Wednesday, January 17, 2007

~ New Bike in the Family ~

My husband, Biker Bill, is now the new owner of a Suzuki 2000 Intruder LC. He had bought it as a birthday present for himself, lol. He had been drooling over this bike for almost two weeks. He had almost talked himself out of it, but kept going back and checking on it. It was a great deal as it has just over 35,500 miles on it. But I would call them "loving" miles, as the Intruder is in excellent condition and has some very nice and pricey extras on it.

On the day he bought it from Rocky Mountain Cycle Plaza the weather was as perfect as it could be for January. We had a great experience there while buying the bike. My husband's salesman, Gregg, was very helpful. Gregg sold Biker Bill the Nighthawk. We also had Nathan (who is a new salesman there and I hope I remember his name right) help us. He is new to the Springs from California and a wealth of information. He worked for Chaparral Motorsports before moving here.

When my husband did a trial run in their parking lot, I could tell he was loving it. While he was driving around I turned to Gregg and said, "I'm pretty certain you just sold a bike." Biker Bill drove up not long after that, with a grin only the Cheshire Cat in Alice In Wonderland could really understand. Of course, we all know and understand that grin of pure joy that only driving a motorcycle can bring *smile*. He drove up and the first words out of his mouth were "You've just sold a bike."

Incidently, Rocky Mountain Cycle Plaza is also one of the fine sponsors in town for the Mountain Shadow Riders. Twice a year the Mountain Shadow Riders have their open houses at Rocky Mtn Cycle Plaza. So the next time you're in the Springs and stop by there, just tell them Biker Betty sent you .... uh...on second thought, you'd better not. They don't know who in the Betty Boop I am, lol, and they're liable to consider you "a bit hmm" LOL!! Anyway, they are a great place to shop for motorcycles and motorcycle "farkle." See Rush Hour Rambling January 6th post to understand that, lol. I do love his definition.

It was a matter of squaring away the paperwork and Biker Bill was the proud owner of a 2000 Suzuki Intruder. The grin never came off his face all the rest of the day. He was able to ride it home that same day and it was a good thing, I'm not sure the two could have been parted. Hmmm... should I be jealous?!? He did have to be pretty alert on the drive home, but all the roads from Rocky Mtn to our house were mostly clear. He was lucky. Many side roads still had snow on them. The only place that had him on edge was actually turning onto our road and then again at our driveway. Both places he had to carefully pick his way thru the snow.

It snowed the next day and the roads haven't been good for motorcycling ever since. Boy, was he lucky or what? Biker Bill is one unhappy motorcyclist at the moment. He has his new toy and can't get it out of the driveway, lol.

He bought it on the 4th and the above picture was taken on the 7th. As you can see, there is snow on the ground in the above picture. The day was warm enough for him to pull it out and start it up. It was his birthday, after all, and he just had to do something with his present. He also cleaned it up and polished it. I tease him, because now he has chrome. His Nighthawk has no chrome and he always said "I don't need no stink'n chrome."

This is one pretty loud bike. Now when both our bikes are running, his drowns out mine. This bike came with a Mustang seat, Vance & Hines pipes and some very nice leather bags. His Nighthawk is much quieter and my Yamaha V-Star 650 would drown it out. He always hated that. He did buy and install Khrome Werks Baffles for the Intruder to try and quiet it down. That didn't work too well, lol.

He had both our bikes running. With all the cold weather and not being able to get out on the road, we wanted to check the batteries. Mine started right up, his didn't, lol!!! Anyway, while mine was running he shut his off. I was ghastly astounded and dismayed :( Once his was off mine sounded like a lawn mower!?!?!?!?

Well, that was on the 7th and now it's the 17th. The above shot is of our driveway and, sadly, we still are not able to get out and ride.

This shot is to the right of our driveway. Pretty dismal for motorcycling, don't you agree? It has been so cold that the snow just cannot melt. We are expected to get more snow this weekend. It doesn't sound like much is expected to fall, but it's going to be enough to keep the roads dangerous for a motorcycle.

There's always the bright side, Pikes Peak is gorgeous with all that snow on it!!! I took that picture today.

Wishing you winter adventures in your part of the world,

Biker Betty :)


Anonymous said...

Hope Bill enjoys his new toy - looks like it is in pretty good nick too!

By the way, Pikes Peak looks spectacular.

Anonymous said...

Biker Bill? NOOOOOOO, he'll always be Unsupported in my heart...nice bike, btw...and congrats on the new ride....

Of course, I'm partial to red motorcycles....

Well, we'll have to see what Biker Betty gets for HER birthday *grins*.....

Anonymous said...

hey.. it could have sounded like a snow blower....... :D

Biker Betty said...

Hi Beaker, thanks for stopping by. I hope you're enjoying your summer. It's hard to believe that when some are in winter, that some are summer. So if you're reading this, go over to Beaker's where it's warm.

Hi Christine, Yeah I wanted to say Unsupported, but I'd have to explain it too many times, lol. No, no new bikes for me for my birthday. I did get a Yamaha T-shirt and a disk lock for my motorcycle. Bill has said I will be getting a summer motorcycle jacket with armor (Mother's Day?).

Hi Pamela, LOL - The only thing sounding like a snow blower is my husband huffing and puffing while shoveling the stuff LOL!!!

Anonymous said...

Congrats Bill, BIGGER is better!

Anonymous said...

That Intruder is a HOSS!
My first bike as an adult was a Suzuki Volusia so I have a warm spot in my heart for the Intruders. That one looks like a gem. Biker Bill is going to love that machine.
Tell him congrats for me Betty.

Michael said...

Nice looking ride! Tell your husband I said, "Congrats!"

Anonymous said...

That is a really nice bike! Oh the feeling of getting a new bike is truly like no other. Especially if you can't take it out of the driveway. It's like having a huge fresh grilled steak sitting in front of you and you can't touch it. You can smell it, see it, feel it, yet cannot truly enjoy it...kind of like eating a steak with no sense of taste HAHAH Boy did I just go off the deep end with that analogy HAHAH :)

Biker Betty said...

Hi Allan,Sarch & Michael, thanks for stopping by and I've passed on yours and everyones congratulations to him. He appreciates everyone's kind words.

Hi Myra,
That is exactly it! I will have to tell my husband your analogy, lol. He loves steaks.

We've just got more snow today and his poor bike is still in the garage unused.

Anonymous said...

Wow.. thats a neat looking bike..
congrats to biker bill to getting it..

Ride safe


Vinod said...

thats a nice lookin ride! I guess its my Intruder volusia 800's big brother!

Biker Betty said...

While everyone is now anonymous thanks to the conversion to new blogger, I still recognize most of you.

Thanks D for stopping by. Hope all is going better for you.

Thanks Vinod for stopping by too. My hubby has yet to get it out to ride, lol. It's snowing again today, sigh.

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