I debated about what to write about this week. A lot has been on my mind. It's officially the first day of summer, riding season should be in full swing by now. But truth be told I've not been in the mood to ride or been out on the bike that much.
Plus, truth be told, I'm a little weary of riding Kimmie due to the issues I've been having. The recent issues I've had with her electrical system have showed me how much I need to learn mechanically. I also want to go further, and I'm not sure if Kimmie is the bike for me. Touring is a dream right now...but one I wish to pursue.
Jacksonville is not that far, only three hours, and Daytona about the same. Key West is a bit further. I have friends that are a day away in places like South Carolina and Georgia. Having a slightly larger machine, a more comfortable bike might make trips to those places a bit more feasible. Having some knowledge in case of a breakdown only makes sense, and I've looked into where to get that knowledge. The nearest "garage night" to me is in Orlando and by the time I get off to work (normally about 6:30 PM), drive the 90 or so minutes to Orlando and get back it late at night. It's not worth it for me to do.
And in the end that is what it comes down to. While I would be looking at anywhere from a $70 to $250 dollar payment depending on what I wanted to put down, Kimmie's trade in value and my credit (good but could be better). I'm still not sure if I want another payment - no matter how low it could be.
I've also read that the CTX has no "soul" - which is hard to define anyway. I've also read it's a game changer in some respects. I like the fairing which would make a ride in rain or cold that much more enjoyable (although my days of riding in "cold" seem to be behind me for now). Sitting on it, I can say I felt comfortable, but not in love.
It's also not a trike or Can-Am, which I know Susan wants me to consider. Of course the cost for a new fully loaded CTX DCT is about 11K. The price for a new Can-Am is starts at $19,900. It only gets more pricey as things like windshields and luggage is added. Of course the Can-AM is also a bigger, more powerful bike. Going used just makes a bit more sense.
While I've driven quads and similar machines, I've never been a fan. So for now...I still have my beloved Kimmie...and questions that I need to find the answers to.