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Old 05-28-2010, 08:01 PM   #1
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Harley vs Wrangler

So I'm thinking about joining the club. However, my dilemma is that I have to give up my paid off bike to get a Jeep (too many toys). Has anyone faced this and what made it an easier choice?

I can get 12k for my bike and want to spend 6K on a jeep. It will be a weekend ride and or work commute ride. Should I make the move or keep the bike? I feel that you get more use out of a Jeep than a bike. Not to mention the safety aspect. Also, down here in Houston it gets really hot, almost too hot for a bike.

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Hubby wanted a Harley... I wanted a Jeep. We got the Jeep.
I know about the heat, we live in Louisiana.

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Old 05-28-2010, 08:11 PM   #3
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Get the Jeep. It sounds like you already talked yourself into it.
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Old 05-28-2010, 08:34 PM   #4
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Ditch the bike.
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Old 05-28-2010, 08:42 PM   #5
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been there before.. i just bought a jeep ..sold all my bikes... i am in Houston too...get a jeep and save your life.. bikes in Houston are not a good combo.
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I'll go against the grain and say keep the bike and get the Jeep when you are able to have both. I love both my Jeep and Harley, but if it came down to it I'd ditch the Jeep and keep the bike. There's a lot more planning and preparation involved with Jeeping . . . unless you're just running dirt roads, which gets boring quick, then you'll need others to go with you, will have to pack up the Jeep with gear, tools, etc. On the bike, F^%$ the world, if you want to get out you hop on and ride, if you have a buddy to go with, great, if not, so what. There's a reason guys get HD tatoos, want to be buried in their leathers, etc.
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think about it, your asking this question on a wrangler forum, what answer were you expecting?
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I figured I would receive some bias opinions on this forum. I thought that I would get better responses here than on the Harley forum. It's a hard decision and I have not made my mind up yet. I love the freedom of the bike and the feeling of being in the out in the elements. However, you get that from a Jeep as well.

Maybe I should just save up and get a less expensive Jeep. My mentatlity right now is to sell the bike while it has some good value and save the remaining amount while having a fun, less expensive toy on the side.
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Old 05-28-2010, 09:42 PM   #9
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take 12 for the bike and buy a 6k jeep and a 6k kawasaki LOL .... I ride...i actually bought my jeep so i could spend more time with the wife and kids. Kinda hard to do on my bike.
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Another option that I have is to sell my paid off car and get around 17K. I could keep the car and buy a newer Jeep. However, I'm not sure that I will want a Jeep as a main ride.

Hmmmm.. choices.
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Yep choices choices choices lead to tough decisions. When I bought the jeep, I had it, a corolla (daily driver/commuter/practical vehicle), and a bike. I proceeded to sell the bike and wish I hadnt. The jeep is great fun too, but its a different kind of fun.

I cant tell you what to do, but the 'save for a jeep and keep the harley' or 'sell the harley and buy a jeep and lesser bike' option sound good to me.
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For me.........GOTTA HAVE BOTH!!!!!!!!
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Jeep is the best of both worlds... You get the open air feel, but with 4 wheels below you. You can also go more places.. and take more people with you. Plus you get a set of Jeep buddies that are just as good or better than biker buddies.. and when it rains.. you have a top.
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Another option that I have is to sell my paid off car and get around 17K. I could keep the car and buy a newer Jeep. However, I'm not sure that I will want a Jeep as a main ride.

Hmmmm.. choices.
That sounds like a better option to me. When I got my Jeep I was thinking about keeping the BMW I had as it was a really nice car, fun to drive, comfortable, etc . . . selling the Harley was never an option. I was thinking about getting a Jeep in the 5-6K range, but in the end decided to trade the BMW in and get an almost new Jeep and I'm glad I did . . . no the Jeep is not a BMW, but it didn't make for a bad daily driver . . . handles like crap compared to the BMW, but the Jeep is fun to drive for different reasons. Looking at the Jeeps I could get for 5-6K, I just couldn't find one that I trusted. Most had over 100K on the clock and the last thing I wanted was to get out in the middle of nowhere offroad and have the Jeep leave me stranded. Sell the car and get yourself a nice Jeep!!!
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Another option that I have is to sell my paid off car and get around 17K. I could keep the car and buy a newer Jeep. However, I'm not sure that I will want a Jeep as a main ride.

Hmmmm.. choices.
I thought the same thing, but couldn't part with my BMW. Honestly, since the day I bought my Jeep, the BMW has been cranked and driven around the block a couple times a month and that is it. Trust me you will regret selling the bike but the Jeep will be the most fun you will ever have on 4 wheels.
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Old 05-28-2010, 11:06 PM   #16
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Funny you guys say that. My daily is an 06' BMW 325i loaded with nav. It's a wonderful ride. I can't decide if I can part with it since the comfort level is amazing. Also, BMW service can't be beat.

I LOVE my bike but 4500 miles in two years seems like it may be a waste. But it is nice to have when I want to go to a rally or hit some backroads in Texas. Nothing like it.

I just can't decide, and I thank everyone for their responses. It's a tough call.
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I used to ride a bike. But when I bought the Jeep I lost all interest in it. You are still able to be "in the elements" with a Jeep, and have 3 passengers! The Jeep also has the option of having the top when you want it to keep the sun from beating down on you, but still go door less or whatever and have all the outside air you want...
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Another thing that I've noticed is that there is not much difference in mileage on Jeeps under 11K (which would be my max I would spend if I sold my car). It seems more logical to sell the bike and get a 6k price jeep that is older (with 100k miles) than say an 03 with 87k miles for 11k.

I'm looking all over Craigs and autotrader for my research. Am I missing something?

Plus, a new engine costs around 1200 rebuilt should I have problems with an older one.
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I just did exactly what your asking about. Did'nt have the harley though, had a honda vtx. The thing's that bothered me the most were lack of time to ride and trying to get a babysitter. I do miss it especially when I pass bikes on the road, but I don't regret it because the jeep is alot of fun for me and the family. I don't think you would regret the jeep and I guarantee you can get more use from it.
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That is my issue with the bike. I don't seem to find time to ride it as much as I want. I fear if I do it I will be upset the first time I see fellow bikes ride by. I just can't seem to decide.
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If the bike is paid off, keep it. The jeep is good fun but it is not a bike substitute. My dad just bought a fatboy lo and I am very envious. I haven't had a bike for about five years now and I miss it alot. Save up for a jeep.
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Now what do you think the boys down at San Jacinto, Stubbs or Mancuso would recommend you do???
I also thought about the same thing before gettting my TJ but could not let go of my Electra Glide unless it was for another H-D. I am VERY happy that I waited untill I could afford to have both. Trust me, you will be happy you did!

BTW....I also have a Ford F-150 for a daily driver but 90% of the time its the Jeep Im in!
Good luck what ever you decide and welcome to the forum!!!
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I had a similar situation, kept the bike and bought a cheaper jeep and fixed it up the way I wanted, a little at a time. I ended up with my Harley and a real nice YJ.
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So I'm thinking about joining the club. However, my dilemma is that I have to give up my paid off bike to get a Jeep (too many toys). Has anyone faced this and what made it an easier choice?

I can get 12k for my bike and want to spend 6K on a jeep. It will be a weekend ride and or work commute ride. Should I make the move or keep the bike? I feel that you get more use out of a Jeep than a bike. Not to mention the safety aspect. Also, down here in Houston it gets really hot, almost too hot for a bike.

Thanks for listening.
Dude! This is a simple one. Sell the H.D. for 12k if you can. Buy your Jeep for 6k just like you want then buy a nice Jap bike cruiser that wont fall apart on you like the H.D. will for about 5k and you will still have 1000 bucks in your pocket. Everybody wins
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Mile for mile I have wrenched (repaired) more on my Jeep than my H-D...A LOT MORE!!! In fact the only wrenching thats taken place on my 2002 Electra Glide is regular maintainance or adding more chrome.
If your going to replace your H-D with a jap bike (like some might suggest) then might as well buy a jap 4wd too?
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Dude! This is a simple one. Sell the H.D. for 12k if you can. Buy your Jeep for 6k just like you want then buy a nice Jap bike cruiser that wont fall apart on you like the H.D. will for about 5k and you will still have 1000 bucks in your pocket. Everybody wins
I have riding for about 45 years and have had probably 20 bikes 6 of them were HD and I have never had any problems except regular maintenance
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I sold a (couple year old) R1 to get a jeep (and to pay for skydiving certification). I loved to ride, and loved to haul ass. The jeep gives me the same open air feeling, i don't need to "gear up" and its also a blast to take offroading. Sell the bike, buy a jeep, and go hit some trails. Make sure to get a soft top, or dual top. The hard top doesn't give the same jeep "feel" and is a pain to take on and off. If its not your thing, then sell it and buy another bike. I will warn you that offroading can be an expensive addiction!
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Comparing a Jap bike to a Harley is like comparing a Rav4 to a Wrangler . . . not the same ballpark . . . not even the same sport.
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Dude! This is a simple one. Sell the H.D. for 12k if you can. Buy your Jeep for 6k just like you want then buy a nice Jap bike cruiser that wont fall apart on you like the H.D. will for about 5k and you will still have 1000 bucks in your pocket. Everybody wins
Decades ago, Harleys may have had problems. The only problem I have with my Harley is not enough time to ride.
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Comparing a Jap bike to a Harley is like comparing a Rav4 to a Wrangler . . . not the same ballpark . . . not even the same sport.
AMEN brother, thats what Im talkin about!!!!!

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