11/5/2010

Just Dreamin’

Filed under: — Bravus @ 6:31 am

My current bike just hit 70,000 km, and both the fact that I love it and it’s running well and budgetary concerns mean I’ll most likely end up keeping it for at least another 2-3 years. I’m averaging about 25,000 km a year, so that’ll get it well over the 100,000 mark, but I still reckon I should be able to get at least $2-3,000 for it then, and I only paid $4,700 for it, a year or so ago, so 3-4 years riding for under $3,000 is an absolute bargain.

But still, it’s nice to dream! People have suggested I get something completely different for my next bike, just for variety… but I think I’d really miss the upright seating position and the lazy power. It just perfectly suits what I use a bike for. So here are three contenders, all in a fairly similar class to my current bike, or at least with similar characteristics. None of them are new now, and in another 3 years they’ll be less so, which will enable me to put into practice my avowed policy of buying a few years old and letting someone else take the big depreciation hit on a new bike. That’s how you get years of happy motoring for less than a lot of people are paying for their yearly insurance!

Suzuki Bandit 1250S (in each case I’ve linked the bike pictured to a current one selling in Australia to give you a sense of the price and some more info on the bike)

Bandit 1250S

This is the model that replaced my current Bandit 1200S. The updated version features a liquid-cooled motor rather than the air/oil cooled one I have, and although it has a higher capacity has a little less power. But still most of the same goodnesses of the current bike… just not as old. It’s also the budget choice: the one I linked is 3 years old and about 8 grand, so I’d be looking at similar numbers to what I paid for my current bike in another 3 years. And the nice thing is, it wouldn’t be ‘settling’ for the cheapie… I really like my Bandit!

KTM 990 Superduke

KTM 990 Superduke

The Superduke (this picture shows the slightly sportier and more expensive R version, but the changes aren’t massive) is the one least like the Bandit of these three. It’s still naked (a bit more so), but it’s a V-twin like a Ducati rather than an inline-4 like the two Suzukis. The riding characteristics are quite different, but it’s a sexy beast of a bike. I suspect it would be even more dangerous to my license than the Bandit… not least because it’s a lot more eye-catching for the constabulary…

Suzuki B-King 1300

B-King

The ‘B’ in B-King originally stood for ‘boost’, because the concept bike it was based on was supercharged. That was just silliness: it already shares a motor with the Hayabusa, for some time the fastest road bike in the world, and supercharging it just took it to cartoonish realms of power… which may have been fitting given the way it looks. But I guess now it kind stands for ‘beast’: this thing is still mental in terms of power, grunt and go. It’s a logical step up from the Bandit, and for that reason is probably my fave of the three mentioned here. Price-wise it’s similar to the Superduke, and being a new model in the past couple of years we haven’t seen what it’ll drop to, but I reckon if I can scrape together 8 grand instead of 5 I can probably pick one up in a couple of years.

By all means feel free to suggest alternatives… or to share your own dreams.

4 responses to “Just Dreamin’”

  1. Alexandra says:

    I vote for the second one. Actually, I don’t really care as long as I inherit the Bandit 😛

  2. Doctor Crankenstein says:

    2: Eye catching? If you say so… looks like a matchbox toy, something the young victim of a cougar would ride.

    3: The front end looks terrible. Also why would you want a Hayabusa engine in anything other than a Hayabusa? Seems silly to me.

    1: Looks good. Budget choice. Has everything you like now with a few improvements: “I really like my Bandit!” Need I say more?

    (4: Get a real bike: http://www.harley-davidson.com or http://www.triumph.co.uk … … … you know I had to say it.)

  3. Bravus says:

    Not such a fan of the ‘Busa, just ‘cos what it’s really good it as cruising at 200… and there’s no place to ever do that. It’s a lovely thing, but even less practical: at least the B-King can just grunt it away from the lights… 0-100 km/h in about 3 seconds flat.

  4. Jovita says:

    I have been using (white) letters for seavrel years, but I am getting ready to change things up. I am going to be using postcards and a mailing service. I personally don’t like yellow letters. As for how long you have to mail to absentee owners, the answer is forever; as long as you are in business. Your marketing should be continuous. This is what will separate you from your competition.I bought a house from an absentee owner this year that I had been marketing to for 3 years. She lived in California and her brother lived in KY in the house. (unmotivated). Her brother moved out and she rented the house. The tenant started giving her problems. (getting motivated). The tenant moved out doing about 40K in damages. (very motivated). This cycle took 3 years but when she finally called me, she was VERY motivated. Since I had continued to mail her, I was the one she called.The thing you need to remember is that time and circumstances change all things. The unmotivated seller of today, can become motivated at any point so keep mailing. I would appreciate it if you would include your name when you post so I can get to know you.

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