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RE: musings from teh WalMart parking lot...

No disrespect, but once you "can" afford it, you think differently. You desire what

others may not have; the exclusivity of it. This has tremendous value. Would you go to

McDonalds if you could afford to dine at nice restaurants? After all, McDonalds is quick and convenient and is arguably the "best value"?

Everything changes when you "can".
 

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Re: there's a fool born every minute

To presume someone is insecure if they buy this bike is a very pragmatic and defensive

position. One of the principle reasons we all buy "new" bikes is due to the joy of owning it. Really, a five-year old bike is no less superior for all but the best riders. The rest just makes us "feel" good, maybe even makes us "think" we are faster.

There is ego involved.
 

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Re: there's a fool born every minute

A bike five years old is usually worth less then 50% of the cost of a new one. Even replacing the engine does not cost as much as the "warranty". That's why used bikes are the required choice for those who can not afford to buy new ones.

Now, piece of mind is another benefit of the newer bike, but with a price attached.
 
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