I always like to start out the new year by talking about motorcycles.
Since there isn’t any riding to blog about for New Year’s Day 2012, I invite you to take a trip down memory lane with me and check out rides past:
January 1, 2001
I ride with Kim and with Peter. Â This may be the first (of many) documented rides with Peter that result in him using speaker wire to jumpstart his battery off of my bike. Â Note my awesome riding gear, approximately none of which fits properly.
January 1, 2o02
I don’t ride, but talk about riding. Â I mention meeting and riding with people like Cat and Diana for the first time, which means that I’ve now known them for over 10 years. Â How is that possible given that we’re all still 19? Â Plus, I have red hair, which is worth a photo:
January 3, 2003Â (close enough to New Year’s Day)
I rode to the Wind Dancers New Year’s ride to lunch and it apparently didn’t pour down rain that year. Â It may also be the first time I complain about getting lost in Fremont, a phenomena that continues unfettered to this day. Â This is also my absolute favorite photo of my dad and me, taken at Christmas 2002.
January 1, 2004
Ah, now there’s the rain that I associate with the annual Wind Dancers New Year’s ride to lunch! Note the sexy latex gloves over my riding gloves. Â I also complain a fair amount about the clutch on my SVS; I think this was around the time where I learned to adjust the clutch cable down at the cable release assembly in my sleep.
January 1, 2005
The year I got the XT225 for Christmas and started dual sporting. 🙂 Â The New Year’s entry talks about why I wanted the XT and why it’s an awesome bike…all of which are still true. Â I miss riding on dirt!
January 3, 2006 (once again, close enough)
Another new year, another new bike. Â This time, the Z750S joined the house and the SV650S was sold to my friend Bobby. Â Even though I never really bonded with the Z, in some ways I wish I still had it. Â It’s the most ergonomic of all the bikes I’ve ever owned and I think that would be pretty useful for my back issues now. Â Course, my current Kawasaki is also ergonomically acceptable, so maybe I should just stop being distracted by shiny things.
January 1, 2007
I’m starting to think that I get bored with my bikes at Christmastime, as New Year’s 2007 had me talking about yet another new-to-me bike, the F650GS. Â This blog entry talked about the Sport-Touring.net dual sport ride along Summit Road. This picture cracks me up because I’m so short that you can’t tell I’m standing up.
January 1, 2008
Apparently I didn’t really ride at all in January 2008 as I only have one blog entry from the entire month, and it’s just a team photo of my hockey team that season. Â So, uh, well, here that is:
January 1, 2009
I started out 2009 really optimistically with a “beginning mileage” post. Little did I know that, by the end of summer, I’d be off the bike completely with the ruptured disc. Â Sigh. Â As far as New Year’s riding goes, two days later I posted about our first trip to Metcalf with the new CRF80F (again with the buying bikes in December).
January 3, 2010
For New Year’s 2010, I rode about 13 miles on the XT. Â Nothing fancy, just a trip to the fabric store and around town, but 2010 wasn’t exactly a year of high mileage tours. Â This photo looks like I haven’t showered in a week. Â Ugh, I hated growing my hair back out! Â There was also a blog post about my ruptured disc progress, in which I hadn’t ridden at all but had done a couple of public skates.
January 2, 2011
I rode about 13 miles at New Years in 2011, too. Â This time my exciting destination was the doctor for a tuberculosis test (no interesting story there, sadly; just needed for the nursing home I volunteer at). Â I was grumpy in this blog post because I was having trouble seeing the light at the end of the back pain tunnel. Â Luckily, now a year later, I’ve been able to do 100 mile days, so maybe a little more optimism is warranted (though in the interest of full disclosure, I’ve been having a minor flare-up the last few days after getting a massage. Â How annoying is that?!).
January 1, 2012
Which brings us to 2012. Â Well, as you already know, there aren’t any rides to report for New Year’s Day this year, plus I’ve somehow managed not to buy a new motorcycle this December, but I can still provide a cute picture of the Ninjette. 2012 will be a good year with a lot of new adventures…hopefully some of them will even be on the motorcycle! Â I hope all of you had a great holiday and a fun New Years, and have a really nice 2012. Â 🙂 Â Ride safe!