Thursday, November 17, 2016

And another one leaves the stable.

Many years ago now I used to participate pretty regularly with a group that rode trials in this area. Every week or so we’d go out and climb rocks (or try to), ford streams and creek beds, and generally play in the dirt, all the while collecting a fair assortment of aches, pains, scrapes, and bruises to remind us just how much fun we’d had.

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And the bike I did all that on was this ‘73 Honda TL125.

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As seems to be a frequent occurrence with me, this particular motorcycle and I crossed paths at least twice over the course of about 35 years, last coming into my possession 10 years ago. Again, as often happens, interests change, bones become more brittle, and the bike sat in the shed, unused and unloved, for the past 5 or 6 years. So when a young lad expressed an interest in it as a winter project to do a partial restoration and put it back into use among the rocks and trees it was time to let her go.

Sniff…..

10 comments:

  1. Just focus on the new life that bike's about to have!

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    1. Suzy May - Exactly. She'll be a lot happier.

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  2. Ahhhhh and the dream continues for a new generation of rider. Pat yourself on the back for fostering that same dream a young man had, and loved, those 35 some years ago and can pass along to another today.

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    1. I hope he enjoys it. I got a lot of fun out of that old machine.

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  3. David,
    Older bones is exactly why I gave up dirt riding. I didn't bounce too well after hitting 50 and ended up with some substantial bruises and torn muscles. Happy to sell my last dirt bike and live on the memories. I think you will probably be the same!

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    1. Geoff - Yeah, bouncing isn't what it used to be. :(

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  4. As hard as it may be parting with certain aspects of life(style), there's hope and opportunity for the bike to live on for the next generation.

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  5. Hopefully you will get to see the bike after he is done working on it. The bike will get to continue on.

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    1. I hope so. Asked him to send pictures at least.

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