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Truck vs Bike

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by ArMarine04, Jan 9, 2012.

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Truck vs Bike?

Poll closed Feb 8, 2012.
  1. A

    33 vote(s)
    42.9%
  2. B

    12 vote(s)
    15.6%
  3. C

    32 vote(s)
    41.6%
  1. Jan 9, 2012 at 7:04 AM
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    ArMarine04

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    A. Fixing up your truck just the way you've always wanted it (NICE lift, wheels, tires, front & rear offroad bumper, offroad lights, etc)

    OR

    B. Useing that money to put a nice down payment (ideally half or more) on the Harly-Davidson you've always wanted. I know pay half up front on a harley my dreams aren't big I've always loved the sportster. In return keeping your truck stock.

    OR

    C. Try to get the best of both and to a find a decent lift (not as nice as option A but gets the job done) and some slightly larger tires and call the truck "done" and also have some cash for a much smaller down payment on the bike.

    NOTE:

    I'm in the military and in Japan right now, so these plans are about two years down the road. I plan to save up 5000 plus just to for my man toys. Just so you can put a dollar amount in your decision.
     
  2. Jan 9, 2012 at 7:08 AM
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    D. Save it so you can retire early and really enjoy life visiting those you care about and doing the things you like.
     
  3. Jan 9, 2012 at 7:11 AM
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    You'll be dumping cash into the Harley to customize it immediately after purchase. Just something to keep in mind when figuring out finances.
     
  4. Jan 9, 2012 at 7:20 AM
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    OR they could just come visit me.
     
  5. Jan 9, 2012 at 7:21 AM
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    I don't doubt that a bit, but for sake of arguement lets pretend we can stick with a stock bike for awhile.
     
  6. Jan 9, 2012 at 7:31 AM
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  7. Jan 9, 2012 at 7:31 AM
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    Get the bike. I love my Sportster, and if well cared for a Harley will become a classic down the road.
     
  8. Jan 9, 2012 at 7:36 AM
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    OR, buy a new cruiser (non-Harley), save a butt load of cash and put the money saved into the truck. Harleys are way overpriced for ridiculously antiquated technology. If you want to spend a lot of money on a cruiser, I'd look into a Victory or a BMW, otherwise, the Japanese cruisers are very nice and a lot less expensive.
     
  9. Jan 9, 2012 at 7:56 AM
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    Do as I say not as I do...I have had several Harleys and have ridden throughout the United States. Even toured Mexico on Harley with a bunch of buddies (still can't drink Tequila because of that trip). Sportster are OK around town but they are too light for long rides. They get pushed around in the wind a lot.

    Either way, don't make payments on toys. Keep saving until you can pay cash. Financing fun is a bad habit that ends up hurting you in the long run. Find one a year or two old and save a boatload of money. My Road King sits in the gargage 99% of the time now because I am too busy to ride it, but it is paid for so I don't mind that it sits.
     
  10. Jan 9, 2012 at 8:19 AM
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    Amen, brother.
     
  11. Jan 9, 2012 at 8:20 AM
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    A - Harley's are junk. You will spend more time/money fixing it than anything
     
  12. Jan 9, 2012 at 8:36 AM
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    Ehh...I've had a lot of fun on my Sportster 1200. Rode it to Florida and Maine several times. It was good to me, but they do require quite a bit of maintenance. In 40,000 miles I had to have both the top and bottom ends of the engine rebuilt.

    I still have that bike, but these days I exclusively ride a big Triumph. Gobs of power, smooth ride, stupidly reliable, and relatively cheap purchase price. I've traveled far farther on that bike than I would have taken the Sportster, but there's still nothing quite like the raw feel of a Harley.

    They're definitely antiquated technology, but that's what makes them so connectable for the rider. You know exactly what's going on at all times because you hear and feel every valve moving, every fire of the spark plugs, and every rotation of the wheels.
     
  13. Jan 9, 2012 at 8:39 AM
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    That Triumph is a hoss, I love the looks of that massive 3 cylinder stuffed into a motorcycle :drool:
     
  14. Jan 9, 2012 at 8:43 AM
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    This is what I was thinking, fix truck up, buy a real motorcycle.
     
  15. Jan 9, 2012 at 8:44 AM
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    It's more like stuffing wheels and handlebars onto an engine. It's built like a farm tractor in that the engine IS the frame. :p
     
  16. Jan 9, 2012 at 8:45 AM
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    fwiw my sv650 has 60,000 on it. Been dropped, run over, and ran on a track. I only have to change the oil :)
     
  17. Jan 9, 2012 at 8:47 AM
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    I've only had to change the oil on my Triumph as well. Like I said, there are better bikes out there, but if someone wants a Harley, they only want a Harley and accept what comes along with it.
     
  18. Jan 9, 2012 at 8:55 AM
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    As long as the buyer knows what they're buying when they get a Harley. Some people just get fixated on the brand. Personally, for long trips, I'd want the Victory or BMW bikes. Those things are incredibly smooth, good power and sleek looking.

    For big muscle bikes, I'd take the Triumph, the Kawi 2000 or the Suzuki 1800 Boulevard (maybe the Valkrie but that just seems excessive and it's a gas guzzler).

    For me, I've got a Katana 750. Kinda the best of both worlds, sporty but comfortable and has a long frame with a fairly heavy motor so it cruises well. A long way from a dream bike but it's paid off and I have a blast riding it. :D
     
  19. Jan 9, 2012 at 9:05 AM
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    All bikes have their pluses and minuses. Regardless (and back to the topic at hand), the OP stated Harley Sportster. A great local to medium distance machine with lots of soul. And FWIW, personally I tend to see Harleys retaining their value better than imports. Just one man's possibly biased opinion! Semper Fi, bud :D
     
  20. Jan 9, 2012 at 9:05 AM
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    ^^ thats what im getting at mj. Not bashing your choices
     
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