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…
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.