|Gold Wing Sunset|
Ten years ago today Forty Years On Two Wheels sprung to life from the flotsam and jetsam of motorcycle stories and thoughts rattling around in my head. Something past 400 blog entries have been made, some of them good, and there are a handful of which I'm really proud. I only rarely used anything but my own writing and photos; for good or ill I want the blog to be a reflection of who I am as a motorcycle enthusiast.
I am in my in my 48th year of riding and I confess that I'm getting a little burned out. During the past several years bikes have come and gone from my garage, I believe in part because I thought another bike might buy me some new enthusiasm. Out of that parade-of-bikes-through-my-garage situation I have discovered, as my friend Simon, over in the UK, wrote about himself at one point "Somewhere along the way I went from enthusiastic motorcyclist to motorcycle enthusiast." I love nearly all things motorcycle, riding is only a part of that. Simon stopped riding for a few years after a bad crash and shifted his focus to photography of bikes but he's been back for a year or three now, first on Triumph and now on one of those new Honda 750's with the dual clutch transmission. Bike fever might go into remission but you're never really over it.
For what it's worth, I sold the Gold Wing a couple of weeks ago. It seemed like the time to do that as the bike was sitting too much, only accumulating an additional 3000 miles in the eleven months I owned it. My timing must have been right in deciding to sell the Wing because after only a week on Craig's List only one guy contacted me, came to look at it, brought a fat envelope of $100 bills, and rode the Wing away.
What's next for for me bike-wise after 48 years, and for Forty Years On Two Wheels after 10 years? I dunno. No rush.