l have always liked board track bikes , and whenever l get a bit bored l will youtube them and watch with a boyish excitement .
The other day l came across a company in California that make a replica that can be road registered , so l emailed and asked how much , l got to tell you l am still in shock , as it will cost close to 60 grand , then an import tax no doubt my end .
So my question is how much is too much for a bike ?
BTW : heres a picture of my shattered dream bike .
I've held off on purchasing a nice bike. I can't see myself sinking a ton of money into something that will be a total loss if I so much as bump into a curb at high speed.
Or someone could load it into a truck and drive away...
On a side note, I hear that those bikes are absolutely punishing and dangerous to ride. But then again, that's probably why you're considering it...
My honest opinion is that it is a dangerous, expensive, and bad idea. These are also reasons to go ahead with it :p
1: Thats what insurance is for
2 : Not something you would leave unattended at a bar or pool hall
3 : Love you to clarify " punishing "
4 : A bike is only dangerous if you can't ride or can and ride recklessly , or idiot runs into you .
Logan , my question is probably more directed at blokes in there 40s that have pondered this themselves , there out there , l see them wizzing past on there new triumphs indians and fat boys every weekend .
Look at some of the old Honda CBs and Yamaha XSs that guys are turning into boardtrackers. You're looking at a few thousand as opposed to 10's of thousands... and they're actually really cool and reliable. Check out the site called chopcult.com. I guess if you have the funds and are willing to part with them, you can get a $60K bike, but I've known guys who've shelled out 20 or $30 K (and more) and been disappointed in the product they got. Uncomfortable, unreliable... half the time we end up loading their monstrosity in my truck to take it to the shop.. after I finish tearing up the roads on my 40 year old Triumph chopper that cost me 5K to put together! I just wouldn't put that kind of money out for a bike. Of course for me it's about the ride, image doesn't mean jack sh#t. Hope this helps good luck.
I'm not quite in the 40's bracket that you were looking for, but I would argue that if you can afford it (the key idea that could have kept us out of our current fiscal crisis) and it's something that won't get out of your head then it might be worth it no matter what the cost. But I think Michael's idea of looking at customizing your own is definitely worth looking into.
Honestly, I'm a poor starving college student with 4 kids, so I'm looking forward to the day when I can consider spending five figures on a bike. But for now, my little Honda Shadow satisfies my itch well enough.
Andy , l would like you to expand on your thoughts , you said ~ looking forward to the day you can spend five figures , tell me where you are in life that this is a reality . example?