Before I begin this week's little rant I want to state one thing. I'm not selling Kimmie. I'm perfectly happy with my little scoot.
It's been a hard, long and tough week as we had had to deal with some ongoing personal issues. So with some time to kill and absolutely nothing to do I decided to wander into two different dealerships to check out some models.
Triumph, to me when you think of what a motorcycle should look like, your looking at a Triumph. It's all sleek lines and controlled power. The Bonnie's are considered classics for a reason.
I've already decided that when the time comes to have a new bike I'll most likely buy the Honda 700 CTX but here I am at a Triumph dealer. I throw my leg over the Bonnie, and....wait. I don't wait long as a rather brusque older gentleman rushes over and starts to sell me. Maybe he was an old salesman. I've done sales too at various times in my life. Sometimes you know when your dealing with just a "lookie lou." Anyhow long story short I was dealing with him for less than 10 minutes when he's already shuffling me out the door.
A new friend of mine is pushing me to buy a Harley but I've no desire for that. She's dangerous in a lot of ways since she rides without gear and I am Mr. ATGATT. But lets put that aside for a moment.
Compare that experience to the one I had with my local dealership, Barney's. I walk in and start chatting, I throw my leg over a nice Honda. Again over a nice Aprilia. We chat about local rides, about Maine. 30 minutes pass...then 50, and I realize that they have not tried to sell me yet. We are bike people talking about bikes.
Guess where I'm going when the time comes.
Sadly where I live suffered a rash of vandalism. I live in a quiet and safe community (okay, older community) and bikes are pretty common. Mostly Harley's which are used maybe 3 or 4 times a year to go to special events or rallies. You may hear the occasional low rumble of a bike being worked on but by no means is my neighborhood Hell's Angels central. It's more Geriatric Angels central.
Which makes the recent vandalism all that more disturbing to me. Someone poured paint over one of my neighbor's Harley's.
There is, of course, no excuse for this. From what I understand they have an idea of who the culprit was and are taking the appropriate legal measures.
From what I understand the paint was water based so it actually did come off the bikes with proper cleaning. Still though you hate to see anyone damage someone else's property. The good news is that this damage was not permanent or hard to fix.
As I look at the photo though I can't help but wonder if any paint was poured into the gas tank itself. That would be an issue.