Today was my birthday (many thanks for all the wishes, you guys rock!
). The ride I was going to take today got shot down by 2 events - Rain and a rather large nail in the back tire of my LT.
But, the day wasn't a total loss. While at San Jose BMW getting a new tire (they gave me the mount and balance for free for my birthday, just had to buy the tire, what nice folks!) I spied something that tickled my fancy. They had taken a very clean and well maintained 1995 R1100GS in on trade about a week ago. I saw it last Saturday and someone was working on a deal to buy it. For some reason, though, it wouldn't leave my head. I talked to Kari about it a couple of times, and it came up in conversation at least 3 times at work during the week. This seemed strange because, hey, it was sold, why am I sitting around thinking about it??
Well, apparently the deal fell through last weekend, and it was still there this morning. I talked to Chris and Tim and looked at the numbers (which were very compelling), and they offered to let me take it for a ride for the afternoon. I took the LT tire home and went back with my gear and headed out for a ride. It pulled strong (indicating 120 and still pulling when I got to my exit
), handled great (has Fox shocks front and rear), and, well, just felt like it was supposed to. After running around for a couple of hours and stopping by for Kari to check it out, I went back to the shop and sealed the deal!
Here's a couple of pictures of my new plaything.