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The Autobiography of Russell
Life from a different perspective
A sucker is born every minute...
A sucker is born every minute, and today that sucker is me.

I just bought another motorcycle. Not nearly as much as last time, and under the limit of what I was looking to pay, but the motorcycle is also older with more mileage on it. It's a 2002 Suzuki Bandit 600 with 16K miles on it. The expected mileage of that size motor and year is 22K miles. The retail value of the expected parameters is just under 3,000$. After tax I'm paying 4,000$. At least I "talked" them down from the refurbish fee and the original quote of around 4,600$.

In other news I did go ahead and offer the raised monthly lease amount for that place. He appreciated the offer but let me know he was originally asking 700 a month and another lady would get back to him by next weekend on that (he was trying to get her to decide sooner as his finances are a bit tight right now and needed the higher monthly cash flow). I spent some time thinking about it, decided it was still worth it, and offered to match her monthly payment. He said that would even the decision process and get back to me by the end of the weekend. I'm still hoping.

Update: As it turns out, as the figures go, I didn't get out of the refurbishing fee after all. They just lowered the price of the unit to where after adding that in and adding tax it equaled exactly what I said. I did end up paying closer to the real retail value for the bike, but ... whatever.

Current Mood: anxious anxious

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From: better_angel Date: April 19th, 2009 03:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Ha... today, my partner told me he wanted a Harley. I told him it'd be a cold day in hell before I allowed EITHER of us to ride a motorcycle. People drive nuts around here!!! Be careful...
zimzat From: zimzat Date: April 19th, 2009 04:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
A Harley? Does he have any motorcycle experience already? A Harley is a pretty big first step. I passed on getting a cruiser this time around because I felt I wasn't quite ready for the extra power and weight.

Las Vegas traffic can be fairly chaotic at times as well, plus absent minded. The insurance rates are pretty high here due to all the flashing lights and distractions on the strip (even if a local doesn't go near them, hah). I lost my last motorcycle in a low-speed accident from someone who didn't yield at a stop sign.
From: better_angel Date: April 19th, 2009 06:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
When he was in law enforcement, he was trained to ride anything. And we both grew up around dirt bikes, quads, etc...

Lucky it was a low-speed accident. I guess there'd be side streets and neighborhoods where a bike here in Austin could be fun, but I'd never want to venture out onto the highways.
zimzat From: zimzat Date: April 19th, 2009 08:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I take the surface streets and stay away from The Strip during rush hours. I make just as good time at peak hours anyway. I'm hesitant to take even a car into the stop and go interstate and Strip traffic in the city. Thankfully I don't have to for my daily commute to and from work.
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zimzat From: zimzat Date: April 20th, 2009 12:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's the goal. I was a little nervous getting back on the bike to bring it home. It had been a while since I rode and my skills aren't all that great yet. It also meant I had to get on the interstate, and depending on the time of day and day of week that can be a little scary. Everything turned out okay, though, and the bike is in the garage safe and sound. I'll probably take it to work Tuesday.
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