Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Farewell Scarlette



You know that feeling you get when you have a bike that you love, but have outgrown it, and you're reluctantly move-on, but can't say goodbye. Well that is what it has been like for the last year since buying the Duchess.  Poor Scarlette has been sitting in the garage while I was deciding about what to do about her. I tossed around the idea of keeping her and collector plating her which would have made insuring her affordable, but in the end I knew I wouldn't do her justice with her waiting for me to ride her. I finally passed the moment of reticence at letting her go and needing for her to find a new home where she will adventure and help a new rider bloom or a current rider enjoy her classic style.


Fate intervened, completely out of the blue I was  cc'd on an email of someone looking for a person to go along with a new rider to look at a vintage bike and help them evaluate it for potential purchase. I sent an email saying I was busy, but then thought hmmm I have a beautiful vintage bike that I could sell. In that moment the bond with Scarlette was broken and emails started flowing back and forth.  I stayed out of the sale and let my hub deal with that, because it was hard for me and I was teaching that long weekend.  By the time my classes finished she was sold. It was a bittersweet moment, I sat on her for the last time, reminisced and even kissed her tank - yup I'm a squish.
 

This is Scarlette's new owner.  She is a brand new motorcyclist and I know Scarlette will be an awesome first bike and good for skill building.  


After the paperwork was complete I rode with T and Scarlette to her new home. Of course we took a long scenic route and stopped to take some pics.  She asked me if I wanted to ride her one last time, but I was content not too.  So goodbye my lovely Scarlette lass, you will be missed and thank you for the lovely memories!

Doing the Renfrew Loop in 2014

9 comments:

Thomas Osburn said...

Looks like the new owner will enjoy the bike and take care of it. Glad the sale went well. Always bitter sweet when selling a bike.

Ry Austin said...

Riders must ride, and bikes must be ridden.

It sounds like Scarlette went to the perfect home, Dar.

Andrew Thomson said...

And now there's room for an Adv bike...go on, I know you want to...

Dar said...

Thomas Osburn - I hope it is a good match for her and she has good success.

Ry - you are rifht a sitting bike is an unhappy bike.

Andrew Thomson - I do, but it won't be a ginormous adventure bike or a BMW! Probably more like a manageable Honda CRF250 or a suzuki DR. I had the chance to do some off road on a BMW 650 and to be quite honest it was to big, heavy and cumbersome. We have tje CRF250s for my school amd I can fling that around like butter on a hot griddle, I was actually thinking about a Honda CB1000F and wildly crazily thinking of a Honda F6B. i am so fickle, I would love an Africa twin, but thats never happening because they are just too tall.

SonjaM said...

Sounds like the red one has found a lovely new mistress, Dar. And I believe we all know the feeling all too well letting bikes go. They belong to the family after all, right?

David Masse said...

Farewell Scarlette.

Hmmmm... Honda CRF250... What's up with Steph Jeavons? Will Rhonda need a foster home while Steph mends??

Just planting seeds.... :)

Trobairitz said...

At least you know it went to a good home where I am sure it will bring just as many smiles as it did to you.

Deb said...

Bittersweet, but she needs to run the roads, not gather dust. Good call and I'm sure you inspired her new Moto Mama!

Gigi said...

Definitely a bittersweet moment:/