Monday, June 4, 2012

Slow Ride...

So we rode down to the Triumph shop Saturday afternoon and found several Triumph Tiger Explorers in the showroom. This pretty blue one just happened to have a key in the ignition, I popped off the seat, set it on it's lowest setting so I could at least tippy toe it outside and thumbed the starter.


Ohhhh.... ahhhhhhhh. Pretty, shiny.... then my mind went into financial calculations while my CFO was giving me every excuse she could think of for me to get it. In the end I simply couldn't justify that much money for a bike, even if it is my main mode of transportation. I hefted the new Tiger back into the showroom and set her up on the centerstand. It weighs about the same as my 955 Tiger does and that's plenty heavy enough, maybe I'll stick with drooling over the Tiger 800 as it's $4k less and considerably lighter. Speaking of being light, while Chris from "Everyday Riding" was here the other night he suggested buying a Yamaha WR250R to futz around on and have fun. It is light, nimble and plenty powerful enough to commute to work or run up into the woods for some serious adventure. However, I have yet to find a used one on Craigslist within my price range and under Chris' price point advisement, but I'm still looking.


We wandered about the showroom and sat on the Tiger 800,  a much more manageable bike than the 1200cc Explorer although still a wee bit out of my price range. It actually fit Trobairitz quite well with her long inseam and she is warming up to the idea of buying a Tiger for herself.



But while we were both admiring the Tiger 800 something caught my eye, something shiny. Well hello good looking, how are you? Aren't you a beautiful little thing? Come on out, let's take a look at you...





The two of us hit it off quite well and before I knew it I was falling in love. I must resist, can I even do this? Am I ready for a scooter? We took a bit of a break, I had to walk away. We hopped on Lucy and ran some errands about town but it wasn't long before we were back and she called to me.

Yup, it wasn't long before we were flirting again and before I knew it I was wearing protection and ready to go.




She's a way back machine, transporting me to a time when life was simpler. I can't, I mustn't. She's just a two stroke temptress, a tease, I had to leave before I completely lost my composure and my cool.

She's a slow ride...


Take it easy...





23 comments:

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    1. I'm seriously considering adding her to the stable.

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  2. But it's blue, that means it can't possibly be meant for you.

    I'm thinking that it's dangerous for you two to go anywhere near the Triumph dealer...

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    1. You got me there, being blue it would be "ours". Brandy has never ridden a scooter and I could use the practice, so this would be pure fun factor.

      Do you think they have recovery programs for dealership addicts like me?

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    2. Doesn't Team Oregon have a recovery program? Or do they promote the addiction?

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    3. Team Oregon is an enabler, I get my fix riding the training scooters.

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  3. I know all too well of the dangers of going to a motorcycle dealer, especially when a certain marque is involved...

    While I had no doubt that you would look smashing on the Explorer, the Stella (?) is something different all together, and in a good way. The scoot looks mighty pretty, and the blue becomes you. For commuting that's the way to go!

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    1. I was thinking it would be a fun commuter, I take the back roads into work now so the scooter would just be a bit slower. I don't know about everyday, she's not a maxi-scooter but a 13 mile country road commute each way would be fun.

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  4. I like riding Martha's 125cc Genuine Buddy scooter, folks give me strange looks though since I still do ATGATT. :)

    Think of it as a highly economical commute option.

    dom


    Redleg's Rides

    Colorado Motorcycle Travel Examiner

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    1. We use the Genuine Buddy 125 as training scooters and I grin ear to ear every time I ride one around the range. It is strange to see a scooter rider wearing ATGATT but I would wear the same on my commute.

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  5. Ah, the Stella. An interesting ride. Everyone I've been around was full of personality in a way newer bikes and scooters aren't.

    I ride my Symba ATGATT. I've come to realize all the open mouth stares are merely the look of envy as I putter by. Wow, that would be a great name for a scooter, Putter-by. Wow, didn't take long for me to get off topic.

    Anyway......It's good to have a slow ride. It opens the world up in different ways.
    ~Keith

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    1. I'd love to experience the slow ride and the whiz clunk of the 4 speed, the smell and sound of the 2 stroke. It is definitely a time machine

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  6. Troubadour

    PSSSSTTTT......it's calling your name!!!!! Can't you hear her calling you?! As for ATGATT scooter riders, that would be me. I am probably the only person in Victoria who rides a scoot in full ATGATT.

    So can you hear it?? She calling T R O U B A D O U R !!!!! I want to play, come get me!!!

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    1. I'd love to go get her but I must wait, wait to sell the Bonneville. Trust me, it's killing me.

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  7. I love my 2 stroke scooter. you should get it!

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    1. You tell me to get a WR250 and now you're encouraging me to buy a scooter? Make up my mind would ya.

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  8. You have room for both! The more the merrier!!

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  9. I guess I didn't check my vericode...my comment isn't here and I don't remember what I said. But now I had fun reading through the others. Think of the investment in fuel economy and little around town putterer on weekends. Be warned though, I think they multiple as Sonja can attest to. ;)

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  10. That blue scooter is perfect. You know you want it...

    Steve Williams
    Scooter in the Sticks

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