Join Date: Nov 2012
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1998, owned a '66 Ironhead when I met my then GF.
(Bought the Sporty in 1990)
Dec, 2005. Put a downpayment on an '06 Dyna. Told GF I just bought myself a NEW Harley for Xmas.
Her: Tell me, does this one have 2 seats?
Her: Well I hope you enjoy it.
I married her 7 months later, she's a keeper!
Fast forward - Summer 2011. Test rode 2 Ultras with The Warden.
Dec, 2011: Bought an Ultra Classic Limited.
7000 miles together on it so far.
Still have all 3 bikes and the Warden. Life is good.
This is going to sound a little corny, but a motorcycle probably saved our marriage. It was about 4 years ago, and we were really drifting apart. We were pretty much living totally separate lives.
Thinking that maybe if I bought a bike it would be something we could do together I bought a jap cruiser and surprised her with it. She had ridden before, maybe 20 years before so she wasn't completely unfamiliar with bikes. But her response at the time was 'well I hope you enjoy it'. So I did. Rode it all over the place for about 3-4 months before she finally decided to give it a try and go for a ride with me. She kind of wrote it off as 'ok, no big deal', but slowly she wanted to ride more and more. A couple of years later we bought the Limited and so far have put on 30,000 miles, maybe 90% of that two-up.
The marriage isn't perfect but it is a lot better today.
James I Got Good News For You!!
1..You are allowed $200 month payment now.
2..You got a $3,000 refund coming. You can use.
Now follow me here: Your $3,000 refund means you are paying the guberment $250.00 per month more than you need to.
So you actually have:
$3,000 down and $450.00 month availiblle for payment.
So your only decision now is?
What Color You Getting?
Not a water-proof case for the finances of buying a Harley, but should soften the finances a bit. My vehicle is a Ford F-150, and it gets apr. 18 mpg. At $4/gal it costs me about $60/week commuting to work. The Harley gets 42 mpg and only costs me about $20/week to commute. Living in Colorado i can commute on the bike about 3/4 of the year, or 39 weeks. A $40/week difference for 39 weeks saves me $1560 a year in gas, which means up to $130/month of motorcycle payment is already paid for out of money that would have gone towards gas. Obviously this is a more effective justification if you live somewhere you can commute year round, less effective if you can't use the bike for as many months, and completely pointless if you can't use the bike for commuting. Saddlebags and cold weather gear are highly recommended to compliment this strategy... As it was 28 degrees this morning when I headed into the office, and if I wear my cold weather stuff on the way home this afternoon I might drown in a pool of my own sweat. Hope this helps and good luck
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