So since that last one only confirmed what I already thought, how many of us are motorcycle fans? I don’t mean I used to ride a dirt bike back when “On any Sunday” was current - I mean NOW.
I have eight of the damned things myself although two of those are my Sons'. I started with a lowly dirt bike (CRF450) in an attempt with a friend to lure our Sons away from the Xbox and the dreaded Vidya in general back in 2011 or so. He ended up in a bad crash that left him paralyzed but I kept up with it and lost about six inches off my waistline and ended up quitting both smoking and drinking as a direct response to my motorcycling fitness endeavors. I somehow discovered enough self-respect while motorcycling solo everywhere to respect my body as an instrument as well and to try to get it into better shape like I was when I WAS a boy watching On Any Sunday. But I like to think I'm not the only one- every once in a while I'll actually see somebody out there as well- lone-wolfing it to the beach on a big GS, without the rest of the fellows who seem to mostly ride to Taverns on the edge of town to pose in their gear. Most of the folks I come across on the Forestry roads are on quads anymore, which I secretly despise for what they do to my forests not to mention that they take no skill to operate nor do their manufacturers inquire too deeply as to their Consumers' skill set either but that's another story. Needless to say I traded my Wife's quad away- for another filthy motorcycle in fact, as I don't believe it is possible to have too many. My Dad may have been an ATP with a valid ticket when he died in '00 of big C because he "knew a guy" who would fudge his medical but MY dreams are smaller- I just want to be able to dance in the dirt with a big bore motorcycle until I can't anymore - THEN maybe I'll get a quad. I've been clumsy and ham-fisted in MOST things in this world, but when I'm on a bike I'm a being transformed. I'm not saying I don't eat it- I do, and with some regularity when I'm learning something new- but just for instance two years ago for Christmas I rode through ice to North Portland to get our traditional dry-aged Prime rib and didn't realize I was in the stuff until I got off the bike and damned near cracked my skull open in the parking lot of the Butcher's! I know it wasn't fluke either because I wasn't scared to get back on and commute the thirty miles back here to home afterwards. I've been on my Tiger 800 up in the Mount Hood forest at about 10 at night and had a herd of elk run right across my path- after I got done shaking I had to laugh because I really wasn't afraid. I had my speed manageable (-35) and my Baja Designs lights were cranking so I spotted them as they broke over the edge of the road and had a bit of warning so to speak.
But surely somebody else over here has the bug as well?
I probably am done for good on my Daytona 675 as far as riding on the streets goes but I’m addicted to my other bikes- they range from a YZ125 to a Scrambler 1200 XE. I’m keeping my Daytona as I have all the neato Carbon Kevlar fairings for her but I’m afraid it’s going to be track only as after my wreck I’m spooked a bit for Sport Bikes.
But speaking of Scrambler, that’s the bike I traded my Wife’s Tiger in for as it was just making me cry anyways. So in the spirit of turn the frown upside down I traded it for a green Scrambler that I spent ten minutes staring at the shocks on whilst on Matilda, my Tiger at the Dealership getting parts. So I’ve put close to ten thousand on it since mid-April when I got it- think I like the bike? I sometimes wonder if I shouldn’t have traded in Matilda when I got Prudence but since I love my rain rides and my Interstate runs I kept it. Plus the fact that she looks like Vader’s own Purple bagger dirt bike is still kinda cool- I like the looks it gets from the snapback kiddies in particular up in the pineys. I had to re-spray the bike from its’ original black to PPG’s Dark Shadows Blue as I’d gotten stupid with the labels and I wanted something a “bit” different without being too over the top.
Her Majesty Prudence the Bonneville is something quite special though, and needs very little by way of accouterments to enhance her appearance. I merely added a few readily available items with a more “Euro-centric” theme to them but to bag it up or try to turn it into an “ADV” type bike seems ridiculous to me. I have a poster of Steve McQueen on the wall of my garage in a place of honor next to the one of Ann Margret on a Tiger (bought since Mama died) and I’d like to think that either he OR Bud Ekins would understand that bike and what I’m trying to do with mine. Hell, so would Ann Margret herself- she’s a motorcyclist and knew how to ride the little Tiger she was pictured on way back then before or right near when I was born.![IMG_3625|375x500]