So the other day I was sitting at a red light. A dude on a Harley Sportster 1200 pulls up. I didn’t even have to look over to know what he was riding, because it’s obnoxiously loud pipes announced his approach from a block away.
I look over and nod, and he takes it like a challenge. So this was really all my fault. He nods and then nods at the light and gives some revs. Yeah, okay. I’ll throw it down. It’s a short squirt to the next light. No big deal. I watched the light on the other direction… it went yellow. The dude on the Hog starts revving like crazy. Then it goes red and I get ready.
Green light. Throttle, Clutch. Only one gear change and I had to shut it down, because I had already won. I had a great launch. I looked in the mirror and the Hog came up on me.
I looked at my bike and said, “That’s a quick machine.” Then he road off. He comes back yesterday as I’m going to lunch. Dude is sitting out there on a V-Rod. “We’ll see what happens next time.” Then he pulls out and disappears. I’m thinking, “Oh come on. That bike is 17 Grand. My bike was 25 Hundred!” The V-Rod is a nice bike… and I’m sure it would win. But the guy has to throw that much hardware at me because I smoked him once? I’m not into drag racing, and I’m not going to play anymore. I think my point was already proven.
I didn’t get this bike because it was fast. That’s not why I wanted a motorcycle at all. And I’m not emotionally attached to this specific bike and I don’t hang my identity on it (or any of my guns) but I do like it. I’ve already had offers to buy it. But I’m not selling. I would be willing to trade it (straight across) for a Harley… one with a bigger fuel tank. But it would have to have some nice pipes to keep the exhaust note mellow. I don’t need the entire valley knowing that I just fired up my bike. Other than that, I’m keeping this one. At least through the summer… because I think I’ll go for a bigger bike later. Not a huge one. No VTX 1800′s. Something that can Freeway at a more relaxed RPM, with enough fuel to get me to Salt Lake without having to stop in Duchesne and Heber for top offs.