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Old 04-01-2016, 05:52 PM   #41
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Re: Need vs. Want...how do you handle it?

How do I handle it? Poorly. Thats how........
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Old 04-02-2016, 07:37 AM   #42
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Timely question. I really enjoy my Versys, most fun I've had on 2 wheels in a while. But, I really want a Bonnie. I can't ride enough to justify 2 bikes right now and I'm afraid I won't enjoy a Bonnie as much as I do the Versys.
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Old 04-02-2016, 11:58 AM   #43
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Here's an interesting and timely post to check out on another forum. Language warning though.

http://www.fjrforum.com/forum//index...get-to-decide/
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Old 04-02-2016, 12:02 PM   #44
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Old 04-02-2016, 04:37 PM   #45
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Hmm, wonder if that's a section that's behind the login.

Long story short, his family member who has put work first all his life and is 70 and still works like 50 hours a week just had two strokes in two days and is dealing with the fact that he's losing major mobility and moving into a forced retirement. The poster was hit with the fact that you never know when something is going to happen to take away what you love to do, so do it now.
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Hmm, wonder if that's a section that's behind the login.

Long story short, his family member who has put work first all his life and is 70 and still works like 50 hours a week just had two strokes in two days and is dealing with the fact that he's losing major mobility and moving into a forced retirement. The poster was hit with the fact that you never know when something is going to happen to take away what you love to do, so do it now.
Fully agree. This is why I'm changing jobs now (starting a new one end of this month). Getting out of management and creating more time for my hobbies and things I want to do. Because you never know when your number comes up.

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Old 04-02-2016, 05:58 PM   #47
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.....Getting out of management ....
I see a small but definite trend with that. Almost all among first and second level managers. I took it a step further than you did and just got out totally.

I will add back in a word of caution here. A lot of folks including me are counseling to make sure there is adequate life in the work life balance, but we should not have to over extend ourselves to do it. I'm about to start taking trips that I could never take before on a bike that I didn't have and I'm really looking forward to it, but the things I find the most luxurious are simply taking the time to enjoy a nice spring day and spending time with my wife on the property we own. Among the few stresses I have in my life now are those that involve expenditures for niceties.

In the end I guess that I would say that a person needs to ensure that they own their stuff rather than than being owned by it.
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I see a small but definite trend with that. Almost all among first and second level managers. I took it a step further than you did and just got out totally.

I will add back in a word of caution here. A lot of folks including me are counseling to make sure there is adequate life in the work life balance, but we should not have to over extend ourselves to do it. I'm about to start taking trips that I could never take before on a bike that I didn't have and I'm really looking forward to it, but the things I find the most luxurious are simply taking the time to enjoy a nice spring day and spending time with my wife on the property we own. Among the few stresses I have in my life now are those that involve expenditures for niceties.

In the end I guess that I would say that a person needs to ensure that they own their stuff rather than than being owned by it.
Indeed. Either extreme is bad, and its all about balance. That's what I've been working to achieve in my life.

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Old 04-02-2016, 09:15 PM   #49
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Nice. I'm kinda jealous.
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Old 02-08-2017, 07:32 PM   #53
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I screwed up and bought a '06 Wee that still proves to be the most fun, er, logical bike for me. Prior I had a ST1100, 1800 GW and SV650. The Wee pulls those together for me (1 up).

When I want, and I do a lot of wanting, a ride on the Wee works magic.
Then there is the hint of something new/different, like 700cc class ktm adv bike. Or the now "seasoned" FZ07 (remember when the new CB500's came out?). I want a MG V7II, until I read a review...yea, some day I will pick up a cherry used one. The new 900 triumphs are cool...

The DL 1000 is an easy choice.
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Old 02-08-2017, 09:00 PM   #54
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When you want something, double the price and see if you still want it. You will have to make that much before taxes and other costs to have the money to buy it

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Old 02-08-2017, 09:34 PM   #55
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It leads to trouble, I have 3 and am thinking on number 4 as a matter of fact i made a first right of refusal offer on it tonight
its a sickness almost a year later from my last post in this tread, and I do have number 4, housing a 5th for a friend and eyeballing another one again, and I have realized my wife is a goddess with incredible patience for my passions. Or she figures if I keep playing with toys I am out of her hair and she can relax
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How timely is the resurrection of this old thread...

I only have two that are actually "mine". Then there are the four dirt bikes for the kids. Snoopster keeps her bike in our garage as well. I've had to move the riding mower out behind the garage and get a nice cover for it So now, if I want another, I have to get rid of one of mine.

I still go through all the need vs want stuff though. Now with three kids from 12 to 8, I am often wondering what I could do with the money that might make for really cool memories for them. That gets me thinking about doing bike trips with them like I did with my oldest last September on my 1200 GS. My problem now is I want to upgrade my small bike, which can't carry a passenger and goes on trips where it is just me and other riders, so that necessarily excludes the wife/kids for now. Also, there is ALWAYS something else I probably SHOULD spend the money on, like fixing something on the house, adding to savings, buying something my wife might want, etc,...
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T usually has great advice. The only thing I'll add is my personal philosophy. Each new thing is only attractive for a while. Logically that means there are a finite number of things we can get in our lives that we can afford (T's advice) to keep us interested. Therefore the faster we get those things the longer we're bored at the end. Pace yourself.


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If you are paying all your regular bills and meeting your responsibilities, what comes after that is just personal preference. Need is rarely an objective standard. You just have to consider the other things YOU might wish to do with the money versus getting a bike. The problems start when you let other things go so you can buy the bike and those things start to come back to bite you. I mean let's face it, most of us don't REALLY need a bike. We simply have one (or more) because we can and we enjoy it.
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I've found that what I think I want in a bike never really is. My first street bike was a Katana 600, and I loved riding it. I got rid of it when I found a good deal on a leftover SV1K naked. I never liked the SV as much as many people seem to. I found it uncomfortable, and just not that much fun to ride.

Then I began to lust after a supermoto, so I got one. There aren't any enjoyable roads around me for that kind of bike, though. When I coupled that with the ridiculous scarcity and cost of parts for it (it was a Vor), i couldn't bring myself to keep it long.

The discomfort of the SV and the Vor made me think I wanted a cruiser, but I still wanted power. I bought a V65 Magna, thinking it would be the best of both worlds. It wasn't as comfortable as I had hoped, and I didn't care for the weight, antiquated brakes, or suspension.

"A sport touring bike should fit the bill", I thought. I replaced the Magna with an ST1100. Too big, too heavy, and too boring.

I'm bikeless right now. Partly due to disenchantment with street riding, and partly because I have a kid now (man...those are expensive).

I think the biggest issue is that I expect to get the same thrill from street riding as I do dirt riding, and I'm not sure that's possible. Navigating roadways with Buicks and semi trucks on a 400+ pound machine just can't duplicate the thrill of riding on a trail barely wider than a knobby tire while dodging trees in third gear on a 250 pound two stroke.

I'll get back in the street at some point, but I don't know what kind of bike it will be on. Right now I'm thinking I want something light and nimble, but who knows. Whatever I decide on will probably end up being the wrong choice yet again.
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After a year, I think I have figured it out. If I want a bike, I convince myself that I need it and purchase it.

I am only at 5 and two of them I haven't had a year yet. I am eyeballing a Futura, but haven't pulled the trigger because I have to build a shop, then continue purchasing scooters. Plus I NEED to put a V-6 in my NA Miata....I am pretty sure I need something else as well....

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