Over the last few days I've been thinking about several things. One of which is of course the bike, assuming that the insurance company totals the darn thing then I'm going to need a new ride. For a variety of reasons I would rather stay with a scooter then have a "real motorcycle." So far I have found three possible replacements. One is a 2009 Suzuki Burgman 650 model that was converted into a trike. Susan wants me to buy a trike eventually, so now may be the time. I also found a similar Burgi to the one I currently own. The other possibility is a 2008 Kymco Xciting 500. Some may say I'm putting the cart before the horse but I want to make sure I understand what is out there before I buy. I don't want to put myself into any debt than is needed.
I'm finding a few different motorcycles out there. I have only limited funds that I can work with. We are thinking of buying a small 2 bedroom/2 bath house as a rental property. So I'm trying, with only limited success, to find a bike for under 4K
I seem to be back in the same place I was when I started this blog.
I miss riding, I've not been on a bike since the 21st and I'm looking at passing riders with envy.
So lets put riding aside for a moment and concentrate on anther project of mine. I was reviewing my income from my independent delivery work that I do (it is tax season after all) and I expect to make about $12,000 working just an extra 3 days a week on average next year. That is about a third of my regular job. I am also playing with the idea of buying a rental property as well, which may bring in another 2-3K a year. Slowly but surely I am becoming my own boss.
My girlfriend tends to a small garden in the back of our house where we have tomatoes, peppers and strawberries all in a small effort to have fresh food on the table. Every winter we enjoyed oranges from two beautiful trees in our backyard. We hope to be expanding our small potted garden with something like the following photo:
|Thanks to Bill Arquitt at Urban Gardening|
No, I'm not an aging hippie. I just sound like one.
Everything I am doing, from getting the scooter to the urban gardening to changing my diet is about simplification. So why does looking for a new bike have to be so hard? Ebay and Craigslist are helpful, but again the bikes are either a lot more powerful than I want, or are customized in such a way I don't like. I wish you could hear the frustration in my voice.
So the search continues. At least until I go on vacation in 2 weeks.