Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Charlotte / Lake Norman, NC
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Cag, I'm not far from you, in Charlotte NC. Let's do a little math... With the mechanical experience you describe, and a shop manual, you should be able to do all the maintenance yourself. At 12,000 miles per year (assuming you get 50 mpg with roughly $4.00 gas) your annual fuel bill is under $1000. Consider $250 - $350 for tires maybe 1.5 times per year. $100 for insurance. $80 for (4) oil changes. Annual sum is less than $1,500. Comparatively speaking, it is an economical bike to own. Larger bikes are going to consume gas and tires more quickly, which is the bulk of your annual expense.
The bike is a great mix of economical / performance / fun / comfort. If your main constraint is economical, check out the Ninja 250 or similar.
Hope this helps.
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