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Old 11-06-2013, 06:48 PM   #31
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Is it wrong for me to be fiscally responsible and not get the $27,000 motorcycle that I lust for? A friend eggs me on and tells me YOLO (you only live once) but I'm thinking it's more YODO (you only die once) as my wife would probably kill me if I made that kind of purchase.
You only live once, but if you spend a stupid amount of money on one thing like a bike then it will cost being able to do life properly in another way (such as trips etc).
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Old 11-06-2013, 10:12 PM   #32
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I recently bought an Aprilia SXV 550. It's such a stupid bike. It's a full-on race bike. The fuel injection, even with thousands of dollars of dyno tuning, is still abrupt and snatchy. The rebuild cost and schedule works out to something like $50 every time you ride it. It's got a microscopic gas tank. It's uncomfortable. But I giggle every. single. time. I ride it. It makes 2.5x the power of a DRZ and weighs 2/3 as much and does wheelies and stoppies at will.

Is it a long term affair? Probably not. But I've wanted to own one for a long time. So it's worthwhile for now. When it's not, I'll sell it and hopefully not lose my shirt on the deal. Even if I did, I'm not too worried... owning it has been a unique experience.
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Old 11-07-2013, 03:03 PM   #33
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The SXV was the only bike where my brain didn't work after I test rode it. I had to have it.

I think it cost me about $2 per km and mine was reliable. Ok it was worth it.
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Old 11-07-2013, 05:38 PM   #34
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I will own & ride a Ducati before I die.
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Old 11-07-2013, 06:52 PM   #35
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i will own & ride a ducati before i die.
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Old 11-07-2013, 07:15 PM   #36
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I recently bought an Aprilia SXV 550. It's such a stupid bike. It's a full-on race bike. The fuel injection, even with thousands of dollars of dyno tuning, is still abrupt and snatchy. The rebuild cost and schedule works out to something like $50 every time you ride it. It's got a microscopic gas tank. It's uncomfortable. But I giggle every. single. time. I ride it. It makes 2.5x the power of a DRZ and weighs 2/3 as much and does wheelies and stoppies at will.

Is it a long term affair? Probably not. But I've wanted to own one for a long time. So it's worthwhile for now. When it's not, I'll sell it and hopefully not lose my shirt on the deal. Even if I did, I'm not too worried... owning it has been a unique experience.
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Old 11-07-2013, 07:24 PM   #37
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Seems to me as this thread is like chosing a trophy wife, a BSC girlfriend, a girl next next door wife, or get a hooker.

What do you want now, vs what can you live with for a little while, vs a long term relationship or all of the above while going unnoticed. ?
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Old 11-08-2013, 03:32 AM   #38
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Just bought another Bonneville. Crashed the last one in '03 or '04. I have been a standard bike lover for years.

I tried several bikes after the last Bonnie, bikes that "made more sense". Had one of the Triumph Thunderbirds. Not the same. Had a V-Strom 1000. Great bike. Boring as hell. A couple of Japanese cruisers. Fricken' horrible (for me). I did buy, and still own, a KLR which I love and will never get rid of. It lives outside and, although I'm pretty anal about the mechanics, it's getting real faded, dirty, and sticker covered, and the worse it looks the more I like it! Great beater/work bike!

That said, I came into a few bucks in August and decided it was new bike time. Saw the new Bonnies with the solid wheels. Went to the dealership. Shit, looking at and sitting on that gold Bonnie worked better than Viagra! I fell in love, struck a deal and rode it home!

Sure, it needed a new seat (other bikes wouldn't have). It's a bitch to load for trips (but will easily hold anything I need for a couple weeks in a duffel on the back) where another bike would have bags, etc. It's pretty under powered, (but has more than what I really need).

Funny thing, though, every time I'm on it I'm as giddy as a school girl! That, right there, is why I ride bikes to begin with. Smiles and travel.

Guess what I'm saying is that, these days, pretty much anything you buy will be reliable (new stuff anyhow) so the o.p. is right, get what makes that little sticker peck right up! I should have just bought another Bonnie right after I crashed the first one. Would have saved a ton of cash and time!
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Old 11-08-2013, 06:07 AM   #39
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Seems to me as this thread is like chosing a trophy wife, a BSC girlfriend, a girl next next door wife, or get a hooker.

What do you want now, vs what can you live with for a little while, vs a long term relationship or all of the above while going unnoticed. ?
I guess that the best advice would be to wear loose pants when bike shopping?? Boioing! Yes sir, I'll take that bike please.
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Old 11-10-2013, 03:16 PM   #40
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Buy what gives you wood!

Yup, in most cases, there is no common sense involved with buying a bike.

That's why it's known as "Moto Lust"!
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Old 11-10-2013, 05:27 PM   #41
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I just bought myself a new TW200. This bike does not give anyone over the age of fourteen any Wood!
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Old 11-10-2013, 07:10 PM   #42
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Yup, in most cases, there is no common sense involved with buying a bike.

That's why it's known as "Moto Lust"!
Talking to the wife about this bike and that bike and I made a comment how if I bought a Panigale R that I would have a permanent erection while riding it and she gave me a puzzled look. I explained how the shear power and beauty of it would turn me on. She then asked, "Do I give you a permanent erection?" I looked down at my crotch, back at her, then turned my attention back to the computer screen.


Then the fight started.

She might freeze my assets for awhile and I'm not talking about my bank account if you know what I mean. Thanks guys for getting me in trouble.


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Old 11-11-2013, 05:30 AM   #43
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Talking to the wife about this bike and that bike and I made a comment how if I bought a Panigale R that I would have a permanent erection while riding it and she gave me a puzzled look. I explained how the shear power and beauty of it would turn me on. She then asked, "Do I give you a permanent erection?" I looked down at my crotch, back at her, then turned my attention back to the computer screen.


Then the fight started.

She might freeze my assets for awhile and I'm not talking about my bank account if you know what I mean. Thanks guys for getting me in trouble.


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I would avoid anything that would give me a permanent erection.
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Old 11-11-2013, 06:03 AM   #44
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I would avoid anything that would give me a permanent erection.
I imagine that it would get kind of awkward if you dismounted and went into a store to grab some refreshments, but as long as you stayed on the bike who would notice??
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Old 11-11-2013, 07:34 PM   #45
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"Buy what gives you wood" said every fool who bought into the marketing campaign of any company selling any product.

Terrible advice all around. For any purchase.
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