I’m thinking of buying a motorcycle. I don’t have money this year to buy a car, and a sexy brand new Yamaha YBR-125 is only 31 thousand Lempiras. (about $1,600) If I earn more than six thousand Lempiras a month, (which I do) I don’t even need to make a down payment. The monthly payments are a very affordable Lps. 1,700 (about $90)
My major fears are the extreme danger on the streets of Tegucigalpa, and the nagging I will inevitably get from every female member of my family. I am sure that the moment my parents realize that I’m driving a motorcycle they will start a prayer vigil for me to get rid of it. But I can’t afford a car! I’d need at least $5000 for that! My dad, whose middle name could be Murphy, always assumes worst-case scenarios. He will say nothing, but will suffer in quiet desperation.
This already gives me pangs of guilt, as an uncle of mine, the youngest of my father’s brothers, died before the age of 40 in a grotesque motorcycle accident. I would look to statistics in the hope of believing that this will not be my fate. I haven’t bought one before only for this reason.
Should I wait?
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