Do you have a bike you lust after ??? YES then go for it.
Buying just because you can could lead to making a mistake.
I'm like you in that I can purchase a new bike at anytime but I just have not found a bike I really want, as soon as I do find the one it will join the others in the stable.
My thing is no regrets, life is too short to live with regrets.
We do differ in that I will never consider another KTM
Oh, I absolutely agree with you. It wouldn't be an impulse purchase, but at the same time it's certainly not a necessity to have a new bike.
I've sat on a few KTMs before, but aside from the secondhand information I've obtained, I have no firsthand experience with KTM. What is your issue with them, and which bike resulted in your dislike for the brand?
You do make a good point though. As far as a dream bike, cost and maintenance be damned, I really think it would be the GS series. I think that they're just absolutely beautiful machines, and I dig German engineering.
Doesn't seem like you ride much. 3k miles a year?
Would a new bike give you incentive to ride? Maybe that's worth the cash outlay.
But if it's just going to sit in your garage...
I want to say a little over half of those miles were racked up within the first 9-12 months. Shortly after that, I traded my 4-wheeled vehicle for one that I could actually commute in as well, so my time to ride fell off a bit. Oftentimes, I have to drag a lot of gear/equipment in to work, so sometimes riding just isn't feasible. Also, for about 2 1/2 of those 4 years, I've owned two bikes as well, so mileage was split between the V-Strom and my KLR 650 that I used to have, and the R1 that I currently own.
I own a 2012 R1 right now, so that definitely scratched that itch for speed. The crossplane was always near the top of the list of bikes for me to own. Honestly though, sportbikes just aren't my style anymore, so part of the funds towards a new bike would be coming from the sale of that R1. Also, I just don't have the room for two bikes, unfortunately.
I would almost argue that it's just as, if not even more important, for someone who has less time to ride to have a bike that they love. You have to make that limited time that you have count, after all!
I do appreciate all of the input. Already some new things to consider with the extra perspectives.