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I’ve been some­times re­ferred to as cheap. Ask my wife (she still has the same old tin ring I gave her 10 years ago when I de­cided to lock her down). I don’t like spend­ing money on things I don’t have to have. And even then, I’d most likely try to avoid spend­ing money on the things I ac­tu­ally do need: food, cloth­ing, shel­ter… Who needs ’em? I do, how­ever, spend money on mo­tor­cy­cle stuff, if it’s within rea­son to do so. It’s kind of like a crack ad­dic­tion (not speak­ing from ex­pe­ri­ence). And, of course, I have to get a killer deal. By that I mean try­ing to get parts, gear, ap­parel, any­thing mo­tore­lated by spend­ing the least amount of dough as pos­si­ble. So as you can see, an is­sue like this month’s budget-themed Bag­gers mag­a­zine is def­i­nitely near and dear to my heart be­cause we’re fea­tur­ing a smor­gas­bord of rad items that are tai­lored to those of you like me who are all about sav­ing some money!

If you’re no stranger to Bag­gers mag­a­zine, then you’ve no­ticed by now that we show­case a rid­ing gear sec­tion (Geared!) ev­ery month fea­tur­ing the lat­est and great­est from head to toe: hel­mets, jack­ets, gloves, boots, and some­times rid­ing jeans/pants. We’re pro­po­nents of keep­ing you pro­tected be­cause we take rid­ing gear safety se­ri­ously, we want the best of the best on our bod­ies, and we do our best to give you the best stuff that lands on our desks (that’s a lot of bests!). A lot of times the best is also some­what ex­pen­sive.

And I com­pletely un­der­stand why I get hate mail from some of you that the rid­ing gear items we fea­ture are pretty pricey. In my years of pub­lish­ing, rid­inggear tech­nol­ogy has ad­vanced leaps and bounds. The more money in­vested in de­vel­op­ing and ad­vanc­ing the tech­nolo­gies to keep you safe ob­vi­ously jacks up the re­tail price at the end of the day. Such is life. Hell, if money were no ob­ject, we’d all be rid­ing or wear­ing what­ever we wanted. I could eas­ily see my­self spend­ing a ton of dough on mo­tor­cy­cle gear alone.

But money is an ob­ject, so I lean heav­ily to­ward choos­ing the best value for my hard-earned 16-digit piece of plas­tic. And luck­ily for me, and you, there is plenty of great gear out there for those of you on a budget, which is why we put to­gether a com­pre­hen­sive list of less-ex­pen­sive rid­ing gear items that are plenty stylish, will keep your bits and pieces pro­tected, and won’t break the bank since we se­lected items at very rea­son­able price points.

Also, I’m con­stantly scour­ing the in­ter­webs or, more im­por­tantly, Craigslist and eBay for dirt-cheap bag­gers that can be had for less than $5,000. Hell, some­times I find old KZ1000s or Aspen­cades for less than $2,000! Check out our fea­ture on page 36 with some of the finds we un­cov­ered in var­i­ous lo­ca­tions. But at the end of the day, you get what you pay for, and a lot of the times the bar­gain finds have some creepy cob­webs linked to them. In other words, a ’90s Gold Wing with low miles given its age for $2,000 is a pretty fair get, but I rec­om­mend be­ing some­what me­chan­i­cally in­clined—or have a buddy who is—be­cause some­times get­ting a bar­gain buy up to snuff takes some TLC. Luck­ily, there’s plenty of older iron out there in great con­di­tion that you’ll find for cheap to do you just fine when you’re gear­ing up for your epic ad­ven­ture this sum­mer.

I hope you en­joy this is­sue of all things budget re­lated. Even more im­por­tantly, en­joy the sum­mer rid­ing sea­son with­out tak­ing out a sec­ond mort­gage on the house!

Bye for now…

Jor­dan

I DO SPEND MONEY ON MO­TOR­CY­CLE STUFF, IF IT’S WITHIN REA­SON TO DO SO. IT’S KIND OF LIKE A CRACK AD­DIC­TION (NOT SPEAK­ING FROM EX­PE­RI­ENCE). AND, OF COURSE, I HAVE TO GET A KILLER DEAL.

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