So I bought a motorcycle. I guess I just figured, the mid-life crisis is going to come sooner or later, so why wait?
Honestly, this is something that I’ve been thinking about for a long time. I remember way back in, oh, 2001 or so going to a local Yamaha dealership and looking at the V Star bikes. No, not looking, more like pining for them. But I was flat broke and didn’t have the time or money to pursue getting my motorcycle endorsement, so I put it off.
Fast forward several years, and gas prices are still crazy. One day, Jennifer looks at me and says, “Why don’t you just get a motorcycle? Don’t they get good gas mileage?” I blew her off at the time, but the thought kept nagging at me. What if I did get one? Eventually I had to ask if she was serious about because I really didn’t think she was, but as it turns out she truly thought it might be a good idea.
So I went for it. I took the Motorcycle Safety Foundation training course, then took the test at the Texas DPS to get my Class M Endorsement. And now, here I am, with a used-but-new-to-me bike sitting in my garage. Would you like to see it? She is pretty.
The 2007 Honda Shadow 600 VLX. It’s okay to be jealous. I won’t hold it against you.
Look at that awesome chrome, the powerful but newbie-friendly 583cc V-Twin engine, and that low, low seat. Perfect for a Mr. Shorty Legs like me.
Shh, don’t say anything. You don’t have to.
Seriously though, I’m looking forward to continue getting to know this bike. I rode it home from the dealership today and practiced a bit with it earlier this evening, but there are still some kinks I need to work out. For one, I still don’t have a good feel for the clutch on this thing. It never seems to engage where I think it will, and this has resulted in me embarrassingly stalling out a couple of times at stops. I also haven’t opened her wide up yet to see what she’s capable of. About the fastest I’ve gotten so far is 60, so I’d like to see what she can do.
Look at that, I’m already calling it a she.
The plan is to eventually ride back and forth to work everyday. Once I’m comfortable with this bike, it’s going to be great fun getting to make this part of my daily commute. And at 60 miles per gallon, it will basically pay for itself. It just doesn’t get much better than that.