I woke up this morning with a thought..."Wouldn't be great to ride into work today?" The chance for rain was low and it looked like it was not going to be as humid as it had been. A wonderful day to get out some.
I decided that I wanted to put off getting a new bike. I like the idea, I love the idea but frankly I just don't feel comfortable taking on another debt at this time. Even though the math tells me I can. I've been in dire straights in my life, and I've no desire to allow that to happen again. Plus a lifetime of working in insurance, banking and taxes has taught me a few things - although how a guy with a Education degree and a background in Engineering ended up in the financial field is a long story. I suppose I'm just good at math. Funny thing is that I did not really do well at math until college.
I did go over to my local Honda dealer. I sat on the CTX and it did impress me, but after being on scooters so long I could not help but wonder about how I would adjust to it. I'm sure it would not take long. I looked for a salesperson to ask some questions....no one was about. In fact, I seemed to be alone in the store.
Probably for the best, I may have rode a bike home and would have had to go back for the car later.
So I wait. I'm not done with Kimmie, despite her problems this is the first bike that I truly felt comfortable on. My old Zuma was always just a starter bike. My Burgman, while comfortable and wonderful, just did not seem to have a personality or "soul.". Kimmie...while she's Kimmie. A long time ago I said if I could personify her she look like this:
Or thanked her for getting me home on a really bad traffic day, or in the rain, or when I know she needs fuel and I just want to push her that extra mile. I know she has taken better care of me than I have at her at times.
I'm in love.
You don't give up on that.
So I wait.
It sounds silly, it makes no sense. After all she is just a machine, a collection of parts and pieces that somehow manage to get me from point A to B consistently with a lot of C, D and E between. It's those in between points where I fell in love.
I'm not sure I would have that feeling with a new bike. Of course, Kimmie was not my first choice either but that was another time, another place and I was coming out of some darkness. In the following two years we invested a lot of money into her, it's been worth it. Changing bikes now just doesn't seem right.
So I wait.