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How many is "Too Many"

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College Station, TX
So with the new bike comming and the Norton in the garage, my wife gives me a funny look when I make mention that I need a dual sport and a dirt bike. I told her they will fit perfectly under the lean to in the back yard.

This begs the question...
How many is too many? I personally feel that I should have one for each type of riding at least.
 
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COS
I can't remember who it was but, a sig that I always thought was funny

"If she's right I have too many, if I'm right I need a bigger garage"
 
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Ten Sleep, WY
My wife successfully (unfortunately) uses the budget argument on me. She can't use the "too many" argument, given how many (mountain) bikes she has (and the fact that one of them cost more than my DR650...)
 
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North Dallas, Texas
Don't ask my dad, his current count is...

2005 V-strom
2008 VFR Anniversary Edition
2008 VFR Dark Red color
2006 KTM 450 enduro
2005 Gas Gas Pro
2005 Gas Gas Pro

He keeps telling me he wants a cruiser too, so I am expecting the call any day now that he pulled the trigger on a VTX.
 
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Lewisville
I believe I've defined "too many"... 2 more than I have is too many. Right now I have 2. So 4 is "too many." If I get a 3rd, then 5 becomes "too many."
 
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Lavon, Texas
I must be getting old, no I am getting old. I am going the other way. Was up to 13 bikes a year ago, now down to 5. All of them are at least 25 years old except the '09 Wee Strom, and all but the Strom are 2 stroke street bikes.

Wayne
 
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When the wrenching time to keep them running exceeds the available riding time, that's too many.

It's a variable...
 
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Lavon, Texas
Chirpy has it figured out! That is why I have started selling off many of the bikes I had. The maintainence/restoration/repair of them became so overwhelming that I was not getting to ride much. I just traded a near pristine KH400 for an 74 Kawasaki H2 that I intend to sell, and that will leave me with 4 bikes and maybe then I can ride more and work less.
Bad news, of the 5 bikes I own, three of the old ones are running great, one is half way restored waiting on me, and the '09 Vstrom (which is supposed to be my daily rider) is in the shop broke down (under warranty, so I will let them fix the darn thing) with someas yet unknown electrical gremlin.

Wayne
 
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Huntsville,Tx
The number is different for each of us. IMHO.

The right number of bikes is the amount you can own and feel blessed, and too many is the amount that brings you stress because you do not enjoy keeping that many bikes road worthy, insured, and ridden enough to justify owning it. .02

I have been up to 5 and am at 4 now. I would rather have 3, but a different group of bikes than I own currently. If this makes perfect sense to you, then you may need to talk to Kurt about possible MBS and it's side effects.
 
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LOL, it's kinda sad that a lot of guys determine how many is too many by their wife's standards. Think they ever worry about what you think is too many pairs of shoes???? :rofl:
 
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LOL, it's kinda sad that a lot of guys determine how many is too many by their wife's standards. Think they ever worry about what you think is too many pairs of shoes???? :rofl:
That's true, but I'm positive I have spent more on my bike with all the accessories and maintenence than my wife has spent on shoes in her lifetime! I can't really argue with that. I've probably got more tied up in gear than my wife does in shoes!
 

KenH

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Why would you need more than one of anything? (said the guy with 11 guitars)
Different folks use different bikes for different purposes. There's an old codger a couple towns over who brings a Harley custom to shows, rides a late Nighthawk 750 to Germantown to see his grandchildren, and an ancient Honda Trail 90 to work every day.
 
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I've found out that it's not the number of bikes you have, it's if you can ride them all and enjoy them. I used to have three bikes for dual sport riding, but since I purchased a BMW 1200GS Adventure and can ride it off road somewhat I can make it with two, the other being a DRZ 400S. I have had a KLR 650 for a third bike, but it always came down to which bike to ride, each has its own advantages. Two works for me today, but tomorrow who knows.

John
 
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Moontgomery, Tx
Wow, what a question for a certified
motorcycle junkie... I have owned 75
or so but never more than "3" at a time.
Dirt bike, Vintage Bike, Super Sport Street
Bike. My last threesome was a CRF250X,
CBX (1000cc) and a DRZ400SM but required
a three car garage. In my 2 car garage, I
currently have 2 Buells. So the answer is
connected to your garage size. As for the
wife, her question is always the same. "How
many of those can you ride at one time?"
 
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West Houston
I have three street bikes and that maybe one too many. I ride on weekends when I can as a hobby and don't use them to commute to work. Of the three seems like one rarely gets ridden, but when I take the covers off to clean them up, I couldn't part with any.
 

Tourmeister

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Our current fleet... I would like to do some updating though :trust:

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The TTR50E is about to go to a new home once I get it running. It is waiting on a new battery.

I would REALLY like to replace the KTM 530 EXC with a newer 500 EXC, but... $$ :shrug:

I think the TTR110E and the CRF110 are here to stay a while, as is the XR80R.

I often have several of the smaller bikes stored in an enclosed trailer just because it gets too crowded in the garage otherwise...

I have mixed feelings about the 1200 GS. I think I need something else until I go ride it. It is just such a great solid bike for 90% of the riding I like to do, which includes dualsport/adventure. The KTM covers that other 10%. Sure, a newer GS might be nice, but I am not real sure what that gets me beyond what I already have, except newer :shrug: This one still has screw/tappet valves so valve inspections/adjustments are a breeze.

Yeah... if I could just figure out a way to work a 500 EXC into the garage, I think I'd be happy for a pretty long time.

If I had more TIME, a KTM 300 two stroke for woods riding would be nice. I got to do a short bit of riding on one and it was SWEET!! I just rarely have time to do that kind of riding.
 
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