The more things change…

Bobby and Cristen came over tonight and exchanged US dollars for one 2001 Suzuki SV650S.

I’d been contemplating selling the SVS for a while — pretty much ever since I realized there was no way I could afford the Z without doing so, but I most likely wouldn’t have sold it to anyone other than these two. Sport-tourers of the highest degree, Bobby and Cristen have been known to ride hours just to get to Sport-Touring.net monthly dinners. Bobby’s ridden all over the US, and with Cristen, is headed towards Alaska this summer.

The SVS will be Cristen’s — she’s a new rider and is looking for a shortie-friendly bike that’s fun for both day trips and possibly touring. Sound familiar?

So there’s a big bike-sized empty spot in the garage now. I admit to shedding a tear when they left tonight, taking with them not only the SVS, but the extra parts, the oil filter and sparkplugs I hadn’t yet installed, the maintenance notebook, the service manual. I have literally bled on that service manual.

I’ll bet most of my readers have only known my SVS. Can you believe this journal is almost six years old? A year older than the SVS, in fact. Six years of journalling, five years of the SVS.

Tomorrow starts a new chapter, the Z chapter.

I went in for some dental work this morning (the first of three appointments, joy), and my jaw has been in so much pain that there was no way I could wear a helmet to pick up the bike this afternoon.

So, for tonight, I’m streetbike-less.

Tomorrow, I’ll be a sport-tourer again. I’ll have another bike to learn every inch of, every trick about, every little nook and cranny and nuance.

But right now, there’s an SVS-shaped hole in the garage.

The sport-tourer is gone; long live the sport-tourer!

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5 Responses to The more things change…

  1. cat says:

    Plus ca change, plus la meme 😀

  2. James says:

    Where did you advertise your bike? I would have bought it in a second. I have been looking for an SVS or Bandit set up with hard bags for a while.

  3. carolyn says:

    I didn’t advertise it. 😉

  4. Chris Weiss says:

    Noooooo! I’m going to miss all your awesome how-to writeups. The good news is there’s a reason they’re called UJMs and I’m sure all your new mechanical adventures on the Z won’t be entirely alien 🙂
    On another note, I just realized the Viv I know is the same Viv you know. Small world.

  5. carolyn says:

    Oh, Chris, btw, re: your blog entry on 12/19 — it wasn’t me that was proposed to at the Sharks game on the Jumbotron. That was someone else the following game [copycat!]. 😉 There was No. Jumbotron. Involved. in ours. Promise. Promise promise.

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