Knowing I was going to buy used, and the reality of the topic becoming clear to me, I searched for the best value. The more "wise" you become the more weight you place on value in your life as opposed to what someone else thinks of your situation.....
Very well said, slamlic.
Adding to my earlier post on this topic, I have been into riding bikes since my pre-teen years. When I was 15 my dad helped me buy a honda 175 which I used to get my MC license when I was 16. Later i bought a honda 350 but my eye was on the CB750. Finally bought one after high school and had it for years. But like many guys here, when I got married the bike went away, and I was fine with that, then started having kids. My wife and I have 6 kids (2 sons and 4 daughters), and they all knew my first love and passion was riding. The standing joke in our family was the way I'd stop and look (and become easily distracted) whenever bikes went by. They knew I loved riding and one day would want to own again.
They also realized another thing. How hard I work, and the sacrafices you make as parents for your kids. I guess it's no surprise that each of our kids have a very good work ethic today. Our oldest daughter, Bethany, used to tell me she wants to be able to be in a place in her life that she can buy me a motorcycle when I turn 50. I never knew what to make of that cuz I thought when kids are in high school all they say is "man, when I turn 18 I'm outta here"
During that same time, I got re-bit by the riding bug when a local place openned up here renting harleys. I could never afford owning a harley, but renting from time to time for a day or for an extended weekend refueled my love of riding, and introduced my to big V Twin bikes, and I was hooked again. I would "shop" at all the V Twin models but knew I could never afford a bike of any kind, but loved what I saw and learned about the roadstar. That became my dream bike.
Fast forward to 2005, Bethany is 22 the year I turned 50 and bless her heart she did what she always wanted to do and that dream bike became mine. She couldn't think of a better way to say "THANKS" dad....and boy was she right.