Friday, September 21, 2018
For the last little while I have been thinking about buying a real motorcycle.. This may not sit well with all the bikers out there, but not all bikes can be counted on for real transportation. I mean to actually start every time and get where they are going most of the time without manual assistance ( as in pushing or hauling). When I talk about motorcycles it is in the context of vintage or antique bikes. Most of the new stuff doesn't click for me. However I am waiting for the new Indian Scout to come out for 2019.
Which brings me to Moto Guzzi Motorcycles...they were built to ride and be dependable. Yes, they do need to be built correctly but after that they do their job. Not having to adjust a chain would be ok with me. I'm just waiting for the right one to come along. I owned an original V7 Sport but sold it on for the mighty dollar, The ambassador and Eldorado are beautiful in an ugly sort of way.
This is a picture of my Dad when he was in his early twenties I would guess.
He was an interesting guy....served in the Navy during WW2 in the Pacific, was a State Highway Patrolman in North Dakota, a tire salesman ( and just about any other kind of salesman you can think of ) , sharpened hand saws, taught school, served in the Merchant Marines, had a shoe repair shop of his own, etc. He traveled all over the world and was a great story teller. He could sing quite well and he played the piano with a flourish. He rode a 1940's Indian Chief Moto-Cycle when he was fresh out of the Navy. Just about got killed on it and was permanently crippled in a bad accident.
It is through him that I fell head over heals for motorcycles even though he never wanted me to have one. He was a study in contradictions.. but he was still my Dad
Kind of sorta like his Chief... the color is right