My first season in the saddle is rapidly coming to an end. I’m sad. I’ve been OD’ing on magazines and media in the past couple of weeks but I’m also doing more concrete things to keep the dream alive over a cold, dark Canadian winter.
This weekend I’m finishing the garage (insulation & ply-board) which should make it more inhabitable for stage 2 of Tim’s cunning winter motorbike plans.
With the garage organized (a tire rack for the car’s off season tires, new workbench, shelving, etc), there should be a lot more room! The Ninja will find a nice corner to spend the winter (while I strip the fairings off and refinish the frame). In all that empty space I feel a strong urge to project bike!
One of my earliest motorbike urges was driving by an old Honda on the side of the road over and over again. That bike was selling for $450. If I can find an old bike that needs some TLC I’m going to get it home and give it a place in the garage. I’ll spend the winter stripping carbs and breaking it down to nuts and bolts. The best way to understand is to lay hands on. Having a rebuild project would be the perfect way to keep myself immersed in two wheel thinking.
Come spring I might be kick starting an old beasty that hasn’t rolled on roads in years. My recent infatuation with Cafe Racer culture might inform this process a bit.