This changes on a moment to moment basis, but in this moment, here is what I wish was looking back at me when I opened the door to the iron horse stable:
1) An outfit fit for my son and I: A Royal Enfield Bullet Classic with a Rocket Sidecar.
500cc Bullet Classic: $6350
Sportmax Rocket sidecar: $3500+~$1200 installation
The whole outfit would cost about ~$11,000 new… I found a used outfit for $8000, might find another for less.
2) A scooter for my wife: Vespa 946
It’s a dream list so I’ll go for the fantastically expensive Vespa, though Honda makes some mighty nice alternatives for one third the price.
The Vespa? $9999 for a year old new one (!?!)
(the similarly spec-ed Honda PCX150 comes in at $3899). I’ve found clean, used scooters for about $1000.
3) State of the art Hyper-bike:
This has always been a Hayabusa, though I’d chuck it all in for the new Ninja H2R.
Ninja H2R: ???
4) A Light Weight, Swiss-Army Knife dual purpose bike:
The Suzuki DR-Z400S: $7299
Over 100lbs lighter than a KLR, a super capable, light weight enduro machine that can manage weight, still has good power, but follows the Austin Vince minimalist ethos: nimble, efficient, ultra-capable off road. Found a used one in good nick for about $4000.
5) A matching off-road bike for my son:
Not sure of the spec on this one. It would have to be the one he feels most comfortable on because he’s a cautious fellow.
~$2-3000 new – there seem to be a lot of used ones about for ~$1000
I’d be looking at about $50,000 in new (dream) gear. On a budget I think I could pick up (used) the two dirt bikes for $5000, a hyperbike for $7000, a scooter for $1500 and an outfit for $3-5000. So $16-18500 for a more realistic dream stable…
Inclusivity is what I’m aiming for with this collection. We three could go for a putter on scooter and outfit. My son and I could go off roading together. Only the Hayabusa really smacks of selfishness.
Of course this will all change again next week, so I’m not holding my breath.