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Question Is your Ninja 300 more expensive to maintain than a car?

I ride a lot and my Ninja 300 is my daily commuter, I put 26,000km/year (approx 16,250 miles/year) and I found that my bike is so expensive to maintain.

Tires, oils, chain, sprockets, valves, shocks, bearings, brake rotors, brake pads, filters, etc.
and helmets and riding gears get old so I had to replace them.

all these things add up really quickly and it's much more expensive than Corolla or Civic.

And Ninja 300 is considered to be one of the cheapest bike you can buy in terms of maintenance.
I can't imagine how much people are paying for Hayabusa, R1, Panigale, etc.
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The 300 and corolla are not really comparable. The corolla is a low maintenance machine while the 300 is a medium performance sportbike (in my eyes). Cars generally will cost more in gas, oil, tires and if you try to compare to a medium performance sporty car the brakes will cost way more, there are way more parts that have to be maintaned. Add on wipers, replacing the windshield when you take a rock to it, way more lights that burn out.
One thing I find with the corolla is that people buy it for cheap, do absolutely anything they can to avoid maintenance/replacing parts, end up driving around a rust bucket til it falls apart.

If you want to compare having to buy gear you can probably offset it with insurance. I pay 3x as much for my car's insurance. Not to mention starting purchase price.

The reality of things is, any vehicle is expensive and is a money black hole but we choose to have them for convenience or fun

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Another point to factor in is - Do you do your own work? Or take it to the dealer?
For me I can do most work on my bike my self but only about 1/2 of the work needed to be done on a car can I do by my self.


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Mine isn't. Uses less oil than a car, half as many tires, less brake pads, $16 a month to insure versus $70 for my car, 57mpg with the 300 vs 37mpg for my Fiesta, initial cost was much lower. Not to mention the bike looks better, is quicker, and a lot more fun to drive.

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I guess it really depends on the car. My co-worker has a Porsche Cayman. An oil change cost him $329.99. No joke. He never took the car back to the dealership after that.

That car takes 8 quarts of oil. Tires are at least $250 each.

Oh.....and spark plugs? He hasn't done them yet because you pretty much have to drop the motor to change them. If not, you better know how to take parts of the motor apart to get to them.
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mile for mile, the Ninja and my Camaro are about even in maintenance costs due to the Camaro having really high intervals compared to the bike. The only problem is, when an interval comes up on the Camaro, it's going to hurt like hell compared to the Ninja which I can do pretty much entirely myself for around $200. I don't have the tools or workspace for a full on car maintenance nor the patience for some of the major tear downs that can be required of a car. The top end stuff like plugs and filters aren't bad, but some of the servicing required for the shit that's deeper down in there looks like it's going to be a pain in the ass without a hoist or a lift and a free weekend or two.

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For me any motorcycle is cheaper than my truck. I have a 2014 Silverado 1500 with a 6 lift kit. My tires alone are $1600, an oil change is around $75 (DIY price) and insurance is $70 a month. The bike would be about $450 for new tires, around $30 for an oil change and $35 for insurance a month. Not to mention my truck only gets 13-14mpg on my commute to work. But hey we all pay to play at the end of the day.

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The bike would be about $450 for new tires
Not a 250/300, huh?
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With that mileage on a 300 you are paying about $840 a year in gas, compared to a corolla you would pay about $1648. This is assuming gas prices are $3 and that you would average 58mph on the 300 and and 32 mpg on the corolla.

Not to mention insurance savings, cost of a new corolla to begin with, as well as tax. Depreciation of a corolla compared to a 300.

I bought both a 2014 ninja 300 and a 2013 mazda 3 two months within each other.
The 300 was $7700 with a few aftermarket parts and the mazda was $17k
Insurance on the 300 was $35 a month and my car was $220 a month
I did 10k miles on my bike and car both in the first year of ownership.
I did 3 oil changes on the 300 and 2 on the car.
Changed both tires on the 300 for $320. Changed 2 tires on my car for about $450.
Windshield on my car cracked and needs replacing and that will be super expensive.

At the end of the day I wish I didn't buy a new car because I would have so much extra money.

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The brakes on my bike are like $30.... Try $500 for my Porsche


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