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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by gjcarving, Nov 23, 2013.
I had just reached liquor drinking age in SC. Beer drinking age was attained in 78.
'81... I was ten. Had to sell my PK Ripper and all of my hockey equipment so that Mom and I could move to Arkansas and be missionaries. Ended up with a Murray BMX from Walmart. That was a tough year...
Just realized I was 5 pages behind... skipped 5 pages and now I'm all caught up. Did I miss anything important?
There was that one EPIC post... can't remember who wrote it, or where it was exactly... you better go look for it.
@Plebeian, I've always wondered... is your profile picture your actual face?
Anyone what to know what a year of ownership of a BMW cost? I am afraid to total it. I bet close to the cost of a new China dirt bike.
I had a lot of time to riding across Texas to contemplate bike cost. My decision is that if buying brand new and keeping the bikes for 50,000miles it is cheaper to own 2 blueberries after fuel/tire/oil/etc costs. When compared to owning one big bike and trying to ride 2up.
Gawd hazz scene yawr sacrafice and rewarded ya with...... A Whirrrrrrrrrrr? He does werk in mysterious weighzzzz.
That is the result of when he hit a puddle in the Home Depot parking lot and had to lay it down
But of course. When you happen upon a photo that actually makes you look good, you gotta plaster that baby EVERYWHERE.
If ya dew the tew bikes and you get boob two back contact on heavy braking, she was following too closely.
Remember the conversation we had in here a month or so back about the older some of us are getting how were are thinking differently and wanting to simplify? Bikes are a perfect example. I have a really hard time justifying a brand-new bike these days. My 500X was new last spring, but it was 3 model-years old and cheaper than a used one. Plus, I don't believe in financing toys. (Motorcycles are wants, not needs) So for me to do a bunch of damage to my savings just to have a new motorcycle only to see the value plunge the minute I load it...really goes against my beliefs.
But I'm also at a different place in life than you are. So the justifications are completely different. Kinda. But not really. A payment is a payment, and an outlay is an outlay. I have friends in my age range that think nothing of going out and financing fancy KTMs, or BMWs, or whatever, and then tell me how they have to tighten their belts & shit. Really? Then you bought a bike you couldn't afford.
What works for you probably won't work for me, and vice-versa. Do you need a new bike or want a new bike? And if you want a new bike will the purchase strap you in anyway? If not, then go for it. My own idea of splurging these days is racing to get my mortgage paid off.
Same color as that damn Murray....
Before I scraped all the stickers off with steel wool and WD40 and went with the straight chrome look
No one ever really does.
When riding 2 up, the helmet to helmet contact, when landing after catching a little air, was very annoying. Back rubs were nice though.
Im bout ta hit 52, and by choice and being honest with myself as my abilities drop off, Im done with +$9,000 bikes. Thankful GPX is bringing in bikes near $5k with what I like as opposed to a Honda 230. I aint dead yet!
I'll be paying cash. The money would probably be "better" spent on my mortgage. But I also don't want to be 80 years old sitting on my fat bank account wishing I had lived life a little.
I guess it's one of those balance things.. I'll call it a divorce crisis purchase!
I should add that I'll probably keep it for at least 4 or 5 years barring no major advancements in technology.
I've already decided that my next thumper will probably be a Pitster-type bike. Really hope that segment develops. But it's gotta be plateable out of the box. There are too many other 'like-new' used options for me to want to take a risk based on how things are worded on paper.
No way I'm paying Euro bike money for new. Not at my age/skill level. A new EXC/FE is a ridiculous expenditure for someone like me.
You'd be surprised how your outlook changes. I echoed your same sentiments until about 5 years ago. About age 50 my priorities completely changed. I now wish I'd have not splurged so much over the years and actually had that cash right now.
Meh, don't pay off the mortgage early. Unless you're way upside down on it, or you have an uber high interest rate. Don't bother. Better off investing the $$$ or spending it on bikes. Or Follow Benders lead........
Yup, I'm in same boat. I'm still kicking myself I financed the 800, but it is what it is now. I very much no longer need\want the latest greatest. Heck, my buddy mentioned hooking me up with a beat up TW200. That's got me more excited than the 800