Friday, August 27, 2010
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Tuesday, August 24, 2010
“Shame and Excitement?”
Sound lurid doesn’t it? Albeit a catchy little title.
So is this blog entry about the seamy side of Cuenca? The dark side. A guide to the Cuenca that your mom fears you will find? Or is it possibly a memoir. The s*xual coming of age story of an adolescent Catholic lad in the early 60’s?
It is motos (motorcycles to my americano amigos). But really ...... “shame?”, “excitement?” Yup...”shame and excitement” is dead on.
I am a Harley boy. There are a lot of really fine motos out there, but all I ever wanted was a Harley. I’ve had two of them. The second was one that I bought used and had 10 years ....’94 Heritage Softail Classic. I had a lot of engine work done on it to make it very responsive .....blah blah blah. It was my intention to have that bike the rest of my life. I loved it beyond logic and reason. Plus I am a full figured boy and I love a bike to match. (I had a Yamaha ages ago , but at least it was a 650cc.)
Motos here in Cuenca are different. The vast % are 200 cc or less. Of those, most are 100 - 125 cc. The huge majority of them are Chinese. (50 million motos are built each year and more than half are Chinese.) Back to the shame. Harleys (and other big twin massive cruisers) are:
1. the wrong bike for here
2. unbelievably expensive
But I want a moto now. So .... and here is the ‘shame’ part........ I am getting a Yamaha DT175. 2 stroke, 175 cc, dual purpose (on and off road). Randy Kimbler (my new little buddy) tells me it will be perfect. I have no idea as I have no experience with small bikes. We will see. FYI....‘test ride”? No such thing here.....can that be true?
I am so excited! And of course very ashamed to be so excited about getting a tiny little bike.
Randy and I picked up the bikes this evening. I rode home under cover of darkness.
The sound of roaring thunder has been replaced with the thrill of "nyiiiing, nyiiiing, nyiiiing".
For those that need a pic.......uh, maybe tomorrow.
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And, I have done a pretty good job of that.
“Why?” You ask.
Well, if you are a:
- Gay rights supporting
- Gun toting
- Pro choice
- Harley riding
- Well educated with multiple degrees
- Left wing
- Cigar smokin’
- Smart ass
- Male Chauvinist Pig
Well, it’s pretty safe bet that you are going to piss off just about everyone.
So, if anyone starts talking politics with me, I usually say ....... “Nice shoes. Where did you get them?” Because hell, everyone likes to talk about their shoes!