Wednesday, August 18, 2004


To buy old-school or not to buy old-school, that is the question

Thinking hard about adding a retro bike to the stable

Billy Lane once said motorcycles are like women, an analogy that's easy to understand. Given the means and the garage space, I'd soon amass myself a mechanical harem of two-wheeled conveyances so elaborate and excessive, Mr. Barber himself would be Kawasaki Green with envy. I'd have them strewn throughout the house like Mojo Dave, or have them packed like sardines into my garage like my good friend Rodger.

It'd be ridiculous.

Reality and practicality have a way of keeping things in perspective, however. Much like with women, having too many motorcycles can actually be a pain in the ass. There's maintenance, insurance, and atrophy prevention to consider -- not to mention custom accessories and matching gear. If you're like me and actually have to work for a living, there's simply not enough time to sufficiently ride and maintain more than one or two bikes at a time.

That said, I'm stubbornly thinking of adding another bike to my stable. I currently have two bikes, a 2003 ZX-7R and a 2000 ZX-6R, neither of which I'm willing to part with. But I'm thinking it might be groovy to have an older bike, perhaps a Zephyr 1100 or the like. I just can't decide if the joy of the third bike would outweigh the extra trouble and expense in the long run.

Final decision and details to come.

UPDATE (08.30.2004): I've made the decision that there will be no addition to the stable for now. Go figure.

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