I'm Back in the Club

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Flack
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I'm Back in the Club

Post by Flack » Tue May 01, 2018 8:07 pm

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Yamaha Raider 1900.
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Post by Ice Cream Jonsey » Tue May 01, 2018 8:44 pm

YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! He's fawkin back, y'all!

You have inspired me to get my bike back on the road this year. We're going to be tearing it up once again.

I must know everything. How did this come to be?
the dark and gritty...Ice Cream Jonsey!

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Post by RealNC » Wed May 02, 2018 12:14 am

Isn't it a bit too early? You can ride these things only when you're really young, or when you're really old. When you're in-between, you aren't allowed to.

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Post by AArdvark » Wed May 02, 2018 2:49 am

Schweeet!

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Re: I'm Back in the Club

Post by Flack » Wed May 02, 2018 6:25 am

Ice Cream Jonsey wrote:
Tue May 01, 2018 8:44 pm
I must know everything. How did this come to be?
A few years ago when I sold my R1, I took the cash from the sale and stuffed it in a Crown Royal bag in my office. When I sold my V*Star, I did the same. Sometimes when we go to the casino, I put our winnings in the bag. The other day while cleaning my office I ran across the bag (out of sight, out of mind), counted the money, and was surprised to find $8k in there.

In the spring of '14, an entire year before I enrolled in grad school, I made a token down payment on an Elio, the fantastic 3-wheeled car that promised 84 mpg, a price of less than $7k, and a 5-star crash rating. I had hoped the car would arrive (or at least start production) by the summer of '15 when I began school, but it didn't. I held out hope, but made a promise to myself at the same time -- if the Elio didn't come to market by the time I graduated, I was going to buy something else.

Long story short, Elios didn't arrive in 2014... or 2015, or 2016, or 2017. Not only has mass production not begun, but the company is financially in dire straits, and the lawsuits are starting to roll in. They're never going to produce those cars, and I graduate in two weeks. Running across that bag of cash reminded me of that promise I had made to myself.

So, now I am the proud owner of a Yamaha Raider 1900, Midnight edition. Other than a louder exhaust system and a 600-watt stereo, it's stock. It's a big v-twin engine, but doesn't vibrate like one. With the raked front end, fat rear tire, and forward pegs, it's "inspired" by the chopper look even though it rides and handles like a normal bike. To be honest I wasn't sure if it was going to be comfortable to ride and I already had my eye on a backup bike if this one didn't work out, but I took it out for a spin and really, really liked it (so much I rode it home last night).

In other news, I really hated the stock wheels and tires that came on my Ford Flex, so I put new rims on it this week as well. After the rims and the bike, there's $200 left in the Crown Royal bag -- enough for one more trip to the casino.
"Jack Flack always escapes." -Davey Osborne

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