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    Sentimental Attachment


    My dad and I bought our first bikes together. My dad has passed and I still have both of our bikes in my garage. His bike is a Honda VTX cruiser and mine is a 2006 R6 which has been a track bike for most of its life. In the last 5 years I have used my R6 for two trackdays... yes two. I can justify holding onto the cruiser since I ride it when I miss him and it can double as a backup street bike but I don't see track days in my future anymore.

    I like seeing the two bikes together in my garage because it brings back memories of us riding to the sandwhich shop for lunch or viewing pictures from the racetrack and how my riding was progressing. We didn't have much in common but we always had the bikes (regardless how different they were). I'd like to get another bike I see myself riding more often (say a WR250R) but I'm afraid I will regret selling a bike I'm so attached to. I also feel if I wanted to get back into track/racing, I could easily buy an already setup (and newer) bike.

    Should I sell/part-out my R6 or will it be one of those things I regret? I currently plan on holding onto his VTX forever.

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    Re: Sentimental Attachment

    Sounds like a very personal decision, but no matter what you buy or sell in life you'll always have the memories. I understand the attachment, but the material things are always secondary. Maybe I've just had to let go of too much in life, but I think the more important question is if the R6 will ever be used. If it's going to sit there unused, I wouldn't feel guilty about moving on.

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    Re: Sentimental Attachment

    I would keep dads bike.

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    Re: Sentimental Attachment

    Sellsellsell

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    Yeah, definitely sell the R6. If / when you want to get back into it, you'll be able to find something as good for less money.

    Put all the stock street stuff back on and sell the bike as a street bike. You'll get way more money for it. This time of year, $3,500 would be a reasonable expectation. Part out the track stuff separately on ebay or forums.

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    Id never sell it.

    My dad was a piece of shit, I wish I had something resembling a good memory. Those 2 bikes belong together....give them to your son...or nephew.

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    I wouldn't sell either bike unless I really needed the space or the money.

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    Re: Sentimental Attachment

    Man...it doesn't really matter what type of input you get here or anywhere else. You gotta do whichever you feel is right at that moment. Do what YOU think you'll be able to move on from/with. I can tell you what *I'd* do, they can tell you what *they'd* do. None of that makes an ounce of difference when *you* decide what *you'll* do and how you'll carry on from there...

    It's not an easy decision, nor is it one I'd wanna be tasked with. On that end I can't offer any advice, because frankly, I have no idea what I'd truly do. I don't envy having to make choices like this, but wish you the best of luck sorting this out...

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    I hate selling things like that. It's almost a no win. Too many memories and it's a 10 year old bike that really isn't worth much monetarily.
    If you need to sell it for the space or money then that makes sense but otherwise how much does it cost you to just keep it? I'm assuming you've dropped to minimum insurance


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    Re: Sentimental Attachment

    As soon as I had motorcycle buddies, the stories of their first bike or their Dad's bike have always been told with regret. Every single one of those stories ends with, "I with I still had that bike."

    Money comes and goes, those bikes have something special. I vote to keep them.

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    I got a WR450F thats mint and looking for a R6.......

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    Re: Sentimental Attachment

    If you don't need the money, I'm not sure I'd sell it since you'll be ready for when the track calls again. And the bike has a some amount of sentimental value to you. But from a sentimental angle, does it hold that much to you now that it's no longer a street machine?

    If it's keeping you from buying that WR250R or something else you'd use, consider letting it go to get something you'd ride. Time to make some new memories, and you'll still be keeping dad's bike.

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    Re: Sentimental Attachment

    Quote Originally Posted by jwm2k3 View Post
    Id never sell it.

    My dad was a piece of shit, I wish I had something resembling a good memory.
    Man, that's a tough post to read. I wish you had a dad like mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gumby View Post
    Man, that's a tough post to read. I wish you had a dad like mine.
    Tell him you love him if hes still around. My dad is alive, but I haven’t spoken to him in about 7 years. I have no father/son memories. Only disappointment and let downs.

    Ive moved on, but even little things can sometimes bring a twinge of pain....20 second tv commercials father/son hug, fishing, sports, camping, etc...... A lot of songs on the radio will trigger thoughts, etc.

    My greatest fear for a LONG while has been that I would continue the cycle of a shitbum father with my kids. I have 2 daughters, both are great! I do feel the need sometimes for a son. I know I can take a little boy and turn him into a good man.....

    I had a few pretty good male role models growing up, so I'm pretty well adjusted, just got stuck with an absentee father who didnt really care even when he was around.

    I certainly envy those with a great relationship with their father!

    Keep the bikes....

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    Today is 10 years since he passed. Can't believe it's been that long. I still have both bikes and don't plan on selling either.

    Funny thing is I still ended up getting the WR250R I posted about in the OP and I've probably spent more money in storage/moving these things than they're both worth. But it's been worth it to me. I appreciate the advice given here.

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    Re: Sentimental Attachment

    Not to derail the thread or anything, but what wild timing to bump this thread.

    I just lost my Father on Tuesday. We weren't overly close and it was a 2.5 years in the making (fuck cancer)... but its still a weird series of emotions.

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