Giving Up My Car For My Motorcycle

It has been a year since I sold my car and decided to use my motorcycle as my only mode of transport. It wasn’t an easy decision for me at the time, but looking back I am really happy I went the motorcycle route.

Technically I am living off of four wheels, but that’s only because I have the Ninja and the KLR now. I am glad I bought the KLR because it gives me the chance to work on one bike, or take it to the shop and still can get around.

I did sign up for a membership to so that I could easily rent a car if I needed to, but fortunately with help from Atlas girl and friends I can borrow a car here and there in order to haul bigger things. So I won’t be renewing my membership.

Throughout the past year I wanted to try and write some posts about solutions to common problems I had. One unique one was just getting dry cleaning home (see video to the left).

Unfortunately I haven’t done much more work on the subject of making life on two wheels easier, because I’ve adapted to motorcycle-only transport without many problems. There is a set of bags that I always carry with me in case I do need to carry something fairly large. Check out the video to the right for a more detailed discussion.

Over all nothing incredibly insightful or exciting about giving up your car and relying only on your motorcycle. Even though I get 50mpg on average I think the savings in gas ultimately go to replacing tires. I haven’t done any close tracking of my expenses on motorcycle verses car maintenance costs, but perhaps it’s something I can do in the future.

I wanted this series of posts to serve as a kind of guide to others who are thinking about giving up their car but have reservations or doubts. So for those of you out there who are on the fence, if you have any questions feel free to ask in the comments below.

  • Darren Kitchen

    I’m seriously considering doing this as I’m moving to San Francisco. In every way a motorcycle makes more sense there. I guess it will depend on what the cost is to ship my car cross country.

  • James Schipper

    I’ve done bike-only for about a decade of my adult life. I haven’t had a car this time for a bit over 2 years.

    There are compromises to everything, but it works best for me.

  • cashstore1

    It’s best to have both. I think a truck and a bike are the right combo if you can afford it. Good used trucks are cheap. I don’t use my truck that much, but there are times that I need it. The older, smaller toyota tacoma, has very good gas mileage and are very dependable. The Nissan Frontier is also very good. I do 90 percent of my travel on a motorcycle though. Sometimes I need to haul a motorcycle. A truck or small trailer work great. I do know people that only have bicycles. So to each their own.

  • Chris Luhman

    I live in Minnesota and sold my car last year. Living without a car can be done, and having more than one bike makes it much easier. One can be down for repairs and being able to ride the others is helpful. Hauling a bike is easily done by renting a truck at homedepot/menards/etc. If you have an AMA membership, you get free 35 mile towing too. I think the gas/insurance savings are a wash in tires/oil/gear.

    Riding everyday is far more fun, and for me, totally worth it.

  • Bomber

    G’day Atlas from Bomber Brown in Perth West Australia.
    Enjoy your website and your adventures, very close to what I have been doing for 33 years. I am 50 years old, started riding in 1977 and have travelled hundreds of thousands of Klms ( We dont use miles in Aust. any more 1 mile = 1.6 klm. )I have travelled all over OZ on 30 different motorcycles over the years and am still as passionate today when I throw my leg over my 2009 Suzuki naked Bandit 1250. I have not owned a car now for 7 years and use my bike exclusivly for my every day commuting, work and fun. It has been an absolutly incredible journey and have met people from all over the world who have also had the great passion of Motorcycling. Any way stay safe and keep up the good video’s. Cheers Bomber Brown.

  • John Gentil

    Wisconsin weather and four kids won’t let me do this. Learned how to ride on an EX500 last year and bought a Concours this year, so, the additional wind protection will help on cold days so I can ride as long as there isn’t snow on the road. I see savings in gas as a plus and NOT eaten up by replacing tires more often than I’m used to since the performance tires on my Mustang don’t last any longer than a motorcycle tires… and cost more.

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