Getting to ride this monster of a bike has been a bit of an adventure - she's 1700cc's of V Twin muscle and a bike that big takes some getting used to. Sure, she's right at home on the four lane flat top doing a buck 20 and keeping up with traffic - but the bike becomes a real bear to handle at low speeds. You're balancing a hell of a lot of weight! Put a passenger on and a full load of luggage - and you really have to develop skills to manage a bike this size. I suppose I shoulda bought a Goldwing with their low seat heights and centres of gravity... and I know that flat six is a superior engine to the V Twin... but romance and nostalgia will not be denied. This is my machine and I will probably ride it until I am so old that I am forced to downsize.
Yesterday I dared the gravel on the country roads. You really, really gotta watch it on sand and gravel with this bike, she's so heavy that getting mired is a real possibility. But you go slow and take care, and you can get into some nice scenery with a little caution.
That's just an old pic of it in a gravel parking lot. Yesterday I went down a soft gravel county backroad that was much worse and even got a nice pic out of it.
Just some abandoned outbuildings collapsing
somewhere north of Tofield
It was something of a revelation to me though. I lust after the Indian Motorcycles and came with in a hair of buying a big Chieftain during the summer. Now I'm glad I didn't! Would you want to drive a chrome plated, shiny metal god...in rocks and gravel? It's a lot easier on the ego to get dents and chips on a metric bike than it is on a dream machine. I am not going to abuse Ol' Red Betty...but I'm not going to pamper her either.
I gotta clean out the trunk one of these days...
Summer is definitely drawing to a close when
there isn't a line up at Mom's Ice Cream Corral.
No, I didn't go into Mom's Ice Cream Corral because I am watching my weight. I don't want to be a big fat ugly slob like Uncle Bob or BW, HAR HAR HAR!!!! (Actually it was because my wife sent me a text saying she had bought me a big vanilla milkshake at Dairy Queen back in town). Maybe I DO need to bulk up a little bit.... :)
The leaves aren't falling yet, but they will soon. The friggin hornets just lose their chit this time of year though - they're everywhere, and the damned things are mean. They menaced me when I stopped and splattered themselves all over the bike when I was moving. I fired up the bike and went home at top speed to have my milkshake. I will be back this way soon though.
Fall is coming!