Things to look forward to.

Hey, it’s cool now to end a sentence, or a blog header, with a preposition. Really. I would never lie to you.

For the first time in a few years, I’m psyched about going to the bike show this December. Maybe it’s because I took a nice trip right before an imposed hiatus, but I’m excited to sit on all the bikes and see the new colors and walk around with big eyes.

Selling the SVS earlier this year definitely freed me in a way. Prior to the Z, the SVS was the only bike I’d toured on, crossed state lines on, photographed roadside. I think I believed that that was the only bike with which I could ever do those things. I was stuck with its flaws just as certainly as I loved its strengths. So being at the bike show was rather like a married man at a strip club — I could look, and admire, but ultimately, I’d made my choice already and I knew I was going home to the SVS in the garage.

This is not to say that I don’t like the Z — I do. But now I know it’s silly to look for everything in one bike. I know that what I love is the touring, the riding, the photographing, the research, the history. It does have to be on a motorcycle, but I’m starting to realize that which motorcycle is almost irrelevant.

Perhaps this is all just rationalization for wanting to really like BMW’s new F800ST. 😉

But back to bikes that I already own. One of the frustrating things about my continued neck pain (a week after the injection and I’m still on 1800mg – 2400mg of ibuprofen a day) is that it’s that perfect time of year, that perfect time of autumn. I so wish I were going to Metcalf or up Summit Rd on the XT one of these weekend mornings.

Hopefully I’ll be back on the XT before it starts raining. I have dirt jones. Mmm, dirt.

OK, must post this entry and get back to the Sharks-Predators game. 6 minutes left in the 3rd, and we’re tied. Go Sharks!

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6 Responses to Things to look forward to.

  1. Stephanie says:

    I have to say I’m excited about the bike show, too. But that might just be because it’s back in San Mateo again. Or maybe because after more than a year of waiting I can finally find out the Norge is way too tall for me.

  2. carolyn says:

    Ooooh, Norge! Shall I keep my fingers crossed that it is, or isn’t, too tall for you? 😉

  3. Kansas says:

    Hey ya, Blue!
    So you’ve finally figured out what you really want out of a motorcycle huh? Took you awhile :O 😛 lol
    What you said makes alot of sense; thats why so many veteran motorcyclist always say “one bike will never be enough.” A touring motorcycle will be a great fit for yourself!
    I will try to come to your blog more often and keep an eye out for any possible future bikes you’ve got your eyes set on.
    The BMW F800ST seems like an interesting motorcycle. I quite honestly didnt even know it was around (shows how much attention I’ve been paying on things!)
    Have a day/month. See ya!

  4. Ken Haylock says:

    But that Moto-Guzzi engine is horribly agricultural, isn’t it? And you’ll hate the torque effects from the longitudinal crank…
    Do you fit the Sprint ST? That has an engine to die for! Older ones are still brilliant…

  5. Ginger says:

    I am looking forward to the Legend of the Motorcycle next May. I don’t know if anyone has heard of this event but it was amazing, truly an elegant affair. It was at the Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay. They featured some of the world’s finest motorcycles on the manicured lawns of the hotel. I would check out the website to see photos because I just can’t seem to describe how beautiful the whole thing was. Plus celebrities showed up like Sandra Bullock with her hubbie Jesse James and Ewan McGregor was there. It was so cool.

  6. carolyn says:

    I’ve heard of that! That does sound cool. 🙂

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