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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 07-26-2017, 04:24 AM Thread Starter
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Hi, I am a retired army guy now living in Taiwan. I've set my mind on buying a bigger motorcycle but here they are around double, sometimes more, than what we would pay in the US or Europe.

For example, I am aware of a Highball that could be for sale. New here it would have cost a whopping $29,000 US. This one is 2013, 17,000 kms and is still $14,800 US. That for me is a lot of money to spend and with Polaris's decision about the brand I am really at a loss as to whether I would dare go for it. It seems an incredible amount of money compared to new prices elsewhere, and now with the plug pulled....! Any advice?

To give other examples, an Indian Scout Sixty here costs about $22600 US, and even a HD 750 Street is $17,400 US or thereabouts.

Like I said in my first line, I am just a retired army guy, retired after 33 years service, so I do have to consider possible re-sale values if I decide to leave Taiwan in 3/4/5 years and return west.

I know this is meant to just be an introduction but I am making the 4 hour round trip to the Indian/Victory and the HD dealerships tomorrow, so any advice would be great.
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Hi, I am a retired army guy now living in Taiwan. I've set my mind on buying a bigger motorcycle but here they are around double, sometimes more, than what we would pay in the US or Europe.

For example, I am aware of a Highball that could be for sale. New here it would have cost a whopping $29,000 US. This one is 2013, 17,000 kms and is still $14,800 US. That for me is a lot of money to spend and with Polaris's decision about the brand I am really at a loss as to whether I would dare go for it. It seems an incredible amount of money compared to new prices elsewhere, and now with the plug pulled....! Any advice?

To give other examples, an Indian Scout Sixty here costs about $22600 US, and even a HD 750 Street is $17,400 US or thereabouts.

Like I said in my first line, I am just a retired army guy, retired after 33 years service, so I do have to consider possible re-sale values if I decide to leave Taiwan in 3/4/5 years and return west.

I know this is meant to just be an introduction but I am making the 4 hour round trip to the Indian/Victory and the HD dealerships tomorrow, so any advice would be great.
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That's a tough check to cash knowing Polaris killed off Victory. As much as I love mine I would have to think long and hard about dropping that kind of money on one in your situation.

I would be more worried about getting parts and support if needed than I am here. However, if the dealer seems good and could put me at ease about parts and service it's only money so I'd go for it.

I'm curious though as to what is the most reasonably priced option you have there that's not a scooter?

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It seems that any of the imported big bikes are stupidly expensive. You don't see so many motorcycles here (as you understood - mainly scooters, which are cheap), but those you do see are usually Japanese which are a lot cheaper unless they are personal imports, Goldwings, Yama V-stars etc, all seem to be imported and therefore $$$$$$
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....sorry, meant to say "yes" it is a dream motorcycle, and I would dearly love it, no question, but to sink nearly $15000 into a 4 year old Victory is a hard thing for me to accept, especially in these circumstances since the announcement, and if I wanted to sell it, maybe to emigrate back west in a few years time, or even if I decided for whatever reason that I wanted a change.... well yes, it's only money, but I am just a retired military guy! We only have the one dealer in the whole country, and no specialist suppliers of course, and even for HD I think we only have 3 dealers!
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....sorry, meant to say "yes" it is a dream motorcycle, and I would dearly love it, no question, but to sink nearly $15000 into a 4 year old Victory is a hard thing for me to accept, especially in these circumstances since the announcement, and if I wanted to sell it, maybe to emigrate back west in a few years time, or even if I decided for whatever reason that I wanted a change.... well yes, it's only money, but I am just a retired military guy! We only have the one dealer in the whole country, and no specialist suppliers of course, and even for HD I think we only have 3 dealers!
Don't ride it unless you're ready to buy it.

Only you can know what is right. If you decide against it I'm sure you'll be able to find a nice one in a few years if you come back state side.

Keep us posted and take some pics of the dealer. That would be interesting to see.
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Don't ride it unless you're ready to buy it.

Only you can know what is right. If you decide against it I'm sure you'll be able to find a nice one in a few years if you come back state side.

Keep us posted and take some pics of the dealer. That would be interesting to see.
I agree with MBX and would really like to see what the dealership over there looks like.
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Ride everything in your price range and let the bikes tell you which is best. Prices suck but that also means your resale in 3 or 4 years should recoup a large portion of your investment.

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The quality of bike you choose depends on the quality of retirement you want. You didn't say if you are married or if a bike would be your sole mode of transport. The answers to those two would temper my answer.
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That's a big wad of your hard earned military pay for any bike with all the added import fees and taxes. Not to mention one that is now out of production. If I had any visions of returning stateside I'd forgo the big expenditure until l migrated westward. Just have to argue with yourself and listen to the little voice in the back of your head. Go with your gut feeling. My motto for deciding on any big ticket item; if it don't feel good, don't do it.
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