Originally Posted by Gantt
Well, I've been through 35,000 + miles total, a wreck and a low side. I lowsided last night in the blue ridge mountains on some ice. The wife got some pretty good bruises.nothibg bad but it could have been worse. I'm not scared of riding, but i sometimes want to find a safer means of having fun. I would love to track a bike, but $ is always an issue. I have had my eye on a rail buggy for a while. Not sure if i can stay off a bike though.
Just thinking out loud.
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This is a hard one to answer seriously. First Off, your wife will probably be of some influence on this. What's her take? Is she cool and encouraging or bitching up a storm for ever getting on a bike with you?
If she's doing the second, you gotta decide if you want her or a bike more because she will likely never let it go and always go out of her way to make you feel like shit for keeping it.
Here's what I suggest.
Winterize it and put it away for a little bit. Save up whatever money you can so by early spring you have a couple hundred put away. Take a serious riding course in your area (Focus on cornering, but not necessarily race school).
Next, sell or track your bike. If you track it, just kill the mirrors, headlight and blinkers. No need to get new fairings and all that other stuff people think make it go faster. Just have it for the occasional track day. Get a bike with ABS and one you're less likely to be stupid on. I'm not saying you were stupid this last time, but one that is less likely to land you in the pokey for going 100 over the speed limit.
Remember you'll have your 'track bike' for that.
Lastly, take you wife out somewhere nice for a long weekend and let her know how much you love her.
Take her south to Florida and take her to a nice secluded beach and take some awesome bikini shots and tell her how beautiful she is. Suggest you'd never need to read Playboy because you have the perfect 'playmate' right at home with you. Seduce her like you want her to be your girlfriend!(Even though she's your wife, treat her like a new girlfriend!)
Make her feel great and loved and she'll be more likely to support another motorbike WITH ABS and the course.
See if she's willing to do the MSF-BRC on her own. If so, suggest how much fun it'd be if she got her own bike and you rode to places together. (BUT PLEASE DO NOT TRY TO TEACH HER YOURSELF!) It will only end up in disaster. Maybe she'll pick her own bike (Without your influence) and you'll have a real riding partner!
See... Lemon of a situation into lemonade. She might even give you birthday sex more often too!