Bought my first bike, a BMW, in Cape Town over five decades ago. Still have a Beemer, sits in my garage, lovingly stored against the day I can ride again. Not, I should add, the same one I bought in South Africa. They may lack the sex appeal of a Harley or whatever and, yes, they're expensive but...I've never owned one for less than ten years and was able to trade or sell it for about 60% of what I paid for it....over that period of time I've owned four so, I think, one could say I got my money's worth and that's before you factor in my pleasure and enjoyment. Which was substantial. Favourite ride? From Buenos Aires to Santiago through the Andes past Aconcagua, highest place in North or South America. Always wanted to do Cape to Cairo but it was never politically or physically safe. Every guy who ever owned a bike has the greatest of memories.