I generally buy vehicles that have 200k or more miles and keep them on average 2-4 years. I replace normal consumables but never do major repairs, I just buy a new to me vehicle. I usually have a spare as backup, in incase my daily driver craps out and I am not under the gun to replace, that way I can take my time and look for a good deal, I generally spend $500-$2000 topsHave you had your car or truck for over a decade?
I would like to see a calculation which shows that using a motorcycle to supplement or replace 4-wheel vehicle use has any cost savings benefit. The only way to make this work is to estimate gasoline savings alone, which is only a fraction of the total cost comparison. I doubt if any of us will live or ride long enough to realize $20K in savings by using a bike unless gas goes to $20/gal.2002 Toyota Tacoma with 135k miles. Commuting on the bike cuts my cost of truck ownership in about half. That's around $20k in savings. Covers the cost of the motorcycle.
Well, there is some (wishful?) logic there but how much does 15 years of repairs, insurance, registration, tires, chain, etc. for the motorcycle cost? And remember that after 15 years of use and many miles your motorcycle will need replacing and the old one will have negligible value. As will the ancient truck by that time, so depreciation of both has to be included as well. You can push your expenditure back, but there is an ongoing annual cost to that which must be added to the total cost of truck replacement when the time comes.Think of it this way. If I didn't have the motorcycle, then I would need to purchase a new truck within the next 5 years. With the motorcycle, my current truck will last another 15 years or more.