First, let me say hello to all my new friends. I have been lurking on K-bikes for about a year but this is my first posting having recently officially joined. I purchased my 2009 K1300GT in the spring of 2012 and love it!!
I have recently returned to motorcycling after a long hiatus of about 20 years
. My separation from motorcycling was probably not different from others who have a few miles on their own odometers. Back in 1991 I was riding a 1982 Yamaha Seca 650 Turbo
that had given me several years of reliable service and lots of fun!! As I prepared to graduate from college and marry my sweetheart (who loved to ride), motorcycling was going to be a challenge as we embarked upon our careers and likely move to a less motorcycling friendly area, besides, I could use the proceeds of the sale of the motorcycle to pay off my car and begin our marriage debt free.
I dabbled with the idea of getting a motorcycle about 5 years into our marriage but along came kids and more responsibilities.
About 2 years ago, the motorcycling itch became too hard to bear and just had to be scratched. As chance would have it, my Uncle was also a motorcycle enthusiast and had passed away a number of years early and my Aunt gave his 1986 Harley FXRT (Touring) to my father who rode it for several years and then put it in storage when his balance began fading. So....I asked my father if I could put put the FXRT back on the road to see if my back (had surgery 15 years ago) could tolerate it. After a year of the FXRT (and some $$ in repairs) I came to the conclusion that my back is good enough to take up riding again and that the Harley needed a owner that was dedicated to the lifestyle and tinkering with a classic.
So I began my search for a new ride that would suit me well. I'm 6'7" and about 280 pounds so I need a big bike with some leg room. I ended up test riding the K1600GTL and it felt a bit like I was riding in a car....nice but I already have a car. The dealer had a used 2009 K1300GT with 14,000 miles on its. Needless to say, the used bike was a bit lower priced than the new K1600GTL. Taking the used K13000GT for a test ride reminded me of the power of my beloved Seca 650 Turbo (OK, I know, the K1300GT has literally twice the HP of the Turbo).
My one hesitation about the 2009 K1300GT was the color.....arrest me red I think you guys like to call it. Over the next day or so I was researching (including this site) and thinking real hard about the bike....but that color...its a big bike....in red...like a fire truck.
So here's the thing. I live in the suburbs of Washington DC. Lots of traffic, lots of turning traffic, lots of merging. Lots of people distracted by talking on cell phones and texting and other distractions that didn't exist in 1991 when I previously rode frequently. Then, as I was driving home from work merging onto a highway it hit me. All the cars are gray...or blue....or maybe even black. I'll blend right in and these distracted drivers won't even see me!!!! They probably won't even know that they hit me and will drive off talking and texting etc.
Sign me up...arrest me red is just right for me I thought. Maybe I will get an extra speeding ticket that I probably deserve (can't resist that acceleration of 160 hp and I do love the twisties); however, if helps keep me from being a speed bump on the highway...I'll take it and say thank you to office friendly for the driving award!!!
Where I'm from (1991), the roads were a lot safer on my gray rocket ship from Yamaha.