Well my wife thought it would never happen. I have only one motorcycle in my garage. It seem a bit sad. I've had the pleasure these past few years to own, ride and nurture a few very nice motorcycles.......
03 SV650N, 96 PC800, 98 PC800, 98 R1200C, 06 DL1000, 03 Capanord, 03 SV1000N, 86 K75C, 07 GT1000, 09 650R, 08 DRZ400, 98 ST1100, 08 Versys, 09 Versys, 09 KLX250s
Multiple bikes seems to satifies so many needs and desires.The combination was usually broad....DRZ/PC800 or SV1000N/R1200C and finally the 09KLX250S/09Versys. It's been a great pleasure to open the garage and look inside and have to "choose". My riding over the past 10 years has been 90% commuting to and from Seattle and cruising with buddies on a rare couple hundred mile trips. I'm not a great rider and my enjoyment factor is always limited to the time allowed. I do remember a time a few years ago when my wife was ill and my business was struggling that I found great comfort at the end of the work day, getting on my 86 K75c to go see my wife at Swedish Hospital. I felt totally at ease. The K bike was my only outlet at the time. It seemed to take me away for a brief moment where I could feel only acceptance of what ever was to come my(our) way. Strange I don't normally think in those terms but being on two wheels, riding through the Arboredum in Seattle on a stunning 20+ year old motorcycle was the medicine I needed to stay strong. I'm proud to say my wife is fine and strong and business couldn't be better. Wish I still had that K though. I say that about all my bikes.
I had a Versys on 2008 and really loved the utility aspect of the bike....lightweight, upright, torquey, low cost, lots of aftermarket toys to add. It was one of the most interesting bikes I've owned. I sold it thinking I needed something bigger. How many of us have said that before? I sold it to a nursing student from Utah who flew in during a snow storm with only a leather jacket and jeans
. That's ok, I growing up surfing the Jersey Coast in 30 degree waters. Now that's cold. Anyway, he ended up staying for a week until the weather broke. Honestly, it never really broke but he had to leave anyway. While stranded here, he was one lucky guy. He lived in a brand new cottage I built on my property while waiting for an oppurtunity to ride home. He survived the trip and am sure he graduated because of all the quality time he had here studying.
I chose the V again because I really could not find a motorcycle that had all the variations of riding that the V maintained. Generally, I'm a practical guy (that explains the PC800s) and over the years I have found that smaller bikes are more practical and easier to maintain. They match my riding style well. I matched the V up with a 09 KLX250S I found locally. That bike, for a thumper was very nice indeed. I could not get over how much more enjoyable and smoother it was compared to my DRZ which was the coolest DRZ out there. The problem with the DRZ it just vibrated my nuts and low back to the point of WTF. I would feel it for days after riding that bike. But once again, wish it was in my garage. I said goodbye three weeks ago to the KLX250s only because I found the cold blooded motor to be a pain in the ass. I have no patience to wait for things to "really" warm up. So I sold. The gentlemen that bought her is a retired man with years of experience on dirt and thumpers. He is very psyched and certainly has more patence then I.
Now it is time to really see what it is like to live with the V. She's got 5k miles on her. Will I get bored and crave more of something? Sure, always have and always will. But I have to say I'm not going there. The V today is one of few bikes in the U.S. that offers everything from sport riding to adventure touring with the rare and occasional need for dirt. I'm not getting the markets desire for bigger(1200cc) and more technical bikes The V has it all and at a price and reliabilty my wife can't yell about. I have tricked my V out and it is ready for the 90% commuting and the rare long trip with friends. I love openning my garage now and not have to make any choices other than which jacket or helmet. JUST RIDE.
Yep, alot of great memories with all those bikes . But the future will have to be with the V. Now that I have extended the warranty for 4 more years. I think it's going to be a long term relationship. She's going to stay and be well respected and on occasion I hope to throw on a aftermarket "something" I can't live without. I can't image anything else I can do to her. She's perfect after taking all those suggestions on this forum. Some incredible bikes on this forum...You guys got skills. Anyway, that's all I got. I love my V. I love living simply and I love the memories. Ride safe, ride well and ride often.