Sunday Money Roundup – Used Motorcyle Edition.

Now that warm weather has arrived, my yearly longing for a motorcycle has cropped up again. Every year I think “this will be the year” when I finally get my license and a cheap used bike…and then another year passes without doing it. Will this be the year? Where I live there is so much open space and scenery that owning a bike would make for some amazing weekend trips. One of these days I guess I will have to give in, no? On to the roundup…

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Wealth Pilgrim talks about 5 Ways (Some of Us) Can Stick It To The IRS In 2009.

Cash Money Life has some Reasons to Buy Whole Life Insurance.

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Yielding Wealth has 3 Ideas For Additional Retirement Income.

Money Ning teaches you How to Trick Your Spouse into Sticking with a Budget.

Being Frugal wants you to Make Use of the Outdoors, and I could not agree more. It’s free and it’s beautiful!

Consumerism Commentary has some Education Opportunities for the Unemployed.

Corporate Barbarian says that Your Weight is Costing You Money, and I agree!

Moolanomy tells you How To Prepare For Car Breakdown And Deal With Roadside Emergencies.

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  1. Flexo says:

    Thanks for the link!

  2. Steve Rhode says:

    I read your post on my iphone, in bed, and immediately got out of bed to get my laptop to comment. This is a really important issue, seriously.

    I am a motorcycle rider and a personal finance blogger. There are few others of us as well out there.

    Riding a motorcycle is not an expense, it is an investment in yourself. You only get one pass at life and there are no do-overs here.

    Sure, riding a motorcycle can be dangerous, and you can die. But, and this is the big but, it can also be a most enjoyable, liberating, wonderful, exciting, and adventurous experience of the rest of your life.

    I ride a Suzuki Burgman and also run the site BurgmanRiders.com. In the past I owned a BMW K1200LT and a Yahama 650. No matter what bike I ride, the people you meet are friendly, helpful, and great souls. Yes, even the HD riders who want to look like a bad ass are nice once you get past the shell.

    I rode my BMW from DC to San Diego and was amazed by all the people I met along the way. Everyone was so nice and kind. It made me love my country even more.

    I submit that waiting to ride is a mistake. Get your ride on right now. But make sure you take the Motorcycle Safety Foundation class first. It will help to make you a better rider.

    This is the time to buy a used bike. So many great deals out there.

    If you are ever near North Carolina, I’ll ride with you any day.


  3. david says:

    Thanks Steve. You know, I try to live in “the now” as much as possible in most situations of my life, but this is one where I have been putting it off for a long time. Guess it’s time to really look into it now!

  4. Steve Rhode says:

    Seriously, yes.

    For those of us that love to ride, it is in our souls.


  5. Patrick says:

    Go buy a bike. You’ll love it. I had one for about 2 years, and it was great. I don’t have one now because I don’t have room for it in my garage (and nowhere to put it outside), but I would consider it otherwise. And I will second the notion that most motorcycle riders are friendly and helpful. There is an understanding and shared bond. It’s pretty cool. 🙂

  6. Neal Frankle says:

    Thanks for the link.

    I may be a complete square but I am not a fan of the motorcycle.

    I hope I don’t alienate anyone but I’ll share the three rules I have for dating my daughters:
    1. no tattoos
    2. no drugs
    3. no motorcycles

    I’m sure it’s a lot of fun but too dangerous for me – or my kids.

  7. Miranda says:

    Thanks for including me! And I hope you get a bike soon. I’ve never owned one, but I’ve been on plenty of rides, and they are always enjoyable — especially when the weather is fine.

  8. Amy says:

    I had the same itch several years ago… I signed up for the soonest Motorcycle Safety Foundation course near me, and got my license that summer. I haven’t taken the step to actually make the purchase (I’m just about to finish off my student loans), but I did get off my butt to take the classes so that when the money isn’t the question, I am ready to go!

  9. Steve Rhode says:


    Good for you. A dream in progress is stored happiness waiting to be released.

    Check eBay for inexpensive motorcycles. Loads of them out there.