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Never ride a bike you are not able to afford and how I aquired a GS

Submitted by on Sunday, 19 October 2008No Comment

One of the things put me off about the GS was firstable the price tag and second of all the maintenance price involve. While doing some research I ended up in the website ADVRIDER.COM here I learnt that I didn’t have to take the bike to the BMW shop all the time and found people like myself on a budget enjoying the ownership of the GS doing most of the maintenance themselves. This was the answer I was searching for.

Still wasn’t sure about the commitment of owning another bike and having to unload a big stash of cash. While reading rides report on advrider I came along on the ride report of “Striving Viking“. He did a round the world trip on his bike and it was and amazing read to follow. I found out he was doing lectures about his journey and he was coming to Houston, Texas. I asked my girl to go and here we went to see SV. His lecture lasted about 2 hours with a cool slide show, trip stories and a QA time towards the end. I was hooked. Now I knew this was the path I needed to follow. It was time to make a decision.

A month passed and I made up my mind. From that point on I started looking for a GS for myself. Looking on Ebay, looking on craigslist, looking on It was a frustrating search since most of the bikes I found where located in the mountain areas or the west coast. Every time I emailed somebody, someone else was about or ready to buy or simply it was too far to even test it out.

On December 21 2007 seemed like I had hit the lottery ticket with a 2007 GS adv. It was located on New Jersey. I talked to my boss about it and he told me to get it and that he would send his trailer to pick it up so I didn’t have to fly there. It couldn’t get any better. I called the guy made a deal on the phone and told him I was going to send him a deposit on the next day since I was at a Christmas dinner. He accepted. At that moment I felt a relief.

I was enjoying my dinner with a grim on my face and while digesting my desert I got a called back and it was the owner of the GS letting me know that someone had showed up with the cash and taken the bike. GRRRR, he apologized and even though I was pissed off I couldn’t blame him: Money in hand talks.

I came home disappointed, but while checking Ebay I saw a familiar bike I had seen on previously on craigslist which the owner didn’t accept my offer a few weeks earlier. The auction had a lower price than my previous offer so for the heck of it I decided to bid on it with the thought I was not going to win it. We all know on ebay the prices go like crazy on the last minute. There was still one more day for the auction to finish so I didn’t think much about it and I resumed whatever I was doing that weekend.

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