And that was that....

Discussion in 'Australian Motorcycles' started by Centurion, Oct 24, 2005.

  1. Centurion

    Centurion Guest

    After almost 6 weeks of tyre-kicking "canna I ged a test ride moit" wogs,
    wankers and squids, but none with even a $20 note (most without even a bike
    license!). I ended up trading the ZX9R in on something for SWMBO to tootle
    around in (ie, mini-cage) - long story. I am bikeless. I am sad.

    I stood in the garage last night just looking at where the ninja used to
    proudly pose and beckon me. I had a beer in it's honour (ok, and a fair
    amount of scotch too - seems ethanol is good for the rider too). If anyone
    purchases VLB-75 please be kind to it - we were good friends.

    Here's hoping the flying[1] supports my adrenaline addiction.

    ZZR250->ZX9R->bikeless :(

    [1] As in real planes doing real funky stuff like parachute operations and
    glider towing. Gotta get back into aerobatics too....
    Centurion, Oct 24, 2005
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    Moike Guest

    You'll be back.....

    Moike, Oct 24, 2005
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    Centurion Guest

    Hey - if you can figure out a way to attach a child seat to the bike with
    SWMBO as a pillion (at the same time) *AND* manage to avoid divorce, I'm
    all ears :p

    ZZR250->ZX9R->bikeless :(
    Centurion, Oct 24, 2005
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    Centurion Guest

    I certainly hope so! I haven't sold off the leathers, the helmets, the
    gloves etc, etc....I don't plan on this being a permanent state of affairs.

    Maybe when SWBO is back at work (when the rug rats are older) the $$$ will
    be available to indulge again. In the meantime, I have great memories and
    a full license that will never lapse :)


    ZZR250->ZX9R->bikeless :(
    Centurion, Oct 24, 2005
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    Moike Guest


    Moike, Oct 24, 2005
  6. ....and a 'classic' too Tim!
    Pisshead Pete, Oct 24, 2005
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    Centurion Guest

    Nope. Sometimes the $$$ just aren't there to allow for 2 cars and a
    litre-class sports bike. Maybe my dick is too small, or my mortgage is too
    big? Either way, it was my call to offload the bike - sometimes being the
    man about the house means I have to make decisions in the best interest of
    my family, which in turn, are not my personal preference.

    In fact SWMBO (a term of endearment, not a statement of fact) made it
    perfectly clear that she was happy for me to keep the bike - who do you
    think grabbed me the 1st beer while I mourned my loss? However, I also
    knew it was beyond our current income.

    Economics 101 - when outgoings exceed income, you will eventually go broke.

    This is a temporary WILL change :) Besides, this will give
    me a great excuse to buy something nice and new next time :) ZX12R maybe?

    ZZR250->ZX9R->bikeless :(
    Centurion, Oct 24, 2005
  8. In on Mon, 24 Oct 2005 15:43:32 +1000
    It's called a sidecar.

    Sprogs go in chair, do up tonneau cover, they can howl, cry, fight,
    whine all they like. YOu won't hear them.

    Zebee Johnstone, Oct 24, 2005

  9. Zebee has lots of experience with kids!

    Can't you tell?
    Hamish Alker-Jones, Oct 24, 2005
  10. There ya go! You have two many cars!
    Pisshead Pete, Oct 24, 2005
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    G-S Guest

    Centurion wrote:
    OK... you know what the above reads like to me?

    You want a flash bike and a car or you won't be seen riding on a basic
    bike... instead try this.

    $3000 for an old Excel and $3000 for an earlier GSX750F. Put 3rd party
    insurance on the Excel and the GSX750F. I chose the GSX750F because it
    has narrow tyres (cheaper), but an XJ900 would work as well or a GS500
    or any number of older cheaper to run bikes.

    G-S, Oct 24, 2005
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    Centurion Guest

    Yah - I wonder how much she charges for baby-sitting?

    ZZR250->ZX9R->bikeless :(
    Centurion, Oct 25, 2005
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    Centurion Guest

    Sorta. There's the $$$ and then there's the "my bike battery keeps going
    flat coz I don't ride it much anymore anyway"....and a little bit about not
    riding a flash bike ;) I like my kit lean and clean. Riding around on
    some $200 junker would just irritate me, which kinda defeats the purpose.
    Yeh the bike side of things I can come at. But considering SWMBO will be
    driving the "2nd" car more than I will, it has to have the creature
    comforts AND be reliable (my requirements, not necessarily hers). So the
    2nd car's purchase cost went up a couple orders of magnitude ruling out a
    cheap bike for the immediate future :(

    Like I said, when SWMBO is back at work full-time, I'll redress the
    situation....or I'll buy a plane.

    ZZR250->ZX9R->bikeless :(
    Centurion, Oct 25, 2005
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    IK Guest

    Why do you need to commute by car, though? If you're in a
    meet-clients-do-lunch type of work, keep a suit at the office and change
    into and out of it at the start and the end of the working day,
    respectively. If you're not, who cares what you look like when you walk
    in through the door in the morning?
    A $,3000 Excel has every chance of being reliable.

    A $5,000 N15 Pulsar will have creature comforts and be perturbingly
    reliable; my '99 model will clock over 170,000km sometime in the next
    fortnight and it's yet to ask for even something as basic as an
    alternator belt.

    If you traded the ZX9 in for a used car, chances are you got yourself
    stitched up to the tune of a couple of years' worth of rego and
    insurance it would've cost you to have kept it...
    IK, Oct 25, 2005
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    JL Guest

    Errm IK, that doesn't really work for everyone. I have nowhere to stash
    a suit at my office.

    JL, Oct 25, 2005
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    IK Guest

    Hang it from the cube wall, back of the office door, a particularly tall
    ficus... are your coworkers untrustworthy bottom-feeders who'd steal or
    deface your suit if you left it laying around?
    IK, Oct 25, 2005
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    JL Guest

    No cubicle wall - the wall dividing the desks facing each other is only
    about 40cm above the edge of the desk and the outward edge of the desk
    is covered by a filing cabinet. No chance of chance of hanging it there
    (and even as short as I am it would drag on the ground if it did)
    Haven't had an office in several years - f*ck I hate open plan !
    Blimey ! I suppose I am only a few hundred yards from the Botanical
    gardens, but don't you think it'd get a bit smelly and rotten from the
    fruit bats ?
    Errm no I doubt it, but, like, leaving a suit draped across the desk is
    kinda, naff, y'know ?

    JL, Oct 25, 2005
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    sharkey Guest

    Because he doesn't really want a bike. *shrug*. It's up to
    him, let the poor fool unsubscribe in peace.

    sharkey, Oct 25, 2005
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    G-S Guest

    Yah... it is isn't it

    <looks around at his wood partition with glass tops, thinks back to
    the days of real offices and sighs>

    It's also frowned upon getting dressed and undressed in a (mostly) glass
    partition... well... unless you are a good looking young female (and
    even then 50% frown at you :)

    G-S, Oct 25, 2005
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    G-S Guest

    Toilets yes... bathrooms no. There is a small wash basin outside each
    toilet. I can barely squeeze far enough out of the way of the loo door
    to close it. Getting dressed in there would be almost impossible.

    Getting dressed by the hand basin means getting dressed in sight of the
    lunch room crowd.

    G-S, Oct 25, 2005
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