Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Plainfield, MA, United States
New to Forum
Hi all. I'm Stephen in the W. Mass hillls, a mason, sailer and fiddle player and this is my first post.
Bear with me for my history? I wanted to ride a BMW motorcycle cross country in '76, when I was 27 and living on Cape Cod. I bought a clean, black '70 R75/5 with Vetter fairing and touring tank from Dunbar Cycles and did the trip in that Fall. Spent 2 wonderful and memorable months on the road camping and staying with friends. I sold the bike (for roughly what I paid for it) in LA (don't ask me why..) and took a "Drive-away" car back, thinking I'd gotten motorcycling "out of my system".
And I had - until this summer, when my 19 year old son decided he needed to take a semester off from college and drive a m.c. cross country (where did he get that idea?) Once I realized he was serious, I insisted he get a K bike (an old friend has been riding one in recent years and convinced me of their superiority). Well, he bought a nice '91 K100RS, did his vision quest trip, came home and when he returned to school, the bike sat in the garage....calling me. I passed by countless times, until one nice day, I decided I better start it up to charge the battery. The helmet was sitting there and the bike sounded sweet. "I'll just go down the road a ways". Not bad. A few days later, I went for an hour ride. By September I'd gone for a half dozen rides and wanted my own bike. Didn't like so much weight on my hands and, at 5'8", the seat's a bit high. I found a low seat LT (dark blue/green, tan seat) 15k on the clock...and my favorite color: Perfect! I couldn't pass it up, even though my wife said one bike was enough. It went from my buddie's trailer directly into a neighbor's garage until I could screw up the courage (a month later) to tell her. Of course, I go visit my ride nearly every day, imagining warmer weather and maybe a trip to PEI...
In the meantime, the battery's inside on a trickle charger. I have fluids/filters and fork seals to replace, good bonding time. Thanks for the great support and for listening. Look forward to reading and learning - and riding!