After following RICZ Tales From A Spyder Virgin,
it got me thinking. Hard. Real Hard...
My wife (who rides her own bike) and I began having discussions about what our motorcycling future would like in a few years. We each have our own ailments (me - knees and shoulder, and her - hands and legs) and we know that we will eventually have to give up being on two wheels, and move on to something a little more 'age friendly'.
We have come to the conclusion that we get so much pleasure from being on our bikes, that we would age ~ even faster ~
if we didn't have riding to look forward to. So, we began looking at riding options, and decided that moving to 2-up on 3 wheels is much better that not riding at all.
So, like RICZ, we checked out the Spyder, and while his story was interesting, we still were not convinced that is what we wanted. After doing quite a bit of online research, we both decided that moving to a traditional Trike is what we wanted. With the obvious choices of getting either a Harley Tri-Glide, or a Honda Goldwing Trike. We weren't exactly thrilled with the Tri-Glide, so we looked further into a Goldwing Trike. This is when we discovered that many Goldwing's are converted to Trikes by the California Sidecar Company. With so many older model 'Wings still on the road (and fetching top dollar), there must be something to these CSC conversions.
So we went to their website in search of more information, and found this: Ventura - California Sidecar
I immediately thought "How cool (and rare)
it would be to have a VICTORY TRIKE!" Then, r-e-a-l-i-t-y hit me:
Victory parts will be next to impossible to find in less than 10 years. After investing that amount amount of money into converting my Cross-Country, that if a major component were to 'give up the ghost', then my 'rare
' 3-wheeler' becomes nothing but yard art.
So my conundrum? Do I spend the money to have a Victory Trike, knowing that we may have to give up riding when a part breaks (or find a different bike), or do I go ahead and buy a Goldwing Trike, which will have parts available long after we have decided to give up riding altogether?