In Praise of Older Motorcycles

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In Praise of Older Motorcycles

I once fell in love with a beautiful redhead. She was, to my eyes, absolutely perfect in every way. She was Italian and hailed from the town of Mandello Del Lario. She was, from what I heard about her, a little temperamental, as many great beauties are. I say "heard" because I never actually met her in the metal. Yes, metal, as this object of my infatuation was (and still is) a motorcycle. A 2000 Moto Guzzi V11 LeMans Rosso Mandello to be precise. Although I have yet to see one of these fabulous machines outside of a magazine, I would still happily endure pain and hardship to be able to own one of those increasingly rare bikes. The reason that I am saying this is that while most motorcyclists drool over the newest offerings from the World's motorcycle manufacturers, many of us cannot afford the purchase price of a new motorcycle (which, I am guessing here, likely averages over Cdn $10,000). So, we motorcyclists of thinner wallets must content ourselves with the purchase of 'previously loved' bikes. Now, this is not necessarily a bad thing, as there are many wonderful motorcycles of older vintages that are as, or more, drool worthy as many brand new machines. The Moto Guzzi V11 is a prime example, as few motorcycles, if any, have captured my heart quite like the V11.
Anyway, as it happens, I am currently in the market for another motorcycle. And, as is usually the case, I find that my financial situation is steering me towards the used motorcycle market, and at the lower end of the price spectrum. So, as I peruse the motorcycle section of my local Kijiji in the $2000-3000 range, I am pleasantly surprised to find quite a good selection of older bikes with relatively low kilometers and in what appears to be very good condition.
For examples, for those who are into sportier rides, there is a beautiful '92 Suzuki GSXR 750 with 16,000 kilometers for $2000, and a '03 Kawasaki EX500R Ninja with 39,000 kilometers for $2200. For those of you into vintage bikes, there is a '82 Honda 750 Nighthawk for $2200 (think that I'll take a look at that one myself). For scooter lovers, there is a '03 Honda Silverwing with only 18,000k for $2300 (that's a bargain for Honda's big scooter). A pristine looking '08 Suzuki 750 Katana with only 3000 kilometers would make a nice sport-touring machine. The guy is asking $2500 for it. If anyone is looking for a great starter bike, one lady has a '04 Suzuki Marauder 250 with only 16,000 kilometers for $2250.
These few examples of used machinery go to show that you do not have to spend a bucketful of money to get yourself on a decent motorcycle. So, fear not ye lovers of motorcycles, and starting searching your local Kijiji, Craigslist, or whatever. I am sure that you will find a bike that will set your heart aglow without out you having to take out a second mortgage. It may take a little time and leg work, but I have done time and time again.