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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.

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Brought home a 2008 Kawasaki Versys

Well I just couldn’t stand it. Wasn’t selling or trading the XR quickly enough and this nice Versys came along so now I’m back up to three motorbikes. Geez.

What’s the Versys like to ride? One word: fun! Happily it’s also useful and easy to ride in town, plus gets good mileage. It’s got the stock exhaust and enough wind protection that I don’t get beat up riding it aurally or physically. And I’m not sure I’ve ever had a bike with a much better chasis. It really really handles well.

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Tuono gone-O

I swapped the Tuono for a 2008 XR650L on April 1st. I’d had the Tuono on Craigslist for nearly two months and the only intest I’d had was the trade. I initially turned the XR’s owner away, but eventually contacted him again thinking that it would probably be easier to unload the XR than the Tuono in the log run.

Will I keep the XR650 or ditch it right away…that’s the question. I’ve put nearly 200 miles on the XR so far and just today (4-7-2017) I listed it on Craigslist and ADVRider for trade. I was right about it being easier to unload–in the hour after posting it, I had two trade offers–of course they were for bikes I don’t want. That’s still twice as many offers as I got for the Tuono in the 1.5 months I had it on CraigsList most recently.

I did manage to make a fair amount of the miles I’ve put on the bike so far–probably 35-50 miles–be dirt miles. That’s not bad. As expected, thee XR is great in the dirt and seems to get better the harder I push it. The thing is, though, I really shouldn’t be pushing that hard in the dirt…by myself. At least on the street someone will run me over and call an ambulance. Out in the dirt, the buzzards will come get me and that’s about the best I could hope for.

 

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The SV is gone now, back to two bikes

On February 18, 2017, I sent the SV650 home with its new owner: to Idaho. Paid $3600 and sold it for $3000. And sold it quickly. Probably due to the fact that it was under-priced. Since then the least I’ve seen them go for is more like $3300. Still–for $300 bucks, being done with it in a week or so is not bad at all.

Why the sudden ditching of a perfectly good bike? One that I liked riding, was in good shape, was cheap to ride, looked good and did basically everything I wanted? The One Moto Show in Portland that I attended about a week earlier. As part of the trip, I visited the Triumph, Guzzi, Ducati and Ural dealers. Sat on lots of bikes and decided I really needed a new Triumph Bonneville T120 for $12k. To make matters worse, when I sent a photo home to the wife, both she and the kids were egging me on to just get it.

At this point in the narrative you might think to yourself…why didn’t you just get the bike? Or maybe you’d wonder what would make my wife say something like that. I didn’t get the bike because money. And I think my wife was telling me that because my Dad had just died a few weeks earlier–that and I was in the midst of being extra unhappy at work. I think maybe she just wanted to give me something to look forward to. But I’m responsible, so I didn’t do it then, opting instead to come home and try and sell off the SV.

So yeah, sold the SV650 thinking I’d use the money towards getting the T120 and then I did something extra dumb. I traded the wife’s 2015 Honda on a 2017 Honda. Added almost exactly the price of the Bonneville onto our loan and now I have no SV and no hope of getting the Bonneville. Sigh.

Let’s make things better, shall we? Once again, the place my wife works is unable to pay her full salary. She got all of $100ish dollars for her last payday. And she’s scaling her hours back anyway…so even though I got a good raise around the holidays, I now see no way of being able to afford that T120.

And if that weren’t bad enough–at my own suggestion, I think we’re going to use the money I got for the SV to do something other than buy me a motorcycle. Whether it’s a vacation–origianlly we were thinking of Europe–or loading up on riding lessons for the girls, the moto money isn’t going for motos again.

So to recap: dead father, cruddy work, no SV650, no T120 and no hope of getting one and no money from the sale of the SV650. At least I still have the Tuono and the Patrol. Of course, the T is on Craigslist as I type this because–why wouldn’t it be.

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So many moto-related things since March

There’s been all kinds of moto-stuff since March. Everything from Ural valve jobs to selling the DR650 to rides on the Tuono to getting an SV650 to Spoken Moto and donut Saturdays to now trying to sell the Tuono. Basically par for the course for me.

The valve job was completed with help from my good friend Eric who also helped me put the forks on the SV back where they’re supposed to be yesterday. Valves were easier than I thought, but I was surprised to find that–unlike other bikes I’ve worked on–the Ural valves seem to loosen over time…which is better than having them get too tight, I suppose. Bike was much quieter after we adjusted them back in spec.

This is the easy side.
This is the easy side.

 

Also managed to ride the Ural over McKenzie Pass for a photo shoot–along with some other nice rides around here. I rarely get good pics with the Ural, so was thrilled to get it out and about.

I sold the DR650 due to my wife having to endure a pay cut for about three or four pay periods. I didn’t want the motorcycle payment anymore. Took some of the proceeds and started an electric bicycle project…which is now up and running.

One of the last canyon blasts on the DR
One of the last canyon blasts on the DR
Phatty McPhat bike in the house
Phatty McPhat bike in the house

 

Once things got going again, the wife–wonderful supportive person that she is–encouraged me to borrow from savings to get another bike. Originally planned to get another dual sport but wound up with an SV650 instead. I finally found out why it’s such a good little bike and it’s much easier to ride in most situations than the Tuono…which is why I have the Tuono listed for sale now. Only one real bite so far, but I don’t think it’ll go anywhere as the prospective buyer is–rightfully–concerned about whether the 12K maintenance was done. I can’t verify any of it since the previous owner did the maintenance himself, so may  be stuck with it a while longer.

What if I sell the Tuono? I want to put money back in savings and possibly get a no-kidding old school motorcycle. Since I won’t have a lot of cash, it’ll likely be Japanese. Probably partly due to the influence of Spoken Moto…a new bike shop in town that sells coffee, beer, moto goodies and has a cool shop in back where they do moto restorations. Between hanging out there a bunch and instagram, I’m wanting a bike of my own to wrench on.