Saturday, November 12, 2016

Fanciful Musings

Idle hands are the devil's workshop. A restless soul will find herself wandering where she should not be. Fault it on the weather. The need to run an errand out of town. The desire to fill some time. Okay, whatever ... we found ourselves in a motorcycle shop today. Well, um, actually TWO shops.

I think folks have figured out by now that Sam the Ninja is long gone from my life. Sold to finance a crazy assed bicycle (gasp!) ride. Perhaps you noticed her absence these past couple of years.

Today we found ourselves in a shop. Worse, we sat, we touched, we practically molested not one but many bikes. Perhaps ... maybe ... maybe I want another motorbike. I miss the feel of the ride. The weight of the bike, the lean, the wind. The buzz of the engine, the downshift, the revs. Perhaps ... we shall see.
Kari, Kawi and Crocs
Montana Tour
Eastern Oregon



Ready to tour

14 comments:

  1. Kari, I very much understand your craving. Sometimes bicycles and running shoes are just not enough to expand mind and radius. I guess the last picture could be a theme for you: ready to embark on yet another journey.

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    1. The nice thing with running (or hiking) is that they play well with motorcycles. I thought my touring days were over, but lately I've felt the call of the road, so perhaps one day ... who knows? Or maybe I just need to pick up something cheap for some cheap thrill rides. Hard to say at this point.

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  2. I knew you hadn't been riding in a while, but I didn't realize you had sold Sam.

    I think you would enjoy getting back into riding. While we love both bicycling and motorcycling it is possible to find a balance. On those warm days when you don't want to put all that armored gear on you take the bicycles. And then the motorcycles are a good way to scope out future bicycle routes but with a handy throttle for the hills.

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    1. Hi Brandy, Yeah, I was always going to write a post, but never got around to it. I believe Sam made a new home in Corvallis, but I have never seen her.

      Very true on seeking a balance. When I returned from Seattle I just wasn't interested in motorcycling. At the time I needed the physical aspect of bicycling and a long trip could prove to be healing. I'm in a different state of mind now. I want to travel some - something faster than bicycling. We've considered RVs, but not sure I'm ready for that yet. Motorcycle touring would be a good combo. Some aspects of bicycle touring is there, yet we would move a little faster. Cover more ground in less time. It might be a good option.

      Sorry, rambling a bit. Many thoughts and ideas to mull over. It will be a while before we do anything drastic, so I have time to think it all through. :)

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    2. Forgot to mention, I've been sneaking over to your blog and reading up on your search for that N+1. You may have some competition for that CB500x. ;)
      Nice looking bike.

      I think we both wish there were more small/mid sized bikes available that were better than entry level. I would even buy another Ninja for that matter, but there are a few new options out there these days, than what I found in 2009.

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  3. Practically molested? I think it's more than random whims seeking to act out here.....

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    1. Hi Dom,
      Yeah, pretty bad. :)
      It felt quite nice to be sitting on a few bikes out there. Biggest surprise was a Honda 1100 that was quite comfortable for me - ie my toes could touch the ground, and I could lift it off of it's side stand all by myself. That's a pretty big bike for me to muscle around. Still, I think I prefer the smaller bikes though. I think my sweet spot is in the 500-650 range. :) Add bags and heated grips and good to go!

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  4. That first picture is pretty cool. So, do you shop for the Crocs first or the bike?

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    1. Bike came first. The crocs were something Bobscoot got going. Green is still the bestest color! :D

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  5. Once you've been bitten by the riding bug it never really goes away. What bikes were you looking at?

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  6. We were able to sit on a number of Hondas at the the first place. An 1100, CTX700(?), NC700 and one other that he said was similar, but I don't recall which one, CB500, a 300 and a sportbike which was either a 500 or a 650. Was hoping to see a CB500x or a Suzuki SV650, but none were in stock.

    The second store had Yamaha and Kawasaki and a huge selection of used. They were so closely packed that we just looked.

    I've looked at bikes from 300 up to 1000-1100. 650 still seems like a sweetspot for me. I like a good all arounder. Something peppy and fun, doesn't have to be fast. A good day tripper, but big enough for light touring. Dual sports are always tempting, but most are too tall for my liking and in reality how often would I need one? Truthfully I'd rather have a little tw200 for dirt, but I'm forbidden to have more than one. :(

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  7. You mght really like the cb500x its a sweet bike, almost bought one. I have an NC700s love my bike :) CTX had forward foot pegs and was hard on my back after 45 minutes of riding.

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    1. I agree, i don't like forward pegs either. Had them (well, floorboards) on my cruiser. I like my feet underneath me. I hope I get a chance to see/sit a cb500x. We won't be doing anything but looking until at least summer 2017, so plenty of time to look and dream! :)

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  8. Very nice and cool pictures!!! Hope you will find the right one for you. Good luck and keep sharing your results.
    Nina

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