Over the last four years or so I have been self employed in addition to my normal everyday job; where I work for 3M in their GPS division. I don't make a lot of money being self employed, in fact I wonder if I make any money sometimes but it keeps me out of trouble and I enjoy it. I deliver various publications to various locations two days out of the week. Mileage and gas are my biggest expenses.
Like everyone, I want to stretch that dollar. The question is how to put my scooter to work for me. Storage was important to me, and was a major decision in my purchase. I have enough room for my lunch, a sweater if needed on the ride home from work, a laptop, a book, etc.
Economicly it makes sense. My car gets about 25 miles per gallon, the Burgman gets a little over twice that. Generally speaking the route that I'm considering running the bike on is about 40 miles long, barely over a half gallon of gas. Parking is easier as well as often I would be able to pull right up to the door, grab what I need and then run in and out in a matter of moments.
The question of stopping and starting is also a concern. My job is largly "drop and go" which is exactly like it sounds. How much time will be added to the route by my stopping, getting off the bike, opening the storage department, getting the papers I need and then doing the delivery, throwing out the older publications and then back onto the bike?
Only one way to find out.