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privateer703

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#23
I'm new to off-road motorcycles, but how much maintenance would you need to do on an ICE bike to get to 400 hrs? I'd think the maintenance cost would start to add up. Cost estimate? Maybe I can convince my wife that this was a more cost efficient purchase than an ICE bike, which cost about half of what I paid.
 

C5tor

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#24
I'm new to off-road motorcycles, but how much maintenance would you need to do on an ICE bike to get to 400 hrs? I'd think the maintenance cost would start to add up. Cost estimate? Maybe I can convince my wife that this was a more cost efficient purchase than an ICE bike, which cost about half of what I paid.
It’s not the cost savings; it’s the hours saved.

As in: “Honey, I didn’t have to rebuild the top end on my 2-stroke motor this weekend because it is electric and I don’t have to do stupid crap like that anymore. So I can spend more quality time with you! I did it for the environment, and I did it for us! I know that is selfish of me, wanting to spend more time with my lovely wife instead of getting all greasy in the garage. But dammit, this electric bike makes it possible. And if investing in our relationship is wrong, I don’t want to be right.”

If you don’t oversell it, maybe she’ll just roll her eyes and let you go riding this weekend anyway.
 

privateer703

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#25
Oh she is going to roll her eyes anyway.."here he goes talking about that damn electric bike" and I'll go riding. If I try to use the time argument, she is just going to say, "I wish you were out in the garage working on that bike, I need some me time." Besides, 400 hrs is a LOT. It's going to take me a LONG time to get there.
 

Scott

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I would rebuild my bikes at about 75 hours. That would be a full top end - pistion, rings, valves and cam chain. I would have a local shop who is also a riding buddy do it at a cost of about $800.00 all in. Over 400 hours would come in at a cost of about $4200.00. Not to mention the time and money spent on air filter maintenance, oil changes, valve check/setting and clutches.

Electric is the only way to go!
 

C5tor

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I was only half kidding above about the cost vs time thing. The older I get, the more valuable my time. When I was younger, it was all about how much something cost in monetary terms. Now that I am old and geezerly, time has become my currency. At work, I make about $75/hr, and my bill-out rate is $150/hr. So, I usually put the opportunity cost for doing something into those terms. Is changing my own oil really "free" because I didn't pay somebody else to do it, or does it cost me $75/hr of doing something else? What is the cost of heading home early so I have time to change the oil/filter before I go to bed, vs. spending an extra hour riding with my kids instead? I can always make more money, but we all have a finite amount of time to spend each day. Those hours are precious to me, especially now that my kids are growing up. I can't get these hours back. I made the choice to go electric so I didn't have to spend my valuable time doing bike maintenance. And also so I could spend more time riding cool electric bikes and browsing forums about riding cool electric bikes.
 

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I was only half kidding above about the cost vs time thing. The older I get, the more valuable my time. When I was younger, it was all about how much something cost in monetary terms. Now that I am old and geezerly, time has become my currency. At work, I make about $75/hr, and my bill-out rate is $150/hr. So, I usually put the opportunity cost for doing something into those terms. Is changing my own oil really "free" because I didn't pay somebody else to do it, or does it cost me $75/hr of doing something else? What is the cost of heading home early so I have time to change the oil/filter before I go to bed, vs. spending an extra hour riding with my kids instead? I can always make more money, but we all have a finite amount of time to spend each day. Those hours are precious to me, especially now that my kids are growing up. I can't get these hours back. I made the choice to go electric so I didn't have to spend my valuable time doing bike maintenance. And also so I could spend more time riding cool electric bikes and browsing forums about riding cool electric bikes.
Amen, brother!
 

Brent421

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#37
2019 MXR
VIN # 497
Miles 346
Hours 27

2019 MXR
VIN # 536
Miles 17
Hours 2

Alta is by far the best bike I’ve ever thrown a leg over. I think it’s the most fun, easiest to ride, and best handling dirt bike ever made and I’ve had a lot of dirt bikes. I just sold my 2018 KTM 250 2 stroke and I’m in the process of selling my 2019 KTM 450 Factory Edition because I don’t even like riding those bikes anymore, now that I have an Alta. I really hope the founders of Alta can do some sort of reboot of the company once the non disclosure runs out. I’d be happy to help those guys sell bikes and work with them in any way that I could.
 

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