Alice Dryden (huskyteer) wrote,
Alice Dryden
huskyteer

  • Mood:

Feels Like The End Of An Era

Last week 'Max' the 2004 Gilera Nexus in Dragon Red rolled out of my life after three and a half years of fun, to spend its retirement commuting between Stevenage and central London. As a parting shot, it refused to start for its new owner and we had to ring the AA for a jump.

I have loved every one of my bikes, but each relationship has been different. With some it's been passionate, some comfortable, some fraught. From some I've parted amicably, with others it's been a painful loss. I have had bikes I loved more than I loved this one - bikes I still miss. But I've never previously been so involved with a bike.

It's not just that we covered more miles than I've ever done before, and went to more countries (Andorra, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland). I made more of an effort on the mechanical side of things - previously, if a bulb blew I took it to the shop - and made some simple modifications and prettifications. I started riding in groups as well as on my own, which brought me new friends. I'd always classed myself as a biker, but now I was part of the biker community.

The Nexus marks a chapter in my life full of growth, discovery and adventure. I look forward to what the GP800 will bring. In the meantime, goodbye and thanks.

In the Pyrenees
Subscribe

  • #LFF

    As usual, I was ashamed to find that the film I most wanted to see at this year's London Film Festival was an ancient one rather than a new release.…

  • Bondhomie

    The wait is finally over and Daniel Craig's final Bond film, No Time To Die, has been unleashed on the world a mere two years late. There's been a…

  • Viewed It, Swam It

    It's a month since my open water swim in France, and my JustGiving page has closed, with a final total of £1405 raised for Unicef. I had an…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 6 comments