I don't know how much I've spent this year, although I could go find out in about three seconds if I so desired ... I have a "moped" category on my checkbook program thingy. Of course, that wouldn't include the few times I raided my savings account for mopeds, or gas money spent driving to moped-related events, or the times when I was about to categorize something and I was like, "That's not STRICTLY moped-related, so I'll just categorize it as something else..." I really need to get rid of that blasted category.
I accidentally looked at my moped category back when I was doing taxes for 2007. In 2007, I think I spent like $800 or something on mopeds. This is very ironic, of course, because back when I was stupid and naive and didn't know what a moped was, I thought about getting a scooter. The main reason I didn't was because I didn't think a scooter was going to improve my life $1000 worth. Thus, I went the "cheap" route with mopeds instead, and I've spent more on moped-related expenses than I would have spent if I had just bought a new scooter in the first place.
Thankfully, I think I can say that mopeds are worth every penny I've put into them. I'm sure my mentality won't apply to everyone, but to me it's not about saving money on gas or transportation. I just like mopeds. I like riding mopeds. I like fixing mopeds, or at least trying to fix them. I like buzzing past bicyclists. I like the looks of "What the hell...?" I get from people. I like it when my mopeds actually work and I had some part in making them work. It's an activity, a hobby, a fun thing to do ... if it's okay for people to spend gobs of money on movies or concerts or model train sets or travel or Star Wars conventions, then I don't see why we should all be sickened by how much we've spent on mopeds. If you like doing it, does it really matter how much you've spent? Would you be spending all that money if the enjoyment you got from mopeds didn't compensate for the financial loss? I doubt it.