On Friday, April 16th -- several hours after my last post to my BLOG/JOURNAL I took my motorcycle out for the first real ride of the season. Big mistake. I hit a patch of oil on School Street, turning left on to Washington Street. When I compensated for the loss of control, the front of my bike went up onto the high curb then slipped off on to the road, creating a huge hole in my crankcase, and also knocking me (personally) into the curb against the left side of my chest. Then the bike fell over onto me. Ouch! This made "Junior", my 1984 Yamaha Virago 1100cc is no longer road-worthy.
I stood there watching the fresh oil burst out of the engine like someone who had been stabbed in the chest... :-( She just turned 20 years old this month and I had clocked just over 180,000 miles on her. Oh well, after spending over $2,500 in 2003 on her last year for things like when she exploded at the gas station, when the stator (generator) failed on the way home from the Rochester Rams' Run, and many other stories, it was time to realize that it was a losing battle. Her last miles were here in Boston, it was her new home for a year and is now her final resting place...
I spent the weekend pretty much in bed, allowing myself to recuperate. Monday morning I was off to the airport for a disaster recovery test in Mahwah, NJ / Sterling Forest, NY. The D/R was successful, and I returned to Boston Wednesday evening. I spent all the time working or resting except for a quick side-trip to Haverstraw, NY (the birthplace of my father) and the last town my grandparents (father's side) lived in. Since it was over 80 degrees outside, I stopped for an ice cream at the roadside ice cream stand that my parents took me and my brother to on hot summer days when we went to visit the family. What a taste of nostalgia! The place looked almost the same as it did 28 years ago when I remember it!
After returning to work on Thursday, I go the call from Andersen Cycles -- Junior could not be repaired without some serious cash, the cheapest being to find a new engine to prevent having to uncase the existing engine and recase it. $$$ KA-CHING! $$$ -- Well, I'd been looking at the Yamaha Road Star and Royal Star motorcycles for the past five years. Maybe it was time to put Junior out of her misery and replace her... :-(
In an amazing orchestra of phone calls and paperwork, I was out at Andersen Cycles with a purchase offer in my hand and my insurance company on the phone arranging delivery of a 2004 Yamaha Road Star Midnight Silverado. With a 1700cc engine, and 0 miles (still in the crate!) I worked the deal and arranged pickup for Tuesday, April 27th, 2004!
Well, since the new car won't be here until August (if then!!), I might was well do this, right? See you on the road again very shortly!