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I have discovered the main issue with collecting motorcycles verses guns. It is exceedingly easy to hide a new Glock or Sig in the safe. Especially the Glocks because to my wife they all look the same. It is NOT nearly as easy to conceal a new "undocumented/unapproved" moto purchase.
I agree. It's far easier to get away with, "What new gun, Pumpkin?" than to get away with, "What new motorcycle, Pumpkin?"
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My wife has no idea how many guns I have. She wouldn't notice the difference between a desert eagle or a hi point. The biggest problem is trying to slip in a $500 purchase vs a $5000 purchase. I can't get away with that.
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It IS more difficult to conceal a motorcycle so I don't even try any more. Sometimes when I change bikes she doesn't notice, and I see no reason to bother telling her. It helps when they're a similar type and color such as when I traded this 2012 BMW GSA...
...on this 2014 GSAw. She was in the motorcycle room a number of times and never noticed the change.
Really as far as motorcycles or guns she doesn't care what I buy as long as it's my personal money.
No car is as much fun to drive, as any motorcycle is to ride.
It impresses me when someone mentions their motorcycle room.
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I solve the problem by not keeping the bikes all in one place, and having mostly Triumphs - she can't tell the difference :-)
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1966 T120R Bonneville - two of 'em
1967 T100R Daytona
1968 T120R Bonneville - owned since new
1969 T120R Bonneville
2006 T100 Scrambler
2007 T100 Bonneville
2009 T100 50th Anniversary Bonneville
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My dad has this problem, but with cars.
I may or may not have prodded him over the years to get into collecting something that, even when the collection is complete, will all fit in one room.
Not a warehouse or an airplane hanger, but a room...
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Ridewv, brilliant! To the untrained eye those two BMWs look the same.
No, you've got it wrong.
The correct answer to the question " ... is that another new bike? .."
"No, honey, I had this one repainted. Wanna go for a ride?"
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All my bikes are red. Makes swapping easy.
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Storage and Transportation, too.
Carting a dozen guns over to a buddy's ranch to have fun is small, light, and easy.
Carting a dozen (or even four) bikes around is a different matter entirely.
And Safes... imagine needing a safe to fit all of your bikes...
I wonder what Jay Leno's wife says when he brings home a new toy?
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Hah! My dad has this problem with lawnmowers. It isn't unusual for me to come home and find a "new" old one sitting under my carport while he tries to figure out where he's gonna stash it.
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I'm not even married and I don't have a motorcycle room. Impressive.
Just take her to that storage place of yours and tell her, "Honey, look at all these nice bikes this dealer has".
We had a guy who worked in our plant that fixed bikes on the side. He lived about 35 miles from me, so I never really went over there.
After we both retired I went to a motorcycle show.
It was at a county fairgrounds and he rented one of the buildings. He had 30 motorcycles in that building. I told him I knew he had a few bikes, but not that many. He said he had another 20 at home yet.
Two is my limit and I would like to sell one of those.
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Or a $20,000 purchase..
Good thing my wife & I keep our money separate!
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You guys are good for my marriage. I show my wife that so and so has four motorcycles, someone else has 10. I have one. Nothing over the top about me. Cannon in the yard, two tractors, two trucks, eh, so what?
Guitars and the boxes they come in are very hard to hide too.
Funny. For many years I stored bikes in a garage attached to my house so my wife could periodically look at them. We've moved since and they are in a separate building so this doesn't matter any longer. But during that time I only bought red motorcycles. She would have instantly noticed a new color, but quantity was a bit elusive.
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