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    I freely admitted I paid probably about $100 in interest paying off my bike's credit card purchase. It was too good a deal to pass up, I probably saved more than that $100, but that doesn't really count.

    I see a lot of posts stating that "it's a toy and not a necessity" so they only pay cash. I strongly feel myself that a bike is an investment in my health, my well being, and my sanity. I'd rather be out riding my expensive bike after work and enjoying it rather than wishing I would have bought it while riding a clunker.
    I really wish more people would finance a bicycle over a flat screen t.v. the world would be a better place imho.



    Quote Originally Posted by KRob View Post
    At first I was a little surprised that most everyone on this thread was so financially responsible, but after thinking about it for a minute it makes sense for a few reasons:

    1. Average age on mtbr is in the 40s I believe which tend to be more responsible and have more disposable income.
    2. Anyone admitting to paying with a credit card then skipping payments (or making interest only payments) is going to get lambasted by the responsible guys.
    3. Just because someone pays cash for a bike doesn't automatically mean he's being finacially responsible. He may be skipping other bills or not paying his child support, etc.

    Having said that, it's good to see that folks are being financially responsible with non-essential expenses.


    I make good money but we live on a strict budget. Live debt free including our house, have 6 months emergency fund saved, medical fund, pay cash for everything including cars. etc. (Yes we are Dave Ramsey disciples) I only allow myself $400 a month for my bike habit, including bike trips. It's tough sometimes but I stick to it.

    So buying a new bike takes some patience and planning. For my latest bike purchase I sold off or parted out my two main bikes and saved my monthly bike allowance for 3-4 months and I'll have enough when the new Chilcotin comes in March (amazing how much easier it is to save the bike allowance when there's no bikes in the garage to spend money on).

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    You make a lot of good points. Paying on credit is a matter of personal opinions-but I'm glad it worked out for you. I would, too, if I could have-but I took the route of buying a bike with a frame I like (Norco Range 3) and I've progressively made it more well equipped than the Range 1. I wanted to ride, it worked out for me. Some people think what I did is stupid, that's okay. Maybe it is stupid: some would say I should have just gone all out from the get go and bought a frame and saved myself some money-but that would have taken longer and I decided to live a life where I got the experience of riding that bike then and there-so I don't really think so. That and I ultimately built my own wheelset and gained a lot of personal preferences-so things worked out. Maybe.

    I also strongly agree about bikes being one of those things that helps with mental sanity. Biking is one of those peripheral things in life and a lot of people "fight to have time for" while some simply "have time" for it. When I go ride, I typically am relieved it's one of those things I "have time" for, lately. However, I recognize that there are healthier alternatives for working out. With the crashes, I think I'll be feeling it. I'm already feeling it.

    Quote Originally Posted by nOOky View Post
    I freely admitted I paid probably about $100 in interest paying off my bike's credit card purchase. It was too good a deal to pass up, I probably saved more than that $100, but that doesn't really count.

    I see a lot of posts stating that "it's a toy and not a necessity" so they only pay cash. I strongly feel myself that a bike is an investment in my health, my well being, and my sanity. I'd rather be out riding my expensive bike after work and enjoying it rather than wishing I would have bought it while riding a clunker.
    I really wish more people would finance a bicycle over a flat screen t.v. the world would be a better place imho.

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    Skipped a few months of child support and then stopped paying my mortgage to get a mortgage modification because they wouldn't modify it if I was on time. After a few months $12K super bike!

    In reality I am very fortunate to be able to do as I please when it comes to bikes without effecting my monthly spending/savings. When I was younger I made bikes a big priority, but always paid cash except for my first high end bike which the shop owner where I worked let me pay over time.

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    I have a unique way of getting the bikes I want. I work full time for the Army and have 5 kids. I am in no way well off. I don't go into debt for bikes and I really like nice bikes.

    So, I got a "job" with the local bike shop. I work two hours in the evening Mon-Thurs and 9 hours on Friday. My weekends are mine. I get a great shop discount and the hours I work are credited towards any purchase I want to make in the shop.

    In the last year I've picked up a Giant Anthem Advanced X29er 0, a Giant TCX 2 cyclocross bike, tons of parts/clothing and nutritionals. I even get to ride any of the demo bikes anytime I'd like.

    I basically feel like a crack whore working for the dealer to get the fix I need. Love it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Salespunk View Post
    Skipped a few months of child support and then stopped paying my mortgage to get a mortgage modification because they wouldn't modify it if I was on time. After a few months $12K super bike!

    In reality I am very fortunate to be able to do as I please when it comes to bikes without effecting my monthly spending/savings. When I was younger I made bikes a big priority, but always paid cash except for my first high end bike which the shop owner where I worked let me pay over time.
    So, what that really means is, you screwed everyone over to get a bike. Including your own child. Not to mention the mortgage company and the tax payers that bailed out the mortgage companies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silentfoe View Post
    I have a unique way of getting the bikes I want. I work full time for the Army and have 5 kids. I am in no way well off. I don't go into debt for bikes and I really like nice bikes.

    So, I got a "job" with the local bike shop. I work two hours in the evening Mon-Thurs and 9 hours on Friday. My weekends are mine. I get a great shop discount and the hours I work are credited towards any purchase I want to make in the shop.

    In the last year I've picked up a Giant Anthem Advanced X29er 0, a Giant TCX 2 cyclocross bike, tons of parts/clothing and nutritionals. I even get to ride any of the demo bikes anytime I'd like.

    I basically feel like a crack whore working for the dealer to get the fix I need. Love it!
    Now there's a guy with morals, passion and a sound work ethic! + Rep for that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Cycle Shawn View Post
    So, what that really means is, you screwed everyone over to get a bike. Including your own child.
    I guess sarcasm does not come through the computer, I was joking. If you read the second paragraph you would see the phrase "in reality"

    BTW I would love to see pictures of the Dino. It is a beautiful car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Salespunk View Post
    I guess sarcasm does not come through the computer, I was joking. If you read the second paragraph you would see the phrase "in reality"
    Sarcasm, sometimes goes over my head. I'm glad to hear you didn't do that! + Rep for that

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    Saved my money for 17 years, got a sponsorship, bought a brand new Niner Air Nine RDO XO loaded beast. Hopefully my last year in the Juniour race circuit will be a big one!!

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    I can't recall if I've already posted in this thread..... anyway, I bought my bikes on credit with 0% interest - so just the cash price over X months.

    I agree with n00ky, I saw it as an investment in me and my health. Previously, I was paying about $40/week in train fares to get to/from work. Now I pay about $10/week in finance and get two hours riding every day. I see that as a pretty good deal.

    If you can pay cash for your stuff, obviously that's better. But if it comes down to it, buy-now/pay-later is better than sit-now/die-earlier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Salespunk View Post
    I guess sarcasm does not come through the computer, I was joking. If you read the second paragraph you would see the phrase "in reality"

    BTW I would love to see pictures of the Dino. It is a beautiful car.
    Interesting thing about your first paragraph was that I've known many men to pull that kind of thing to afford their dream car and modify it.

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    Did a pro deal through work. The hardest part was deciding what to get. Ended up with a 29er.

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    In pieces... It spreads out the hit over several weeks and you can get deals if you look for them... Just built a niner jet 9 for under 2 grand... The secret is to focus on one or two parts at a time

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    I'll second what mjduct posted. Not only does it spread the hit out, it's also fun and you know your bike inside and out.
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    I found a dealer that takes my EBT card, suckers.

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    Let's see.....

    My first bike was stolen from my garage at an apartment I lived at. Got a $1,200 insurance settlement from renter's insurance and was able to upgrade nicely.

    Unfortunately, coming back from a ride in the Sierra Foothills 2 years later, I completely forgot about the bike on the roof of my car as I pulled into the garage and was treated to the sound of high quality steel snapping at the down tube. Renter's insurance again to the rescue. Not a completely new bike but new frame, fork, bars and stem. Upgraded again to a nice S-Works frame this time.

    Had that bike for two years which then got stolen out of my truck while at work. I really wouldnt have blamed my insurance agent if he thought I was running some sort of scam but they paid it off again no questions asked. Thanks Allstate. With $4,000 in insurance proceeds (it pays to save receipts for everything), I got what was at the time a top of the line FS frame and full XTR. 6 months later, my insurance co dropped me. Totally understandable - guess I got my monies worth out of them.

    For my next bike to be purchased this spring, looks like I wont be able to rely on any insurance money. I'll have to do it the old fashioned way. OR rob a bank.

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    I bought my 2006 Yeti AS-X over a one year period of buying the parts as I could afford them. Altogether paid $2,100 (2006 Yeti at the time was going for $1900 for frame alone).

    My 2011 Trek Fuel EX 5 I bought on my Trek card at the bike shop and almost have it paid off.
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    Local shop....walked in...I like this one....made it rain in that biatch...$500 cash for a 29er Marlin.....converted to single speed. Done.
    I asked God for a bike, but I know he doesn't work that way so I stole a bike & asked for forgiveness.

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    Good on yous guys, getting out there and doing it and doing it for a reason with passion is worth 100 times more than the dick who ignores people on his carbon-carbon-carbon.

    I justify all mine as "there is no price on fitness".... riding and keeping healthy is extending my life
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    Bought mine online. Had to unless I wanted to take a 200+ mile round trip, which I didn't. I wanted a specific bike which as far as I could find out, isn't offered locally. Will pay off in full when the cc bill comes.

    Got a great deal at a LBS on the wife's bike which I bought yesterday, what with all the extras they provide. I gotta say, now that I've done it, LBS is the way to go! Paid cash.

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    I justify all mine as "there is no price on fitness".... riding and keeping healthy is extending my life
    Truer words were never spoken!

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    I worked a second job to help build up some extra cash which wasn't working so well. My amazing girlfriend chipped in some money as a Christmas present. Actually, if it weren't for her, I wouldn't have been motivated to get a new bike. She knew my then current ride was too small for me and that I wasn't enjoying riding as much. Off I went to the lbs, ordered and put a down payment on a bike that I had been researching. A week later, the bike was built and I test rode it. The remaining balance was going to wait until April when I get an annual bonus, but ended up going on a credit card until then.

    For me, it is not a toy or just for physical fitness. It is my medicine and therapy. I have come to realize that I need to be true to myself first before doing things for others, such as work. <Insert phrase> All work and no play... I could always continue with the go to work/home, work/home routine and feel like a robot. But I tend to be unhappy with my life that way. Hopping on my bike and going for a ride is what I really loved to do years ago. I look forward to and am enjoying reliving that lifestyle again and enjoying all there is to see out on the trails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by R+P+K View Post
    If you can pay cash for your stuff, obviously that's better. But if it comes down to it, buy-now/pay-later is better than sit-now/die-earlier.
    Quote Originally Posted by gridtalker View Post
    I charged mine. Isnt that what most Americans do. We purchase things we cant afford with a credit card then worry about paying it off later
    lol.

    i needed to get my bike now and get going... easy to sit and do nothing!

    i applied for the trek credit card and was approved.

    went to the trek store and bought my 2012 fuel ex 6... i think the discount for the bike was something like $400 being an older model.

    the trek credit card does not accrue interest as long as it paid off within a year.

    so, i have budgeted and will pay it off before 11 months.

    happy biking everyone!

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    Cash, used, and today! Upgraded my 2001 Tracer to a like new 2010 Tracer. Can't wait to go riding tomorrow!

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    Well i work six days a week and start 6:30 in the morning and finish up to 6:00 in the afternoon. In six years of working for this company i have had one sick day and only six weeks leave.
    I was able to roll up with the cash to pay for my bike. And as my wife says you work hard you deserve it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rojo Grande' View Post
    Cash, used, and today! Upgraded my 2001 Tracer to a like new 2010 Tracer. Can't wait to go riding tomorrow!
    I wish I could go riding tomorrow...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wherewolf View Post
    Take the time to get a good education, get a good job, and mange your money wisely. But it takes far more patience and sacrifice than most people are wiling to make. I always pay cash for my bikes.

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    Haha you make it sound like getting a good education and a good job is easy. You do realize that a lot of people don't have wealthy parents or relatives to pay for their "good education" right? If only it was just a matter of "taking the time"...

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    I work at a local shop and we did an anonymous survey asking people 1. How much they make 2. How old they are 3. Sex 4. Why they ride 90% of the surveys said that they 1. Made on average 120k a year 2. average age was 47 3. 77% males 33% Females 4. 51% of the men ride to get away from there wife it was a hobby so they can get an outing.

    I personally buy bikes with an employee discount which is about 60% off MSRP and I also have a small company who plastered there name on my jersey for races. So sometimes working part time at a shop really helps with prices!!!

    I got the job btw by just hanging out up there all the time until the owner liked me and when he was hiring I was his first choice since I was already always there!

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    Excuses are for losers

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    Haha you make it sound like getting a good education and a good job is easy. You do realize that a lot of people don't have wealthy parents or relatives to pay for their "good education" right? If only it was just a matter of "taking the time"...
    Excuses are for losers. Nothing worthwhile is easy. And your excuses and lazy attitude are perhaps why you can't get a good job. I earned my education via military service and saving every dime I made. Nobody else gave me a cent.

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    Very carefully and after much research...but yes with cash also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wherewolf View Post
    Excuses are for losers. Nothing worthwhile is easy. And your excuses and lazy attitude are perhaps why you can't get a good job. I earned my education via military service and saving every dime I made. Nobody else gave me a cent.
    Absolutely! I wasn't in the military but also earned and paid for my own education. Excuses are for losers.

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    Most of mine some one else threw away. Craigslist is also a friend!

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    On my latest bike my wife said if I save up half the cost I could buy it, she said (and was right) that I never save up for anything. I mean really, any money I could save up was just money that would have gone in the bank or something anyway, but I agreed and saved up half then paid the rest with our travel miles credit card and paid that balance off the next month when the bill came.
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    0% interest credit card. It's the only way to ride!

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    Cash.

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    Pay cash for everything. I start with a new perfect frame and use the best wheels I can build or buy. Components usually come from wealthy weight weenies depreciated takeoffs/upgrades via craigslist or ebay. If I want or have to buy new parts they usually come from heavily discounted European online retailers. I simply cannot afford to spend 3 to 7 thousand dollars for a minimum decent bike. No guilt in avoiding LBS middleman markup as I'm a far better mechanic and have more cycling experience than most of them in the first place.

    If I was a trendy impulse purchaser I'd be screwed! My four bikes took at least a couple years each to finish. They're more works of art in progress.

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    I got 2 of my bikes with cash from CL(Karate Monkey and Trek Transport cargo).
    I got my unicycle with cash from an MTBR member, used.
    And I bought 2 bikes new with zero interest credit cards/tax return money(pugs & colossal), new from bike shop.
    Do not regret. Each one gets plenty of ride time. My hubby would love it if I found more bikes used though...but in my short size, very rare.
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    I have two jerbs. One daily to pay the bills and a side hobby which pays for toys.
    Most purchases are on credit card, then pay it before the statement appears. I used to always pay in cash, but the extra bulge of wads in my skinny jeans offsets my junk bulge and looks weird.

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    How did you buy your bike ???

    As Randy Moss once said, straight cash homie. But I had saved (been waiting for the ok from the wife) for several months.

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    Sold my CRF250 and bought a bike for myself and wife.

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    Mmmm. I remember it. I had gotten into cycling the summer before I left for a backpacking trip of South America. I saved up all my nickels and dimes for three months abroad, leaving the first week of November. Yes, that meant traveling over Christmas.

    I was 23 and had no guts. I ended up coming home after a six week trip through Peru and Bolivia, not making it to Chile or Argentina. The good news was that I had all this extra money in my pocket and my parents had already decided that they would chip in for a new bike for Christmas whenever I returned from my trip.

    Now there is really only one shop in Buffalo, NY (no, Bert's is no better than Walmart, they told my friend they don't make steel frames anymore, lololol); Campus Wheelworks. It was a snowy afternoon and I already had my next adventure in mind, cross country touring. I'd only done one camping trip on my dad's old Iron Horse but I wanted a touring specific bike. So of course they recommended the Long Haul Trucker, but there were things I didn't like, I didn't like the small wheels (albeit now I like that idea for Latin America, but I digress), and I didn't like how relaxed it felt. I test rode it and the Cross-Check. I really loved the zip and flow of the X-Check, so I decided to think it over. Called a friend who owned a Cross-Check and sealed the deal on how much he loved it.



    The second time I bought a Cross Check was in Chicago, IL. After my first X-Check had been stolen the week before I thought it was over. I considered just taking a train out or whatever, then after cooling off for a bit I realized I might just have enough to buy a new bike and make it. I ordered almost everything I wanted from Smart Bike Parts (would only half recommend vs. Campus Wheelworks), no Tubus Racks, now I had Surly racks (sooooo heavy) and a 2012 v. 2011. They upgraded the parts as opposed to the work I did on the first X-Check. They finished it on July 5th and I was back on the road.

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    I bought mine with money

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    Found a KILLER deal on a Spec. Stumpy carbon single speed 29 frame. Seller included original seat post, Romin expert saddle (Ti rails), Spec 90 Stem, spec carbon low rise bars, all at a cool $1,000. I had been previously putting money on my account at my LBS and had over the past 5 months accumulated about $700, with which I bought my Reba RLT 100mm at about $520. From there I purchased my Sram XX1 crankset for 200$ here on MTBR, and my Sram PF30 BB through the shop at 30% off which made it around $32 I think? I sold my old GT Peace 9er single speed but kept a brakeset I had made out of XT levers and SLX calipers and the ridiculously burly OEM cheesy wheelset it came with and grips that I later replaced. I'm still just borrowing the headset from a friend, but the rest I kinda had lying around. Since then I have VERY slowly built up a new set of wheels. DT 240s > Stan's Arch EX > DT Revolution spokes. Bought a $50 Ti RWS skewer, Surly 18T Cog (want a 17t now though) Surly Stainless Steel single speed spacer kit, Sram 8spd chain, Spec. Zee Cage (right) 29x2.3 Purgatoy (front), Spec Fast Trak 29x2.2 (rear). Stan's Valves, ESI foam grips, did some trading with a friend for the 140mm rear rotor and bought some other doo-dads with shop discount and the rest is history. So, over the course of a year If I add it all together I'm right around $3,000 on my single speed build. I think I have a problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by austinTRON View Post
    I had been previously putting money on my account at my LBS and had over the past 5 months accumulated about $700
    That's risky!

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    I spent the entire winter watching for sales on the various MTB sites. I also caught a few nice deals on ebay for slightly used parts. Doing this over the winter allowed me to not jump on the first deal I saw.Overall, I spent about 2700-2800 on my 29er HT and I absolutely love the bike. I'm doing the same this winter on a FS 29er. I'm currently researching FS 29er frames and I'm hoping to have the choices narrowed down soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Cycle Shawn View Post
    That's risky!
    I was actually planning on using the money on my account originaly to buy a Carve SL at 20% off since there is never enough in stock to EP one. So I looked at getting a Jett for my wife but since the 2014 early launch was right around the corner I figured I'd hold off. Then I found this killer deal on the stumpy! Waiting pays off.

    Did I mention I got those DT 240s right here on MTBR for $350 for the set? Easy to find good deals if you have patience.
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    I started off with a cheap bike on the trails, then i waited for a guy with a great bike to be rude to me on the trail, then i just bashed him and took his bike, id suggest this method to everybody
    Dont ever let the truth get in the way of a funny story....

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    I paid a lot of dues a long time ago, and now people give me bikes.

    Nice ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shredjekyll View Post
    Haha you make it sound like getting a good education and a good job is easy. You do realize that a lot of people don't have wealthy parents or relatives to pay for their "good education" right? If only it was just a matter of "taking the time"...
    Getting a good job is not easy. No one said it was. Guess what else. Getting the job is only the beginning. You have to work to keep it too. Someone else wants it. You are not going to stumble bass-ackwards into 40K, 50K, $100K+ per year.

    I do not have wealthy parents or relatives. It is called sacrifice and busting your a$$. If you think people get everything from their parents you are making excuses for your own situation.

    After high school, I enlisted in the Navy - took advantage of all the education I could get from them. Used the GI bill to finish college and go to law school. Worked 30+ hrs per week when I was a full time undergrad student. Did law school in less than 2.5 yrs - married with a baby.

    There is no excuse for not being able to afford education. You can get about $10K in federal guaranteed student loans per year - Online, credit score does not matter. Start at community college, transfer to state school. Or begin in a trade. There is a lack of people with trade skills. Many are paid well. Don't mess around, get it done. Then chuckle to yourself when people on Internet forums complain that only doctors and lawyers can afford X bike.

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    How did you buy your bike ???

    Lets not turn this into a pissing match.

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