Three months ago my car died an untimely death. It was a classic Subaru head gasket death. A problem that prematurely ended the fun with my, and many others do all, people hauler.
Any who, for two months I've been trying to make the decision between buying a wallet stretching family friendly mini van or a little cheapo car for commuting. I'd go back and forth, start the researching of different vehicles, contacting dealerships and local private sellers, consulting consumer reports, trying to find that magic balance of reliability/ longevity of ownership/ utility/ cost efficiency. . .but for some reason I completely lacked the motivation to actually go and demo them or see them to make the purchase. Totally uninterested is what it boils down to. I think cars are so uninteresting that I can't even be bothered to buy one when needed.
So. . .I bought Jay's Bandit instead.
Now, I'm not new to the motorcycle only life. I lived from 1991 - 1997 with only two wheels (and no TV during that time either). However I have significant responsibilities now that I didn't have then. I'm your average family guy with a gaggle of kids and landscaping dreams to create. I want the vacation in my own back yard scenario. To soften the blow I have access to my wife's car which improves my occasional hauling ability though only slightly over that of a motorcycle.
And here comes my master plan. I've been (selectively) commuting on my 929 since January of this year, and I'm hoping to get a mild winter for '11. I've decided to embark on a quest of one year as a one 'car' family, with my mobility being limited to two wheels. I've lived for years in my youth with only motorcycles, so I'm hoping to get there again. It's almost liberating in some ways. . . a release from the domestic duties of errand running and people hauling.
Fortunately I have a dream wife. Smokin' hot, and thrifty as hell. I fell bassakwards into that one so don't ask for advise. Plus, she rides and fully supports my m/c madness. On the employment front my work does require some use of a personal vehicle. Specifically, my contract reads that I must have access to a vehicle which meets the safety blah balh blagh, but it does not say that I MUST use it, just that I must have access to it. That's my way of avoiding having a car at my office. I do have work cars available to me, but they are often booked in advance. This just makes my day to day planning at work a bit more tedious.
My monthly gas bill has gone from $200+ dollars, to somewhere around $50, the savings are deep. Also, I'm only paying one insurance, saving another $120 monthly which further supports my current experiment.
My boss is going to Europe for 8 weeks on Wednesday, and is leaving me his full time ride, a Yamaha Vino 125, so I'll be living the scooter life for a while ( pics to come ). My garage is going to be full!
The point of this rant, or rave, is. . . has anyone else in my position gone this route? If so, how has it worked?