With the birth of my second daughter, Haven, it became relevant for me to say farewell to my trusty motorcycle. You see this is the first bike I ever rode much less owned and the power under the fairing is simply breathtaking. At 100 hp @ 8500 rpms and with a torque of 79 lbs @ 6000 rpms, this was a very dangerous machine for a new biker to own.
It quickly threw me onto the asphalt before I had even finished purchasing the bike. With my herculean strength, I lifted the bike upright, finished the purchase, and made the most foolish decision of my life.
Buying a motorcycle wasn't the most foolish. Buying this motorcycle wasn't the most foolish. But buying my first motorcycle with this kind of power and never having driven one before was sheer madness.
A couple days later, I had my first wreck on gravel, re-injured my collarbone, and sent the bike crashing into the back of a parked SUV. The police officer filing the report gave me a ticket but said that if I took the motorcycle safety course that I should have
taken before getting on the bike in the first place, the court case would probably get thrown out.
So...I found a motorcycle safety course for beginners--you know, the one that the DMV requires a new driver under the age of 21 to take. It was one of the best decisions of my life. A couple days later, I graduated at the top of my class and felt king of the world. I left the course on my ST1100 and felt a deep bond with an inanimate object.
It was almost like the days of the Wild West still existed and the bond between a cowboy and his horse was simply passed on from animal to machine. I knew that if that motorcycle wanted me dead, it would throw me further than Babe Ruth could hit a baseball. But I also knew that I was at last its master and it would obey my body's every command. And so...we rode off into the sunset.
Well, the final sunset of my time with this beautiful machine is about to set in for good, but I plan to make this final memory a lifelong one. Will you join me on the ride of a lifetime as I capture and share this final journey?