I added up all the gear, accessories, tools, etc. and have spent about $400 so far on the bike. A good chunk was on the sweet stand I got from you. The other two biggies are my gear. My wife refuses to ride so no gear for her. I've got a spreadsheet (if you are interested in seeing it) that plots out how the motorcycle will pay for itself in under 2 years with only riding 60% of the year. Of course it is based off the gas prices being a little over $4.00 per gallon from a couple of months ago.
I didn't get it just to save money, but because I wanted one. The fuel savings is a bonus. Kinda helped to rationalize the decision for my better half. During the summer, instead of spending almost $400 on fuel in my truck, I spent about $300 per month on the motorcycle, accessories, and insurance. Add $75 per month that my truck costs just sitting in the driveway, and I'm still coming out slightly ahead. (at least during the riding season)
I got some really good deals on gear. Found the 2007 helmet of the year for only $130 shipped. Got a good Joe Rocket jacket with liner for under $80 barely used from eBay, and bought some never worn Joe Rocket Atomic pants from a friend for $45. I need to get some good winter and summer gloves and riding boots to wrap up the gear for now.
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