I just reached 20.000 km with my electric motorcycle in the first 1,5 years of ownership. I already shared my overall findings, basically how happy I am, on facebook so go there if you’re only interested in how good these bikes really are.
Total service & parts costs
I had it serviced as per instructions and just as the initial service at 10.000 km, when I paid 75 EUR, it was again cheaper than any of my previous bikes. Here is a breakdown of the cost:
|2 hours of work for||145,00 EUR|
|gearbox oil||8,00 EUR|
|brake fluid||10,00 EUR|
|brake pad (rear)||29,00 EUR|
|Total service cost||192,00 EUR|
I also opted for a new low maintenance chain from Tsubaki, known as 525 alpha XRG chain, for an additional 180 EUR but that was totally optional since the original chain was still OK. I just wanted something with less work involved. If this was a nice weather bike only I wouldn’t even bother, but when riding all year long this and the Regina HPE chain should help a lot in reducing chain cleaning and lubing. I’ll report back on that chain once I have it on for longer.
Besides those 2 service costs I also replaced my tyres at around 17.000 km. To be honest I should ‘ve done that way sooner. From factory it had Diablo Rosso III tyres installed and those are great for nice weather and fast riding. But I do mostly cold morning rides with speed limits in all kinds of weather. So I got Michelin Road 6 GT tyres for a cost of 410,69 EUR. Installation I did myself which is not as involved as car tyres.
Total electricity cost
And then running costs as in consumption of electricity… Not really easy to calculate for several reasons. For example we currently still have a fixed rate at home which is nice with current crazy prices. But that won’t last and somewhere before the end of this year I should get a 40x 380W solar panel installation on our roof to cope with that.
Also charging on the road is complicated price way. Almost all providers already adapted their prices upwards. I still enjoy a free Ionity susbscription but again that won’t last. And most of my charging is done at home and at fastned anyway. So let’s make a quick calculation instead.
If we use 90 Wh/km as an average consumption for that 20.000 km distance I used 1.800 kWh at this point. Note that this number is rather high for me since I ride almost always either 90 or 120 kph. And allthough 1.800 kWh sounds like a lot… it’s nothing compaired to our electric van, that one is at 35.000 km now and uses more like 270 Wh/km on average…
The cost for electricity is somewhere between 0,30 EUR/kWh and 0,80 EUR/kWh so still a hefty 0,70 EUR/kWh on average. However I rarely charge on the road so with my fixed contract I’m closer to that 0,30 EUR/kWh price point. Bringing the total electricity cost to somewhere around 540 EUR for that 20.000 km.
In comparison my 2016 BMW R1200 GS was using 5,8L/100 km the way I used it (again mostly highway). When I was running it premium fuel was still at a somewhat normal 1,60 EUR/L. That would’ve costed me 1,60*20.000/100 = 320 EUR in total. I just checked and current Euro 98 price is 2,072 EUR/L so 2,072*20.000/100 = 414,40 EUR.
Correction : fuel cost would be 1,6*5,8*20.000/100 = 1.856 EUR then and 2,072*5,8*20.000 /100 = 2.403,52 EUR now.
Ok it surprises me that fuel is cheaper to run than electricity? Even more so since I wasn’t calculating with higher DC charge rate prices… Maybe I just goofed out on one of the numbers or calculations :D.