Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Side of a mountain in New Hampshire
1. Budget number. Not with the Cycle Trader in hand. At the kitchen table with eyes open. Lock in and stay focused on it.
2. Everything is a trade off. Of course a bike that is common, past prime and unsupported is going to be cheaper. You have to do more heavy lifting. FWIW I have had bikes of 1930's vintages. I managed to get and keep them running so I can tell you that a 15 year old bike might be trying but it sure isn't "hard" to keep on the road. What it does mean is that regular maintenance and foresight and networking will help keep you on the road since a quick trip to Parts R Us is not going to always work for you.
3. See #1. If you know the number and you accept it as gospel then it will guide you. You may end up on a later model that has some issue that gets it to that number, Mary Kay comes to mind. Just saying holding tight to your budget will make the decision easier. Boundaries!
4. Patience and diligence and willingness. If the current crop does not get you excited keep looking, broaden your sources, broaden your geography and the less criteria you lock in on the more options you will have. If you say Victory you have immediately excluded thousands of choices. If you say under $xxxx you have excluded thousands more bikes and so forth. Don't get Pop wrong, man's got to get what he wants but try to be flexible except stick to the budget number. The deals keep on coming. The bike that you just have to have is out there and if it goes by, there is another bike that you just have to have coming soon. The bike of your dreams that is just outside your budget will be cheaper tomorrow when it doesn't sell or if it does sell it will be replaced in the want ads just like that.
Yadda, yadda , yadda... thing is dial in a price, define the must have conditions for that price, and then get your hunt on. The bike will filter out. Patience will likely yield better results and every day that passes without a score is a day you learned something else about the hunt and the market.
So which bike, The TC, the Vegas, the Crossroads, the Pin, whatever? How about the one that you snagged for the price you wanted to pay? That's the one.
Cross Country Tour.
We can't help it
We just keep moving
It's been that way since long ago
Since the stone age chasing the great herds
We mostly go where we have to go
That was written by James McMurtry