We all definitely need multiple bikes: , a 500 dual sport, a 300rr for enduros, a xtrainer for gnarly and slow stuff, and a trials bike!
I actually do not want to buy new, but used betas are hen's teeth. Maybe I just wait them out, if it takes a year so be it. I don't need financing.
If I got a 390 I wouldn't get a 300, I'd get an xtrainer.
It's all hard to justify really...I Can pick up a used KTM, or a wrf/CR-X older styles for 3k.
Just missed a 2009 ktm530xcw for 4k ... could a snagged that and then looked for a KTM 200xcw, probably had both for 7k
Can anyone really justify a new bike besides it's what we want? I have a hard time myself.
I'll weigh in;
Actually, dependent on needs all of us do not need multiple bikes, some do, some don't.
Buying new has its pros and cons, yes you can sometimes find a low mileage non-abused bike that fits our needs, operative word "sometimes"
For many out there the new 390 would serve the needs of many for deep enduros and a little DS work without issues and be very long lasting and low maintenance.
Yet to try and justify a used older bike in the same sentence as a new technology Beta IMHO is silly. I've owned those older bikes in the past and know what it costs to keep 'em running well. In the end I bought a new Beta, and never looked back for my deep woods enduro needs and a little DS riding.
The Beta 390 can easily handle the nastiest singletrack-Deer trails, and cruise back J-roads without a whimper, and not cost you a ton of $$$ in maintenance. And you have a state of the art machine.
Unless you've spent a bunch of time on a KTM530 (I have) I'm not sure how you can compare them to the new Beta bikes at all. But it depends on your real needs or capabilities.
I love the new 300RR, and if money was no object there would be one in the garage, but the ease I have riding tight/steep singletrack on my 4-stroke Beta, I'd be most likely wasting MY money.
Presently I'm looking at getting another Beta to add to my garage (390RR-S) but not for me, but for another family member.
So you ask if anyone can really justify a new bike the answer quite simply is yes, pay a set amount now, or quite possible get nickel and dime to death on a used bike, and having still an outdated heavy/tall bike that will never ride as nice as a new technology machine...