The choices we make

IMG4717The last couple of days I haven’t written anything because my mind has been wrestling the big issues of life. There might be a chance to get into the motorcycle industry, my passion, but there are drawbacks and practical issues that must be resolved and I am desperately trying to do just that. On the other hand, I’ve made some commitments that I don’t like break either. On top of that, there is family to consider too. This, in reality a positive situation, is weighing heavy on my shoulders right now. So I had to go for a ride yesterday…

My buddy just bought a KTM 690 Enduro with motard wheels and man, that is a beast. I mean, I ride a CBR 600, a racing bike, and I didn’t stand a chance at the streetlights. Of course racing is another thing and when I pass a 5 000 rpms, things start to change but up to that, the single cylinder, 64 hp engine of the KTM has too much torque. And fuel injection, don’t forget about the fast response of fuel injection compared to my carbed bike. But when I tried the 690, it scared the hell out of me. What a kick. I am glad I’m used to riding a KTM 450 EXC so it at least was somewhat familiar handling wise.

I am now thinking of selling my 450. I just have to get a new clutch lever and a new turn signal to get it in an awesome state again. I might not sell the gear though, in case I buy another offroad bike, but as I feel at the moment, there will be more street riding and I’d like to spend more money to get my beloved Beast (the CBR) back in super condition. I could buy a new bike but why? I’d rather ride a really cool build on my CBR done by myself. The only thing that keeps me from selling the dirt bike is that I really enjoy a good trail ride and that I want to use it to learn how to wheelie. I don’t feel comfortable at all, doing that on a CBR…