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post #1 of 116 (permalink) Old 11-04-2012, 08:12 AM Thread Starter
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Your Spouse and Your Bike

Anyone have to make "the pitch" to your wife about why you should buy a Harley? Any strategies that worked/failed/recommended/don't do unless you are tired of life?

My wife is onboard so long as the money involved doesn't affect the family which I honestly thought was fair enough. I've already made some concessions that were easy enough that will more than make up for a $175 a month Harley payment. But I thought I would ask, out of curiousity, what other guys have been through.

Yeah, yeah, I know some of you dudes on here just put your foot down and laid down the law and others of you have wives that are more hard-core about riding than you are - count your lucky stars. But for the rest of us "normal" guys who have wives that make as much money as we do, have a college education like we do, are on more even footing in the marriage, and could probably care less about something like a Harley, how did you handle the big discussion?

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post #2 of 116 (permalink) Old 11-04-2012, 08:17 AM
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Easier to ask for forgiveness, than permission.......

Financial, when married, is always a consideration. My wife would never come home with a $250 month expense, without asking me.

There's no stratagy, IMHO, other than being honest and up front.

I had many bikes before this one, so it was kind of a replacement of sorts.

There's been more bikes in my garage in the last 10 years, that it;s hard to keep track of what's mine, ours, his, theirs or just being fixed.

I guess that's an advantage.

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My wife made it simple, either her or the motorcycle...needless to say, I bought my first Harley, Softail Deluxe...never looked back!
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post #4 of 116 (permalink) Old 11-04-2012, 08:37 AM
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It's kind kind of interesting. My wife wanted a cat. I wanted a Harley. I let her have a cat and I got the bike. I have had the bike since last February and she has yet to really look at it. She said that she will never ride on it nor can I take the kids on a ride. We did go to Daytona for a couple of days this year for bike week and plan to go again in 2013 so she doesn't completely oppose the idea of a bike. A couple of months back I lost my job and as I was looking at finances to get by until I found a new job. I told her that the bike would be the first thing that had to go. She said no... The bike would be a last resort if things got really bad.

I guess what I am saying is that I found out what her "button" was and the rest is easy.

By the way. I was out of work for only 5 weeks and never had to sell the bike.

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My wife loves too ride and is on board as long as it doesn't adversely affect the family budget.
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post #6 of 116 (permalink) Old 11-04-2012, 08:40 AM
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Nowadays ya need 2 incomes to survive and ya gotta respect that!!

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post #7 of 116 (permalink) Old 11-04-2012, 08:55 AM
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it may help you if you promise to postpone starting to buy all

your riding clothes , chrome, and other neat bling thing extras, 'till Christmas.
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I traded my corvette for the first bike even up. It was good because she hated the car. Took her for a couple rides. Loved being on the back, but hated the pillion on the Badlander seat. Made the move up to the Road King that much easier to swallow.

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Picked the wife up hitch hiking in 73 with a Harley, what do you think how she feels ?

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