Yes, Triumphs are gorgeous bikes. But I've always been a bit skittish on anything mechanical made in England (with the exception of Raleigh bicycles, so long as they are full Campy). The Sportster is a fine bike, actually, and you will, eventually, feel the need to go up to 1200 or even beyond
WHy do a lot of my biker-dude friends start on sportsters? They get one, they like it, then someone says to them at a weak moment "That's a ladies' HArley" and then they move on to a Softail or whatever. Me no understand. Rode a sporty once 100 or so miles, it was cool.
If I bought a Sporty new I'd ride the wheels off the thing and love it.
Started myself on a V-Star Classic 650, moved up to a Kawi Concours which was flipping AWESOME, just too tall of a bike for me (I am not Brianpore size, but damn those are made for people 5-9 and above, which I ain't) and I finally settled on an ancient Honda Shadow Spirit, which, Goldilocks, is just right. Except it can't take saddlebags because of the high exhaust and people mistake it for a Harley sometimes and look at me like the Mississippi townspeople looked at PEter Fonda and Jack Nicholson and Dennis Hopper in that famous Easy Rider sequence even though it's a Japanese bike. Damn thing is 15 years old, runs like a top, needs no maintenance past proper wintering (bought on Craigslist when it was 10 in proper thrifter style) and...a buddy who is a journeyman mechanic is trying to talk me into buying his ancient Softail whose engine he rebuilt from scratch...when I have the just-right bike that is cheap, depreciated, running well, and perfectly sized/powered for me. He will need to sell me on moar than the Harley Mystique...
Long story short: When motorcycling...grass is greener where you are, most likely. "Stepping up" is only needed if the bike is underpowered on the highway or doesn't meet your needs (i.e. you can't do long trips on your SPortster...but do you WANT to take long trips? Really? or daytrips, tops?)
I've had good luck with jerseys.....love flipping jerseys because you don't have to measure them, they're cheap, easy to mail and you can get ten times or more what you've paid if you pick right. But if you pick wrong, they won't move at all. Now that I have a smartphone, I hope to do a better job of figuring out which ones to buy.
This is exactly how to make money off jerseys. Do not look at them with condition, age of player depicted, sentimentality toward a sport or team or player in mind, or any of that...excellent cold/hard/mafioso way of looking at it. Excellent post.
I hate hate hate hate when I find a nice canali/B B/h-f wool suit and the damn thing has "ass shine" on the pants. It's like a combo of wear + bad care. Can that be reversed?
PS Brianpore: No offense...heh. I have Cheaney BB shoes coming to you...for no reason whatsoever except that I eff'd up buying them for me and I cannot possibly rethrift them because they need a loving home that can appreciate them. Watch yo mailbox.