If you're really Jonesing for a new tandem and have the resources, go for it. However, there really are some great deals to be had on second-hand tandems if you look around. In addition to several nice ones on tandemmag.com (http://www.tandemmag.com/classified) and a few other on-line sources (http://www.thetandemlink.com/tandems.html#anchor1146367), there are many local tandem club classifieds that get posted this time of year as folks who bought tandems that seldom got used finally decide to clear out the garage. For example, here are two that came across my keyboard this week (I have contact info if anyone needs it):
Up in Maine, Co-Motion Mocha, Offroad tandem cycle, orange. We got this beautiful bike in 2000. It has less than 100 miles on it. We had it regularly maintained. This is a custom made tandem. Front frame is 18", back frame is 15". Wheels are 26". Needs new tires. Avid brakes. Shimano derailleurs. 27gears. Rock Shock rear seat. $2500.
In the Atlanta area: Santana Arriva tandem.....6 years old. EXCELLENT condition, seldom ridden! Captain stand-over: 31.8 inches / Stoker stand-over: 29.0 inches. Never wrecked! Shimano components, including handle bar shifters. Shimano Flight Deck computer showing 785.9 actual miles. Four water bottle cages. Rear luggage rack . Frame mount tire pump included. Asking $1,900.00
Just something to consider if $'s are a bit tight.