January 26, 2008


It's a beautiful day here in central California. Local warming has brought the temps into the mid sixties, and there's a nice breeze blowing. 'Tis a good day to get out and about, or if not, at least have the windows open. I've done both.

Other folks have had the same thoughts as myself... all day long I've been hearing the pleasant roar of motorcycles going by, most of them heading down Herndon Avenue, a mile away. And while I was running errands, I got to see a couple of large groups

Head east on any east/west street in this town, and you'll see some decent shots of the mountains. Currently, their peaks are covered in snow, and there is a dusting of snow down into the foothills. From what I've heard, the snow doesn't usually come down this far. I'm appreciating the fact that it has.

As I said, east/west streets have some great views, but my favorites are Gates and Herndon. One of these days, I'll remember to take my camera with me to get a shot or two for you folks... maybe even roll some video, Eric-style. You'll be envious.

Envious... that kinda brings me back to the whole point of this post.

So I'm listening to these bikes, and I can't help but feel a little covetous. After all, my bike is back in 'sconsin. And it will be awhile afore it makes its way out here. (Not to mention, the whole deal with those bastards at the DMV. Nyah, nyah, to them... I've still got my Illinois license, which is good 'til July.) Damn, I miss that thing...

It's been on weighing on my mind lately. I've seriously thought of selling the beauty and using the money to help buy a house. But the more I think on it, the less I feel I can do it. I feel... actual pain.

That bike has been with me for damn nigh onto 12 years. I got it in July of '96 (a couple of pics below the fold), and have put about 52k on it, and most of that was in the first 8 years. These last few, I've not had a chance to ride it much.

That bike has been out to Sturgis a few times, and has been on some incredible rides. Heheheh... you may remember one of them down to Tennessee. It's been ridden through Wisconsin winters, and Midwestern deluges, Illinois hailstorms and western deserts. I remember parking it so that I could check in to a hotel, and looking out to see it rolling backwards, blown by the gusting winds that had forced me to stop for the day. I've never hit the thousand mile day, but it's been close many times.

When it comes down to it, I don't think that it's possible for me to get rid of that bike. I think I'd be getting rid of a piece of me. And, while I can't say that I remember the first time, any time I've lost part of me, it's not felt good. I'm not about to embrace masochism.

Ride on, those of you who are lucky enough to be out there. I'll be joining you in a couple of months.

Until then, I'll be insanely jealous...

'96 Fatboy
Here she is right after I bought her.
'new sheet metal
Here she is, just ten months later. She's sporting new sheet metal (including 6 gallon tank), and a stage III engine mod. I took it to Kutter's ride in bike show, and took second place.

I don't have any recent pics (maybe Eric might), but she's still sporting the same paint. I've taken some of the happy away... the rims and lower forks have been powder coated black. She looks mean, now...

Posted by That 1 Guy at January 26, 2008 08:00 PM | TrackBack

DON'T sell the bike. It ain't going to get you shit for a down payment on a house in this state.

Bring it out here in the spring. It'll do wonders for your head, especially riding up around Yosemite.

Posted by: Old Cloots at January 26, 2008 08:23 PM

"It's been ridden through Wisconsin winters,"

You are a brave man and a true Wisconsinite, Mister. *salutes*

Posted by: Barmy Mama at January 26, 2008 08:37 PM

I'm glad you're not going to sell. That bike really is a LARGE part of you.......

Posted by: Tammi at January 27, 2008 05:28 AM

Don't break your own heart.
You'll find a better way to get a house.

Posted by: Jean at January 27, 2008 09:40 AM

I agree with Coots. It really won't help a lot with a house. But if you're going to buy, do it quick.

Posted by: Navy CPO at January 27, 2008 11:02 AM

The way you've talked about your bike since I've known you, it surprises me that you would even consider selling it. Hell you're stories about you and the bike have made me want to look into buying one for myself.

Honestly, I think you would regret selling it if you did. It might not be right away, but sometime down the road you would.

Posted by: Contagion at January 28, 2008 08:39 AM

Hunh. You only put 52K in 8 years? Mmm... that's but 2 years of asexual Mom-mobile driving for me! :)

Posted by: Bou at January 28, 2008 11:29 AM

Here's hoping you are riding sooner than later. Separation isn't good for the soul...

Posted by: Richmond at January 28, 2008 02:35 PM

Don't sell her, you would never forgive yourself.

Besides, if the license is good through July, you can fly back here in early Summer and RIDE her back!

Posted by: ktreva at January 30, 2008 04:59 PM