That is a brutally apt analogy indeed. I just paid off my XR, which is quite an accomplishment for me because when it has come to cars I drive them till I start to wonder if I'm going to have to start fixing things on them or until I get bored and trade them. I have said to a friend or two I did as much, and they ask, "oh, what you gonna trade up to?"
Ha! As if 1) anything exists than I consider to be an improvement, and 2) I'm not fiercely in love with this machine. "Well, what about Indian?" To which I reply: "screw Polaris." I think your line is better, though, Mark, so I hope you don't mind if I use it lol.
If I were gonna get another bike, it'd either be a Triumph Rocket III or a BMW K1600B. But I'm not, so that's just day dreaming. Besides, the cash outflow for the bike payment has already been reallocated to the payments on the Ford Focus ST I just bought, because I stopped maturing psychologically 17 years ago at the age of 19
However, if you own a set of forged crash bars, you can double your money on those things because I've seen used ones going for a grand. So, silver lining, I guess.