Almost bought a Motorcycle Last Night

Took the skytrain out to Burnaby last night to have a look at a motorcycle I found on Craigslist.  After wandering around in the wrong neighborhood for a while trying to find the place we managed to meet up with they guy who brought us down into the parking garage to take a look at the bike.

It was a 2005 Suzuki GS500.  Really nice, standard bike — exactly the kind of bike I want to have.  And it was in perfect condition… practically right off the storeroom floor.  Even though it had 20,000Km on it you wouldn’t have been able to tell that it was outside at all.  And the price was right too.  It was basically 50% off the price of a new model.

If I had the money in my wallet I would have bought the bike right there and then.  Even without seeing it start.

But on the way home I started thinking.

Is it a good idea to buy a motorcycle on credit?
How will this impact the other things I want to do this year like trips to Newfoundland, Calgary, Las Vegas, Seattle, and Edmonton?

It was a really tough decision.

In the end though what it came down to was… If I had to think so hard about whether or not it was a good idea meant that it probably wasn’t.

Instead what I’m going to do is start putting money aside for a motorcycle.  When I have the cash to burn then I’ll throw it at a nice motorcycle.

for a picture of the GS500: