A couple of friends and I decided to do a "Girls Ride" weekend. Stayed at a casino and went to a motorcycle gear sale in the next state. Since we were bringing some extra stuff along on the trip, decided to take my HD Road Glide. Found myself dreading having to pull the beast out of the garage; then realized that I have been spending so much time on my beloved K13 that my HD riding was no longer intuitive or quite as much fun as I remembered!
I felt as though I was handling an elephant at low speed, I had a headache from the pipe noise, kept trying to signal turns (in both directions) with the left button, kept hitting the same turn signal button when I wanted to use the horn, and almost dumped the bike on a gravel, grass, sand/soft shoulder area of the badly sloped parking lot.
Saved the bike with sheer determination but sat there wishing I had taken the BMW.
Once inside the overcrowded and non-inspiring store sale -- had an epiphany moment of sorts when I realized a) I am not upgrading or adding ANYTHING to the Harley and b) the store/show had nothing to offer that would work on my BMW. Mental note to never attend that annual event again! Ever!
On the long ride back to the casino/hotel and again today as I was on the ride home, I had quite a bit of time to evaluate how much my recent riding choices, perceptions and training have changed or elevated my riders palate. I see and hear so many riders who reflexively put down other brands of bikes simply because they are different than the choice they made in purchasing -- but most never entertain the thought of actually going out to see what might be out there in terms of comfort and performance. During an update meeting with my boss, I shared my frustrations in moving between the two bikes, and he wisely pointed out that my biker innocence was forever lost. "You ride your first ride and you make it work because that is all you know at the time. Once you have made the decision to move to other vehicles, your experience broadens and you have to reacclimate yourself to the original bike(s)."
So now I debate: There is a certain amount of "wow" factor in riding such a huge Harley; especially as a woman who trys to set an example for other women that it can be done. However, given my current occupation and movng forward -- is it time to give up the Harley? It would be a lot easier to have a lighter weight touring bike and I could consider a BMW 1600 touring bike or perhaps the new Triumph Trophy -- but would that be giving up instead of challenging myself to manage and reaclimate more quickly between the K13 and the HD?
I need to ponder this one but I do think that the best riders move about in their bike choices to avoid getting stale and to get the best possible takeaways on performance, ride feel, and an awareness of how that improves them as a rider.
Approach learning with a half empty glass; those who think they know everything cannot add more knowledge.
Zen is not a believer's world. It is not for the faithful ones; it is for those daring souls who can drop all belief, unbelief, doubt, reason, mind, and simply enter into their pure existence without boundaries. But it brings a tremendous transformation.
Rides a 2011 Harley Davidson CVO Road Glide Ultra and a 2011 BMW K1300S