By: Jason Giacchino
January 2008 - Off The Pegs
Big Ideas/ Little Budget
Passing on this one is going to bother
me for a long, long time.
I would like to tell you that my iron will
prevented me from getting into ATV-related
financial ruin this season, but the truth of the
matter is that I nearly got myself into trouble
not once but twice; two days in a row no less.
Let me backtrack for a moment to get those
readers who are not yet familiar with my endless
desire to acquire quads I can barely afford, and
simply state for the record that this is the
season for giving and sharing, last I heard, and
not borrowing and bargaining. Even still,
I happened across an advertisement in the local
classifieds that stopped me in my proverbial
Nestled within a cluster of utility and
beginner models was one very tempting 2001 Honda
400EX. Gone was the scratched up stock
plastic of red and black motif and in its place
shiny silver and black Maier bits with matching
seat cover. Stock tires replaced with the
ever-popular ITP Holeshots and exhaust duties
handled by Yoshimura wrapped in lovely carbon
fiber, of course. If all of this
tantalization doesn’t quicken your pulse,
perhaps the asking price will: $1300 would take
I was on the phone so quickly Paris Hilton
could have picked up a few pointers! It turned
out the owner still had it and had received an
offer of $1400 a few minutes earlier sight
unseen. He would hold it for me if I had
the cash and was willing to head over to his
house that same night. Enter the second
snag (the first, of course, being the fact that
I really don’t have $1300 to drop on another
ATV): The seller’s house was a little over two
hours drive each way. Considering that I would
have to borrow my grandfather’s pickup truck to
make the voyage, my chances were slipping
I resorted to the ever classic: “Let me call
you tomorrow” form of procrastination. After
many sleepless hours of figuring, calculating,
and scheming, I accepted the inevitable truth
that I would have to let this deal pass me by.
A note to whoever did snag this beauty, please
email me to say that indeed the deal was too
good to be true, even if you have to lie about
Can't cry over spilled milk. Crying over
a Quadzilla, however, is allowed.
Still recovering from the pain of missing out
on the 400EX, I foolishly returned to said
classifieds the following day in an effort to
get myself into new impossible situations.
Low and behold, filling in the gap where once
the Honda ad existed was a 1990 Suzuki LT500.
Indeed the Quadzilla itself, kept stock except
for periodic maintenance and a set of nerf bars.
Perhaps not the most exotic performance model of
all time, but I have yet to reveal the price:
$1200 this time around. In the event that you
aren’t up on your LT500 book value figures, this
is well under the going rate these days.
Having just been through this exercise a day
earlier, my instinct was to immediately start
re-prioritizing funds while securing
transportation for the voyage (which was roughly
half the distance as it would have been to pick
up the Honda). This time the quad was
already sold before my phone call could be
placed. To be honest, that actually stung a
little less than knowing I would have to foil
the deal through my own procrastination.
I am pleased to report, however, that today
the classifieds reveal no ads in which I am
scrambling around in a panic to purchase.
Probably for the best considering this kind of
stimulation could be dangerous to one’s health
when experienced in excess. Still, I’ll have to
check the ads again tomorrow because there’s
nothing quite like the highs and lows of almost
making it all work out.