I never sold my first bike.
Well, I tried to for about a week. At the time, when I bought the K1100LT, I assumed that it was the replacement for the K75. You buy a new bike, you sell the old one. Works that with cars, must work that with bikes. Someone came to test ride the bike, as he road out of the parking lot, I became sad, and realized I did not want to sell the bike.
The start of multiple bike syndrome (MBS) set in.
Picking up the K12 in Cleveland 2005
When it came time to replace the K11 with the K1200GT, I felt eager to sell the K11. She sold easily on eBay. The new owner flew in from Salt Lake City.
I waved good bye and that was that.
It's 6 years later, and a new kid is in town. The GS promptly replaced the GT as my everyday ride. Again, I felt it was time to sell. Onto eBay she went. But this time I felt different. Selling the GT closes out a chapter in my life, in a way that selling the K11 did not.
I had not intended it to happen, but I found myself on a good bye ride with the K12. The reserve price had been met, I knew she was sold, and I knew these were the last of our 35,000 mile journey. 35,000 miles, not really that much in BMW miles. and 6 years, not all that long. But those miles carry a lot of memories. That last ride was like thumbing through a photo album...
The weather was cooperative. Mostly sun, afternoon thundershowers, hey, it's how we roll.
We grabbed the ADV Northern New England Tag in Northfield, MA.
We've grabbed a lot of tags over the years, NH, MA and VT. Freezing cold weather, baking sun, pouring rain.
A memorable November Brucing (Brucing: going through all the work and getting none of the credit because someone beat you too it)
I think she's going to a home where she'll be more pampered. Perhaps some TLC. If you're in Everett, WA, give her a wave for me.
We had a good ride. GAIL will be moving on to the GS.