The silver lining with the lockdown is that we’ve got more time to indulge in home based projects – houses, gardens, sheds, garages, bikes – the list goes on and on. I too have been thinking of a new look for my BMW R nineT Scrambler (I call her Sally).
The RnineT’s are the perfect canvas to bring your creativity to life. There are some stunning ones on the Internet and whilst Sally’s not the prettiest looking, she’s certainly fulfilled her motorcycle destiny of travelling the world, or most of it. What’s her next avatar going to be? I’ve been toying with a couple of ideas.
The first one’s around turning her back to a Scrambler – bigger-wider handlebars, no fairing, no pannier racks, better suspension – a stripped back version of her current self.
The second one’s around attaching a sidecar so we can enjoy motorcycling as a family. Nyah’s six now and with each passing year, her affinity towards motorcycles is increasing – a happy and positive trajectory that reinforces a genuine appetite for wanderlust. Just the thought of all of us travelling together by bike fills me with immense joy. The only little hiccup is that I’ve never ridden a sidecar rig, Nyah’s never been on one and nor has Fiona. Whilst theoretically brilliant, the practicality of getting used to one is a bit of a question mark.
And with all these things there’s always the money factor as well. Turning Sally from an adventure bike to a scrambler would be a grand at the most, however the sidecar bit is likely to set us back by a few grand. Not committing to either at the mo but soon there will be a decision and Sally will be reincarnated. Watch this space!