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I’m 46 and single, have $120K in cash and $400K in retirement, and own my home. Should I buy my dream $30K motorcycle?

Dear Quentin,

I’m 46 and single, and I have no kids. I am currently having an internal debate as to whether to buy a $30,000 Indian motorcycle. It is a want, not a need. 

I have the deed on my home, which is valued at $360,000, and own both my vehicles outright. I have over $120,000 in various checking and savings accounts, and approximately $400,000 split between a Roth and traditional IRA on a popular robo-investing platform.

I’ve lived within my means my entire life, and though I have an eye for quality and expensive things, I’ve never really put things on credit and have only purchased items I’ve saved for.

‘I bring in $6,000 per month as a 100% disabled veteran and through a position I have on the board of a small nonprofit.’

I bring in $6,000 per month as a 100% disabled veteran and through

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Clean Car Discount scheme may include motorcycles in future

Motorcycles are considered to be a small part of the emissions problem, according to the Ministry of Transport.

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Motorcycles are considered to be a small part of the emissions problem, according to the Ministry of Transport.

Motorcycles may be eligible for a Clean Car Discount in future.

Under the newly announced government policy, motorcycles were omitted from the plan which will give people buying electric vehicles discounts of up to $8625 for a new vehicle, and $3450 for a used import.

Plug in hybrid vehicles will receive a discount of between $2300 and $5750.

Ministry of Transport spokesperson Ewan Delany said motorcycles were not considered at the start of the Clean Car Discount, because they were a small part of the emissions problem.

“Motorcycles represent a small part of new vehicle sales in New Zealand and it’s estimated that in 2019 motorcycle emissions accounted for 0.4 percent of all CO2 emissions from our light vehicle fleet,”

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Two dead in motorcycle in Manchester crash | Public Safety

Two people died in a single-motorcycle crash on Wellington Road in Manchester early Sunday morning, police said.

The driver, a 31-year-old man, and passenger, a 33-year-old woman, were pronounced dead at the scene. Their identities were not released by police Sunday afternoon.

The crash was the fourth motorcycle fatality in the Queen City in a matter of weeks.

The road remained closed between Currier Drive and Linda Lane for much of the afternoon. The crash occurred around 5:15 a.m. near 1112 Wellington Road, according to a news release.

At the scene, police set up a white tent near the front lawn of the home as they investigated. Around 12:15 p.m., a medical examiner arrived.

“This crash continues to be investigated by the Manchester Police Department,” the news release said.

On June 11, Forrest Emra, 34, had been riding south on Perimeter Road about 6:15 a.m. when he left the road

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Motorcycle Stuntman Alex Harvill, 28, Dies in Attempt to Break World Record

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Motorcycle stuntman Alex Harvill died on Thursday while attempting to break a world record. He was 28.

The motorcyclist was trying to achieve the Guinness World Record for Longest Motorcycle Ramp Jump at the 2021 Moses Lake Airshow in Washington State, the organizers said in a Facebook post on Wednesday. The jump required Harvill to land past the current record of 351 feet.

In a video obtained by TMZ, the stuntman crashed just shy of the landing dirt mound and tumbled off his bike during a practice run.

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The Grant County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that Harvill had died after being taken to the hospital, adding that the Grant County Coroner’s Office “will conduct an autopsy on Friday to confirm the cause and manner of death, which is normal procedure.”

“His family has been notified,” the Sherriff’s Office wrote.

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