This weekend I finally made it down to Destination Motorcycles.
I got to sit on a few bikes and talk to the owner. I have a little more respect for the Ducati Multistrada now that I've been on one.
But the real reason that I was there was to sit on the HyperMotard. Bad name, but a bad ass bike.
Any way, after looking around I asked the owner about it and he told me that someone had dropped it ( on a test ride I guess ) so it was in the shop, but not to worry because it wouldn't fit me any way. It was just like that moment in The Christmas Story when Ralphie, after spending hours in line to see Santa, finally asks for a Red Rider BB Gun and Santa replies "you'll shoot your eye out, kid."
He suggested maybe a BMW R1200GS or Moto Guzzi Stelvio. Yuck.
Well, that sucked so I headed to Ultimate Toyz to see the Aprilia's that they don't mention they have on their web site. They all have scalloped gas tanks and fairings that are supposed to fit around your legs. They don't fit mine. Oh well.
So I still haven't sat on the bike I've been obsessing over for more than a month.
When I got home, I re-injured my back and ended up spending Saturday and Sunday trying real hard to not bend, twist, or lean in any way shape or form. Easier said than done in the presence of a 4 year old boy.
And I'm left wondering if the Ducati Hypermotard really won't fit me ( 6'7", 270lbs ) or if the dealer realized his 11k bike was only worth about 9k unless he could clean it up and put it back on the showroom floor with the whole dropping incident conveniently forgotten.
Eh, such is life.