Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Woman vs. Machine pt. 2

I have been thinking a lot about having an older bike recently. Probably watching Ken tweak the Panhead has made me reflect on all there is to learn. An old bike has its quirks, jerks and character....much like me. An old bike means I have to learn the machine, rather than just ride it. An old bike means I need to listen and react and also to understand how everything works together. I have no desire to have that perfect machine until I have mastered this one. It would be so easy to have something that was reliable. Instant gratification - always. Instead, I have to coax, coddle and understand how it operates in order to keep both it and myself riding and safe.

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