It's official, I can't afford the Triumph. At least, not if I'm not going to do the maintenance myself.
In the last year I spent close to $2,000 bringing my delightful motorcycle to the shop for it's routine maintenances. That's a little more than a quarter of the cost of the bike! If I'd known I was going to spend that much on the bike, I would have just gotten the damn Ducati.
As was pointed out to me, if I'm going to keep the Triumph I'm going to have to start doing my own maintenance. Chains, Tires, Valve Checks, they're just too expensive to pay some other guy to do the work for me. If I'd spent that $2000 on tools and the bits and pieces I need to do the work, I think I'd be ahead (and actually coming out ahead with the fuel cost savings). Even after the really expensive tools.
So, can I do it? Probably. I'm not a complete moron when it comes to technical stuff (righty tighty, lefty loosey. What else is there to know, really?). Will I do it? I guess so.
As I zipped home on the Vespa today, I thought about the Buddhist concept of attachment. Essentially, attachment leads to suffering. I am attached to the Triumph, I admit. When Lady Luck suggested I sell it to get a KLR650 (cheap and easy to maintain!), my mind recoiled in horror. I sputtered. I objected. I rationalized. I suggested that I keep the bike "for special," like shoes for church, and get an easy-to-work-on beater to really rack the miles up on.
In other words, I really don't like the idea of getting rid of the Triumph. And it is a great bike. I have a grin on my face every time I get off the darn thing.
Still puttering along on the Vespa, I wondered if I should get rid of the Triumph because I'm attached to it. It would be sort of a moral lesson/exercise: the bike does not own me, I own the bike.
Let me tell you, it's a tough call. I mean, I really probably can do the work. And I'll probably end up doing a better job than the shop, since I'm not trying to make a profit. Also I recently learned that doing my own work on the bike won't void the warranty, so long as I keep documentation of what I've done.
But if I do start doing the work in order to keep the bike, does that make me desperate to keep the bike? Should I get rid of it just because I want to keep it?