For some time now I've been saying I need a cruiser. I wanted one as my first bike, actually, when I was 17, a Virago to be specific. Sadly, for one in decent nick they're expensive. Since I started riding I've had sportsbikes though, for cost and convenience, and its developed my riding style as a sportsbike style.
Now I'm a driving instructor, I'm only allowed 5 points on my licence. Last night I got three. I got pulled by an unmarked bike cop. Felt a little bit betrayed about that, I'd never be able to turn on my fellow bikers like that. Brave man though, operating on his own in an area where Slaves and Angels are prevalent, so even though I got three points he's probably going to wind up being found in a ditch with his throat cut... Unless he's just leaving the patch-wearers alone.
I was riding to pick up a friend to go for a spin.
I made the decision to sell my sportsbike. I tried riding it sensibly but it just wouldn't do it. Its a sportsbike, its made to go fast. Its purpose is to go fast. Its like when people breed fighting dogs then are surprised when they bite. At the speed limit, its awful, delivery is poor, the suspension and rock hard saddle feel pointless, and the riding position stupidly aggressive. I knew if I opened it up, it'd bark and snarl and howl and fly like its supposed to, then the riding position and hard suspension would make sense. But I can't do that now, the risk is too high.
If I get caught speeding again, I'll face a 5 year ban from the driving instructor register. I often compare my old job, cheffing, to a prison, and I don't want a 5 year sentence without parole.
I told my passenger and she cried. She loves that bike. She's an amazing woman, crying over bikes instead of Hugh Grant films.
So the bike is up for sale. I'm after a cheap old battered Virago as a restoration project.