Never Saw It Coming...

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  1. Metaldog

    Metaldog Well-Known Member NOTM Winner!

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    My father-in-law (Ken) passed away about a year ago.. He was survived by his partner (Jim) of 43 years. Jim asked my wife a few days ago if we would come over to help him with a few things that he can not physically do anymore. Jim (age 75) recently had back surgery of the spine. Since his surgery, his abilities are severely minimized now, and he uses a cane to get around. The doctor told him the motorcycles have to go. They would damage his spine beyond repair if he were to ride them anymore.

    Needless to say, we thought we would be doing yard work, gardening, and some other things for him. True, we spent the majority of the day doing just that. At the end of the day, we sat on the back patio enjoying a beer. Jim asked me if I could see myself riding one of the "bikes". I look at the cycles and said I could see myself riding one. He then went inside & got the keys to both. He told me to start them and to take each one out for a test ride. I eagerly did just that!

    The larger of the two cycles is a 2005 Honda VTX 1300 c.c. with 25,003 miles on it. Jim lives near a highway, so I rode it out to the highway, romped on it & was doing over 100 MPH in no time. Holy $H!T That thing is fast!! I got back to the house & turned it off, my heart pounding in my chest from the adrenaline rush. I actually took it up over 120!

    Next was the Yamaha. A 2001 V-Star Classic 650 c.c. with 6,910 original miles on it. This one I went much easier with. and I thoroughly enjoyed it! Both motorcycles shift and ride like new. They have been kept primarily in storage and been well cared for.

    When I got back, he asked me which one I liked better. While I liked them both, the 1300 is intended more as a highway cruiser. The 650 would be more conducive to in-town riding, so I said the 650. To my utter and complete shock he handed me the keys to the 650 and told me it's mine. What!? NO WAY! Seriously?

    Then he looked at my wife, handed her the keys to the 1300, and told her "Happy Mother's Day!" Jim told her he wanted the cycles to stay in the family, and he knew we would take care of them. Neither one of us saw it coming, much less expected it. My wife & I were completely floored!! He did tell us that if we sold one or both to make sure they go to a good home. Absolutely, without a doubt!

    So, purely by another's misfortune, my wife & I now own a couple of motorcycles. I will be renting (or buying) a trailer tomorrow and bringing at least one cycle to our house. We may keep the other at his place for a while because we really don't have the room for both of them right now.

    On the way home my wife told me these are my bikes because she doesn't have any desire to ride them.
    WOOHOO! [​IMG]

    She may change her mind after a few rides into the sunset... :D

    Yamaha on the left. Honda on the right.
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    they look like a set of well looked after bikes, very nice Metaldog.
     
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    Scar0 Khaki Nitro Nut Moderator Member Relations NOTM Winner!

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    And the punch line is...:p
    Well you lucky (insert chosen curse words here)! No disrespect to Ken or Jim intended.
    2 Very nice looking rides. Knowing you they will be well loved and cared for.
     
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    Thanks guys! Still trying to get past the shock factor. I feel like we just got the lottery. It's all my family & I talked about after we got home. We are considering selling one & keeping the other. Just not sure which one yet. Need to give this some time to sink in...
     
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    sell them both and pay off your Nitro, then buy your wife something to remind her of her father, maybe something she can pass on later, just a thought !!!!.
     
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    You can ride one over to Wa and drop it off at my house. :rolleyes:
    I'll happily buy you a train ticket for your return Home.:D

    All kidding aside, I can see how you feel. I'd be the same way.
     
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    Very cool Metaldog!!!! I just added a new pony to the corral as well! I sold my Katana back in 2012 and just couldn't resist the deal I got on this one. It rides like a dream and I couldn't be happier. It's a 2009 Kawasaki GTR1400 Concours. Ride safe and enjoy!!!!
     

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    Very nice, Kevin. Beautiful cycle! And it looks like Tammy can ride with you... Very cool! :D

    In honesty, I'm kinda jealous. Your cycle matches your Nitro. :p
     
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    We laughed that it was the one we ended up with. It matches the Nitro AND the Caliber! Guess silver is just our color!
     
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    Enjoy those 2 rides
    Keep them as that’s the great gesture just giving to you
    Good on you Jim
     
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