Possibly gonna trade in a car

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  1. Spartan8621

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    I'm sorry if this is in the wrong section but I need some in put. My wife and are considering trading in her car for the tigerXC, we both agree it would help finacialy with lower gas cost. It would be my daily ride everyday rain or shine, the big issue is we have our first child due in two weeks and this would leave us with just my truck and the bike. Does anybody here have a similar situation, its it worth it or should I wait???
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  2. MightyChosen1

    MightyChosen1 I wanna be sedated

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    Doesnt make much sense to Me.


    Trade the car for something fuel efficient but that can haul a baby as well. With the money you save on gas put a little aside towards a nice used bike.

    When my first was born I thought I would keep my BMW but after it sat in the garage for a year pretty much untouched it was time to let it go. I took a couple years off then bought a cheap dual-sport which reminded me why I loved riding.
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  3. pluric

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    I've never looked at bikes as a way to save much gas money. They use tires faster
    and chains. You may think it's only a few hundred dollars, but there went your gas
    savings.

    With a kid coming it makes even less sense. You can't throw a baby on a bike in a
    transportation pinch.

    Most econo cars are getting 30+ mpg. Not much less than a bike averages.
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  4. Spartan8621

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    Alot of that is stuff that me and her talked about, i was just curious if anyone was every in that situation before. im still gonna get the bike but it will just wait til after deployment. the last thing i would want is for the truck to take a shit on us and then be S.O.L. with just a bike.
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  5. pluric

    pluric Gimpy Adventurer

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    Like MightyChosen1 I too gave up my street bike when my first child was born.
    Your priorities change and you feel kinda shitty knowing you're out riding when
    the wife and kid sit at home. I think my son was almost three before I bought
    another big bike.

    When the first big gas jump took place I bought a scooter for everyone. What a joke.
    My wife would not ride it. It wasn't cool enough for my son. Made me a wreck to
    watch my daughter try and ride it. I still enjoy mine. So I spent $16,000 to save
    maybe $500 in gas??? Plus all the fees now to insure and register them.?

    What looks good on paper doesn't always pencil out in reality.
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  7. baloneyskin daddy

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    If saving money on gas is the goal,sell the truck.
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    The UPS driver dropped off tires one day when my wife was outside. He made the comment, "Wow, you guys sure do buy a lot of tires....".



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    This. :deal
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  10. Spartan8621

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    Yeah the truck would be that last thing to go, moving around in the military, two dogs, baby on the way, and all the camping gear to haul around the truck stays lol, even if it cost $80 every time i fill up :kboom
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  11. GrahamD

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    Most sensible for commute would be a smart car or a small diesel econobox.

    Are you starting to cry yet.? :lol3

    Well in the future you could combine both I suppose...

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  12. radianrider

    radianrider Adventurer wanna'be

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    A lot less expensive options than a Tiger XC. Buy a new Honda 700 for less than $8k, if you need new. A lot of older Japanese bikes with respectable gas mileage for less than $2k.

    Now, if you just want the Tiger...say so, but the money savings is largely a smoke screen.
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  13. High Country Herb

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    Simple solution:

    Sell the car privately, and use the money to buy a $1,500 Honda Civic AND a $1,000 dual sport. Use the Civic for daily duty, and only drive the truck when nothing else will do.

    Everybody wins.
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  14. 2 SPOT

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    LOL i agree, your scenario is a smokescreen for a bike that wont save you much if anything over a small sedan.

    a moto to save money is something like an 80's nighthawk with shaft drive for a grand cash. then just maintain it enough to keep it reliable and safe to ride.

    get rid of the truck and keep the car, or get rid of both and get something that will haul what you need but still be good on gas, several cars come to mind, but it doesnt sound like YOUR willing to give up anything to make it happen.
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  15. ttime4four

    ttime4four Been here awhile

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    One word for you my friend -- Minivan.

    Moving
    Dogs
    Baby
    Camping gear

    Been there - done that.

    :rofl
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  16. Kommando

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    That bike isn't going to save you on tires, insurance, or purchase cost. A $3K Civic or Corolla would likely be cheaper to own.

    For an economical bike, look for a cheap, used, jap 250-650 air or air/oil-cooled thumper with screw/locknut valves. Run cheap tires that last, like Shinko or Kenda. My tires cost less than $100/set, and last over 6K miles easily. Use regular oil. Use an economical chain and clean/lube it regularly. Work on it yourself. Don't crash.
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  17. T

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    This poor guy finally had his wife talked in to trading her car on an 800XC and you guys want him to get a mini van? :lol3

    Get the Tiger, load it up with accessories, get a topbox big enough to carry the kid and you're set. :D

    Owning a bike has never been less expensive to operate than a car; at least not around my house.

    And on a more serious note: Everything previously stated (prior to this post) is true.....
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  18. YJake

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    Buy a 250 Ninja with a luggage rack and start saving. The buy-in is low and it is very forgiving on tires, gas, chain/sprockets, and it only takes 2 bottles of oil for an oil change. It'll even fit in the back of the truck easy enough and is fun as hell to wind that little engine up.:evil Mine still gives me low 60'sMPG wound up and high 60's if I'm frugal.

    Oh, and make sure it's baby blue or lime green. :rofl

    -Jake
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  19. keystiger

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    Spartan,
    Speaking from experience you can do it. I did (I was MUCH younger then)
    But like others have said a TigerXC is not TRULY an economy move, as I assume it would be new, with payments, and full coverage insurance. (But it is a DAMN COOL BIKE:wink:)
    If you MUST do it go lower cc and used. 250-500 Ninja, Suzuki F500, or KLR 650. All can be had used very cheap. ANd are very low cost to own or upkeep. And damn bullet proof.
    However, You will also want to get some good wet weather riding gear (Frogg Toggs rock) and good winter gear........waterproof boots........gloves, balaclava, good full face helmet then you will need some summer hot weather gear like a well ventilated mesh jacket (Joe Rocket makes a great one) perf. gloves, ventilated summer boots.......water proof saddle bags/boxes and or a top box.......that Carolla might be looking a little better now???:evil
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  20. MariusD

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    ummm.... no. That a really bad idea in my mind. What if that your truck breaks down and you have to take the baby to the hospital? The mpg on the tiger doesn't seem that amazing to begin with. Anyway, I wouldn't put my kid's well being at risk to save a couple of bucks on gas. Trade in the car for a new/or used but newer fuel efficient 4 banger :evil
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