So since moving to California I've been thinking about getting a motorcycle. I live in Oceanside and commute ~50mi every day to San Diego. Because the weather here is practically always perfect and California law allows lane filtering a bike sounded like a good idea. I just had to get my wife on board.
I told her I was going to go to sign up for the Motorcycle Safety Foundation's Basic RiderCourse and once she figured I was interested she suggested going to a local motorcycle dealership to take a look and see what type of bike I would be interested in.
We went to the dealership (North County House of Motorcycles) and looked around for a while. I was interested in the Ninja250 and the Ninja650. We talked with a salesman (told him we were just putting out feelers) and he showed me some of the 250s he thought I'd be interested in. I sat on a few, and my wife sat behind me on a few, and she liked the Ninja 650 and the CBR600F4i.
We went home and I did some research and came to the conclusion that I would like either one of those bikes, so we went back two days later and talked with a salesman about the 650. They wanted 10,500 out the door, a little out of our price range (we both would need gear, too) so I started taking a closer look at the F4i. I loved the ergonomics, the throttle was smooth and not as jumpy as the more powerful superbikes, and my wife thought it had the most comfortable seat (passenger) out of all the bikes we looked at, save the Ninja 650.
I decided I'd see what I could get it at and started dealing, this is where my wife took over. She went insane, and she negotiation for five hours before we all decided on a deal. Now, my wife and I had talked previously about how we would pay for this and what the budget would be, etc. We decided that I would sell my car and use the money from that, and cover the rest from my savings account. I was starting to talk to the dealer about payment, and she dropped her debit card and payed in full. She covered the bike, TTL, and gear for both of us. A year ago she made it clear she never wanted me to own a motorcycle.
I think this is one of those times you have to remind yourself that you've found a keeper.
Wanted a motorcycle, started looking, wife suprised me and decided to pay for it, and gear, in full. Reaffirm my belief that she's a keeper.