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I am selling my beloved motorcycle today.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

It's heartbreaking, it's taken me a long time to accept the fact that I have to sell it. My husband sold his last bike 4 years ago, his strokes have made him incapable of riding even a trike.

We got our first bikes in 1997. A woman who worked for my husband was a rider, she talked him into taking the Motorcycle Safety Foundation beginner's class, and I wasn't going to let him do that alone. Turned out not only did I love it, I was a better rider than he was. I started out with a Honda Rebel 250, but outgrew that in 3 months. I got a Virago 750, then one year later sold that for a Virago 1100. Two years after that, with both of us retired, I got my first BMW, an R1100R, and became a BMW devotee. We went to BMW rallies all over the country. What a blast! In 2004 I got my first new bike, an R1150R, and fixed it up to be perfect. It has the touring windscreen, sidecases, engine guards, hand guards, heated grips, ABS. I had a Rick Mayer seat made just for me. My husband wired it up with a Centec fuse box so the electronics circuits could be off the switch, and added my GPS wiring and mounts, and an autocom for XM and bike to bike radio. And Motolights and hyperlights, and a Kisan Signal Minder (motorcycle turn signals don't turn off when you turn because you don't turn, you lean). I got the Helen's bags so I could strap on everything I'd need for a one month trip.

That's in Utah, the bike on the left was my husband's. We matched. We visited Bryce and Zion while at a rally, on our way to Oregon and Washington. A perfect trip for starting out at home in Virginia. We rode through every state in the lower 48, in every weather imaginable. Even some snow in West Virginia one time. I have a Gerbings heated jacket and gloves, and a water vest for hot weather. I have met some amazing people out there, there is nothing like a bike to start a conversation. And oh how I will miss the sensation of leaning into a curve!

The last time I rode was over 3 years ago, right before I found out about my neck problems that required two surgeries. Riding can be dangerous, even fully geared up, I can't afford to be injured anymore. I have to be healthy to take care of my failing husband, who can no longer change the oil or change the tires, or do all the things he used to do on the bikes.

It's a sad day, but my friend (who is 10 years older than I am) is getting a great bike. It will be his third in his garage, but it will have a good home and get some good use. And he'll love it. I guess I'll see it riding by on occasion.
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  • JIBBIE49
    I never cared about riding on a bike with a man, but guess if I'd been riding my own it would have been different. My SIL worked at Cadillac in Detroit for 30 yrs and rode her Harley when the weather was good as the traffic was so bad to drive. She was 115# and 5'7" but a tough gal.
    152 days ago
    Great memories! I had 5 motorcycles. Gave my last one to my son. I was having issues with my wrists, back and knees. I enjoy riding with my DH but think it won't be long and I'll be hanging that up too. Hugs!
    391 days ago
    What great memories you've got!
    Thank you so much for your blogs! I appreciate you taking the time to write about them!
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    401 days ago
  • BUNNY98537
    Lots of great memories from the bikes you've had, eh? Since you sold it to a friend, doesn't that give you "visiting privileges"??? I never got beyond 1st gear with a Honda 200.. but, it was fun! I've been a passenger on an 1100 cc Honda rrrrrrrrrrrrrocket, though, and I know the thrill of leaning into the curves from that. My usage of "thrill" might have a different meaning than yours, however! Ha ha... God's blessings to you and your guy.
    401 days ago
  • SUNSHINE5268
    aaaawwwww you sweet angel... love your photos and your wonderful journey emoticon
    403 days ago
    I so enjoyed reading your blog, Nell. It was a very interesting read. I thought everything was set to private on your page. I didn't think you shared anything. I'm so glad that you do.
    Was it difficult following your plan, of the way you eat each day, as you were traveling? You truly are an inspiration in so many ways, Nell.
    May God always bless you, emoticon
    414 days ago
  • DSJB9999
    It must have been hard to say Goodbye to your bike but what a lot of amazing memories I am sure you and your hubby have emoticon
    419 days ago
    emoticon I just say your brave to ride a bike, good for you Girl!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    that you ride one that is..
    sorry you have to sell it.. emoticon
    444 days ago
    461 days ago
    Wonderful memories, Nell. I know I will have to sell our little camping trailer soon. I'm afraid those days are over for DH and I. Hugs.

    462 days ago
    I'm dealing with vehicle situations that will likely involve changes on my part - thankfully it's not due to health considerations...……

    Great that you found a good new home for the bike! I wish you and your husband the very best!


    462 days ago
    Hugs for you must be sad day for you but you had to do it. Great your bike is going to a good home.
    462 days ago
    Saying good bye is so hard.
    462 days ago
    Wow! you are very impressive. I'm sorry this day has come. Oh the stories and memories you two have accumulated. You guys should write book. I'm serious.

    Your friend is so lucky to get this bike!

    Big big hugs!

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  • GABY1948
    Oh, Nell, I felt so bad when I saw your title to your blog today. I remember all the times you wrote about your bike rides, you and hubby. I'm getting older right along side you and everyone else....and I know all the heartaches along the way.

    SO glad you are still active here and wish only the best things for you!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    462 days ago
    That's nice you get to keep track of your bike since it is going to a friend. Wondering if any of your sons took up motorcycles.

    I have a brother that loves Harleys. His wife has a Harley trike, but his is a fully tricked out road bike. He has developed heart trouble and has had to give up his long trips all over the country as well as the rallies. His wife sometimes followed him in their truck with trailer because she wasn't into the motorcycles as much as he was, but she still wanted to be there. Getting older gets sad sometimes when we have to give up things we love.
    463 days ago
    What wonderful memories Nell. We all have to do what is best for ourselves. I sold my husband’s boat because it would deteriorate if just left under the shelter. I have no desire to go fishing now that he is gone and I sold it to granddaughter Brittany and her husband Fischer. If I really want to go fishing, they will take me. emoticon
    463 days ago
    A sad day indeed, but so many memories and stories to tell. My husband is 68 and still riding his Harley, although not as often as in the past. I asked him just the other day how long he thought he would keep riding, and if he would know when it's time to give it up. HIs answer (similar to yours): "I'll know when it's time."
    463 days ago
    Oh man - I am so sorry you have to say goodbye to your beloved bike.

    But I am SO proud of you for making the strong wise decision.

    I hope that I will always choose the new thing when I can no longer do the old thing.

    Many hugs to you and may your memories bring you warm comfort.
    463 days ago
    What great memories.
    463 days ago
    emoticon to you, Nell.

    Sure sounds like an amazing bike. Hold onto the good times and those memories of the sensation of leaning into a curve. Exhilarating!
    463 days ago
    I would love to get a trike....I see them everywhere. I think I would do better on that then a straight motorcycle.
    463 days ago
  • LYNCHD05
    Nell, I can definitely understand how you’re feeling today about selling your bike. It sounds like you were prepared for everything with all the equipment that you had. Yes the time comes in when we have to make these decisions and I know it’s very hard but we always know when the time is right

    Yes, you definitely would not want to be hurt at this point in your life.

    You have lots of good memories and you should treasure those.

    Now on to something new
    463 days ago
  • _CYNDY55_
    463 days ago

    THATS how I feel about vacations to the mountains. Actually vacations anywhere!
    Hubby has critical heart problems and severe kidney problems. He has Dialysis 3 x a week!

    My advice?
    You will be rewarded one day!
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    463 days ago
    I’ll never have one with the accidents I see on the roads
    463 days ago
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    463 days ago
    Hugs to you, Nell! Savor those memories, and I'm glad your bike will be in loving hands!
    463 days ago
  • JUDY1676
    What wonderful memories you must have! It’s hard to see a”friend” go!
    463 days ago
  • BONNIE1552
    Memories. Even though life is changing, you still have each other. Rejoice in that today. My husband died of brain cancer very unexpectedly and within a three month time.
    463 days ago

    “Conflict cannot survive without your participation”
    ― Wayne Dyer

    Keep on Keeping on!

    Make today the greatest day of your life!
    Until tomorrow!
    463 days ago
    What wonderful memories your husband and you have together! Glad you found someone to pass your bike on to, may he make many more memories with her.
    463 days ago
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