Originally Posted by RetrogradE
Right, that's exactly my point.
$15,500 is doable. Even a grand more, sure. I don't finance anything so the lower outlay of cash the better.
The problem is: I want it all. LED, cruise, etc. No ESA, so I guess "not all."
But you add the LED, cruise, panniers, and then a few signature farks to make it your own? Then tax-title-doc fee-license-insurance?
Sheeeiit, it's too damned much.
Then you compare it to a private party 2nd hand bike and all of a sudden you can afford to wait 5 years for the "new" model.
We can guess what the price is until we are blue in the face. When it arrives and if you really want the bike, you'll get it. I pay cash for all my goods as well. If it exceeds 20k for base model, I'll buy it 2nd hand in 2014. I'm still perfectly content with my 2005 GS, but looking at all the specs on this new girl has me pumped.