Dude that's awesome however, Portland on the other side of the country... I'm in jersey...
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Eldiablo07, you gotta start being honest with yourself. Never
buy a beginner a new bike, NEVER
! Do her the favour, and send her to a track day with the monetary difference.
We all have what my mother called "milk money", and my dad referred to as "mad money," this is non-household funds. This is my non-discretionary money that pays for my carbon fibre habit
, for my dyno-tuning, for my rearsets, for my new helmet, for the bike's tires, track days + motels if I'm at a track day that's beyond a reasonable drive, etc.
If she's all pissy about going with the EX250, find one for sale, Craigslist, dealer, etc. Let her know that is what you are willing to put in, if she wants a new 300, let her know she's gotta come up with the difference out of her mad money
account. It's damn easy to want the top shelf stuff when one personally has no investment in it.
My feeling on the matter is: if she is unwilling to poney-up for the ante, she really is not
interested in riding; she is only interested in keeping an eye on you
go for a ride. I realise this is a very flammable topic to entertain. But women & men think/behave quite differently. If she wants to enter your world
, then she has to be willing to experience it just as you do. I bet you don't go to her for money to buy new bike tires, an integrated tail assembly and fender eliminator, now do you. Likewise she's not coming to you for new pumps, mani-pedi, or hair clips, does she?
This is only one old guy's views who has been happily married for nearly 25 years. Bike stuff and household stuff (mortgage, SUV-etc. payment, family vacations, dining out etc) need to be separate
. Both of you will be vastly happier if they are.