Motorcycle for travel?

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    So, I have been debating the idea of a truck for a good while. I understand I could afford a good down payment on one right now, but I am wanting to buy a vehicle outright, whenever I get one. I bought my current vehicle straight up (4300$ is cheap for its year/make they say).

    Anyways. I was thinking about maybe getting a decent motorcycle. I checked a Harley-Davidson store in Clarksville, and their price range was from 12,000-22,000$. Now, I personally, will not pay over 15,000$ for a motorcycle. Just won't happen, frankly 15,000$ is a good portion of what a truck would cost me.

    Anyways, do you think a motorcycle would be a good idea for me, even though I'll be traveling a lot for the military? Only 'omen' I have had of this is, the guy that was recruiting out of our station nearly 2 years ago, died in a motorcycle accident.
     
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    A Harley Davidson touring class motorcycle ($18,000->$22,000 is really a better deal than a less expensive Japanese touring bike. In a normal economy, a big twin Harley retains more of it's resale value than any other make. Hell, I had a '92 FXRS that cost $9,200 new. In good condition, it would sell for 10 grand today. My 2004 Road King sold new for just under 18. I paid 17 for it in 05 and I could get 15 for it now.
    A 2 year old $18,000 Honda Goldwing is worth 12 grand or so.
    I may be a touch prejudiced as I've been riding Harleys since 1969. My grandfather, father, both sons, wife and daughter have all been Harley owners.
     
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    Because of the weather, you can't ride a motorcycle 365 days a year. You're just about to join the AF with what, an E-1 to E-3 paycheck, and you wanna buy a new truck? Are you crazy son?

    After Basic and when you learn where you're gonna' be stationed at, buy a cheap, 3-4 year old used vehicle for cash.

    I don't know what the military earns nowadays but when I was in (82-92) I averaged $11,000 a year.
     
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    A good new decent little car will be less than a Harley and have a roof and heat and air.
    Not as cool as a Harley but then again not as cool as in cold either.
    And it can get just about as not as good as mileage as the Harley as well.
     
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    As someone who has actually ridden long distance, I'd get a Goldwing or BMW K Series.

    Nobody but a 1%-er or stone nut wants to ride a Harley vobroglide for 1,000 miles.
     
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    You'd best wait until you know where you are heading. 100% certain. And a Cycle may be nice but it cannot be your only means of transportation in the military. Couldn't make it to work because of the weather is not an excuse.....
     
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    I never said I was going to buy a 'new' truck, and I might want to add, I have already had a topic on waiting 3 years to buy a truck. And I have a car I'm selling and money saved up for a vehicle, I could, put a 15,000$ down-payment on a truck, or get a motorcycle with the money I have now. I am NOT going to buy my truck until I can buy it outright, same for any motorcycle.

    I already have a 3-4 year old car.

    E-3, 1750$ per month.
     
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    I spent eight years in the Air Force. Great branch of the military. But if you're just signing up I'd suggest you get your basic out of the way and get to your first duty station. Then check out the base credit union. They usually have a few cars and trucks cheap that are repo's. People are PCS'ing and can't take them with them and don't have enough time to sell them, so they just turn them back over to the bank. That's how I bought my first car in the Force. Check it out.

    Also, I've been riding motorcycle since I was nine. I'm on my eleventh motorcycle which happens to be my third Harley Davidson. I'm 55 now, so that makes one hell of a lot of years riding, and I'm not dead. Is it more hazardous than a car? Sure. Is it one hell of a lot more fun than a car? You bet. Sometimes the chances you take are worth the rewards. But if you're scared that if you ride you're going to die, then you should never get on a bike in the first place. You won't enjoy yourself.
     
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    I'm not worried about the risk, I'm honestly worried, will I be able to go places on it if I get transferred? Like, pack my stuff, will it haul it? That is really what I need help with.

    Also, guys, I am not saying I need cheap, just wanting a motorcycle mainly cause the only other vehicle I am ever going to need is a truck, and if I live long enough, a big truck for a farm.

    And, I am not getting a motorcycle until after Tech School, that gives me 5 months in before I go to buy one. I am selling my current car after I ship out, I think I'll end up getting around 4-5 thousand out of it.
     
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    Spoken like a typical asshole who hasn't ridden a post 1985 Harley. Last summer, I rode from Miami to Shelton CT in 2 days 1,400 miles by that route. Returning, I rode through W Virginia an Tennessee. My 3rd day, I rode from Knoxville TN to Miami (875 miles). I'm 61. If I can handle that as "used" as I am, a kid who's just joined the Air Force should be able to handle 1,500 miles.

    My 30 year old son rode down here from CT (1,425 miles) in 27 hours, walked in the house had a beer and a sandwich and we headed for Key West. We rode just over 400 miles that day.
     

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