Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Side of a mountain in New Hampshire
I own a Victory that I bought with the scratch from the insurance company paying off my stolen Indian Vintage. That sorta makes me a RUB by divestment and investment. I'm here to testify that I feel a whole helluva lot more RUBolean saddled up on my Cross Country than I ever did on that Indian. Anyway, I can't seem to draw the fine line that defines a thirty plus ride as RUB where a 20 plus ride is everymans Volkcycle. They both got the RUB taint to them. It's splitting hairs to the kid that dropped a couple large on a bunch of crates and attacked it with a gas axe. To him, we all RUB.
I have garaged a bike or two the last few decades, some of them sporting dates of manufacture that precede the dates of manufacture of some of us, others tricked out for the splittails, a few grocery getters and some ratty old oil pukers that left me with a shoebox full of ton up patches.
Not one of them, despite my fawning attention and zeal to restore their lost glories, not one of them came close to the rush of twisting the wick on that Vintage.
If I was disposed to spend 38k on a motorcycle now would I drop it on that instead of what? A trike with a trailer, or say a stretched out fat tire or some tribute bike or some eurotrashy prototype or (saints preserve us) an electric technocycle. I don't want a trike (yet), a fat tire or a tribute bike (although I know where a Dallas PD panhead that was in JFK's motorcade is waiting for the right buyer. Now that there is tribute) or the other crap and I don't want another Chief from this era. Been there, done that, lost it. Maybe an Ace inline or a Crocker that calls out to Pop next Davenport.
There's an old saying in this game that ends with "you wouldn't understand" and as far as the last Vintage model goes, so will this post.
You wouldn't understand.
Cross Country Tour.
We can't help it
We just keep moving
It's been that way since long ago
Since the stone age chasing the great herds
We mostly go where we have to go
That was written by James McMurtry