Cost and convenience of a bike vs. a truck?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by fuzzybabybunny, Feb 27, 2013.

  1. fuzzybabybunny

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    Gahhh... I don't know which forum to put this in, soooo...

    I've been constantly debating whether I should do a RTW trip on a bike or just buy a truck with a camper shell.

    Obviously the bike is a completely different, in your face experience compared to the truck, but...

    In terms of money and convenience:

    The motorcycle would get FAR better gas mileage and be cheaper to run than the truck, but the truck can always be used to sleep and work in, anywhere, anytime, in any weather condition.

    A truck would save you money on lodging and staying in hostels.

    Even though hostels can be very cheap depending on the country, you must first go to them (you can just park anywhere in a truck and sleep), they are subject to availability (the truck is always available), and they can get up to $30 a night in some countries (that's like 6 gallons of gas for the truck, per day!). If you're tired on the road from driving, you can just pull over and sleep in the truck. Can't really do that on a motorcycle. And if it's pouring rain or snow, you can still just go into the shell and stay instead of finding lodging or pitching a tent in a downpour.

    I'm currently living out of my car in Lake Tahoe and it's free. If I were on a bike, I'd have to find a campground, pay the campground fee, or stay at a hostel or motel between $30-$60 a night.

    A motorcycle saves you money because of fuel if you're constantly traveling and moving about, but if you like to stay put in a spot like I do, a truck would be cheaper in the long run.

    So I'm basically looking for some input. I still LOVE the idea of riding the world on a motorcycle, but I feel like it could get very inconvenient and expensive at times.
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  3. SnowMule

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    What's your budget? Take a gander through some of the rigs at expeditionportal.com. I'd love to have an earthroamer in my fleet... throw a hitch carrier for a bike on there, have the best of both worlds. Basecamp from the truck, take tours on the bike for a night or two.
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  4. yatman

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    ...how much would the COST be if you did neither?.....

    To lament.."I coulda dun that, I shoulda dun this..." has COSTS too...good luck with your decision.....

    yatman :ear
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  5. fuzzybabybunny

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    Yeah, I was thinking that. Best of both worlds, especially if there was a second driver. One could ride the bike while the other drives so each gets a different experience.

    Earthroamer looks awesome, but expensive.

    Oh, I'm doing this. That's not the question. The question is what kind of vehicle ;)
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    You could save a ton of money on fuel if you just buy a sailboat and sail around the world instead. Thousands of folk have done it, the Earth is 70% ocean, no?
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    I spent some time as a "dirtbag" - not a dig, it was a term for guys who chased adrenalin and between fixes lived in the back of a pickup. Rock climbing, kayaking, and dirt bikes. Broke as shit but I loved it. Learned to chase what turned me on and how to make a hustle out of it. Well that was the 80's and I settled down my job is my hobby but still have some DB in me :D.
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    Keep the truck, get a hauler and a bike :evil.
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  10. V-Tom

    V-Tom Been here awhile

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    I think most people do trips on bikes because they like to ride their bikes and love the different perspective that riding a bike on an adventure gives.

    I can't see a truck giving that.

    There is no right or wrong, just a matter of how you want to experience things.

    ..Tom
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  11. It'sNotTheBike

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    If you believe you can "save money" using a truck instead
    of a motorcycle, it is obvious you don't have a clue about
    what it costs to ship a truck or any of the other real-world
    costs which WILL occur outside the US. Do you even know
    what a carnet is ?


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    There are a few things to consider here.
    1. Adventure or Comfort
    2. Practicality
    3. Why?
    4. Fuel
    To sum things up, being in different countries myself, there are various issue at hand. Not all countries have the same fuel specifications. Not all have unleaded fuel.
    MHO, if you are on a budget, I would think it over again.
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  13. fuzzybabybunny

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    That pretty much sums me up, although I'll replace the rock climbing with photography and the kayaking with freediving / spearfishing.

    Only difference is that I drive a little Honda Fit and need something more capable. In the US the Fit is fine but I don't think it can do a RTW trip. Once I have the truck and the motorcycle, I'm basically 85% there.
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  14. fuzzybabybunny

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    How about instead of sitting there telling me how dumb I am you pass on your knowledge? You didn't give a single dollar figure in your post. Thanks.

    And yes, I know what a Carnet is. I'm factoring in convenience of having somewhere to sleep at a moment's notice and storage space as much as cost.
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  15. fuzzybabybunny

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    So being on a budget, I should just go for a bike and camp and hostel as much as possible?
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  16. fuzzybabybunny

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    Yeah, I'm going with the bike option. I'd like to go through Egypt at some point and I don't have $37,000 lying around for the Carnet on a $20,000 used truck.

    I could buy a truck and bike just for the Americas though...
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  17. Flashmo

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    You don't know how to camp on a bike...

    I have never paid a fee to sleep for a night while on my bike, except when staying at a rally to see some of you FF's.
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  18. fuzzybabybunny

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    Do stealth camping in the forest? How do you do that in a city? And I'd rather not get woken up by some angry farmer in a foreign country after accidentally sleeping on his land.
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  19. Flashmo

    Flashmo Whatever...

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    Start here, then ask specific questions in the "Trip Planning" sub forums.


    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=315322
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  20. nashopolis

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    I've read that thread on and off since it has been going.

    Is there any info in there about stealth camping in a city...Except maybe to avoid big cities? Plenty about little burgs and the country - which is about what you might expect. Stealth camping or whatever you want to call it in a major foreign city seems like a hard proposition. I'm sure someone has done it though
    And I'd love to hear how you pull it off!
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