At what point --buy motorcycle ?

Discussion in 'Motorized Bicycle General Discussion' started by robin, Jul 22, 2010.

  1. robin

    robin Member

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    For $130 a month for a KLR Kawasaki 650 i can get a motorcycle - no constant tinkering or experimentation -seem to spend lots on bicycles with limited speed - safety and range. Could keep up with traffic and really go off road -am i tempted ! ( but alas no exercise- or shall i say exorcism?)
     
  2. happyvalley

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    It's a decision everyone has to make for themselves. I have a good friend who always says:

    If it suits your needs and budget, then go for it. Not the case for myself but many into MBs do so for entry into two-wheeled motor sports for short money and/or because they lost their license.

    Personally, and for a number of reasons, I really don't want a motorcycle. I've had them and pretty much done with that.

    I am into bicycles, ride and own a dozen or so from road bikes to downhill Mtn bikes so motorizing them as I get older with quiet, efficient little motors just seems for me to be a good fit.
     
  3. TerrontheSnake

    TerrontheSnake New Member

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    It all depends on your end goal
    My end goal is to make something entirely my own that can transport me at relatively high speeds.....Thats it, it's not a replacement for other transport, I don't need it to get me somewhere everyday. It's just fun for me!
     
  4. Elmo

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    If you gotta ask buy the motorcycle. the motor bike will never suit you.
     
  5. CoastalCruiser

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    To me the motor bike is a hobby akin to building a model. I can go out in the garage and futz around some. I'm really in no hurry to finish it. If you need reliable transportation and have a licence, then maybe a motorcycle is the answer for you. I like the romance of the motorized bicycle more than the long term transportation aspect.
     
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    I just want something thats sips gas for after 12/12/12 lolz
     
  7. Tim_B_172

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    I wouldn't buy a motorcycle. But that's because I don't want a motorcycle, I want a motorized bicycle. And hey look! I have one!

    Joking aside though, if you don't like tinkering with things, then maybe the motorcycle would suit you better.
     
  8. killercanuck

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    The thing with a Motor(ized) Bike is you don't need a license or insurance. For some people(like me), a 'real' bike isn't an option. We're just glad to be putting around on something with an engine. If you have the option and can afford it, go for it, get a real bike. At least you'll be able to go on the highway and/or Girls won't laugh at you for being on a 'cycle.
     
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    Actually the tinkering and "unreliability" is 80% of the fun for me. I already have reliable transpofrtation and if my bike were as reliable as my truck it'd probably be sitting in the corner collecting dust.
     
  10. ferball

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    I have to agree the tinkering is half the fun, I could not spend twenty bucks and a month of tinkering to upgrade a motorcycle. If I had the budget and the facilities to do to cars and motorcycles what I can do to my bike, I might give up the bike, but then the twelve year old kid in me might be disappointed...
     
  11. wheelbender6

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    I just want to run errands, so the motorbike works for me. That KLR can take you across town on the freeway and take the trail to your favorite fishin spot.
    I am a former dual purpose motorcycle rider and I fully understand your dilemna. I also have teenage kids and I don't want them to buy a Ninja and join a stunt riding club! Otherwise, I would have probably bought myself a Buell Blast by now.
     
  12. taddthewadd

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    Tinkering on them is 80% of the fun for me too. I make my builds complicated intentionally so the building process takes a long time. My first bike took 8 months. Now it is done and I ride it here and there but it mostly sits and I start building another one.

    I have had my share of motorcycles and they are the opposite for me. Way more fun to ride and less fun to tinker on. I would consider them two totally different hobbies.
     
  13. robin

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    Thanks guys --every once in a while i think ive had it with the MB then tonight i saw a Honda goldwing and no i would not trade and realistically financing is not as attractive as debt free-- licence free-- even tho the 650 would be great. Also a trip to Prince George on a MB is an odessy but on a motorcycle its all been done before --i do like to be different.
     
  14. Whizzerd

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    I never looked at owning my MC's as a hobby. These motorbikes replace the Lincoln Logs, tinker toys and erector sets from childhood. Build something then go play with it!
     
  15. scotto-

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    I've owned plenty of motorcycles in my life so far....raced them for years infact. These little MB's are not a stepping stone or a vehicle because of a lost or suspended license, infact I've always held a class1 motorcycle license since I was 16yrs. old. A motorcycle is just another addition to my always expanding two-wheeled collection of toys. I ride them all and love them all for what they are...they're simple! And FUN!

    And as a side note, I still have stand-up BladeZ scooters with 46cc 2-stroke that will blow the doors off of any of my motorized bikes...52mph on flat ground!!! Smokin'
     
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