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Old Aug 18th 2012, 05:23 AM   #11
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= fear of wife. End of story. There I said it.
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Old Aug 18th 2012, 03:40 PM   #12
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Visited the showroom today. Arrived just as an erstwhile customer was getting his deposit back and apologizing for backing out of buying an ABS-equipped model which he had recently ordered. I talked to the sales manager and, moments later, handed him my Amex. Said 1199 will now be mine when it arrives--unless I, too, back out . . .

. . . which may wind up being the case, as Wife doesn't yet know about this.

I'll keep you posted.
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Old Aug 18th 2012, 03:43 PM   #13
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so don't tell the wife til it's safely in the garage, and buy her a nice bauble in return.

BUT, whatever you do don't use the "it's cheaper than the suv for work" or "it's such a great deal, we're actually making money by buying it!" routine

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Visited the showroom today. Arrived just as an erstwhile customer was getting his deposit back and apologizing for backing out of buying an ABS-equipped model which he had recently ordered. I talked to the sales manager and, moments later, handed him my Amex. Said 1199 will now be mine when it arrives--unless I, too, back out . . .

. . . which may wind up being the case, as Wife doesn't yet know about this.

I'll keep you posted.
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Old Aug 18th 2012, 03:46 PM   #14
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Old Aug 18th 2012, 03:56 PM   #15
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I have to consider myself fortunate. My wife says: buy what you want, you worked hard all your life and you deserve it
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Old Aug 18th 2012, 05:21 PM   #16
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I've been trying to persuade my wife into seeing the imminent financial sense of my buying a Panigale. Feel free to take a moment to roll your eyes.

But seriously, I have been trying to make this work on paper. The way I see it, a $20,000 (with tax) Ducati will lose about 25% of its value over two years' use. That equals a little over $200/month in depreciation.

However, because my current ride (BMW X5 SUV) gets about 17 MPG, the Ducati (at @~37 MPG) will save me about $200/month in fuel costs.

Maintenance costs aside (I would have to maintain my BMW just as much if I drove it instead of the Duc), and insurance costs notwithstanding, it looks to me like I could conceivably break even on running costs with a new Panigale.

Soooooo, my question is: am I missing something? It sounds too good to be true, so I am definitely afraid that my calculations are off. At the same time, I am a Ducati addict, and I feel like I must find a way to justify this purchase. I'd be most grateful for any and all input from those of you in the know.

Thanks,

Luke

Stuff it I am just going to come out and say what I am sure some are thinking but just too polite to say ( I have always liked Americans they are polite) This post is just ridiculous what sort of person gets on the internet to ask people whether to buy a motorbike or not. Its just too stupid for words.

Opinions on tail tidy, advice and feedback about maintenance etc etc is great to see but this crap what a waste of time for people to read.

Thats my input Luke. Next time go to the tax advice forum and ask an accountant.
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Old Aug 18th 2012, 07:15 PM   #17
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Actually, I came here to get flamed by a stranger. Thanks so much for filling that void in my life!

Truth be told, the responses I've been getting have been helpful. Sometimes a person needs to think this stuff out loud. I appreciate all of you who have lent an ear and shared your two cents.
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Old Aug 18th 2012, 07:36 PM   #18
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Buy the bike...bite the bullet....as she screams at you, just envision your next ride. If she screams loud enough, hand her your lawyers card. 'Nuff said on this topic
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Old Aug 18th 2012, 08:59 PM   #19
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Originally Posted by zaster View Post
I have to consider myself fortunate. My wife says: buy what you want, you worked hard all your life and you deserve it
Me too, kind of...I'm engaged, so not married YET! Had to get it before June!!

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Visited the showroom today. Arrived just as an erstwhile customer was getting his deposit back and apologizing for backing out of buying an ABS-equipped model which he had recently ordered. I talked to the sales manager and, moments later, handed him my Amex. Said 1199 will now be mine when it arrives--unless I, too, back out . . .

. . . which may wind up being the case, as Wife doesn't yet know about this.

I'll keep you posted.
I don't know how far your ride home is, but you if your first ride was like mine, you'll instantly fall in love and as impractical as it may be, you'll not regret the decision. Talk about opportunity knocking!! Congrats!
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Old Aug 18th 2012, 08:59 PM   #20
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You only have to change the oil once a year and it only takes 3qts. Sorry, that's the most sensible thing I could come up with- sometimes you have to follow your heart.

However, my wife told me I could have a bike for every kid. So, I have 2 beautiful babies in the garage (oh, and 2 in the house too).
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