As I mentioned in Surfacing for Air, one of our two cars died. What happened is the timing chain slipped, and then proceeded to gleefully flail the engine area. The fix was going to be a replacement engine. $1700 for the engine, the youngest of which had over 99,000 miles on it. Given there were other things found that would need repair within a year or two, we put it to sleep. Scrap costs will pay the mechanic and tow bill for what’s already done, plus a bit of pocket change.
With that we went looking. It was to be a vehicle pretty much for me alone, costing under $1700 and looking forward to relatively low operating costs if possible. Cars… were found to need a lot more money up front just to get things that ran, usually with work expected. I perused used motorcycle lists out of a continued sense of frustration, and found it.
It’s a 2004 Hyosung GV-250 with less than 6,000 miles on it. It runs like it looks – pretty.
It’s going to be my primary transportation for the next year or three, rain, shine, snow, and heat. I foresee times when I regret this. And times I love it. I also see searching for rain gear and winter gear.