You either into bikes or you're not. The 'storm and I have been besties for a good while now and we've covered some ground over that time. Getting my bike licence at 16, I haven't been far away from 2 wheels for long, starting small with a weeny 185cc Suzuki and then barring a brief foray into 750cc I've been a big bore 1000cc sorta guy ever since.
Remembering when drivers could actually drive and those on country roads where mostly capable, it was enjoyable to head out early on the weekend and put rubber to the road (within "state limits" of course). Then slowly, as societies collective IQ and driving capabilities dropped, so to did the speed limits.
Favouring longevity over country road roulette, we went trackside. The stints are only 15 minutes long and maybe 3-5 sessions per day, come days end you're always shattered and while the ol' girls shoes had performed tirelessly they were a little scuffed.
Over our time together, I've managed to sprinkle a little bling on the beast, nothing to OG, just enough to let others know, we're in a relationship.
Everytime I start her up, I smile.