I decided I better just throw this out and get it over with. I have a new motorcycle! There are family members who will take this as yet another sign of my diminishing mental faculties, and begin anew their efforts to have me committed, "for my own good." My Lovely Bride, after asking me numerous time why I didn't just go ahead and buy one, has now changed her tune and is saying she never encouraged me...she just didn't want to be blamed for making me unhappy for the rest of my life.
Some of you may remember my last misadventure almost four years ago, when I got lost in the fog and woke up with many broken bones and my BMW sitting on top of me. Since then I have worked on getting most of my body parts to function in an almost normal fashion. The BMW, sadly, is still sitting in my garage...no closer to running again. Part of the reason why is certainly a mental hesitancy on my part to get out on two wheels. After all, the last time I tried it, I fell down and went BOOM!
Still having the desire to be out on the road with the wind in my face, yet somewhat unsure of my ability to manage a motorcycle, I began exploring possibilities. Modified bikes with a tricycle rear end grafted on was one option. However, with price tags starting around $30,000, and an image of being for those who are too old or physically unable to ride a "real" motorcycle made them unattractive. Perhaps especially because I fit into both the "too old" and "physically unable" categories. There were other bikes with two wheels in the front, which were even stranger looking. Sidecar rigs were more attractive to me, probably because they had an almost normal appearance, yet still stood out. Many of these had the same pricing problem of the trikes; first buy a $12,000 Harley and then have a $7-8,000 sidecar grafted on. Sidecars tend to be very particular about how they are setup, and lots more time and money could be expended trying to get it just right.
The machine I found is a 2008 Patrol with a little over 8,000 miles. One of my first purchases is going to be a set of fog lights to help me avoid a repeat performance.