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How did you manage financially when purchasing your first bike?

  • Parents paid for it all

    Votes: 8 4.8%
  • Took up a crap job at the local McDonalds

    Votes: 15 8.9%
  • Parents paid for some...you paid for some...

    Votes: 8 4.8%
  • By the time you bought your bike you were financially independant

    Votes: 104 61.9%
  • Other...??

    Votes: 33 19.6%

  • Total voters
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Just curious. Lately it seems like more and more younger sportbikers are lucky enough to receive a sportbike free of charge courtesy of their parents. How did you guys manage financially when you bought your first bike? Parents? Found a job and paid for it by yourself? Both?
 

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Other: I paid for my bike with earnings from my internship job last summer. It paid well but was unfortunately only for the summer or else I would have stayed longer since I had last semester off due to transferring to a new school.

I bought the bike back in late September paying cash. Now I'm back in college slowly drying up my savings buying gear and doing maintenance. Too bad I can't try out any of the new gear until it gets a little nicer out here.
 

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Other: When I bought mine a couple years ago I was still living at home. But I had been saving for something (i didn't know what) for the past 3 years. So when I decided I wanted a bike, i bought one used with cash.
 

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I was 31 when I bought my first bike payed half in cash half the bank paid. Still paying on it but should be all done by next year.:cool:
 

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Strange one in my case. A Scottish/Cdn family across the alley from us in '43 & as a 13 yrs old kid I looked at their only child's m/c. He was killed in the first day at Normandy with Cdn army.

Sometime in late '44 they asked me if I wanted his motorbike. Parents realized they were very shock at the death of their only child, so took in the bike into our garage to get it out of the way of leaning up against their home.

Come '45 they did not want it back so this old '36 Harley Davidson 45 SV V-twin was mine sick as it was with shot rear piston, no front brake, etc. So a sort of freebie.
 

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Didn't start buying bikes until I graduated college and could afford it. I actually bought the F4 as a graduation present to myself. Spicerke and I both bought the XX and the Blast together.

We probably won't buy another one until we have cash in hand, or at least the vast majority of it.
 

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Smitty said:
Strange one in my case. A Scottish/Cdn family across the alley from us in '43 & as a 13 yrs old kid I looked at their only child's m/c. He was killed in the first day at Normandy with Cdn army.
I'm heading off-topic, but I just saw a History Channel special on Normandy, and your poor countrymen really got hosed at Normandy, partially because of the pebbly beach. F'in' Nazis :finger:

Anyway, I bought my first bike only a little while back (one, two years?), and it cost $1k, so I paid cash for it.

As a side note, I'm surprised not to see more, "parents paid" votes. I work at a university, and relative to when I attended college, there are a lot more kids living entirely off their p's, so I had assumed that would translate to transportation too. Maybe its just that p's don't like motorcycles.
 

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my older brother bought me my first bike when i was 12.
 

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I bought my 1981 GS550L in college for $600 from a friend that graduated and was going into the army. I saved the money by not buying books one semester and eating only PB&J. After college when I got a job I paid for my 2003 YZF600R with cash.:)
 

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I dipped into retirement to buy my first bike. Probably wasn't the best idea at the time, but my investments are doing well now.
 

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YZFr6-TX said:
I dipped into retirement to buy my first bike.
Now that's love for the sport!:thumb: :laughing:
 

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Spicerke and I both bought the XX and the Blast together.
Good call on that blast btw:D
 

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Good call on that blast btw:D
:(

I hate you so bad

:twofinger :laughing:
 

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Well like Robert said I also was very young when I got my first bike, but when I got my first street bike I was living with my parents but I had a some money saved up for a car, well I never got a car I found a bike instead, paid cash.
 

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this is a little off topic but it realtes to people getting everything from their parents...had a friend who totaled his mountaineer via DWI into a bayou where i live....suspended liscense by law for 6 months, after that his parents bought him a Infinity QX4...hmmmm
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after that his parents bought him a Infinity QX4...hmmmm
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Well, I hear they're giving away a fifth of SoCo away with every purchase, so they covered him from both angles :D
 
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