And is riding really as dangerous as portrayed?
These two questions have been asked before, but let me explain my predicament. Hopefully some of you might have the experience to advise me.
I am going to university in a few months time. It's a local Uni, about 40km away from my house. I would have considered taking the subway except that it is very prone to morning breakdowns. And it is always crammed to the max, meaning I'd have to stand for more than an hour per direction, with a bus journey after, with my school things.
So I've been saving some money, but the next thing that really bugs me is the sales tax* for brand new bikes. It's called the Certificate of entitlement (COE) and, as of April's prices, stands at $6312. It was in the $1000s range just a year ago. Add in the licensing (~$800) vehicle cost (~$3000 max) and gear ($200), and you'd exceed the tuition fees for a semester.
Of course I could go for a resale bike, for which I could finish within $7000, the above mentioned other costs included. But there would be no peace of mind.
On one hand there is the uncomfortable subway system. On the other there is the phenomenal price tag for a motorcycle.
Please do give your advice, it will be much appreciated.
PS: It isn't actually a sales tax, but we will treat it as such for this thread.