Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Vancouver, WA, USA
Seahorst, you are a DAWG! I had 3 bikes to consider when I got my LT. One was Ocean Blue and it was far and away my favorite color. It was a 2006 with all the new bells and whistles and I would have HAD to fly to San Francisco from Portland, OR to pick it up to ride it home. What a tough tough shakedown cruise that would have been!
Now then, Haughty, I am very comfortable in my manhood (yuk yuk) and I'm perfectly willing to learn to make doilies in return for getting the LT. Wasn't it Rosie Greer who did needlepoint? I bet he never took as much crap for doing needlepoint as I'm going to take for having a non red, blue, green, white, or black motorcycle! Just one of the crosses I will have to bear I guess to ride one of the coolest scoots on the face of the earth!
I have a buddy who rides a GW 1800 and I know I'm going to get a lot of heat from him because it isn't a wing but once I get a few thousand miles under my belt it should be fun to do the old tortoise and hare thing with him. I'll see you at mile post 100 I'm going into the twisties! I have had GWings in the past and really enjoyed them and I currently ride a SilverWing that I can drag the center stand when in the twisties. Big difference though. The SWing weighs less than 500 lbs.
I have very mixed feelings about the sidecar. Part of me is thinking what a hoot and to be able to travel with my wife will be a real treat. But something about having a thoroughbred and treating it like a plough horse just doesn't seem right. But it gets more complicated than this. I will have the opportunity to practice all the low speed drills with a training wheel religiously until I can do it right every time without having to think about it and without running the risk of dropping it on it's beautiful MAUVE colored side. My hope is that when I pull the sidecar off to do the swoopies then the skills will be engrained in my mind and the risk of dropping it will be minimized. And then there are the visions of loading up the sidecar and doing some nice long tours that I find very appealing. Besides, everyone I've talked to, who actually has any time in the saddle with a sidecar says they are an absloute blast to ride. The dealer staff says that they would be surprised if I don't do the vast majority of my riding with the sidecar attached just because it is so much fun. What a wonderful quandry to be in. Besides, worst case, I pull it off and store it or sell it!
My biggest frustration is that it's not already in my garage. I am selling stock to pay for it and I can't sell it until the 18th in order to avoid capital gains tax of 35% and because the 18th is on a Saturday I can't sell it until Monday and then there is the wait at the brokerage, yadayadayadayada. I WANT IT NOW! Patience is a virtue my a$$. I WANT IT NOW! And so I wait..............
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