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Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by Offcamber, Dec 10, 2012.
Get her a bike too. How about a Yamaha 225?
That's a tough sell. Unless it is your only vehicle, it is a want, not a need. If you both have equal "want" budgets, there you go: you spend yours, she spends hers.
It is particularly tough when the only answer to "whats wrong with your versys?" is something like: "it's not MWAAAAA enough anymore"
No way I'm encouraging her to ride nor does she have any desire....I talked her into an ATV and it was a pretty site to see. Just doesn't have a good relationship with motor vehicles. She tried a scooter once....it didn't go well.
I think I ride a fair amount.....I put about 7k miles on the bike last season.
and no I don't have any real good reason to trade up...want is the biggest factor.
I think I'm going to try and save up for a big down payment and add selling the old bike and I'll only have a small loan.
I definitely get an itch for "a new and cooler" bike with fuel injection, and better gas mileage every once in a while (I have 2007 Ninja 250, but wouldn't mind Honda CBR250 or NC700X)...
And I'm also in the same boat: old bike has been bought with cash 3 years ago when I was in college and has all the nice accessories, while I would have to buy stuff for the new one, and some of the accessories I made would go to waste (like the fiberglass handguards I made just for my Ninja, because nobody seems to make anything winter-worthy).
So the trick I play on myself, is tell myself that I will not quit this bike until it has xx,xxx miles on it... In my case, I'd would love to turn 100K miles on my Ninja 250. Will that happen? Not sure, but at least it gets me through the seasonal "new bike itch," and has gotten me to put 27K miles on the bike so far
And it keeps my money safe for something more prudent (I'm in my 20's, so I still need/want to save for a house, investments, etc., and I imagine that many of you guys don't have that problem anymore). I guess it's not as much about the bike for me, as it is about waking up every morning, and just getting on the bike and going for a ride. I don't even own a car anymore, because it just sat there doing nothing, and I hated killing it in such a slow and painful death.
That's what works for me.
Normally I would say keep the old Versys, since its paid for. I tend to buy used and keep them until oil runs out the exhaust pipe. My Aprilia was the closest I've come to a new bike, and it was a demo with a few thousand miles on it.
I think you have a legitimate want here, though; more power for long trips, and more comfort for those times when you wife rides pillion. Personally, I am very opposed to debt. What about selling the Versys now while it still holds some value, ride the KLR while saving some cash to throw in, then buying the Super Tenere. You may have to get a used one to avoid borrowing.
Three key parts to a plan like that would be:
1. Getting an emergency fund in place for other household stuff.
2. Getting your wife on board before selling the Versys.
3. Keeping the money in a separate bank account.
You don't want the money to get diverted to something else, leaving you with only the KLR. (not that the KLR isn't a fun bike)
Yes, it has a top box. Fuck off Dakez
Build a turbo kit for it. It'll be a fun project and the power hit will be insane...'wheelies in the first 6 gears.
What makes it uncomfortable for 2up? Widen the passenger seat, lengthen it, and add some foam. Lower the passenger pegs.
I've been looking at some of the new bikes lately. There's some really good looking stuff out there.The only downside to the newer offerings is , they are all so complex now. Everything now has linked ABS systems, electronic suspension systems, traction control, etc,etc, etc. While all of these bells and whistles may be usefull, they seem more like sales gimmicks to me. They are all fine and good until there's a failure. I would hate to see the bill for replacing the control module for one of these systems.
I'm pretty handy with mechanical things but a turbo is a bit beyond my skill level. The two up issue isn't just power. With both of us on the bike and my paniers packed the suspension is maxed out. I know I could modify the engine and suspension to make up for some of it but in the end I think its a lot easier to just get a bigger bike.
Right now I'm in a holding pattern. I'm going to save some money up then hunt for a new or lightly used bike that will fit the bill. I'm in no rush at this point.
I do like hearing all the different points of view.
How fortunate that your statement is a gross exaggeration.
(very few bikes have these techno-gadgets)
It has to put a smile on your face. If the current bike doesn't quite do it, it is time for a change. I had a perfectly good BMW RT that I liked a lot. It was a good bike and did everything I really needed it to do. It never made my soul sing. It took me almost 2 years to find just the right bike at the right deal. Now, every single time I throw my leg over my GSA, I am grinning like a fool. My choice isn't for everybody but it does everything I want and the top of that list is to put me in a great frame of mind when I get to my destination.
Normally I agree with that, but I think there has to be a line.
For me, I'm not comfortable with financing a bike just for a smile, for example. Particularly if I have a perfectly working bike.
Now, if something were to happen to my bike, I guess I'd be forced to take steps...
Well, what to say. I've gone from having to have the fastest, latest bikes, to bikes that are just plain fun to ride. Now, I go through a couple of different bikes every year. Currently, there is a Ducati S4, and a KTM 950SM. Neither are especially fast, but both are comfortable and run pretty strong. You mentioned your accessories. I used to buy all the stuff for them, full exhaust, the Duc has a $1100 Ohlins and Race Tech did the forks. But you never get that money back out of them. The KTM has a set of slip-ons and a jet kit, and the factory tank bag. But that's about it. Since these things (bikes in general) start losing value at a drastic rate once you roll them out the dealers door, I tend to buy them used.
That Big Super Tenere looks cool, but it also looks very large, very heavy. Same with the Triumph Trophy or whatever it's called, I sat on one over at the local dealer, but it sure is huge. Maybe for some Interstate Hwy boogieing, but on any kind of trail or whatever? No way.
Buy what floats your boat. I have a pretty short attention span, I'm looking at the Tuono V4 next.
Remind me what you do for a living again?
I am the Seller of Magic Buttons.
You have an illness that is an epidemic in this community.
Don't fight it..just get it and repeat repeat repeat.
Oh dear I figured out a way to pay for the new bike that won't impact my finances to much....quick someone talk me out of it!!!