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post #11 of 22 Old 09-22-2018, 10:51 AM
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A $2k Vstrom probably won't lead down the hypothetical path to financial ruin, but we all make our bets. I made mine in 2010 right out of college with a $2k KLR650. Never had to take on debt for it, but as you mention it's important to estimate the total cost of riding and be sure you can foot it before making that leap.

One big upside to buying a bike, you join an uncommonly resourceful community of riders willing to share knowledge and experience. I started with no mechanical skill and in a few years learned enough to do all the maintenance myself. That small investment of time will pay off quite a bit over a lifetime.

To OP, in addition to the bike, gear, insurance, it's wise to have a few hundred bucks set aside for unplanned maintenance.
True a $2,000 motorcycle by itself won't ruin you financially but it can add a couple drops of oil to the slippery slope towards financial slavery.
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Thanks for the input guys. My budget constraints are imposed due to practicality. I am moving life toward a zero debt goal and low cost of living. I believe in that and the reduced stress it brings. I can "afford" a new bike, but it makes no sense to me as this is not my primary vehicle, which I consider a luxury item. That said, I will be cautious not to have an imbalance between cost and condition. I will be picking up my license tomorrow and continue to look. Only about 6 weeks left in our "normal" riding season here in the mountains. We'll see how this works out. I appreciate and listen to all your advice. Thanks for taking the time to share your knowledge. I look forward to seeing some of you on the backroads by next Spring.
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Nothing wrong with treating yourself on occasion, I’m debt free and love me some luxury items from time to time. Of course motorcycles to me aren’t luxury items, they are mental wellness items. Get the bike you really want for crying out loud, but if you’re a new rider I don’t believe the Stoms are a wise choice overall for you.....not yet.

Not sure about your link sir, looks like trying to drum up business imho.
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My wife and I had only a bike in the first few years - it cost me $200 a couple of years earlier. Adjusted for inflation that's probably your ballpark number. I'd have to say that saved us amazing amounts of money compared to a car or public transport and wasn't impossible to live with, even the weekly shop was possible - wear a backpack.

I'd say a DL is at the better bet end of the spectrum, BMW or Ducati and I'd be questioning your sanity. You can still get a bad one though so if you can get advice from someone with bike experience please do that.
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For a cheap intro to motorcycling, you also should also consider the Honda CB500X. They're smaller, lighter and less powerful than the strom which should be fine given it's not your only vehicle. They should also be a bit simpler to maintain.

It's a nice goal to be debt-free. I got on-board with that very early in my career, and am now well on the path to financial independence of the "Mr. Money Mustache" variety. My bike-only lifestyle is a big part of the strategy.

Cool photo work. I imagine you could combine passions and ride out to many of these beautiful places.
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Thanks again. The link was meant to show "what I want to get myself into" with this type of bike. Backroads and the occasional dirt road. Camp and access trails further afield. Honestly, not a sales ploy. I will remove the link to stay in good standing regardless.
I did pick up my first M1 license today. I will keep you all posted if my ownership status changes.
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You most certainly didn't have to do that, you are in good standing here.

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Thanks Big B. No worries. Community integrity is important. Happy to be here.
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The link was meant to show "what I want to get myself into" with this type of bike. Backroads and the occasional dirt road. Camp and access trails further afield. Honestly, not a sales ploy.

I did pick up my first M1 license today.
Congratualations on the new license endorsement!

My Gen 1 DL650 with street tires eats a good bit of gravel in its diet, but my DR650 single sure makes any given dirt or gravel section more fun simply by being able to relax and watch the scenery rather than having to pay so much attention to every rut and bump in the road. Of course, a few knobs on the Wee`s tires would be a more fair comparison as far as dirt-ability goes. Assuming you are in the Tahoe area, feel free to contact me for a test comparison. Neither bike is for sale but both are prescuffed, scraped up, so another drop or two is no big deal. Actually, I think the DR rather enjoys rolling around to scratch those itchy side panels in the dust from time to time. Offer open as long as the weather holds.

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Thanks for the input guys. My budget constraints are imposed due to practicality. I am moving life toward a zero debt goal and low cost of living. I believe in that and the reduced stress it brings. I can "afford" a new bike, but it makes no sense to me as this is not my primary vehicle, which I consider a luxury item. That said, I will be cautious not to have an imbalance between cost and condition. I will be picking up my license tomorrow and continue to look. Only about 6 weeks left in our "normal" riding season here in the mountains. We'll see how this works out. I appreciate and listen to all your advice. Thanks for taking the time to share your knowledge. I look forward to seeing some of you on the backroads by next Spring.
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Sounds like you are doing the right things financially and I hope you find a suitable motorcycle to fit your needs.
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