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So Many Bikes Since the Concours

My last post was in 2018. There have been five more motorcycles since then. I bought a 2002 DRZ400 in 2018, a 2003 BMW R1150GS in 2018, a 2015 Honda CB500x in 2019, a 2008 Triumph Speed Triple in 2019 and this year, I bought my dream bike, a 2019 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE. Man, that’s a lot of bikes. There’s been a fair amount of riding, too, but no long trips. More to come on all of these.

What’s extra crazy is I still have the 2008 Speed Triple…and it’s paid for. So now I have two Triumphs and a Ural in the garage, making this the best motorcycle fleet I’ve owned. Speedie is amazing. The Ural is now the motorcycle I’ve owned longer than anything else, and then there’s the new one…the Scrambler. I really don’t know how to describe it…but I basically don’t need anything else. It’s amazing.

The first ride in the canyon on the Scrambler 1200 XE…my dream bike.
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Connie goes bye bye

And just like that, the Connie is no more. I sold her off just last weekend—the 25th of August. Buyer was a recently retired returning rider who pulled one of my tricks and rented a car one way to come get the bike.

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Not one, but two, count’em two Chowder Runs in 2018

That’s right, for the first time in over five years, I did a chowder run from Bend to the coast and back this year. Twice. Both times I did the run on the Concours–a bike that doesn’t seem to come into its own until you’ve been on the road for a couple of hours and you’re free of the hustle and bustle cities bring.

I didn’t really get any open ocean type photos with the Connie on my second Chowder Run of 2018

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Versys gone! Replaced by…

The Versys has been gone for several months now. I miss it some, but it basically did the same things the Bonneville does. It was good in town, light weight, medium powered and didn’t do longer rides very well. It also felt a little cramped. So away it went and as usual, I used the proceeds to pay off the other bike loan so now I own the Bonnie outright. And now the farkling has begun.

One of the first things I added to the Bonnie was a new brown seat from British Customs. This addressed one of the big issues I had with the Bonnie in stock form: terrible seat. The old seat actually hurt my hip so badly that I had problems sleeping.

Added a comfy new British Customs seat to the Bonneville.

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Got a Bonneville in July

I finally got that Triumph Bonneville from the bucket list back in July of 2017. I found a great 2009 Mag Wheel version right here in Bend, Oregon where I live.