Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Louisville, KY, Southern Indiana, & Montgomery, AL
Amos! It's a parallel universe! You wrote exactly what I was going to write. It is not a "mid life crisis" it is an awakening, a reaffirmation that we are important to ourselves after so many years of being important to everyone else. In the '70's, motorcycling was incredibly unlifting and somehow freeing. When marriage and children came, I "put away the childish toys" and became staid, boring, predictable. When my last child entered college, I bought a "bike in a box," literally, a 1979 yamaha 750 triple, in five boxes. The forum for those bikes is incredibly supportive and helped me rebuild the bike. I rebuilt it in my almost empty living room, shocking all my children, then sold it for a profit, buying a 2003 Yamaha vstar 650. Not enough power. Sold it at a profit and bought the Honda 2005 VT1100C2. The perfect bike.
Nearing 60, put over 9,ooo miles on the bike since April and just bought heated gear to extend my riding. No one related to me understands the freedom of riding. I'm not seeking to regain my youth, I'm riding for the sheer joy of riding.
In deference to my children, I do wear an emergency tag. . .
Sorry this has gotten so windy. I've been to Del Rio (USAF) and am currently in Montgomery Alabama (Maxell AFB). You've definately got the better location.
Keep the shiny side up.