Saturday, April 20, 2013

Slow Start to Spring

Two weeks at her new home and less than 400 miles on the odometer.  I'm telling myself that it's due to the slow start to Spring that central Ohio is getting this year.  The lawn has been cut twice in that same time, but I've only enjoyed one day trip on the Road Glide.  Let's hope that doesn't become a habit.

The news events of the past week have been saddening: the Boston Marathon bombings and the factory explosion in West, Texas. The news of the death and capture of the suspected bombers does nothing to lift my spirits.  I'm glad they have been apprehended but I cannot celebrate their demise or capture.  My thoughts and prayers are still with the victims and their families, not for the two brothers that caused so much pain.

And then I learned that as many as 12 bodies have been found in West, Texas, presumably, those of first responders.  What a loss to the small community of West, Texas. 

I still have not decided on a name for my new lady.  I anticipate a long relationship, so choosing a name, if done at all, requires due consideration. 

Ride Safe!

Doug C

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Farewell to Lady

      For five seasons I have enjoyed the company of a fine Lady logging more than 50,000 miles, a few heart aches, and more fond memories than I could ever find the time to share.  The Lady was a 2007 C50T and yesterday she went to a new home.  I know that she will continue to provide good times for her new owner.

    Lady moved on because I have a new interest in my life.  Oh, I'm not putting away my riding gloves, yet.   Over the years, the lady with whom I share a bed, has made it clear to me that while Lady was a great first bike, she lacked certain amenities, amenities like a seat as comfortable as a Lazy Boy.  That's one of the reasons why my new interest is a 2013 Road Glide Ultra similar to the one pictured above.

   The new bike is approximately 350 pounds heavier than Lady, but you couldn't tell by the way she handles.  It has such a low center of gravity I barely need to shift my weight for "U" turns.  The air ride suspension turns even the most washboard road to new pavement.  However, the feature that my life long lady appreciates most is...  the radio/sound system.  It's almost as if she would rather listen to music than hear what I have to say.  I can't blame her, I know I would. 

More later.  Ride Safe!