The Last Flight

I know I’ve been very quiet lately, and that is for a very serious reason. After much prayer and consideration, I decided to sell the Bee.

It’s not because I didn’t want to ride. I love riding!

It’s not because of finances. The Bee was paid for!

It’s not because I wanted a different bike. The Bee was everything what I wanted!

It’s not because of my wife. She supported me riding and never once asked me to sell it!

So what in the world would possess me to sell something that I love so dearly? It’s because I love my family more than I love riding. My wife and I, and my three kids, all have a very close relationship. We love each other and we love spending time together. Although my riding really didn’t cut in to family time, some other thoughts crossed my mind.

As a single income family, what would happen if I were in a serious accident? Sure, there is disability insurance…but that would only help for so long. Would I really want to put my wife and three young kids through that type of stress and heartache?

I know, I know – I could get hit by a bus crossing the street and end up in a world of hurt as well. However, there is a certain risk that comes with riding, and that is something that I had to own up to as a family man and admit that I wasn’t sure if I was okay with the cost.

Even with all of that, this was not an easy decision. The Bee was more than a motorcycle to me. I have many wonderful memories of spending time “farkling” it with my Dad, my brother-in-law, and my son. The emotional value far surpassed it’s monetary value.

As silly as it may sound, the Bee was even a source of comfort and peace for me as I finished my degree. Many times, after a long night of homework, I would leave for work and the ride there would make me feel awake and alive. Many times after long days at work and feeling like I was so burnt out that I just didn’t have any motivation, the ride home would make me realize how beautiful life is and how much I had to be thankful for.

This one one of the hardest decisions that I have had to make in a while. But for now, I have to believe that I made the right decision for my family.

Is this walking away forever? I don’t think so. One day, when the kids are much older, maybe I will ride with my son or daughter! Maybe when the kids leave home, my wife and I will enjoy journeys together on a bike. Right now I just want to be there for my family, and make wonderful memories together with lots of other activities.

I’ll post another update in the near future with information about where the Bee has gone, and maybe even a picture with its new owner. After talking with him many times, I believe that the Bee will live on with many wonderful adventures in the years to come!

For now, I’ll leave you with a picture that I took on the last ride that the Bee and I took together. It was a beautiful day – just miles of open road and that peace that only comes from being on a motorcycle. I cherish every memory…

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Motorcycle Collection at The Lyon Air Museum

Last summer I had the opportunity to take a business trip to Santa Anna, California (Orange County) for a week. During that time, I took one evening to visit the Lyon Aviation Museum. Even though this is a very small museum, the experience I had in talking with the docents and really reading up on each exhibit was well worth it.

The museum also features some beautiful vintage motorcycles, and I thought some of you might enjoy seeing part of their collection. If you’re in the Santa Anna area, it’s well a few hours of your time to go visit!

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Why We Ride – AWESOME Documentary

I know that most every motorcycle rider under the sun has already blogged about this, but here is my take on the documentary “Why We Ride”:

IT WAS AWESOME!

My wife and I watched the movie together this evening and we both really enjoyed it. It was well filmed and assembled a great picture of the motorcycling community as a whole.

So how good was it? The best compliment I can give is that it made me thankful that I have a motorcycle…and it made me want to get on and ride right now!