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I have placed a bid on ebay for a 2008 Wee. Bad part is that my wife doesn't know and she isn't going to appreciate the fine bargain I will have made if I win the auction.

I am extremely conflicted about this because I really want this bike but marital harmony is more important than my riding habit. Especially since I already have a bike to ride. There are five days remaining in the auction so the probability that I will win is quite low at this point since I am only one bid away from loosing this auction. It was a bone-headed thing to do anyway. Now I just have to deal with the consequences.

Last time I did this (yes, I've done this before) I was banned from ebay for a year. That was a few hundred dollars. This time I may be banned for life. To bad I would have to spend my time riding my new bike.

Oh well, what will be will be...
 

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There's being married and then there is being owned... You my friend are owned. My wife would support me with things that make me happy. I, in return support her.... She would never tell me what to do and I would never tell her what to do. I can't for the life of me understand why some men marry controlling women. How could anyone be happy with that?
 

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There's being married and then there is being owned... You my friend are owned. My wife would support me with things that make me happy. I, in return support her.... She would never tell me what to do and I would never tell her what to do. I can't for the life of me understand why some men marry controlling women. How could anyone be happy with that?
That it. My next wife will be a rich Canadian! :rolleyes:
 

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owned vs married

There's being responsible and then there's being stupid. I should have evaluated the consequences of my actions better and more thoroughly before clicking the bid button. I really don't think I have a chance in winning this auction but the point is that we really can't afford another payment right now and after numerous discussions about our financial condition and the direction we are taking during the current financial fiasco that our country is in, this is just not a good move for us.

Owned vs Married. Get real. Would you go out and buy another house, putting a down payment down and signing a purchase agreement without discussing the consequences with your wife? I don't really think so. If you would, then that would make you as stupid and irresponsible as I have acted.

I wasn't looking for moral judgement or an evaluation of my actions. I was just sharing my lunacy with the world in an open forum where lots of other loons lurk wishing they may someday have another bike.

Owned. If she owns me then I'm glad to be the property of someone with whom I feel blessed to share my life and my world with. Lot's of other riders here don't have anyone to share their passion of riding with because their significant other doesn't understand at all.

Owned. Whew, get a grip. Or maybe you were just poking fun at me and I should get off the soap box. Maybe you didn't really mean to insult me without really knowing me. Maybe it's just all in good fun. In that case, never mind...
 

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Off the hook

Well, it's all a moot point anyway because I've already been outbid. Whew! Well, too bad, that would have been a sweet deal: 2008 @2900miles for just over $4k? What is it they say about things that seem too good to be true. Well, there ya' go.:cool:
 

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There's being responsible and then there's being stupid. I should have evaluated the consequences of my actions better and more thoroughly before clicking the bid button. I really don't think I have a chance in winning this auction but the point is that we really can't afford another payment right now and after numerous discussions about our financial condition and the direction we are taking during the current financial fiasco that our country is in, this is just not a good move for us.

I do not understand why you are taking off like that. If you are a masochist that's fine, but don't expect others to have the same tendencies by biting their lips when you post an analysis of a not so smart move for someone in your situation. If you so desperately only want to share this with the world without judgement from others, I would suggest to start by informing your spouse.:bom_bulb:
 

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being stupid

I was taking off like that because I was stupid. I freely admit that, and confess it was incredibly ignorant on my part. I was just posting a ridiculous thing that I had done to share about a foolish moment.

As far as informing my spouse, I agree that would have been prudent if I thought that I actually had any real chance of winning the auction. However, I didn't win, have already been outbid and I don't see a point in creating a difficult situation now. And, I'm not planning on any more stupid activities.

I didn't mean to upset anyone here but only to share about a moment of lunacy in which I attempted to fulfill a dream that just about turned into a nightmare. I apologize to anyone that I may have offended or insulted. I only meant to entertain and enlighten. Please excuse my interruption.
 

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You my friend are a lucky man. I put a bid in on a bike with what I thought was no real chance of winning. 4 days later I was the proud owner of Kawi Concours with 9000 miles. My wife has come to understand that I sometimes go temporarily insane and buy or sell things without her knowing in advance, she pretty much takes it in stride. The key is to take care of her also, and not put yourself in economic distress, and I only buy what is a great deal.
List of things I've bought without my wife knowing include an almost new Jeep Wrangler, Corvette Zr1, Virago, DL650, and a Concours.... all have been sold but the DL650 and the Councors...yet. On the other hand I have sold many things also because I worked a great deal out. One day I sold my wife's car while she was at work....(the car she actually took to work). I had to go pick her up and buy another car that night. Thankfully she actually thought that was funny....whew;)
 

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Very Lucky Indeed

ScrapGM: I know that I am very lucky. In more ways than one because God has blessed me with a wonderful woman who loves me AND loves to ride. We have been through more than a few awkward situations like this and she knows that I also have bouts of insanity. She still loves me. Go figure...

This would have been a great deal if I could have closed the deal and financing would not have been a problem: 2008 DL650 with 2,800 miles for $4,050.00 plus fees. I could have flipped it very quickly and turned a small profit if I was in too much trouble. Turns out the deal was soooo sweet that someone else quickly out-bid me and they will be getting a very nice bike. I still want a dual-purpose bike but I will use a lot more self-control in the interim while I shop for the right one.

I see that your wife is also very understanding and a wonderful woman. Seems like a great guy that will take his sweetie out and buy her a new car. Good job!
 

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she talked me into it

My fiancee (practically married, live together, share expenses...) talked me into buying my Wee. Granted she didn't have a difficult time doing it. She pointed out that we only get one life. The fact that I've bought into her backpacking addiction full bore, without having donned so much as hicking boots since being an Eagle Scout some 25+ years ago may have something to do with it.

Not sure if I'm owned or whipped but finding someone new that would put up with me when I'm in my late 40's seemed like an impossible dream. The fact that she'd talk me into buying a bike and then ride with me, well that's better than hitting the Lotto.

R.I.P. (Retire In Peace, thanks for the great ride.)
 

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Good ones

I knew there was more than one great woman out there ans it's obvious you got one too. Sure is great riding with a great companion with whom to share the love of riding.
 

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Go for it!

In the past year I've purchased and sold 4 bikes on ebay. Including my current Vee. I broke even on the 3 I sold prior to this one. Got a good enough deal I feel on this one that within 12 months I could break even on it.

If you could have got the 08 strom for what you bid on it, I have no doubt that you would have been able to make money on it. Now how do you think your wife would have felt if you'd have turned it and put a K or two in the bank afterwords?

Also, I ebay quite a bit, I never bid on anything until the last few seconds of the auction. Keeps from just running the price up, but that happens sometimes anyway.
 

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In the past year I've purchased and sold 4 bikes on ebay. Including my current Vee. I broke even on the 3 I sold prior to this one. Got a good enough deal I feel on this one that within 12 months I could break even on it.

If you could have got the 08 strom for what you bid on it, I have no doubt that you would have been able to make money on it. Now how do you think your wife would have felt if you'd have turned it and put a K or two in the bank afterwords?

Also, I ebay quite a bit, I never bid on anything until the last few seconds of the auction. Keeps from just running the price up, but that happens sometimes anyway.
Could be risky. Passing through one more bike just increase the chance of hitting a lemon.
 

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good buy

I knew this was a risk when I bid and my opening post was really an admission of foolishness, but if I had won, I know I could have flipped it for a profit, even with transportation costs. I usually only bid in the last 60 seconds also, for the same reasons that you mention. That way you have the best chance of winning, provided the item is still in a good/great price range. This one was just so darn tempting that I couldn't restrain myself. I admit to coveting a Wee and hope someday that I will have my own to rip/race/run around on!:cool:
 

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You should always talk over expensive items before you buy them. What if your wife went out and bought a $2,000.00 mink coat without consulting with you first?

That said, I gave up a car for my V-Strom. That is right we have one car for my wife and family stuff and my ride is the bike! Suits me fine.
 
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