We all do dumb things – which we thought at the time we did them were smart things. One of the dumbest things I’ve done over the past several years was to sell my Kawasaki KL250 “Super Sherpa” dual sport motorcycle.
Dumb – for a number of reasons that become more painfully apparent with each passing day.
I thought, at the time I sold it – for $1,500 – that I was being smart. I wasn’t riding the bike much; it was taking up space in the garage and adding to my list of things-to-do, such as servicing it each season and keeping the tires aired up. I also had a fat tax bill that year and figured I could use the money. Plus, I got about what I paid for it, so – essentially – I had free use of the bike for the time I owned it and (so I thought) I could buy another for about the same $1,500 when I had more time to ride trails.
Now I am kicking myself for how dumb I was.
The low-miles, excellent condition bike I sold for $1,500 about eight years ago? Replacing it will cost me close to $3,000 now – assuming I can find someone willing to sell me his. There are very few such who are willing – as is the case with used cars and (especially) trucks – because the people who have them know the value of what they’ve got.
And not just in monetary terms.
The Kaw I sold would go nearly twice as far on a gallon of Let’s Go Brandon! than the Toyota Prius I am test driving this week (review here, if interested). That’s about 100 miles per gallon, which can be viewed as cutting the cost of a gallon of Let’s Go Brandon! by half – vs. driving a Prius. In effect, about $1.70 per gallon to travel the same distance it costs $3.40 in the Prius. And about a fourth vs. what it costs me to drive the same distance in my 22-miles-per-gallon truck.
If the cost of a gallon of Let’s Go Brandon! rises to $6 – or more – as seems imminently likely given the increasing likelihood of a “splendid little war” with Russia over Russia’s pending piping of lots of gas (the natural kind) to Germany – then being able to travel 100 miles on a gallon of Let’s Go Brandon! will be more than just a way to save a little money.
PS: Don’t buy Brandon’s bamboozle about defending the “freedom” of Ukraine; Brandon doesn’t defend the freedom of Americans. Like the “fight for freedom” in Iraq, this is about gas – and a “splendid little war” over it may cause the price of gas – the liquid form – to rise so high most of us won’t be able to afford a gallon of it.
Even if we do own a Prius.
Think for a moment about the implications of this. Many Americans have to drive to get to where they work. What happens when the cost to drive to work makes it no longer worth going to work? A Hobson’s Choice is presented. Stop working – in order to avoid paying (for gas) and you become unable to pay for other things, such as the mortgage (and the endless “property taxes” on the home you thought you owned, even if you have paid off the mortgage). Also food, the power bill.
If you have a bike that can travel 100 miles on a gallon of Let’s Go Brandon! you can still get to work without it costing you more than it’s worth going to work. You can also get to necessities – such as food – and still have some money left in your pocket to buy it with.
Using the bike to go shopping (any motorcycle can be fitted with side-saddle storage containers that hold more than you might think) is a way to recover some of the value of your money, lost to what is innocuously styled “inflation” – as if it just kind of happens that the buying power of your money is diminished. That no one is responsible for it being diminished.
You’ll still be paying Let’s Go Brandon! prices for the food, of course. But because you didn’t spend as much Let’s Go Brandon! money on the gas to get there (and back) you’ll have a bit more money left, to buy more food.
Bikes like my ex-Kawasaki also go anywhere, being dual-sports. Which means they are fully capable (and legal) for on-street riding but also designed to be capable of going off-pavement whenever the fancy suggest – or necessity requires. It is rather difficult for a car – or even a truck – to follow a dual-sport motorcycle into the woods. And you never know, in these Let’s Go Brandon! days, when having that ability could be very necessary, indeed.
A light, highly mobile and highly fuel-efficient dual-sport bike can be considered a kind of break-only-in-emergency expedient. Something you thought you’d never need for that but now – if you’re like me – you wish you still had.
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