Short Answer: Y E S !
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Being a biker over a backpacker almost ALWAYS wins. Big time. But thats not the topic for this post. We wanted to find out: was it financially worth it and how much did it actually cost us. This is not factoring in the money saved by not shipping the BMWs or the money we got for the BMW’s. This is based on the costs once we arrived here.
1522 EUR per bike including insurance, registration and oil for just over 10.000 kms
30 EUR bike insurance in Thailand (we got one after the first border crossing. Later and in Laos and Cambodia we didn’t)
3 EUR selfmade chain oiler
4 EUR for having the bikes washed 2 times
That makes for a total cost of 1559 EUR. I sold my bike for 690 EUR, that leaves me with 869 EUR in fixed costs.
The gas consumption of the Honda Wave is about 3 liters. If you average the costs for gas at 1 EUR/liter (Thailand, Laos, Cambodia; Malaysia is about 0,5 EUR) you get 0,03 EUR/km.
Since we rode about 10.000 kms that makes for another 300 EUR.
So the overall costs of having our own, new bikes for half a year in Southeast Asia costs us 1169 EUR per bike or 6,40 EUR per day including gas. That is about the same cost as a bike rental but it allowed us to cross borders without problems (not possible with rentals) and gave us the feeling of our own new bike.This was especially important in two places: on the highway, where our new and generally unabused bikes did 90 km/hr without a problem (so long as we were not on a hill) and while off roading, where we did not have to worry about bringing back scratched bikes.