Well kids, I think I've hit the end of the road here. I have belonged to this site for some years now with lots of good experiences. I have been riding sport bikes since I got my license at 16, I'm 35 now, but have been losing the spark to go for a ride.
I have hooked up for a few rides but the last couple years I've been coming up with excuses for myself not to go. "I guess I have just lost the spark" I would say. "Maybe getting to old!" So the bike sits longer, which was a 01' zx9r, and I try to talk myself to get out there and go for a ride. Needless to say I sold it on a whim and wasn't even upset?? Wow, I am really surprising myself.
Now that the bike is gone I am in the shops more, looking more, and test riding more. I'm picking up rags I never thought I would read or even be interested in and looking up bikes on the net that have caught my eye from these rags. As I check out these bikes of interest I am also reading the owners views and the latest test reviews.
Alot of the test/reviews are done with the bike in it's element. Now my interest is really peaked an I am estatic that I have not lost the "spark" but have rekindled a fire. I have just moved on to a different mentality - for me. Not better or worse, just different. I now have the bike picked out that I will be getting and it's on the different end of the spectrum from what has been my "norm". For those who may be wondering it is a Buell Ulyses. Not every ones cup of tea but for now it's mine.
It's nice to have a new found excitment in something. I have been lurking on other boards that cater to this style of adventure bike and I'm stoked to get -into- this bike and all the new adventures it will bring. I must say I will miss the corners but my head is so free from clutter of "is my bike fast enough?" "Is there a cop around the next corner?" "Can I keep up with these guys?" "Am I the only guy whos wrists ache and ass feels like it's bleeding?"
My favorite sound in the whole world will always be and inline four tickling redline as it goes through all the gears. So to all you sport riders, don't be shy to wave to the "other guys" 'cause they might have been where you are and one day you might be where they are.
Thanks for all the good times and words of interest and advice. RIDE SAFE AND BE HAPPY!!