How's this for the solution for my wanting to ride this spring? Surly has bought himself a new bike and wants to sell his SV. It's been well taken care of, low miles, it's got new tires and it's about as close to the Ducati I had in '94 as you can get without being one. I really liked the Ducati but for a couple of reasons, it had to go. This would be pretty close to perfect for me.
Follow the logic and see if you can spot a flaw:
I've got lots of things to do and not near enough time to get them done. Even though I retired from the high school, I'm still working close to 40 hours per week. I'd really like to have my 900 going as well as the 750 Honda and the VW, etc. However, I need to catch up on lots of things around the shack. Remembering my lessons from Stress Management Mondays in rehab, why put myself in the stressful situation of having to choose between working on long overdue chores or putting a bike together. Instead, buy a bike that's a runner, get caught up on the chores, then go back to work on the projects. Seems logical to me.
I ran it past the Missus and her primary concern is me being in the saddle of a sport bike, thinking that the old reflexes ain't what they used to be. I can understand and appreciate her concern. I'm thinking as long as I remember the old adage that there are old riders, and there are bold riders but not too many old, bold riders, I should be OK. I've already got a new helmet I bought a couple of years ago when I was doing the high mileage contest. I've got a good jacket. Only other thing would be a pair of these cool-ass Gasolina boots.