Originally Posted by 80-watt Hamster
Always sad to see a rider retire, even if only temporarily. Sure there's not enough room for an $800 UJM in the garage, just to keep the dream alive?
Glad to hear you sold your bike, and before winter, like you said. I saw when you posted it and, man, that bike was nicely tricked out with aftermarket goodies. I am sure the new owner is going to love it!
I've been in your situation before where practicality "won the day," and, in all honesty, it seems you just did something that needed to be done. I can't see having that large of a family and not owning 2 vehicles that could get everybody around in.
Having said that, since I have been a teenager, I have not gone more than a few months without a motorcycle in my life. Sometimes it was one I rolled off the showroom floor brand new and other times it was a 20+ year old "survivor" that I bought for $400, $750, $1,000, etc.. For some people, motorcycling is an optional pastime, and others it is in our blood and who we are and what we do. If I were in your shoes, I would be saving my nickles right now and shopping for something
to ride, "just to keep the dream alive," as Hamster stated. For a variety of factors, it is really amazing sometimes what you can get in a motorcycle for $750, $1,000, or even $1,500. I recently saw on Craigslist an 80's Honda XL 350 that "ran great," looked all stock and real clean with 5,000 miles on it. The guy wanted $1,100 for it and while I was "thinking about it," somebody snapped it up--probably for $1,000 or less too. If you be careful and shop around, sometimes you can find some real gems out there "on the cheap."
Anyway, best of luck with the new car and to you and your family! Hope to see you back "in the fold" before too long!