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12-10-2012 01:02 PM
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12-10-2012 12:42 PM
KnuckleBallz Well, this just got interesting...
12-10-2012 12:28 PM
Hyena It helped me better understand. Not so much for you?
12-10-2012 11:51 AM
I-Jo I am suddenly uncomfortable sitting at my desk.
12-09-2012 11:09 PM
Hyena Ah if only. You always hear stories like that. It's like when you're at the office working late and the sexy secretary comes in because she forgot something really important at her desk. The dim light from your desk lamp draws her attention. You hear the click of her heels as she walks over. Your eyes travel the impossible length of her legs and, finally, each of your gazes meet. At first it's uncomfortable, but then you find you can't look away. Just as you're about to say something, she sweeps the files off of your desk and reaches for your belt buckle. Suddenly having to stay late doesn't seem so bad...

Yeah... I bet it's a lot like that.
12-09-2012 10:42 PM
bluspyder
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Originally Posted by Hyena View Post
Wow that's some luck! Did you see it in someone's backyard and ask if it was for sale? Did you lift up the tarp beforehand to see what it was? I wouldn't even know how to go about this.

I went to see that 500r today. Looks well taken care of despite 20k miles. Asking price is 2000. I offered 1500 but he said he couldn't let it go for that low. Wants 1800. Still a good deal? If not, I'll probably just pick up a 250 for less than 1500.
It was a buddy of mines neighbor. We were out back grilling and noticed him out in his garage and I walked over and asked about the old bike behind the shed. He told me what it was and that he hadn't ridden the thing in two years after he got his goldwing. I ask if he was willing to sell it and he asked how much I had. I half jokingly said well I can only do $400 right now. He then responded with "sold" he shook my hand then I went home to get my trailer.
12-09-2012 10:17 PM
Hyena
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Originally Posted by Justice06RR View Post
The 350Z is a nice car. If you can afford to keep it until its mostly or completely paid off, that's what I recommend instead of trading it for a bike and not having a car.

If you still owe a lot on the car, you are losing out when you re-sell it. Also, remember that being bike-only without a car has its pitfalls along with its perks. The weather can be your enemy as much as it is your friend. When its raining hard or when the weather reaches 100F+, it may prove difficult. Also, you cannot always take passengers, groceries, or large items so take that in consideration.

If you do plan on the 250, that is a great bike to start on.
I owe about a year and 2/3. Factor in premium tank of gas every week and insurance. If I sell it, I can pay the loan off as well as cover the bike and a beater car. No monthly payment. No more premium gas. Not so high insurance. The hardest thing is finding a decent beater. If I decided to keep it, no bike for this guy, as the money from selling the car is how I would be paying for the motorcycle.
12-09-2012 07:53 PM
Justice06RR The 350Z is a nice car. If you can afford to keep it until its mostly or completely paid off, that's what I recommend instead of trading it for a bike and not having a car.

If you still owe a lot on the car, you are losing out when you re-sell it. Also, remember that being bike-only without a car has its pitfalls along with its perks. The weather can be your enemy as much as it is your friend. When its raining hard or when the weather reaches 100F+, it may prove difficult. Also, you cannot always take passengers, groceries, or large items so take that in consideration.

If you do plan on the 250, that is a great bike to start on.
12-09-2012 06:50 PM
Hyena
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Originally Posted by KnuckleBallz View Post
How's public transport in your city? I'm bike 3/4 of the year and subway in the winter. Starting to think I should add a cheap truck or something to the mix. So far I've been OK though.

I ride every day pretty much when I have the bike, but can always catch a bus if I have to.

I will say this- I've been riding like this two seasons & so far have had an accident in both of them (in October coincidentally). My friends that don't commute don't seem to have this problem, lol. First one was my fault- riding to work in the rain, braked improperly, lost the front. Second one I got hit by a guy who was lost & paying more attention to street signs than motorcycles.

You will have a close call ever single time you get on your bike until you develop your spidey sense. Keep the car and ease into it.

And get gear. I don't get the craze with expensive helmets. You can get a DOT/Snell approved HJC for under 100. No frills, but a good spot to save.
Public transportation isn't all that bad. Of course, it's not like in the city. It's a few miles to the nearest dart train and about a mile or so to the nearest bus stop. Not exactly the most convenient way to travel. If I could walk out of my house and walk down the street to the subway, I would do it in a heartbeat. I've always wanted to live in the big city.
12-09-2012 06:42 PM
Hyena
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Originally Posted by bluspyder View Post
I know this may sound stupid but go cruise around the neighborhood and look of a old cruiser under a tarp. I picked up my old honda cx-650c for $400 that way. Brought it home and it started up with 2 year old gas it in. Drove it for a year and sold it for $1500.
Wow that's some luck! Did you see it in someone's backyard and ask if it was for sale? Did you lift up the tarp beforehand to see what it was? I wouldn't even know how to go about this.

I went to see that 500r today. Looks well taken care of despite 20k miles. Asking price is 2000. I offered 1500 but he said he couldn't let it go for that low. Wants 1800. Still a good deal? If not, I'll probably just pick up a 250 for less than 1500.
12-09-2012 02:04 AM
bluspyder
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Originally Posted by The Predator View Post
apples to apples, find me an 850 dollar bike that's cheaper to run and less of a headache to run than my dodge.
I know this may sound stupid but go cruise around the neighborhood and look of a old cruiser under a tarp. I picked up my old honda cx-650c for $400 that way. Brought it home and it started up with 2 year old gas it in. Drove it for a year and sold it for $1500.
12-09-2012 01:56 AM
KnuckleBallz How's public transport in your city? I'm bike 3/4 of the year and subway in the winter. Starting to think I should add a cheap truck or something to the mix. So far I've been OK though.

I ride every day pretty much when I have the bike, but can always catch a bus if I have to.

I will say this- I've been riding like this two seasons & so far have had an accident in both of them (in October coincidentally). My friends that don't commute don't seem to have this problem, lol. First one was my fault- riding to work in the rain, braked improperly, lost the front. Second one I got hit by a guy who was lost & paying more attention to street signs than motorcycles.

You will have a close call ever single time you get on your bike until you develop your spidey sense. Keep the car and ease into it.

And get gear. I don't get the craze with expensive helmets. You can get a DOT/Snell approved HJC for under 100. No frills, but a good spot to save.
12-08-2012 11:03 PM
Hyena I'll have the car until it's sold. That way, if i dont feel comfortable riding for whatever reason, ill be able to use it.

After the car is sold, it will be bike only until I can find a beater car.
12-08-2012 10:35 PM
I-Jo You have to learn to ride first before you go gung hoe into the fray. I know people who have been riding for two years who still haven't hit the rain yet. Granted bike only makes you think twice about running out for something you don't NEED but the reality is awful stressful to be forced to do something dangerous when you are under the gun (late for work) or its pissing rain or golf ball sized hail, super tired or go out and forget and drink one to many, any number of situations an experienced rider would be more prepared for, avoid or have the confidence to ride through with out binning it from some easy mistake. It's absolutely do-able but I wouldn't recommend dumping the car till you have gotten more comfortable on the bike.

You want to focus on technical stuff and learning how to be an urban warrior for commuting... Not worrying about the back end washing out in the monsoon.

Again. It's definitely do able... But you are going to complicate your own life unnecessarily for several months by going bike only.right off the bat.
12-08-2012 10:10 PM
PhilB
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Originally Posted by The Predator View Post
apples to apples, find me an 850 dollar bike that's cheaper to run and less of a headache to run than my dodge.
I had several such when I was in my 20's. 1976 Honda CB360T, bought at a garage sale for $25 with helmet, added $140 of parts mostly from the junkyard, ran fine, sold it for $600. 1971 Honda CL350, found it literally buried in compost behind a house I rented a room in. Spent a weekend cleaning it, spent less than $100 on fuel lines and tires and such, rattlecanned it black, ran great. I had that one for years with very little trouble from it. I guarantee you if you're going for the as-cheap-as-possible transportation option, you can get cheaper with a bike than with a car at the bottomfeeder end of the spectrum.

PhilB
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