I have mine at the dealership now going on 3 months (parts on backorder from my bent shift fork) and even though I have the 750 and 250 in the garage AND have ridden both of them - it just isn't the same as getting out on my GL!
I can sympathize with your grieving at watching a fine machine and hours of enjoyment going away for the last time.
BUT you don't have to leave here - Rick your knowledge didn't depart with the bike! And kids grow-up and you have to enjoy them while their young. When they get older the joy is different but just as rewarding (ok sometimes LOL).
I've never met you and all I know about you is what I've learned here on the board. Admirable what you're doing for your kids and family, but all I can say is, after all the riding you've done at the Dragon .......You'll be back! It's in your blood to be on a Wing I do believe in the future you'll be back on one.
Good luck and Merry Christmas to you and yours. 8)
I met and talked with you at the Dragon Store and I know this was heart felt moment for you but you have lots of great memories that will live on, not to mention some great stories to tell. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. :twisted:
I think it will only be a matter of time until you return to Goldwing ownership. Your riding style and desire to travel will get the best of you! Best of luck with the OTW job and the dirt bikes! Merry Christmas to you and your family!!
Hey Rick - We met briefly after riding Route 116 after Honda Hoot a couple years ago. Talked up at the Norris Dam overlook.
I know how you feel. I have loved every Wing I have owned (4) and I felt very close to each one when I upgraded. I wanted to keep each one but the wife said NO way.
I had a really bad dream one night that I opened my garage door and someone had taken my Wing. I woke up in a cold sweat and went to the garage to check. It was there but I could hardly get it off my mind just how hard it would be if I didn't have a Gold Wing in my garage. I don't know how I will handle it when it comes time to hang up the keys and get rid of it. I am 2 years from turning 70 and I guess I am on the countdown.
Now I know how much you love to ride and how you love the Gold Wing and ... I predict that you will get through this and when your son is old enough to ride a Wing, you will have someone to teach the finer points of motorcycling and ... let me tell you, it was a thrill when my oldest son bought a Wing and we were able to ride together.
He is busy raising a young family now and I predict that when his kids are older, if I am still alive, we will ride together again.
Keep the rubber side down and we hope to see you again down the road.
Never met you Rick,
But I feel like I know you from this forum.
I followed your escapades with great interest and enjoyment.
Your posts are always worth following.
I have owned at least 20 bikes and every one of them left a hole
when they went away.
I'm willing to bet, from the way you got into this one,
that you'll have another, if not many others, as time goes by,
and that each one will have a special place in your memories,
just as each of mine has for me.
Of all the material things
This world can throw in your path
It's refreshing to see a man like you
who will put his family above all that.
Merry Christmas and best wishes in all your pursuits.