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Tough Guy Or Tightwad? Getting a Motorcycle to Save on Gas

If your middle-aged husband suddenly decides he’s ready to buy his first motorcycle, the words “midlife crisis” may cross your mind. But if he’s safe, smart, and buys a practical street bike, the only woman he’ll be impressing is you with his monthly savings in gas!

Yes, it was the “Middle Eastern Oil Crisis” in 2008, where the average price of a gallon of gas in the US climbed just over $ 4 a gallon, that got my husband off the pot and onto his first motorcycle. He even created a graph depicting the US average gas prices over the last several years to prove his point.

If you asked me two years ago if he would ever get a motorcycle, I would have bet my life on it and said, “No, not the type, n-e-v-e-r.” Well, Never say never! And while some loving wives might have reacted by saying, “No way!” I said, “Go For It!”  Why? I used to love to ride dirt bikes as a kid, I have dreamed of riding my own motorcycle, and usually many of his ideas never come to fruition.

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Getting a Great Deal on Your Next Motorcycle – The Puppy Dog

So what do puppies have to do with negotiating for a motorcycle? It is assumed that you want to get your bike for the least amount of your money, and that you are looking out for your own best interests. However, you might be unwittingly working against yourself if you are unaware of a strong emotional force present in every transaction.

** The following is excerpted from the book, The Perfect Motorcycle: How to Choose, Find and Buy the Perfect New or Used Bike. The information provided here will give you a framework to guide your motorcycle purchases. Space limitations preclude an in-depth discussion of the subject. You can find out about the book at There are also 18 checklists and worksheets available for download at that you can use to supplement the information in the book.

Professional sellers know many ways to tip the scales in their favor and get the most money for their products. Professional selling methods include techniques to close the sale to prospective buyers, appropriately called “closes.” The Puppy Dog Close is the most powerful closing technique used by sellers to win an emotional commitment and to even have the prospect help sell the product to them. But, what the pros don’t tell you is that this technique can be used on either side—you can also use this approach in your favor. It is also important to realize that this emotional mechanism is in play in every sale, even when a professional isn’t involved.

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