Keep thinking about buying an older bike...
Since I got my license 4 years ago I sometimes scan the local craigslist to see how much my bike is selling for, and to see what other bike deals are out there.
Sometimes I would see a "vintage" bike, like a Honda 750 four, goldwing, SR500 thumper, Yamaha 750 triple, Honda CX500 (silverwing)... and think it would be fun to get one of those.
Now I have a bit of extra money on hand and keep thinking about it more seriously. I think the thing that tripped all this, I looked at a 1999 Royal Star with 1600 miles on the odo, for $3000, and realized I COULD have two bikes in my garage.
Now that thought process has started Ive opened the door.
I think maybe part of it is I missed out on all these great bikes in the '70s, '80s... because I had an enduro bike and was not into street bikes. So I missed the opportunity to own some of these great machines over the last 40 years.
And I think the other half of it, I went to a dealer for their open house saturday, and walking through their showroom there is really not much new on the market that I would want to buy, esp not at showroom prices. Somehow these older bikes appeal to me more. All this new stuff that is wrapped in plastic panels, fuel injected, and sculpted to look like a racing bike is not my concept of what a motorcycle is. Here in upstate NY its easy to find a 30 year old motorcycle with less than 20,000 miles on it, for less than $2000. Many less than $1000.
Does anyone else keep an older bike or two in the garage?
I have a feeling that once I got a second bike, the fever would break and I would be over it in a few months. Sometimes the idea of something is better than the reality.
And to be clear, my 2005 Vstar 650 classic is a great bike, I literally cannot think of anything I would change on it, and Ive never had any issues with it at all.
The other thing that would be great, if there was a way I could ride or borrow some of these older bikes for a weekend, just to see get a chance to ride something different. This could be a business for someone.