Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Oh no! I have MBS...

Multiple Bike Syndrome, that is...

I've been busy this spring -- flying, watching baseball, and riding motorcycles. Last month I went to the NH licensing bureau to get my motorcycle permit and was surprised to hear a new law requires a written test. I took the pamphlet to Burger King, studied it, and 1/2 hour later returned to take the test. I passed no problem! Then I had to practice the course used for the driving test. It involves weaving through cones, rapid stops, sharp turns and avoiding an obstacle. It's only administered on Friday mornings and it was rather chilly at the time. Being impatient, I took the test 8 days after getting my permit. I passed, and even had a better score than Cranky! Now I have my motorcycle endorsement. Ahhhh.

While I was doing this with my KLR 250, Cranky found himself a wicked nice 2003 KLR 650, the big version of my bike. Here he is, ready for a ride (in the chilly weather)

Here's the "his and hers" bikes:

Meanwhile, Raymond has been tearing up the yard on his dirtbike.

Unfortunately, the rain has returned and he hasn't been able to ride lately. We can't wait for the yard to dry out!

Watching Raymond made Cranky and I want dirtbikes also. We can take Raymond out on the trails near here if we have registered (for off-road) dirtbikes. So...

We bought these two bikes from a guy in Concord. They are Yamahas, a TTR-125 for me and a TTR-225 for Cranky:

The day we brought the TTRs home, we needed to re-arrange the garage to fit everything in. We backed out the bikes and I took a picture of the "line-up":

And just when it looked like we were all done, I found a 2002 KLR 650 that matches my 2001 KLR 250:

When I go riding with Cranky, my little 250 is maxed out when we're on the open road. (I can get it up to 70 mph, which might be all I need, but we hope to load up the bikes and go camping with them and I wanted a bigger KLR.) I haven't gotten to ride my new one yet, because we need to "lower" it a bit so I can get my feet on the ground when stopped. Cranky says I need to sell the 250, but I am not in any rush to part with it. It's a fun bike that's been very good to me.

In non-motorized news:

Bob is excited that we have put the training wheels back on Raymond's old bike so he can ride it. He has never been a big fan of actually PEDDLING a bike, so we are working on that. In this picture, he is totally psyched that he is riding with his big brother:

He's really concentrating on the peddling here:

Mary thinks we are crazy with the motorcycles ("They're so boring!") But she did model her new mustard yellow Chuck Taylors:

And last but not least...Since I haven't been blogging much lately, I haven't even mentioned how much I enjoyed my first trip to Dublin. I had 2 days to enjoy it, but didn't take many pictures (okay, like only 5 or so). The other first officer on the trip brought his wife and we had a blast together. I love a good Guinness, but Smithwick's was top on my list this time!

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Blogger Balloon Pirate said...

Lt. Trouble just got his bike certification stuff in the mail. He doesn't have a bike, but I have a feeling that this will soon be rectified.

If he doesn't spend all his loot on an engagement ring, that is...


Wed May 23, 01:39:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger United We Lay said...

We have the opposite - one bike for 3 people! We're working on getting me a mountain bike.

Wed May 23, 07:09:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Daniel Hoffmann-Gill said...

Jesus, for a second there I thought you were ill...

Fri May 25, 10:45:00 AM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

YOU ALL KNOW HOW TO HAVE FUN!! And I thought two motorcycles/dirt bikes was a lot. My hubbie is on a buying binge and we'll have three bikes in the garage by the end of the summer. He likes to go riding with Con....they both took a motorcycle course together. You're an inspiration. I need to take a motorcycle riding class first!

Tue May 29, 04:38:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Old Man Rich said...

I want yellow shoes.
I need stabelisers on my bike.
right now, I don't need any more to drink.

But boy, I really want some yellow shoes.

Wed May 30, 07:15:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Jessica said...

What's the difference between a "his" and a "hers" bike? Does there need to be a difference? I rode a men's street bicycle for years because it was much easier to carry on my shoulder up 4 flights of apartment steps.

Wed May 30, 11:50:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Notsocranky Yankee said...

Jessica: There is no difference. One is mine and the other is Cranky's. Although, his is a 2003 and has a more bad-ass paint job in my opinion...

Rich: You would look good in yellow shoes!

Daniel: Not ill, just a little crazy.

UWL: I just got rid of the baby carrier I had on my mountain bike. Our daughter (who turns 13 in Aug) was the only one to ride in it and it took me that long to let go of it!

BP: I think Lt Trouble would get a lot of good riding in Texas...

Mo: Don't be a chicken -- go for it!

Thu May 31, 06:30:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger Jessica said...

I'm so glad to hear that.

Tue Jun 05, 06:10:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Heidi the Hick said...

I've been a negligent blog buddy around here lately- sorry I almost missed out on this!!

I cannot show my Boy the photos of Raymond on his dirt bike. He'll flip. He's got a permanent bike course in our backyard now, this is the third summer and he's got a pretty serious ramp going on. I love it how Raymond's doing jumps. It starts there...!

Tell Mary I love the shoes.

Wed Jun 06, 06:48:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger mal said...

So...what happened to the Honda's?

Mon Jul 02, 03:00:00 PM GMT-5  

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