Motorcycle Man is really happy that I passed my learners test and am signed up for the Novice & traffic course. He is so eager for me to start riding that he has been scouring the Internet looking for a gently used 250 motorcycle. This morning we actually got up early ate some leftover lemon meringue pie & coffee and off we went. At first we were going to take my scoot & his motorcycle, but he decided last minute that We were going 2 up instead. No problem I like be chauffeured anyway & that has been my spot for the last 28 years. It was pretty hot though and I was in full gear, I managed to get a sunburn on a spot just above my collar, apparently I missed that spot whilst slathering my face & neck with sunscreen. Anyway I digress onto the bikes.
I decided I don't want a new bike for a few reasons; 1) I don't want to pay a fortune for a new bike as I would still like to keep my beautiful scoot. 2)I am worried about dropping the bike, I hear lots of newbs do this while trying to get used to shifting 3) There are some really good gently used bikes out there.
We looked at three today and I actually sat on one & coasted down the hill a bit. I still haven't got the shifting thing yet. It was an older classic cruiser style Suzuki 440 LTD, it's been over the road a bit & has some battle scars, but is a 'sound' bike according to Motorcycle Man, so we are thinking about it. The 2nd bike we looked at was a Honda 450,it was a complete NO not even going there kind of bike. The front fork seal was leaking hydraulic fluid & it was a homemade fixer-upper get it going kind of bike. They spray painted the engine and also spray painted the exterior. Motorcycle Man said there are issues with it and it was idling properly, so we are not even thinking about it, which is okay by me. I have to say the one thing I liked about the Honda was the handlebars.
The third bike we looked at was absolutely lovable, it is a vintage 1968 150cc Honda Benly. It was just the right size, needs a little TLC and Motorcycle Man is in LOVE with it. It has been well maintained and has some appropriate aging for a gal in her mid forties. Motorcycle Man says the engine is in excellent shape and it's just a goodmsolid bike. I didn't bring my camera with me (darn it). My only concern is that I am going to outgrow it within a couple of months of getting her. I want to be able to go around the Island, take her on roads that require highway speed, etc. I think it will limit me like my wee scoot does & I don't want to be looking for another bike next summer. However I can see myself riding it, because I would be the cool old lady on the vintage bike.
I am in no rush to buy a bike, so we are going to slow down a bit. I wouldn't mind trying to find a Honda Rebel 250. I'm still not sure of what happened to my idea of a larger scooter, think I need to talk to Motorcycle Man, so we are a cohesive spousal unit about my motorcycle future.