Friday, January 4, 2013

Something new..........

When I left the Verizon store yesterday, I didn't go right home.....   Well I should have, but I needed to go check out if that motorcycle that I was wishing for was still at the store......

I have been arguing with myself every since I saw that darned thing back in November........  that I didn't need a big motorcycle like my brothers at the Romeo Luncheon...    But it was still there............ gulp...!

The bike in question was a 2012 Honda Goldwing hold over that hadn't sold in 2012...  It had absolutely zero (0) miles on its clock...  Never been ridden anywhere....  And it was marked way down.....    Gush, love,  upchuck..... take deep breath.....

And if I waited until 1/3,  today, the interest rate was 1.9%......   Salt was appraised...........  and............ we argued price...



Its in my garage....  call me weak..... or dumb, because I have to start all over learning to ride something as big and heavy as this....  It has a flat opposed six cylinder engine... 1832 cc with a 5 speed transmission...

I think it weighs somewhere over 900 pounds, but at that weight the small numbers don't mean much...

Loyce has known about this little lust of mine since back in November, but didn't think I needed such a machine....  And I don't, but I could have something bad happen to me so the time is now...  Tomorrow isn't guaranteed......

My son asked if I was still going to call it salt, since pepper is back home in his garage, not knowing he has perhaps been relegated to pasture time...   Its two tone black over silver, so perhaps it is salt and pepper....

Isn't that what you call black hair that has turned half gray?  Well maybe some of you can suggest a better name....

I picked it up with the car and the trailer, in order to make sure that it fit in my little trailer and to perhaps mask my poor riding skills...  Need to start out in the neighborhood, with only parked cars for traffic while I get the size and weight under my control...

Kind of reminds me of driving the motorhome for the first few hours... You have to get used to what you are doing and then you are fine...  But it will take a bunch of miles before I fight with the city driving folks around here...

Retired Rod

13 comments:

  1. Hello! Greetings from Snoqualmie, Wa. Read your blog every night so it is a long overdue hello. Be careful with your new toy and enjoy. Best wishes, Bill

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    1. Welcome Bill in Washington.... Glad you made your self known.. We try to write a little something every night so its there for coffee time in the morning... Rod

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  2. THats a great looking bike, I remember bringing my Tour Glide home, by the time I got home my legs were shaking, but I was learning how to ride a dresser. Be safe out there, and enjoy your new bike. Like you said you only get one chance at life. Sam & Donna......

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    1. Ya, that's where I am alright the shaky leg stage!!

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  3. eeeeeeeee! That's awesome! Congratulations. There are times when I wish I had learned to ride earlier on. These days the requirements are crazy tough, and my old brain would be hard pressed to learn it before killing myself. Or dropping the bike.
    Seems to me 1.8 litres is the size of the engine IN OUR CAR! I might suggest you hang on tight whenever you decide to "open 'er up"?

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  4. That's a nice quality bike you have there. First thing I noticed when moving from my lighter Virago 750 to my heavier Honda Shadow Aero was the much smoother ride. Also like the stability of the bike at higher speeds. I had my first bike, a Suzuki 650 delivered to my place of work because, like you, I didn't want to be ambarrassed at the dealer wobbling my way out of the parking lot. Only thing I found more of a challenge with a heavier bike was the weight when it's not moving. We have crushed pea stone in our Bayfield driveway & it's really tough for me to move the bike around in it. I also like the torque of the bigger engine & always enjoy feeling that ectra oomph running it through all 5 gears. You will enjoy your new bike my friend & will become comfortable with it very quickly.........

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    1. Wobbling my way out of the parking lot would have been an understatement! They don't make the Aero in anything bigger than a 750 and the VTX or the Valkyrie any more so your bike is somewhat of a classic....

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  5. Good for you, and I see there is lots of storage so Loyce can get you to run her around all the quilt shops, LOL.

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    1. Thanks JB, but I don't think Loyce will ever try it... but it would be fun if she did..

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  6. WOW! WOW! WOW! That is one gorgeous bike. There are a couple of guys here in the park that have Goldwings (I think)- one is a trike - and they ride together all over the place. Went up to Bartlett Lake the other day. Congrats and have fun learning to handle that monster.

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  7. A very cushy-looking bike. I bet it will be way more comfortable and stable than your old one.

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