Saturday, October 08, 2011
Naturally the ad got an immediate reply from a scam artist which was duly deleted. A couple of weeks went by and I'd practically forgotten about the ad. Then I got an e-mail from someone who seemed pretty interested. Wanted to come look at it at 9:30 the next morning. Drat, that means getting up early. Blah. Okay, fine. I promised myself I wouldn't negotiate on the price, if the bike was going to go it would go for the asking price or stay in my garage; I sorta kinda decided that I didn't really want to sell it anyway. So the buyer came out, loved the bike, didn't test ride it, never even made me a lower price offer. After the usual paperwork mumbo jumbo the bike rolled off with it's new owner and left me feeling somewhat regretful for a change. Hmm... Not sure that was the thing to do. I'd just painted myself into a corner motorcyclely speaking (I made up that word).
My old friend Keith, over in California, and I have talked about taking a ride together for over thirty years now but have never done it, mostly because Keith didn't have a bike. In a fit of familial responsibility he'd sold his last bike, a 750 Norton, back in the '70s.
Then all these years later Keith went mad (with some prompting from me) and bought himself a '95 Honda VFR 750, not exactly the typical re-entry bike for a rider returning to the sport at the age of 65, but buy it he did and ride he is and having a grand time. He says it's quite a bit faster, more comfortable, and with better brakes than his 1970 Norton. Uh, yeah. He's a bit like a Rip Van Winkle awaking to find that the world has changed in forty years. Fortunately he's a cautious, methodical guy and has done well easing back into riding.
After endless phone calls and discussions of bikes Keith and I made plans to actually go for a ride together after all these years, we'll ride some local stuff here in Arizona and maybe up north to visit my friend Dean at his bunkhouse. So Keith will be here from California this coming Wednesday with his VFR and I don't seem to have a bike at the moment. I gotta move fast. Stay tuned.
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"When my mood gets too hot and I find myself wandering beyond control I pull out my motor-bike and hurl it top-speed through these unfit roads for hour after hour." - T.E. Lawrence
An Important reminder from the past:
"I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations." - James Madison