Troubadour and I have been hunting for a motorcycle for me for several months now. He has been keeping a close eye on Craigslist and we have made several trips to local motorcycle shops up and down the valley from Eugene to the South, to Salem and Portland to the North. No luck so far.
We are waffling between pulling the trigger and getting a new bike (although a modest one), and getting a older model (but not archaic), gently used bike.
Well..... he spotted a sweet deal Wednesday night and called about it yesterday morning. At 7:15 last night we were set to go look at a 2007 250 Honda Nighthawk that had under 300 miles on it for only $2800. Complete with a plexi windshield, center stand and custom luggage rack for the back.
Apparently someone else thought it was a sweet deal too bacuse the seller called back by 6:30 and said it had already sold. I guess it wasn't meant to be. I know we will find a bike suitable for me, but what really irks me is that the seller did not have the decency to let us know there were other people looking at it at an earier time. Considering he is the one that specified 7:15, I think it would have been a nice courtesy. If he had told us we were part of a queue to look at it, we wouldn't have been quite so excited, but still interested none-the-less.
So, the hunt continues. We did some research on the net last night and Portland has a few 2008 250 Honda Nighthawks, no miles on them, still new stock and at the dealer. They are supposedly blowing out for under $3,000. Troubadour may give them a call this afternoon and if they are still there we may drive up there tomorrow and take a peek. Sounds like a good excuse to go to Hot Pot & Sushi for lunch and, oh look, it is right by IKEA. Which also happens to be right by a BMW/Triumph dealer.
Then there is still the BMW G650GS we are both coveting. I like the light weight and low center of gravity of having the gas tank under the seat. Troubadour likes that it is large enough we wouldn't have to sell it in a year, has heated grips, ABS and he could play with the big dogs on the forestry trails.
Guess we'll just have to stop by the dealership to pet all the new shiny pretty bikes and try not to drool. But, the other side of the coin is we could get a Nighthawk now and in a few years sell it and get a BMW. Damn us and our fiscal responsibility. Decision decisions....
Stay tuned for updates.......
"Patience is power; with time and patience the mulberry leaf becomes silk."- Chinese Proverb