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Oh boy, here we go again

The metaphorical snowball is gaining momentum. I’m really interested in staying married, but circumstances seem to dictate that I test the bonds of matrimony. Hopefully this doesn’t cause an avalanche. Like EssExTee, I know this is not the place to come to be talked out of a vehicle purchase, but . . .

Last weekend I decided to sit on motorcycles at a local dealer. I found that several fit well, and they even had a bike traded in that day that they were pricing well.

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Then on Monday a trusted friend tested a motorcycle that a friend of his is planning to sell. A 2005 Suzuki DL650 V-Strom with Givi luggage and 25,000 miles. Aftermarket seat, new tires, aftermarket windscreen, a couple of other minor additions. This is one of two models I would generally consider if I were to buy a bike (the other being a Versys). It was deemed in great shape and a good deal.

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On Tuesday I texted a bit with the seller, who wants to sell to me, and will take his time before he puts it on the open market.

Then today I thought I’d see if I could make room in my garage by selling my autocross wheels (and getting some other stuff gone). A guy who races a GTI but doesn’t have dedicated race wheels said that he’d buy them at the price that I named. (I told him to give me a week to make sure that I really want to back that far away from autocross.)

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For background, when I was engaged to my wife I took the MSF course and got my motorcycle license endorsement. She was fine with this. After we married I said, “I found the bike that I’m going to buy.” She was no longer okay with it, didn’t want to risk losing me to a crash. So, after 2 decades of accepting this status, I’m expecting the conversation about acquiring a bike to go as well as the one about acquiring a Corvette went. I’m willing to deal with that. It helps that a motorcycle takes up a lot less space than a car, which is her other primary concern after risks from riding.

I did get past the idea of the Corvette after taking a vacation and deciding that I didn’t really need an old, extra car in my life, particularly if I was going to do less autocross. My current plan regarding the motorcycle is that I am not allowing myself to buy anything until I’ve at least taken a weekend for camping and retreat. That could be as soon as next weekend (not tomorrow), but it really feels like I’m letting this snowball continue to build inexorably.

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Wish me luck in maintaining my marriage (priority 1) and maybe ending up with a motorcycle (priority 2).

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