What are you going to do with your old bikes when you pass on?

Discussion in '2 smokers' started by lrutt, Oct 4, 2012.

  1. lrutt

    lrutt SILENCE.....i kill you

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    I've been collecting for years and dearly love my bikes. I ride everyone of them. The big concern for me is what will happen to them when I die. Oddly enough I'm planning now how will get what to make sure they go to good deserving homes, to somene who will take care of them and enjoy them as I have. This means the collection will get split up some. I don't plan to sell to strangers but give to friends and family who as stated, will appreciate them.

    I've had recommendations of leaving to a charity or some such but no way. It would just end up something to flip for a few dollars if done that way. Museums, no way, these bikes need ridden.

    What do some of you plan on doing?
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  2. Shocktower

    Shocktower Long timer

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    I got kid's and I am going to live and ride for at least 30 more years :evil
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  3. twinjet

    twinjet Been here awhile

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    I read about a young lady who inherited an Indian Scout from her Grand Father.
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  4. caryder

    caryder Been here awhile

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    I think if I'm dead it won't matter to me what happens to my bikes. My family yes.


    Chuck
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  5. JeffS77

    JeffS77 cheap bastard

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    hmm good question.. I guess depending on our financial situation I will tell my wife to sale if needed.. If not they will probably go to family/friends to enjoy :D
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  6. buls4evr

    buls4evr No Marks....

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    My wife will sell mine and keep the cash. She already knows what to ask for all of them. My kids are not interested in old bikes and a lot of young folks just don't care about them at all. They think we are old dottering fools. Their idea of something to collect will be OLD Taylor Swift or Justin Beiber albums:D. Either way ,I won't care anymore.
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  7. TwinDuro

    TwinDuro Befuddled Adventurer

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    I care about your old bikes buls, and I'm only a 20 something... :deal but then again, I'm not normal. Who's Justin Beiber? :rofl

    Seriously though, you speak the truth, it seems that the vast majority (but definitely not all) of kids/younger adults aren't interested in vintage/classic bikes, which is a shame :cry. I hope that changes for the positive in the next couple of decades, even in a small way.

    FWIW, my take on this subject is that no matter what you own: motorcycles, cars, vintage tractors, baseball cards etc., it would be ideal to have everything clearly laid out and decided upon in one's will well in advance, so there's absolutely no question on who gets what. We've all seen, and likey experienced, families being torn apart by arguments over who gets one thing or another. It's not pretty and more often then not, turns downright ugly.

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  8. RodT

    RodT Been here awhile

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    I'm taking mine with me!!!!!:rofl:rofl:rofl
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  9. CanadianX

    CanadianX Oh!? That is deep.

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    The phenomenom isn't limited to bikes but spans to cars. Seems a lot of younger people in developed nations are loosing their love for owning a car. It isn't the status symbol it once was. many are not gettting their license until they are much older. Now in nations that are just coming into their own the demand is growing as is the interest.

    TwinDuro called it though - have a good solid plan and have it written and notorized. May also consider letting some of them go to their new homes before you ride off into the sunset. Likely give you great joy to see them enjoyed anew and would settle any issue of ownership after your passing.
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  10. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass Awful Kanauphyl

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    It looks like you have an interesting collection. I have a car that I likely will own for my entire life. To be honest, I hope it gets sold when I'm gone. I'd rather it disappear from anyone who knew me than have someone I know not take care of it or wrap it around a tree. My thought is that a paying next owner will "have skin in the game" compared to getting something for nothing and treating it as such.
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  11. old fart bob

    old fart bob Armchair adventurer

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    I married late and my wife has absolutely no interest in my bikes, my antique cars or my large memorabilia collection. I arranged with the Gilmore Auto Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan they would get the whole collection along with more than enough money to maintain them. My wife thought that was a good idea.
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