April 27th, 2004

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New Bike Day!!!

I'm sooooooo excited! I've got all the paperwork lined up to pick up the new motorcycle today!! Even the rain that's been coming down for two days is stopping and the sun is coming out!! It's a sign! Now I need: A new helmet, new motorcycle jacket, and new boots (not to mention all the after-market products in the J C Whitney catalogue!)

For all my buddies in New York City, I'm going to try to see if I can get a Bike Christening in May -- I will post once I can wrap the details up. (I'm still at a loss as to what to name my new bike!! I was going to go with some obscure Greek God [I'm leaning towards Sabazios*], however, I'm not sure her name will be just yet...) Let me know what YOU think!

For all my pals and brothers in Rochester, I will be cruising into town May 21st for The Rochester Rams' CanAm Weekend!! I hope to see you there! I will make a special stop at IBM Rochester on Monday, May 24th (Victoria Day) to see my co-workers before I head back to Boston. Pray for warm, dry weather!!

"If you can't be with the one you love, then love the one you're with!" -- CSN&Y

* Sabazios is the nomadic horseman sky and father god of the Phrygians. In Indo-European languages, such as Phrygian, the '-zios' element in his name has a common root with 'deus' (god) or Zeus. Though the Greeks associated Phrygian Sabazios with Zeus, representations of him, even into Roman times, show him always on horseback, as a nomadic horseman god, wielding his characteristic staff of power.

One of the things cool with the name Sabazios is that the iconic image of the god or hero on horseback battling the chthonic serpent (Sabazios), on which his horse tramples, appears on Celtic votive columns, and with the coming of Christianity it was easily transformed into the image of Saint George and the dragon. Anyone that remembers Junior (my 1100 Virago) knows the custom airbrushed tank had two dragons on it.
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The new bike is home!

At 5 PM 04/27/2004, I arrived at Andersen Cycleworks to sign the papers and take ownership of my new 2004 Yamaha Road Star! By 6 PM, I started up my new bike and drove it home! As anyone who knows me, and my bizarre luck, after being on the road for about 15 miles, the rain came and doused me while I was in heavy traffic on I-90 (Mass Pike.) What a way to "break in" a new bike!! This bike is BIG and HEAVY.

My first motorcycle was a red Yamaha Maxim, 400cc -- which took me, Mark Groaning, Walt Dyer and several others on many long distance trips -- until a drunk rear-ended my motorcycle on East Avenue, turning the bike's frame into a pretzel. It was in the shop for repairs for just over 4 months to repair it. It's name was "Studley", named by Walter. It served me well for three years before I sold it to John Thompson. There was a month where I owned two working bikes!

My next bike was "Junior, a 1984 Yamaha Virago. It was formerly owned, for a short time, by Jenny & Sue (a famous dyke couple in Rochester) - I always took a lot of ribbing from friends about it being a lesbian motorcycle. Junior, although failing health towards its final years, always served me well. Junior ran for the last time April 16th, 2004. She was only 20. Not even old enough to drink... :-( -- I sincerely hope someone buys it and fixes it. She was a great bike.

And, yes! The photo on the left is exactly what my new bike looks like. Same colour, same options, same everything -- except that the VIN number is different. (Several folks have asked i the photo is my bike, or a stock photo. It is a stock photo, but it is my bike: A 2004 Yamaha Road Star Midnight Edition Silverado.) Click HERE to see it from 360'!! My bike is the one on the LEFT. Yes, I have been a proud Yamaha rider all of my life.

Read the "Popular Mechanics" review of my bike!

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