Ever Fallen in Love?
A couple of years ago (April 2013), Siobhán and I went over to Razee Motorcycle – probably to get some little part or an inner tube or spark plugs or something, but primarily to chat with Brendan. Brendan works in the parts department and (along with Gordon, the owner of the shop) is a bit of a vintage bike hoarder. It was close to closing when we got there so he invited us back to his house when he got off work. Apparently he lives in Gordon’s old house where they both store quite a lot of old bikes. I won’t disclose the location but I did sneak a couple pics with my crappy mobile phone while there.
One of the things we always wanted to add to the collection was a Brit bike or another vintage Japanese bike specifically for Siobhán. A Norton or BSA would be perfect to challenge my mechanical prowess and cool enough for Siobhán to finally feel like I wasn’t getting all of the attention for my bikes. Something I always wanted to do was to be able to surprise Siobhán with a perfectly operational, totally cool motorcycle or scooter as a surprise present – like sneak it into the backyard with a bow and all on it. And she could just hop on, start it, and ride off.
To this end I started a secret stash of cash. Anyone who’s been in a serious, long-term relationship understands how difficult it is to buy surprise gifts for each other when your finances are combined. I kept a constant eye out for good bikes on Craigslist or friends who know a guy, etc. ready to pounce on a great surprise. But one day I came home to find Siobhán home and our neighbor Ron sitting in the living room. It seems his computer mouse died and she went poking around in the depths of my-side-of-the-office and did not find a PS2 mouse but found an envelope with over $3000 cash in it. UH-OH, busted.
She jumped to the conclusion that I was saving up money to leave her and run off to somewhere but I was able to convince her that it was just some of the cash rent payments that I hadn’t yet had a chance to deposit at the bank – which I then had to do. So, whelp, there goes my surprise stash.
Fast forward to last October (2015) when Gordon Razee decided that he might have too much stuff in his hoard and should auction off about half of his collection, over 250 lots, to let someone else enjoy it for a change. Without Siobhán around anymore all the finances are my responsibility and I just know that I’m going to be able to find that perfect bike for her.
I admit, it’s hard for me to get motivated and that’s one of the best things Siobhán ever did for me but when I want something I’ll make it happen so I got up early on a Sunday morning, prepped myself to head out to North Kingstown, and to go bring home a “new” bike to add to the much too large family. Once there I found Brendan early on and asked his advice on the row of Honda CB77 Superhawks, which is another bike we’ve always wanted.
Yeah, I wanted one of these, I would’ve loved to get her one of these. The Superhawk is, to me, the definition of a motorcycle. It’s simple, it’s fast (considering it’s only a 305), and damn exciting to ride. Also, we love Hondas and there’s nothing wrong with adding another Honda to the brood. Anyway, I set my eyes on a red one (obviously) and got Brendan’s approval that it was probably the most complete one at the auction.
To cut a long story short, once I made up my mind I knew I was going to be bringing this home. For me, and for Siobhán in spirit. This is the bike I would’ve bought for her without question. It sold for twice as much as any of the others did (yucky people were touching it and hanging around it all day) but I really didn’t care what the cost was in the end.
Now, if you go back up to the top pic that I posted here from Brendan’s house you might be able to see in the top right corner a little red bike with a red fender (not standard, I know, but I like it). Brendan told me that these 305s were stored at his house and the realization that we had both already seen this bike a couple years before before was very important to me.
A couple of ADVRider friends helped me load her into my car (fits nicely) and I brought her home to begin the revival process.
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