Helen has found a new home

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I sold Helen the other day, and I have to admit it was hard to let her go.  Don’t get me wrong, I do like my new KLR, but sports bikes are damn fun (even a ninja 250).  In fact, sports bikes rock.  If it weren’t for my upcoming adventures in South America and Africa, I would definitely ride a sports bike over an enduro.  They look uber cool and they are a thrill to ride.  The KLR on the other hand, well, it’s called “the mule” (affectionately) for a reason.

I sold my Ninja to the first person who contacted me after I advertised Helen on craigslist.  He is just getting into riding at the age of 40 and wanted a beginner bike for his commute to work.  The ninja is perfect for that.  I asked $4,200 in my ad, and I let the bike go for a couple hundred less, plus I did a certification.  In hindsight I probably could have got a lot more for her, despite the fact that she’s been dropped on both sides because the fairing repaint job was so well done.  I had put an ad in the autotrader as well as cragslist, and as soon as it came out I started getting constant calls and emails.  I’ve had over 30 inquiries in the last few days.  Part of the reason is that it’s such a popular beginner bike.  Also the weather is finally fantastic for riding.  The roads are full of riders who have been waiting a long time to go for their first spring ride.  Seeing all the bikes zooming around would spur anyone thinking of buying a bike into action.

In the past couple of days I’ve bought a riding jacket (mesh Ixon Hacker), Joe Rocket gauntlet-style gloves, Icon abrasion-resistant riding jeans, a tent (Eureka Aurora 1 Lite), a camelbak, a swiss army knife, hiking boots, and a thermarest.  The total cost was $1147.  I have yet to buy a sleeping bag, multi-fuel stove, water purifier, or medical kit (among many other things).

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