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Shiny new bike!

After 2 1/2 years of riding and 8,000 miles, it looks as thought the 2006 BMW F650 GS will become a bike I used to own. I now have a shiny new Husqvarna 650 Terra! The boyfriend has been doing his research and thought this would be a good bike for me. I went to visit my parents over Thanksgiving and while visiting some friends in Pittsburgh, I stopped a local dealer there, Schulz Cycle, to try the bike on for size. It was definitely high though weighted differently than the BMW.

We both went down to my parents for Christmas and drove back to that dealer so he could see it and I could sit on it again. It was still high but it has the ability to be lowered. We had lunch at a local dive (really good marinara sauce though!) and talked it over, gave it some thought and I decided to give a new bike a shot! Here it is loaded up on the back of the truck.

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Of course, I couldn’t wait to ride it. The next day happened to be a little warmer (ha!) so I took it for a little spin around the campus across from my parents. All the students were away for the holiday so the place was empty. Did some slow maneuvers in between the lines marked for  parking spots. Was a little nervous that I could only tippy-toe and not flat foot but you do figure out quickly how to shift to one side when you stop the bike for more solid footing.

Is it spring yet?! 🙂

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Riding my Ride

As always it’s nice to spend time at the parent’s house in West Virginia. It’s fun living in the city but it’s nice to have somewhere a little off the beaten path to go and take it easy. Coffee on the porch with dad in the morning is pretty hard to beat. Unless it’s a cold beer on the porch in the afternoon. 🙂

It’s been good practice having the bike down here, especially since I’ll be riding solo for the first time in a few days! They live off of a nice twisty road so I’ve been taking the bike out every day and just riding. I’ll pick an errand to run simply because it’s efficient but I’m really just practicing those turns. I’ve been taking the same direction every day but am going to have to go the other way before I leave. There is a left hand, blind, upward hairpin turn that I have to do at least once.

After I ride the roads for a bit, I go over to the university parking lot and practice slow-speed turns. The students are gone for the summer so there are no cars in the lot. I’ve had a couple of good figure eights but definitely nervous with no around to pick the bike up if I drop it soooo… there will be no bike dropping!

Update:
So I did that hairpin turn and I’m embarrassed to say that it was not graceful or done well but it’s been done. Sigh. Maybe next time!