COSTING THE COMMUTE
ROUTE Upminster to Holborn, EC1 DISTANCE 25 miles (by road) DURATION 65 minutes by bike, 70 minutes on public transport TRANSPORT FOR LONDON ANNUAL SEASON TICKET £2364 LEXMOTO ZSX-F £1699 + £82 INSURANCE £1781
Upminster is on the eastern edge of London’s commuter belt, while Holborn is in the heart of the city. It’s a distance of 25 miles, with a journey time of just over an hour. Unexpected delays aside, the difference in travel time between motorcycle and public transport is negligible.
An annual season rail ticket is £2364, while the Lexmoto costs under £1800 on the road (including insurance). That leaves over £500 in the kitty for fuel, tax and running costs. In year two you’d have to pay the £2364 again, but the Lexmoto would already be paid for. Plus, at the end of two year, the bike will be worth a few hundred pounds, while your travel card will just be a receipt for the punishment you’ve endured on public transport.