quite a few here, MG. theres also some pretty awesome sober biker clubs out there.
i used to rid e aloooong time ago , but chose drinking over riding.
a couple years into recovery, a friend had his and his wifes bikes stored in my garage for the winter. he came over one saturday in the spring to pick his bike up, run it home, and change all the fluids. said,"why dont ya get on my wifes bike( a mint 96 virago 750) and ride it back to my pace. we can get the fluids changed and go for a ride."
him sayin that scared the crap out of me- i hadnt been on a bike in 14 years and thought it might bring back the thoughts of drinking, so i weaseled my way out if it.
he pulls into my drive sunday morning. i walk out.
and here comes a helmet flyin my way.
"i aint leavin til you get on that bike and ride."
i still was afraid of that thought comin up, but did it anyways. rode around the block 1st( where i lived 'around the block" was about a 6 mile ride).
pulled in, then we hit the road.
about 15 minutes in- holy crap!!!!
i couldnt remember ever having that feeling on a bike!
he kept the bikes parked in my garage and said,"ride em any time." i just couldnt do that!
then he came over about a week later. he was a wee bit upset that the milage on both bikes was the same.
bad thing though: he shouldnt have let me ride his 03 roadstar. that thing practically drove itself!
he had 1000 more miles on it.
wasnt much long after that and my friend just happened to find a bike for sale at an excellent price- a 96 suzuki intruder 1400. a guy that repaired bikes out of his garage dropped if off the previous year for some work and never came and picked it up- he fell off the radar. so beings how he had all the legal stuff down for reparing bikes, he was able to get a title for it and just wanted it gone.
so i got a 96 intruder with 9,000 miles on it, with new cables, clutch springs, tires, and quite a bit of other work, for 2k.
i put 12k miles on it that 1st year. i lived in northern michigan and all them miles were northern michigan miles.
i havent rode in a couple years. my back just cant take long rides any more.
but ive been thinkin of figuring out away to make a drivers backrest. that and maybe even break down and build some forwards for it- i swear suzuki ised about a 5'3" gut as a model to figure out footpeg/forward location!LOLOL
whats your ride of choice,MG?
i assume that may reflect your occupation?