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Just read this article and had to share it with you guys. Enjoy!
P.S. Check out the photos as well.

https://www.autoevolution.com/news/r...tal-87093.html
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Just read this article and had to share it with you guys. Enjoy!
P.S. Check out the photos as well.

https://www.autoevolution.com/news/r...tal-87093.html
As in the title, have a look at the active posting membership, yes a bunch of old farts, speaking for myself. Not explained very well by me.The writer could have added another 10 more statements as most riders that use the ATGATT are much better car drivers, more observant and able to react faster to a dangerous situation.
Most of us are ATGATT, have been riding for over 25 years and are all probably half detective, one comment a while ago, mentioned to pretend someone was out to get you, behind you, beside you, or in front of you, be observant.
I drive the cars the same way and did the same with the service truck I drove, it weighed 8000 LBs. not able to stop on a dime. I see now more than ever, people on cell phones, driving, distracted, saw a close call where a driver dam near ran over a pedestrian, worst part was it was a cross walk and the pedestrian was texting also, totally unaware how close she came.
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I constantly hear people telling me to "be safe out there on that thing!"

Yeah. Thanks. I'll do that. While I'm at it, though... Put your damn phone down and use your mirrors. I'll be plenty safe.

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While I'm at it, though... Put your damn phone down and use your mirrors.
So basically the complete opposite of what they usually do - put your damn mirrors down and use your phone.

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A well written article and thanks for sharing
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Good read - thanks for sharing!

I'll counter the author's assertion that motorcycles are expensive. OK, he's right, but under the right circumstances I can rationalize it:

An average family sedan costs about $0.50/mile to operate.
My Versys works out to about $0.25/mile, or $0.25/mile less than the car.
I commuted about 13,000 miles on the bike last year. The remaining 5,000 in a car due to unsuitable weather (yeah, I have a long commute).
So I saved roughly $3,250 ($0.25/mile x 13K miles).
The bike pays for itself in 2-3 years!


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I offload many miles from my car onto my Versys, which saves money. I look at miles on the Versys as free due to the savings. Worst case is break even for me.

But more important is that I will ride but I won't drive. I tend not to go out because I try to avoid putting miles on the car. I can combine shopping trips tomorrow rather than make one trip today and another tomorrow. I'll have a week off from work and never start the car up. Rather than go on a long several hundred mile weekend camping trip in the car, I'll stay home to save the cost of driving. I put less than 7000 miles per year on my car. This year quite a bit less than that.

Finances leading up to retirement are a very real concern. Not wearing out my car is part of the strategy. Cars are expensive!

But the Versys is freedom for me because it is so cheap to operate. That's worth a lot. There's nothing to keep me from taking a road trip on the V.

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...But the Versys is freedom for me because it is so cheap to operate. That's worth a lot. There's nothing to keep me from taking a road trip on the V.
Me TOO!

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It's interesting that they say it's expensive because its exactly the opposite for me.

Commuting across the SF bay on my bike saves me massive quantities of time and fees for tolls/mass-transit. Add to that free parking between metered spots, reduced mileage on an expensive car, and gas savings, and I see my bike as a huge net positive on my finances/time (which I think are worth considering together here... time = money...and all that).
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