'.
The bike's the cheapest park of the equation.
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« Reply #22 on: April 24, 2015, 09:58:57 pm »

I have it all in a spreadsheet, every last expense to include insurance, registration renewals, every farkle, every bit of gear to wear, tires, etc.  Bike was bought new in 2010.  Mine comes in at 68.6 cents per mile so far.  Daughters Honda Civic, bought used, comes in just over 30 cents a mile.  
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« Reply #23 on: April 25, 2015, 01:01:40 am »

What seemed like such a simple request has turned
into a wildly useless thread.
The OP asked for maintenance costs.
Not total cost of ownership.
Not operating costs.
Just maintenance costs. What it actually costs
to keep your motorcycle road worthy.
It's no wonder statistics are only worthwhile to
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What seemed like such a simple request has turned
into a wildly useless thread.
The OP asked for maintenance costs.
Not total cost of ownership.
Not operating costs.
Just maintenance costs. What it actually costs
to keep your motorcycle road worthy.
It's no wonder statistics are only worthwhile to
those providing them.



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« Reply #25 on: April 25, 2015, 10:08:06 am »

Diversity is us.
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« Reply #26 on: April 25, 2015, 10:34:53 am »

Oil/filters, brakes, forks, valves, plugs, final drive oil and coolant divided by 69,982 miles makes about 3 cents per mile for my FJR1300 that I sold.

Haven't done the current ZX14 yet but I would think similar. Maybe less!





FJR1300 tires for 69,982 miles is about 3 1/2 cents per mile.
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« Reply #27 on: April 25, 2015, 11:23:59 am »

Ok - Gas and Maintenance (including tires) only

$0.19 per mile lifetime on my Wee
$0.26 per mile for the first 5000 miles on my Connie

A lot of that cost is tires.  I don't seem to get very good gas mileage for that matter either.   PR3 on the Wee; I considered wearing it out commuting because there was a lot of good tread left on it, but the Spring Meet was coming up.  

We could turn this into a tire & oil thread you know

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« Reply #28 on: April 27, 2015, 03:29:49 pm »

Because the world clearly needs another demonstration of the superior qualities of synthetic oil  
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« Reply #29 on: June 26, 2018, 01:42:13 pm »

Old thread, but what the hell, I'll bump it.

If I don't count farkles, my CBR500R is only $0.03/mile. Hondas don't need much or expensive maintenance.

An earlier comment reminded me of the tire cost part of the equation. A set of tires for my little CBR will probably be $250. Another $50 to mount and balance them using a local motorcycle mechanic. I'll probably get 10k out of a rear and 15k or until dry rot out of a front.  Let's call it $400 / 2 years or $200 / year. I used to think that would counter the cost of car tires and gas so that the bike is not more economical to ride. The car only needs tires every 60k or so, but they are $800 / set, + mounting and balancing. It works out about the same!
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