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Old 04-03-2013, 06:53 AM   #1
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Possibly gonna trade in a car

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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Old 04-03-2013, 07:13 AM   #2
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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???

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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Old 04-03-2013, 07:14 AM   #3
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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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Old 04-03-2013, 07:56 AM   #4
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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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Old 04-03-2013, 10:00 AM   #5
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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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Old 04-03-2013, 10:27 AM   #6
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it sounds like this trade is more for your riding benefit more than anything, which is fine if you admit that as such.
if you're really that concerned about mpg & your new baby, then sell her car and buy a used prius. there are plenty of used ones in the same price range as a tiger. http://www.cars.com/for-sale/used/to...02&prcId=28578
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Old 04-03-2013, 10:49 AM   #7
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If saving money on gas is the goal,sell the truck.
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Old 04-03-2013, 11:00 AM   #8
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If saving money on gas is the goal,sell the truck.



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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Old 04-03-2013, 12:51 PM   #9
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If saving money on gas is the goal,sell the truck.
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Old 04-03-2013, 02:19 PM   #10
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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
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Old 04-03-2013, 03:42 PM   #11
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Most sensible for commute would be a smart car or a small diesel econobox.

Are you starting to cry yet.?

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

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Old 04-03-2013, 03:52 PM   #12
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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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Old 04-03-2013, 03:58 PM   #13
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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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Old 04-03-2013, 04:22 PM   #14
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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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Old 04-03-2013, 04:25 PM   #15
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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

One word for you my friend -- Minivan.

Moving
Dogs
Baby
Camping gear

Been there - done that.

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