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Don't ask me. I just keep them all. I have a spreadsheet to keep track of all of them. LOL
Misleading topic, as I obviously don’t have the gene that encourages keeping any one bike for very long. Good thing I have the gene that keeps one wife ay?! My insurance guy calls me a connoisseur or some such malarkey...Anyhoo, I am loving the V7 850 but as Kev points out it IS different than the V9 Bobber/Roamer mill. Less torquey down low is my “butt dyno”. Once I get any bike dialed in I’m kinda like ok that was fun what’s next. I know I’m addicted and Huzo has some good advice for overcoming this alas, I am a poor student here. So, what’s one to do?So many bikes, so little time.... inditx
I don't make impulse buys. I actually am on the other side of the fence and research my motorcycle purchases way beyond what is probably mentally healthy. On the other hand, I hate buyers remorse. I very rarely make vehicle mistakes. I have well defined performance parameters of what the vehicle must deliver. Once purchased I tend to keep my motorcycles a long time, as in 15-20 years. I also ride the ones I have quite a lot, because each bike I own has a very specific purpose. I own three now, and they serve me very well. I would like to get to two, but don't think that is possible at this point. I don't own motorcycles, cars, trucks, etc. just to work on and look at. That's not to say I don't appreciate the aesthetics of a design, I do and the visual aspect is important. However, if I am not using it, I find it frustrates me having something just sitting there. No matter how pretty it might be. Equipment with motors is a kinetic experience for me, not so much a static one. YMMV.
We might have some of the same gene defects.I can't explain what has happened of late (maybe I've been distracted by my still relatively young family over the past decade) but my bike ADD has slowed down significantly. I mean like to the point where I'm sitting on the cash for a new one, but have no desire to buy another. Well, not enough to go do it.Maybe part of it is simply that we've reached capacity (both in reasonable use of the garage space and the number of bikes I can regularly ride and maintain), but as much as I do like other bikes (The Bobber Sport or say the new Low Rider ST) that lust doesn't rise to the level of me giving up anything in the garage for it, so I'm more than happy staying put (for now).There was a time when a bike never reached 3-4 years old in my possession.Now I've reached a point where two of the bikes in the fleet we've had for ~ a decade each (and I had one or two others before that which approached or reached that tenure).Weird.
Come on Kev............. no one likes a quitter.
Ride it and create some memories.It will morph into less of “what it is” and more of “what it’s done”.Which one looks better ?Although both bikes are fundamentally identical in the ways that matter most, the one with the bag on the bag looks like it’s into something good.When you know in your own mind that even if you sold your bike, it would still be referred to as ******’s old bike, then you know you have bonded.I venture to say that if I sold my Norge, the average bloke would say..”Oh, you’ve got Peter’s old bike…”The money doesn’t make it “yours”, the miles do……
Wow. Nice topic. I am definitely a bike-a-holic in remission/recovery, I would say. A number of folks on here used to make jokes about it, some still do on the local Advrider thread, like each time I’d post a new bike they’d make the obligatory “Wow, Brian. You’ve really got that one looking nice for the next owner” kind of thing. I’m 52 now and in the last 19 years of street riding I’ve had about maybe 35 (?) different bikes? I’ve had pretty much every iteration of a Guzzi made since say 2002 or so - well, all except a spine frame. I’ve probably traveled over 250k miles or more on motorcycles, loving nearly every mile.How did I make it into remission/recovery? I’m honestly not sure. I’d love to point to this or that but there was nothing too definitive and besides, I’m still in a bit of denial as per it being a “problem”; rather, I greatly enjoyed each and every motorcycle I owned previously. The KTM I have now has been there for almost 2 years maybe and I did just last year get this Guzzi California Stone project. I have tough time criticizing myself or anyone else with this ailment. Enjoy it while you can, I say. For me, well, I got older. Life priorities changed a bit. I wrecked a couple times and had shoulder surgery as a result. I quit riding for about a year, sold all the bikes. I finally realized on a gut level there was never going to be “The One” motorcycle. Many other things as well but whatevs. I’m not saying I’ll never return to it but in similar manner to Kev’s comments above, I’ve now been in the lucky place in life where I have the cash to buy any motorcycle I’d like but I now know better generally what I enjoy and I just don’t see anything that would reward me much more greatly than what I have now. This sounds all wise and resolute but in truth, I could very well start buying them again tomorrow, who knows
hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha (sorry, couldn't help myself) I got nothing.Next.
Ok, in my defense I have been plotting how to build a carport or additional garage space to take care of that problem.So I simply need to spend $20-40k so I can spent another $10-20k on another bike.Yeah, this is gonna get by the CEO REAL easy.... I feel a veto in my future.
Yes but.The question was… HOW do you stay happy with your bike ?
Maybe he just answered: "Trade it for one with fewer problems"?
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