Well it seems to be that time of year when we find ourselves doing all the shopping and buying. Now myself, being in possession of a better than I deserve wife, this simply means that in all the holiday world I am only responsible for finding one present. The rest seem to miraculously appear.
But I find myself thrown into that state of cynical humor when I look around me. The media, even in our own little moto world, works feverishly to pitch us on the all the latest information and gadgets that we must have.
I look at headlines like “what really happened” and “10 things we have to tell you” and just shake my head. It is as if to say “hey that other stuff we told you before was crap, now you really really have to read this new stuff”.
It is all part of the race for ratings, advertisers, page views, likes, follows and all that other crap that is quickly usurping any semblance of traditional media that may remain.
Whoops maybe I am getting off topic. Where was I? Oh yes, buy buy buy, you must!
Therefore, I present to you Chilly’s unassailable list of must haves for the season-
10 Things You Didn’t Know You Absolutely Have To Have
Something that makes you happy
See Number 1
Did you know that Bloom County is being published again? Bill the Cat and Opus, those guys crack me up
Okay, I guess it is only a list of three things you absolutely must have. Does this make it four? whatever…
Now I will bet that each of you are probably riding the very best example of moto machinery that you have ever owned. The darn things just keep getting better every year. But let me pose this question – Is it the bike that you will remember the best, have the fondest memories of? I bet not. Let’s face it, we are not a bunch of young kids. Chances are the fondest memories are probably from riding some far inferior bike, but at a time in life when we were all younger and living closer to the flame. Those were the days!
Me and The Trusty KDX, My First Race Bike
It is wonderful to have new bikes to ride. But if we were all riding Trail 90’s, all we would want to do is talk about how to make them faster and better handling. Spy photos would show the next generation Trail 110 coming and we would think of it as the absolute number one on the wish list.
We would ride, have fun and never know the difference. Who knows, maybe we are really supposed to be riding hover bikes by now, but some engineer made a left hand turn when he should have gone straight and missed the discovery.
I mean, look at all the interest in vintage racing. The bikes are junk by anyone’s standard. But they take us back to an era when each of our heros rode the exact machine and made it fly. It is fascinating the mental triggers that evoke a happy familiar memories.
Raise your hand if you know the smell of a particular brand of two cycle oil. Close your eyes and visualize how it billows out the back of a cold motor fired up in the pits, the 32:1 ratio thick enough to kill mosquitoes.
Motorcycles, riding and the friends are things that make me happy. That is about all there is to it. Old ones or new ones, they all have their charm and place. I probably don’t need ten more things to make the experience better.
Next up – stay tuned for our absolute ultimate dual sport bike build! Spoiler alert, it has like four parts added to the stock bike, maybe five.