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Annual cost of motorcycle ownership

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Does anyone own a motorcycle and know what annual cost can be expected? From my research, it seems that I can expect to pay:
1. Road sticker = 40 CHF
2. Insurance = 400-500 CHF annually
3. Inspection every 4 years. Not sure how much this cost?
4. Parking costs - based on city/location
5. Plate costs?
6. Permit costs?

Is there anything else I am missing outside of fuel and maintenance costs? And does anyone know how much inspection costs?

I am interesting in more of the annual costs rather than fixed 1-time costs.
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Hi,
Does anyone own a motorcycle and know what annual cost can be expected? From my research, it seems that I can expect to pay:
1. Road sticker = 40 CHF
2. Insurance = 400-500 CHF annually
3. Inspection every 4 years. Not sure how much this cost?
4. Parking costs - based on city/location
5. Plate costs?
6. Permit costs?

Is there anything else I am missing outside of fuel and maintenance costs? And does anyone know how much inspection costs?

I am interesting in more of the annual costs rather than fixed 1-time costs.
1. Yes, but you only need one if you use the highway.
2. Insurance varies on the size and age, as well as your insurance bracket, my lowest is about CHF 50/year, most expensive CHF 350 (for two bikes on the same plate).
3. Inspection is CHF 60, and can be every 2 years, or every 14 (the shortest and longest times that I have personally experienced).
4. Parking is normally free.
5. Plate depends, like insurance, on the bike and the canton.
6. What permit?

Tom
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Is there anything else I am missing outside of fuel and maintenance costs? And does anyone know how much inspection costs?
New gear every so often (I change my helmet visor every two years). Kaffee and Nussgipfel on tours. The one odd fine you get.

Inspection cost in Vaud is CHF 50.
https://www.vd.ch/themes/mobilite/au...es-expertises/

The regular inspection schedule is after 5 to 6, 3, 2, 2, 2, ... years.
In practice it is a bit (up to a lot) longer. You will get an invite when the vehicle is due.
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Road tax?
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Road tax?
Plate cost
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Hi,
Does anyone own a motorcycle and know what annual cost can be expected? From my research, it seems that I can expect to pay:
1. Road sticker = 40 CHF
2. Insurance = 400-500 CHF annually
3. Inspection every 4 years. Not sure how much this cost?
4. Parking costs - based on city/location
5. Plate costs?
6. Permit costs?

Is there anything else I am missing outside of fuel and maintenance costs? And does anyone know how much inspection costs?

I am interesting in more of the annual costs rather than fixed 1-time costs.

I pay 150 CHF for insurance and 150 CHF for road tax.
For parking, I managed to park it on the same spot as my car, so that is for free.
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Re: Annual cost of motorcycle ownership

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This is very helpful information, thank you. It seems that it is inexpensive to afford a motorcycle. I will be living in Lausanne so I will have to pay a parking fee most likely but I can't imagine the other costs being more than 500 CHF a year with insurance/inspection/road sticker.

Has anyone used a motorcycle here to ride and explore Europe? Any suggestions are welcome
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Any suggestions are welcome
I suggest that you pick a direction and enjoy!
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I suggest that you pick a direction and enjoy!
Omg wow, that's really amazing. Favorite country you visited? Best bike to ride on? I am super jealous but I look forward to doing these trips once I am in CH and coronavirus dies down a bit.
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I suggest that you pick a direction and enjoy!
Www.kurviger.de

Select 'round trip', a direction and length, the amount of curviness you want and you are ready to go.
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2. Insurance varies on the size and age, as well as your insurance bracket, my lowest is about CHF 50/year, most expensive CHF 350 (for two bikes on the same plate).
If it's anything like the cars, it will also depend on the insurance company.

What about displacement capacity ("Hubraum") limitation? Is there no longer a limitation on what's available to a new biker, like for the first two years? OP seems to come from the US, appears to be arriving/recently arrived.
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Maintenance & parts are the killer criteria.
Battery replacement and new rubber, every other year.
Then the freezing rain in winter, if you're a die hard, requires a new wardrobe. $$$.
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Omg wow, that's really amazing. Favorite country you visited? Best bike to ride on? I am super jealous but I look forward to doing these trips once I am in CH and coronavirus dies down a bit.
I think that the trip down to Croatia, Bosnia and Slovenia was the most interesting. Slovenia itself is amazing and I want to spend more time there.

The only bike I've ridden much here in Switzerland is my F800GSA, and it does everything I want it to

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What about displacement capacity ("Hubraum") limitation? Is there no longer a limitation on what's available to a new biker, like for the first two years? OP seems to come from the US, appears to be arriving/recently arrived.
Till end of 2020 (Current VTS Ordinance SR 741.51 https://www.admin.ch/opc/de/classifi...0/741.51.pdf):
14 years or older: Max. 50 ccm and max 1kW.
16 years or older: Max. 50 ccm and max 11 kW OR No displacement limit and max 4 kW in case of electric motor or diesel engine.
18 years or older: Restricted to max. 35 kw and max 0,20 kW/kg power to weight ratio, no displacement restrictions.
18 years or older: No restrictions if you had a power restricted license for at least 2 years, or converted a foreign license w/o restrictions, or got your license in military or police.
25 years or older: No restrictions.
--END of list---

From 2021 (Upcoming changes of VTS Ordinance, AS 2019 191 https://www.admin.ch/opc/de/official...2019/191.pdf):
14 years or older: Max. 50 ccm and max 1kW.
15 years or older: Max. 50 ccm and max 11 kW OR No displacement limit and max 4 kW in case of electric motor or diesel engine.
16 years or older: Max. 125 ccm and max 11 kw.
18 years or older: Restricted to max. 35 kw and max 0,20 kW/kg power to weight ratio, no displacement restrictions.
18 years or older: No restrictions if you had a power restricted license for at least 2 years (and passed second practical exam) , or converted a foreign license w/o restrictions, or got your license in military or police.
--END of list---

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Www.kurviger.de

Select 'round trip', a direction and length, the amount of curviness you want and you are ready to go.
www.motofun.ch
www.passknacker.com
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Best bike to ride on?
Honda NC750X, the DCT version. Best bike I ever had (and I had many since starting in 1990)
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I had a couple of days ago with an insurance quote for a 49cm scooter and the total was really surprised. 467.50CHF
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I think that the trip down to Croatia, Bosnia and Slovenia was the most interesting. Slovenia itself is amazing and I want to spend more time there.

The only bike I've ridden much here in Switzerland is my F800GSA, and it does everything I want it to

Yeah I would like to do multi country trips. Will have to see in on my swiss visa if that's possible. That is an awesome bike but how has it held up? I was thinking of going with a Honda for lower and more affordable maintenance but I know BMW is also common in the area due to border of Germany. What about fuel consumption? I am not in Switzerland yet but we pay about 2.31 CHF for 4 liters of petroleum so I would want to capitalize on an efficient bike and also reduce my carbon footprint

BTW those are some amazing pictures on that website you and your friend captured. Looks like you've done quite a few journeys in Europe and North America. I've only done one a small week first time on a motorcycle and I am hooked!

These links will be helpful, thank you.

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Honda NC750X, the DCT version. Best bike I ever had (and I had many since starting in 1990)
I've actually been looking at this bike myself a few months ago, I heard they are quite the nice commuter bikes and you can add storage on the sides easily. Have you done any long journeys on them and how comfortable are they? I saw the Honda gold wing but they look too big for me and I am a beginner.
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I had a couple of days ago with an insurance quote for a 49cm scooter and the total was really surprised. 467.50CHF
How much was it worth, how many claims have you made in the last 5 years?
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I've actually been looking at this bike myself a few months ago, I heard they are quite the nice commuter bikes and you can add storage on the sides easily. Have you done any long journeys on them and how comfortable are they? I saw the Honda gold wing but they look too big for me and I am a beginner.
The NC750X, DCT version is a nice bike. Not just a commuter, but a great bike in general.

I have done multi day trips on mine (i have it with luggage), visiting parents in Holland. Also this year I went into the mountains a few times, last tuesday I went through the Gotthard and back via the Lucmanier pass (360km total). It is not a spectacular bike but a very docile well behaved motorcycle. I love the dct as it somehow frees up your mind to enjoy more, but there is also a manual version. With the right tires (michelin) the handling is very neutral, feels like you can drive it with no hands.

The tank is under the seat, what looks like a tank is storage big enough for a helmet (or in my case puncture kit, rain trousers, food, drink). Uses roughly 3.3L/100km.

If you're looking for a bike I can highly recommend you to try one, especially the DCT version. Mine is a newer (post 2016) model with full luggage, bought 14 months old for only 5500chf (I suspect computer mistake from the dealer ... i think the price was for selling it to another dealer, but the ad was accidentally displayed to end-customers, as I was actively searching for one I jumped on it immediately)...

There is talk of it next year being upgraded to 850cc, so of you want one this year get it used or heavely discounted.
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