Can you justify owning two motorbikes?

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Can you justify owning two motorbikes?

I'm a two bike owner, they are both 26 years old so a back up can be handy but the disadvantages are storage, maintenance, MOT, tax and insurance although with two bikes the wear and tear is shared.

There is that magic period from June to August when none of us would want to be without our two wheels. This a the time when garages are busy and most major motorbike events occur. 

Parts can be swapped, helping to trace a fault and it takes the panic out of repairs, one can wait for a sensibly priced part or a slot with the local garage.

The downside is the pang of guilt I feel, is this self indulgence I wonder when perhaps the money could be better spent on the family? 

Be interested to hear your take on dual ownership

Guilt ? You are kidding right? There is nothing wrong with some self indulgence if you can afford it. My wife (she rides her own) have 5 at the moment and don't feel a bit of guilt.

I'd love to own 2 but i couldn't justify it along with the two cars. I own a 20 year old Yzf600r, it costs £90 a year to insure, £70 odd to tax and i put about £20 a month in it during the summer unless I'm out doing some weekend warrioring. It costs me basically nothing yet i still have a ton of fun on it, I cant think why i would need another one as well?i own a car for the wet/ridiculously cold days but i do try to ride the bike as often as i can.  

Well, you can have different bikes for different purposes. like track, road, dirt, touring, cruising and so on. Or a model collection of say, Fireblades or Bonnies etc. The difference between insuring one or all three of my Aprilia Tuoldos and Tuono V4 is a few quid but the Road Tax adds up. Even with this collection, each bike is different and fun to use.

I lengthened my post into a bit of an essay, well an article, about owning two bikes:-   (it's a bit of a read I'm afraid so please don't trouble if it's a bore)   favourite things   I have just one dog but some other people have two – they say that with two dogs they keep each other company. I do have two motorbikes though. The bikes and the dog are beneficial, about an hour's daily walk with the dog for exercise and a means of escape via the bikes which is good psychologically - ignoring the dangers of venturing out onto Britain's road on two wheels of course.   I've never been offered another dog but other motorbikes have come my way. First was an MOT failure via a bike mechanic who knew the exhaust on my bike needed replacing, it was worth buying just for its nearly new system. Then a bike like mine was advertised in bits, there was no interest so I put in a bid, and I made one good second bike out of the two, now refurbished it should do a fair few miles.   The project was a distraction from office life and, as I commuted on my existing motorbike, a second one made sense. My bike was 24 years old, I could never be entirely confident it would be operational so a back up was handy. One advantage of two similar bikes is that parts can be swapped. It takes the panic out of repairs as one can wait for a sensibly priced part or a slot with the local garage.   The disadvantages are storage, maintenance, MOT, tax and insurance. There are two bikes to be cleaned and cossetted but just one dog. I don't mind, bikes are lovely things – they grace the garage. Two dogs to feed and take to the vets? Rather leave it as one dog I think. Then there is the guilt as I wonder whether the money that the second bike costs could be better spent on the house or family?   A spare machine is useful but is it really necessary? Like the dog, they are faithful friends that won't let you down if they can help it. I do draw the line at a third bike although I still have the depleted parts from my rebuild which I consider as spares only. I've got two sheds, quite a lot of books, and the females in our house collect shoes and handbags but is convenience and the human instinct to gather things a sufficient excuse?   I think the wife would rather see me happy than frustrated at being stuck in. Our housing estate is adjacent to countryside but every view out is blocked by houses, developments like this can become something of a goldfish bowl. To me, going out in a car isn't exciting, you take your micro climate with you, become part of a conveyor belt and often have a fraught parking experience.   With two bikes the wear and tear is shared between them, that is only a partial saving of course as batteries and tyres deteriorate of their own accord. Alternating from one to the other is a pleasant change, not withstanding that both are the same model and year they are different colours, slightly differently equipped and have small differences in character.   There is that magic period from June to August when none of us bikers would want to be without our two wheels. This a the time when garages are busy and most major motorbike events occur. I still recall, with misgiving, the time that I was unable to attend a rally because my single motorcycle had a slow puncture that had become worse.   It isn't only the summer months, I'm a year round biker with regular 100 mile trips across London, invariably an adventure and more fun than either public transport or the wife's car although if heavy rain is predicted I give in to 4 wheels if these are available. Sometimes running repairs are required and last time I broke down it was miraculously right outside a Yamaha dealership. I'll choose whichever bike is running better.   Is there an economic case for dog ownership? security and health could be cited but it's much more to do with companionship, that one to one relationship which possibly can be applied to motorbikes. There is an affinity, frequently motorbike owners are also dog lovers, man and dog, man and machine – these are our favourite things.   There is great joy in having fun with a dog, the bikes are the same – given a good day and a decent stretch of road. These are life's antidotes, a respite from bad news on the media, something to counter irritations, sad facts and negative thoughts, it even makes you smile to contemplate them   There doesn't seem to be an economic case for a second motorbike any more than a dog, it's just that we like them and, to me, it's an assured means of getting out to fresh environs come clement weather. After this soul searching I have decided to stop worrying about being self indulgent and accept that I have two bikes so that they can keep each other company in the same way as people justify another dog      

I have different bikes for different situations.KTM 1190 adv is my 2up touring bike. KTM 640 adv is my 1 up desert crossing bike. KTM 450 is my trail bike. I have a DL1000 Vstrom in another city for when I visits. Just bought another DL as my usa touring bike. I have a CT110 cause.......well not sure really just cause. Wife also has a CT110 cause if I had one she had to have one. I am restoring a rd250Lc cause that was my first road bike and I got all sentimental when I saw it. And I have my first mini bike restored and sitting in my study.......just cause.

i do own two bike but i am using only one because of less mileage.

Definitely But helps if both stress relievers are reliable ,cheap to run,and you have a dealer close by you can trust.Nagging kids and non biking mates who just don't get it also spur me on. Also helps when one gettin bit dull to alternate,works for me .

Currently run two and own a

Currently run two and own a third which is being rebuilt. I'd have 20 if I had the means and the space

Bikes costs barely anything to run and service. Ultra reliable for the most part and deprecitation is very low. Car ownership is the real money pit.

When they bring out a bike with the movie star looks as good as a vintage Ducati, the engine and power of an R1 and the comfort of a VFR, then I may consider one bike.

The correct # of motorcycles...

There is a formula to determine the correct number of motorcycles. it's n + 1, where n = current number of motorcycles owned.

Tongue in cheek aside, if you can afford more than one bike, who's it really hurting?

2 bikes, no car

I've got two bikes but no car.

I have a tatty "rat bike" for commuting which takes all the winter road salt, and a half decent bike for "best" (trips away, weekends, Summer, etc) and when the tatty one is off the road.

Justfy Owning 2 (or more) Motorbikes

I've a CB 1100 owned for two years and just obtained a new Husky 701 supermoto. Each is a different take on cycling yet still within the scope of street. My children are grown and there's life insurance if I should fail. I live in southern California with ayear round riding season although I come from the norther climes (Chicago, Illinois). There's only so much time left and ownership is my only way to experience the differences the sport offers. When children were in the home, there was only just one bike and many years when I had none because it seemed too self indulgent and the limited resources could best be used in other ways.

I think it can be like this: a season, a time & place for the choice you make - no one answer. So many bikes to ride and so little time remaining . . .

I've lent or given bikes to others to ride only for those individuals to wreck and in one case, to hurt himself badly (a Tuono ridden across wet grass then gassed on the street, breaking collar bone and arm of a talented [at lead guitar] individual. So other than the bland group demo rides of motorcycle shows, I feel I must own and not borrow from another in order to experience different rides.

I want to own another new one but with budget, will leap frog and sell one off to have the next #2. My two past VFR's were near perfection but like any one thing, essentially lacking in some way. Same for my two Tuono's . . . My CB 1100 is right up there near perfection for my time in life, yet the weight and the wind . . . The wind and the narrower power band of the KTM limits, yet that lightness reminding me of the handling the bicycles of my youth . . .

The KTM 1090 is not for America this year or I'd have sprung for that instead of the 701 and, a test ride on the BMW S1000r made me dream of a future meet-up.

You only life once so, when you can let it all hang out without guilt, follow your heart.

Daily and Weekends

I would justify this way, if i had two bikes i would choose in a way that one i use for a daily commute, while the other one for some leisure ride on the weekends. What is the problem with that now?

Two bikes a must if you can afford it

I currently own two bikes one is a 16 year old Triumph TT600 the other is a 11 year old Suzuki Marauder vz800 my TT is currently off the road due to overheating in really hot weather and is booked in to be looked at at our local garage without the vz800 I would have no two-wheeled transport during my weeks holiday from work and would not be able to get out with my wife who has a Lexmoto Michigan 125 and has only just started riding so as long as I can afford to keep both bikes well maintained I will keep them both if at anytime it came to not being able to afford to keep both on the road I would probably sell one but until that time comes I have the obvious advantage of never being off the road and can enjoy the differences between Cruiser riding and sports bike riding

I could ever afford two bikes

I could ever afford two bikes i would definitely do it. but unfortunately i dont even have the garage space, nor the money.
all i can justify having two of is this Herschel backpacks i got on sale.

I think the trick here is not

I think the trick here is not to try and justify it ! I have a selection of bikes, or one for every occasion :-) and its a great way of keeping the riding varied. From a 1200 V-Twin down to a 125cc 2 stroke from 1978 I love them all for different reasons and they keep you busy with fettling and improving them over the winter months too! Anyone who tries to make you justify having more than one just isn't worth knowing :-)

Why not…

Why not have more than one bike?… Women usually have multiple pairs of shoes, some costing more than you can pick up bikes for.

I've got three at present, from a little 250 to a 1575cc hot rodded HD… all are road bikes, as I'm not into dirt riding and no longer race… and al are very different. The youngest of the three, I've had since it was only a couple of years old, and it's at present on the bench waiting for me to finish some more modifications. It's always been an ongoing project for the last 25 years.

I have an old MZ 250 that was bought as a local runabout (a trip to my local town for shopping etc. doesn't even get the oil tank warmed properly on my big bike). It cost little to buy, and now cost nothing in road tax, yet is great fun to thrash around the lanes and its market value increases each year.

My latest bike, and only the second Japanese road bike I've owned in nearly fifty years of biking, was bought because I fancied a mid sized Jap two stroke, having had fun riding (company provided) ones for a living over forty years ago. That bike also will go up in value, and costs nothing in road tax… petrol is a different matter though.

Do I 'need' three bikes?… Of course not. Nor does my brother whose bike collection is into double figures (Mostly pre WW2, or just post war, but a couple of 21st century bikes too)… but his excuse is that he lives in a sunny part of the world, and most of his bikes are his pension fund that he can ride and enjoy.

Oh… and I do have four wheels too… a twenty year old small diesel van for rainy days and when 'stuff' needs carting around or a trailer needs towing.

So if the question is: 'Can you justify owning two motorbikes?'… then the answer has to be "Stupid Question".

Can you justify owning two motorbikes?

Yep! 'Nuff said.

2 bikes so what

I have 2 bikes A 2017 Yamaha MT-09 which I use for touring and long ride outs on dry days and a Yamaha MT-03- 660cc which is a town bike and a hack and never gets cleaned and is used come rain or shine.

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