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Old 07-13-2011, 07:41 AM   #21
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You will still need a truck to haul your bike if you need to. Wouldn't hurt to have both.
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Old 07-13-2011, 08:35 AM   #22
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If you find yourself making a decision of vehicle or motorcycle based on what is practical, you're not really cut out to be a motorcyclist.

There is nothing practical about riding a motorcycle in Houston. Every day the drivers are trying to kill us, one by one.
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Old 07-13-2011, 08:41 AM   #23
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Old 07-13-2011, 08:42 AM   #24
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Old 07-13-2011, 09:00 AM   #25
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What did you use before this situation came up?
More than likely it's still an option to use, right?
So if you add a bike it let's the other option (people giving you rides or borrowing) off the hook part of the time.
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Old 07-13-2011, 09:08 AM   #26
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I would get both with the truck being first. If you are planning on riding everyday, by the time you buy all the gear to make daily riding more comfortable ( Rain, cold etc. ) you could have found a nice cheap truck that runs...

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If you find yourself making a decision of vehicle or motorcycle based on what is practical, you're not really cut out to be a motorcyclist.

There is nothing practical about riding a motorcycle in Houston. Every day the drivers are trying to kill us, one by one.
You are absolutely right. Bikes are a labor of love. More like love-hate.
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Old 07-13-2011, 10:21 AM   #31
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Okay, verdict is in.

Motorcycle first. Once income becomes steady and proves to be permanent, I'll finance the bike. Shouldn't take me more than 6 months/1 year to pay off the bike. That way, when I go to buy the truck, I can work the price/payments down a little better.

As it is right now, I drive a '98 Ford Explorer, which I'm going to hand off to my sister when I get my motorcycle. It'll still be around if I need it.



EDIT: "It'll still be around if I need it." is under the assumption that my sister can keep control of the V8. Not that it's a crapton of power......... She's just a really horrible, irresponsible driver. But alas. The Explorer ultimately belongs to my parents, and I cannot stop her from getting it. They think she will get better Not to mention she's stolen my mom's Tahoe before, and in the ultimate gesture of stealthiness, f**ked it all up in a drive-thru. Ripped the left mirror completely off. But yeah, she deserves a great, well-cared-for, scary-fast first car like my baby.

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Old 07-13-2011, 11:50 AM   #34
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Explorer is "scary fast"? Maybe you don't need a bike

Seriously though, sounds like a good plan.
BTW, paying cash for a bike will make the dealing go MUCH easier.... if you can swing it.
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Old 07-13-2011, 11:54 AM   #35
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Explorer is "scary fast"? Maybe you don't need a bike

Seriously though, sounds like a good plan.
BTW, paying cash for a bike will make the dealing go MUCH easier.... if you can swing it.
Scary fast not because of how fast it actually is, but because of how dumb SHE actually is.

Paying cash for the bike was the original plan, but I figure I need to establish credit, pretty badly. Especially if I'm looking at buying a truck not too far from now. Wouldn't paying this bike off in a timely fashion be a good way to do that?
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your gonna need a very nice down payment to finance a bike. don't expect to walk in and drop 2K and walk out with a bike. They want credit history.

a car/truck is way easier to finance then a bike....
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your gonna need a very nice down payment to finance a bike. don't expect to walk in and drop 2K and walk out with a bike. They want credit history.

a car/truck is way easier to finance then a bike....
I plan on the down payment being about 50% of the cost of the bike.

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CASH -
You don't need to establish credit at 18 to buy "anything". Forget that nonsense. Going into dept right out of highschool is stupid. You have no idea how long your job (when you find one) will last and they'll friggin repo your bike when you miss a payment or skip the ins. and I'm the guy that's gonna buy it from the repo man for a song.
Pay CASH for a bike. You still have TTL to pay and you don't want to be paying full coverage insurance on a financed bike. You payments may be less than $150/mo on the bike but ins. will kill you.
Also, at 18 I hope you're using that tiny 18 yr old brain to it's maximum and NOT considering a NEW truck or NEW bike.
Go pick up a super nice 04 - 07 bike for b/w $3K and $4K and pay cash for it. If you don't have that kind of cash than don't buy anything! Wait till you have it!!
HAVE PATIENCE. It may take 4 months or more but you WILL find one.

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CASH -
You don't need to establish credit at 18 to buy "anything". Forget that nonsense. Going into dept right out of highschool is stupid. You have no idea how long your job (when you find one) will last and they'll friggin repo your bike when you miss a payment or skip the ins. and I'm the guy that's gonna buy it from the repo man for a song.
Pay CASH for a bike. You still have TTL to pay and you don't want to be paying full coverage insurance on a financed bike. Your payments may be less than $150/mo on the bike but ins. will kill you.
Also, at 18 I hope you're using that tiny 18 yr old brain to it's maximum and NOT considering a NEW truck or NEW bike.
Go pick up a super nice 04 - 07 bike for b/w $3K and $4K and pay cash for it. If you don't have that kind of cash than don't buy anything! Wait till you have it!!
HAVE PATIENCE. It may take 4 months or more but you WILL find one.
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