A Curious Hobby for Triumph (and other) Motorcyclists
If you own a Triumph, it is presumed that you enjoy riding it, as with most other brands of motorcycle. Sometimes you have the thrill of a lengthy ride, and probably more often an all-day adventure. But sometimes a shorter ride beckons. Perhaps you do not have the time for a lengthy journey, or just want to clear your head of the daily clutter that life can create.
Where to? If you have lived in the same area for decades, as I have, this can present a challenge. So many of the likely destinations have that faint odor of “been there, done that” about them. I have solved this issue for myself, and you are free to borrow.
I look through real estate ads and find a couple of homes for sale that I could never afford unless (until?) I win a large lottery. I look at the location, and then type and print the address of one or two of them. Then I cut up the print-out into a smaller piece of paper that goes in the clear map pocket of my tank bag, and I’m off on a quest.
Of course, if you tried this you could use a GPS and navigation program on your motorcycle or phone, but that would miss the point. What you want to do is engage mind, body and motorcycle in the thrill of the hunt.
A Triumph Bonneville is ideal for this sort of thing. There’s enough power to get to your destination at a goodly speed on the main roads, but also the capability of easy handling in low speed corners and the ability to do U-turns with ease – and you will probably do a lot of U-turns. Being a home of great value, you are either going to be out in the country where not all roads are marked clearly, or in an upscale housing area with multiple dead-end roads. The steel fuel tank makes the use of a magnetic tank bag easy, and the seating position is comfy at all speeds.
One of the things you will discover is that most of the expensive homes you find will not make the cut for your taste. The real estate ad might not show the steep driveway you do not like, or the fact that the home sits at the bottom of a valley on two sides and is rarely if ever blessed with sunshine. Or a dozen other factors that pertain to your personal criteria. Just today I eliminated a $4 million house and a $2 million house!
But the houses are not the point. What you get is a nice ride, and better yet, on roads you have never ridden. Best of all, you will probably discover a few winding and empty back roads that have been there all this time and have escaped your notice. Most of the off the driven path roads that I lead friends on have been discovered with this method.
Give it a shot. For added spice – always own a current lottery ticket. You never know when your hunts could turn serious.
Copyright 2019 David Preston