Monday, July 7, 2014

One Hundred Thousand Memories

This is not my first post espousing my K75 .

100,000 Miles
We first met when my motorcycle endorsement was but 3 days old.

I dropped it the first time I tried to take it off the center stand. And to this day it still has asymmetric mirrors, because I was too embarrassed to admit I did not know the difference between a high and low one.

Asymmetric Mirrors
It is, of course, the bike we took on The Trip.  This reason alone justifies my never wanting to sell it.

The Trip

And this leads into why I have $1,000 dollars in parts on order for a bike that could, at best, fetch $2,000.  It is my most illogical investment. But it would break my heart to part with it.   So when my trusted mechanic called with the sad news that the splines on both the final drive and drive shaft where shot, and while we're at it, we ought to replace the alternator. I glanced briefly at the savings account, took a deep breath, and said "let's do this thing".  100,000 miles, the bike owed me nothing, but carries everything.  It's only money. In a few years I'll never remember where those dollars went. But I'd be terribly lost if I failed to invest in my 68 hp memory album. I want to put more memories, more sMiles on the K. 

Let's do this thing.


Paulo Abreu said...

Dear SheRidesABeemer:

Thanks for posting this. I have a similar situation with my 40yo R90S. I have maintained it myself for the last 15 years, and it will fetch about £2500. But I think I've spent half of that amount on it in the last 2 years... and the gear box still has to be refurbished (another few £100s).

It is much simpler when you stop thinking about the K as an investment, that is, something that you put in money now to get more money later.

You like the bike, you have important memories with it, if you have the $1000, then that's where they should go. :)

redlegsrides said...

I completely understand and empathize. Congrats on the mileage marker.

Unknown said...


There are things more valuable than money and there are things that you couldn't sell no matter how much you sold it for. You cannot place a value on memories.

I think you decided wisely

Riding the Wet Coast

fasthair said...


You will no argument out of me for spending the money. It is something special to hit the 100K mark on a motorcycle. I've done it once. Bought my 1993 Harley brand new and put 114K on him before some POS stole him. Another bike I had before that had 75K before I traded it for the Harley. The 2003 Harley to replace the stolen one has 64K on it now so it won't be long and he too will have 100K.

You're right, you will remember the miles but the money will be long forgotten.


Rick said...

Good on you!

K P in VT said...

I got a $20 bill to help ease the pain if you want it, I do Paypal. I think selling that bike would break more than one heart.