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  1. My $.02 on this is that if you have room in the garage to walk around the cars, there's room for the bike. Grab a center stand dolly and put it on that. Many to choose from. Removing the lean will significantly reduce the bike's footprint in the garage and the dolly will make it as mobile as a lawnmower. If the garage is narrow, put it in front of the cars right up against the wall, folding in the mirrors for every last inch of space. Before doing so, run all the crap E10 out of it and fill with non-ethanol with Stabil in it. Cover with a large blanket from a thrift store. The incremental cost of holding the bike is for all purposes zero. Drop the insurance on it, and park as above. In a couple of years, your perspective and / or circumstances may change and as many have mentioned, you may get the itch again to ride. I guarantee you that if you sell and do get that itch, you'll be kicking yourself in the ass over and over again for having sold it. You can't go back. OTOH, if in 2 years you say "meh, who cares - I am done with that thing", then get rid of it. Your wallet will only be lighter by the cost of the dolly, but you gave yourself the chance to gain more perspective on it. You're not out anything significant. Just keep it for a while, and it may start calling to you again. When it comes to these bikes, we've seen so many people say "I never should have sold it!!" . . . Edit I've already figured out the fate of my bikes when I'm done riding, whatever the reason. Presuming they're still intact, they'll be parked as above in the workshop. They'll be cleaned up, polished and looking as good as I can get them, and each will have a few photos of trips I've done on them on the wall above to remind me of my days riding them. Just a way to remember and give them the retirement they deserve.
    4 points
  2. I can relate to the ultimate in smartphone stupidity. I've still got two bikes, but I've gotten to the point that most of my sport riding is early on Sunday mornings while the drunks are still passed out and before the perpetually late head into church on the wrong side of the road. I find the roads around here almost desolate during those hours from sun up until near 10:00. There are a few folks out for 8:00 or 9:00 services, but they are usually under control and on time. It's those perpetually late 10:00 and 11:00 service folks you have to worry about. They cut the inside of curves and top hills straddling the double yellow while applying lipstick in the mirror, arguing with the spouse, etc. It's always dangerous between the top of the hour and 15 minutes into service time.
    2 points
  3. Plenty of use for the centre stand when you’re on a tour and need to repair/replace a tyre.
    2 points
  4. Is the clutch mechanically free? A bike that sits for a long time can have the plates stuck together with cold oil, and that will stall the engine when you drop into gear. If so I would let the engine/oil warm up fully in neutral, then shut off and put the bike in gear, pull the clutch in and try to roll the bike back and forth until the plates free up.
    1 point
  5. No your motorcycling days aren’t numbered , they are on hold . One day it will bite again , harder , bigger , you won’t be able to fight it. Your older now , the rules no longer apply , you can do what you like . The young ones will snigger and maybe even laugh at your old bike and you in the out dated leathers that are no longer in fashion. But it’s ok , your the crazy old man now with the bikes , you smile to yourself knowing one day they might ride as well as you . But right now your off on another one of your trips wondering where the road is taking you this time , no hurry , no rush , camping gear on board , you have months to figure out where you will end up , tonight you don’t even know where your staying , another crazy ride doing what you thought you would never do at your age , way to young to spend the days playing golf like the kids want you to , you can do that when you can’t pick the beast up any more. You say there numbered , you can hear it coming while having coffee , inline four , aftermarket pipe , you knew it was a 1000rr ……..no just on hold for a bit.
    1 point
  6. If you want something, you will find a way. If you donot want something, you will find a reason... That's the way it is; and either way is ok
    1 point
  7. Put the wifey on the back of the bike, and see if she likes it. When I first met my wife I took her over Mt. Hamilton to Mines Road, and was hauling A$$. At the end of the ride she said, "Can we go faster next time?" 25 years later, we are still married, and now 5 bikes in the garage...
    1 point
  8. Way back when I chased a better job by moving with my wife to another state. We had one car (Civic wagon) and one bike (Suz GS400) to commute to two jobs. Before we were forced to figure out what we would do when NJ winter arrived, my bike was stolen. Wasn't sure when I would be a riding motorcyclist again. Fast forward almost four years, the longest--and only--time in my adult life without a motorcycle. Out to dinner, spouse six months pregnant: "Love of my life, I really, really need to own a motorcycle." The result was a new leftover VF700 in the barn of the farmhouse we were renting. Did I mention how much I love my wife? 😎 I do agree with Dutchy, I expect you back!
    1 point
  9. And for chain maintenance . . .
    1 point
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