Right here’s to being alive nonetheless and capable of stay up for 2023. I used to be not sure I may say this a number of months in the past.
I’ve undergone 10 hours of surgical procedure for most cancers which was profitable. I’m now into my second spherical of 8 weeks chemotherapy which is making me horribly sick however is a vital hammer blow.
I’ve (considerably ambitiously) booked my subsequent bike tour! I had vouchers for USA flights and rental from 2020 when Covid closed the world and have redeemed them to go mid 2023 giving me 6 months to organize for the problem.
I’ll do two rides, the primary with a deal with Colorado and the Rocky Mountains, the second with a deal with the Blue Ridge Parkway and well-known roads thereabouts. To say I’m excited is a gross understatement, it’s going to be superior and planning all the pieces is a massively pleasurable and motivating a part of getting myself robust once more.
My FJR1300 has been bought in Japan and talks are in settlement to promote the home I co-own there. Hope this non lawyer settlement stuff continues. If that occurs I would take into account loosening the purse strings to purchase a motorbike. Not in Japan I needn’t place significance on safety from chilly and rain however the FJR’s superior mile crunching stays strongly on my thoughts given I now dwell a 1000km away from motorcycling roads.
A motorbike I presently like is the Moto Guzzi V100. It’s a mix of sport tourer and commonplace. Shaft, electrical display (touring one obtainable) with electrical pace delicate wind deflectors, cruise and a engine not needing to be revved, all issues I like.
Some reservations nonetheless. I’ve by no means ridden a traverse V-twin and I’m not a fan of all twins. Parallel twins and boxer twins can really feel considerably uninspiring to me. Ducati twins and Harley 45 diploma twins are an acquired style. However I like Harley’s 90 diploma twin, Yamaha’s MT-01 twin and Suzuki’s M109R mill. A check journey is required.
I additionally am hesitant about shopping for one other Italian bike. A contemporary Moto Guzzi needs to be a greater reliability proposition than my former MV Agusta however nonetheless I’d need to have good vendor assist which may be onerous to acquire residing removed from a capital metropolis.
Suzuki’s GSX-S1000GT is a extra good selection. It’s been topped Bike of the 12 months which made me giggle since identical journos pronounced sport tourers had been lifeless. Nonetheless the Suzuki’s engine, display and last drive don’t float my boat. Facet be aware – why is the brand new VStrom nonetheless a VStrom now it has joined the parallel twin crowd?
I gained’t wind up about that silliness, however I’ll about how I can’t entry my superannuation regardless of having life threatening situation till I’m deemed to have solely 24 months to dwell. What good will it’s at that stage of issues. Oh properly that does information me to conserving it actual with impartial touring.
Frankly I don’t understand how lengthy I might need from right here however I’m simply going to attempt do all the pieces left on my bucket listing as quickly as I can. I already began three extra worldwide rides after the USA and I hope I can construct an unstoppable moto tour momentum. So right here’s to new bike excursions and being alive. Cheers!