Feb 9, 2011

I stopped at the Woodburn Honda/Kawasaki store to inquire about the 4 wheeler that's keeping my dog, Trout, happy running through the fields.   The wheeler isn't starting.  Bums.  The service department allows a view of the showroom...just enough to make you want to look more.  Since I'm pondering a different bike I thought this time I'd check out the showroom.

I walk in and there are a sea of bikes, mostly big Hondas.  But, tucked nicely in the middle is a pod of KLR's.  They still had two 2009 bikes, brand spanking new for a price of $5k.  They also had a green 2008 KLR in tip top shape, traded in by a 70ish year old man for around $3500.  I spoke to the salesman who kept yawning through his speech.  My mind was whirling as I inquired about where I'd plug in my heated vest or GPS.  The poor salesman looked at me like I had three heads.  I explained I've simply grown accustomed to the finer things in life (aka BMW) and wasn't really willing to lose all those luxuries.  

It was around that time I realized BMW has spoiled me.  Heated vest, secure metal bags, multiple trip counters, a fuel indicator light and an automatic switch over to the reserve.   Not to mention a shaft drive which means never having to think about oiling a silly chain.

Surely there is life without a BMW, right?
In what alternative universe is that?  

1 comment:

  1. Hehehe, there is certainly life without a BMW - and maybe even with a chain, but for me certainly not on a KLR. ;-)

    I'd rather be looking at a Ducati Hypermotard 798 or a Yamaha Super Tenere or, my personal favorite a Triumph Tiger 1050.

    But, really thinking about it - a R1200R might be even better ... as a second bike next to the GS.



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