Taking a day off and rereading my last plunking I realized that thought was not complete!
OK, so we get taking a 40+ year old motorcycle out onto I-95 and head north is not the best idea and yeah, maybe that new BMW has a better chance of making it………… what’s with those aluminum saddlebags? I mean I obviously don’t get it but really……. couldn’t those innovative guys come up with something else…. I get it’s utilitarian but….. whatever I don’t like the way they look just like the tail lights of a new Victory bike…….. fire that designer!
What I mean is I’m rather particular the bike I ride not that’s it’s faster, more expensive or was in last months motorcycle publication……and it’s the same way about the motorhome I like….. I drive what I like and I like something unique. Starting my old car career on fat fender Mopar kinda set my style from then on…….. so now after 20 years here I am….is that a good place recommending folks use a (40 year old motorcycle) to take their family and friends around the country? On the surface it sounds a bit opposite!
And if I were to drag a motorhome out of the garage…… massage it a little and get it to pop over…… would I drive it anywhere? Maybe the block but that simply proves all the parts seem to be there and something works. From there I am saying have “everything” checked on that thing….. I’m stupid and still have the front tire that came on it… the bike….. don’t do what I do…….. but I bet so many do…. hey the back one won’t hold air…… but lets wait on the front one…. What am I stupid? I think so but tell me you haven’t done that. We get so wrapped up with everything we try and do, sometimes when something isn’t biting at our heals we make a strategic decision to be aware but let it slide………. and I feel OK with that (kinda dumb decision if the tire blows out and changes my life but it’s thought of as OK if it doesn’t bit back….. and if it does was it the fault of the motorhome…. excuse me motorhome?
Even if the rear tire blows out and that rock hard front tire stays up…. still is it the fault of the motorcycle? The tire maybe… maybe it was installed wrong or maybe just the fickled finger of fate got stuck in my ear! Remember Forest Gump…..”It Happens” and brother that is such a true statement in the life of old hardware.
The trip IS part of the journey and I expect to make a trip with a GMC Motorhome more about it than me. Pull up at a bike show….. the comments will be about the bike, not me. When you travel in a vintage RV you have to make room to consider things about the motorhome as well as the fun you want to have. It’s a package deal so don’t make something not going as you thought about you. Was the motorhome prepared to the trip, did you do your due diligence to backup key systems and have a gameplan for issues?
The gameplan on the 1975 Goldwing is to get to the side of the road and call my friends to go get my trailer. A GMC Motorhome is too big to push and that tow bill is gonna melt your wallet….. there has to be more preparation made taking a 12,000 pound projectile out onto the road. This is what having one of these is about…. it’s about fun too but to pilot one of these to do your bidding…..it’s why folks comment all the time when they see your coach. “Man, I wish I could do that?” is the take-away when most see a GMC pass them……….and that’s why…YES messing around with these old things IS worth it! If you are the sort of person one of these fits, you couldn’t be happy with something else…… I could ride another old motorbike….. but I DO like mine…. and I DO like my motorhome It makes me happy… and it matches one of my bikes which also makes me happy……. it needs a trailer because like the Honda, heck I wouldn’t ride it over 40mph! So JayGee (the motorhomes name) does that. My motorhome is pretty reliable… and is covered with bullet hole stickers….and it can break, a wheel fall off one time and once had to be towed on a 3 mile drive from my house to the shop! “It Happens”! But it also sustained my son when he was taking his FAA classes in Oklahoma City, it has taken Janie & I on many fun trips… to the keys…. Sierra Vista Arizona and more. I have painted it silly but it still fulfills it’s duty to us….. and THIS is why I’m doing this as a business… I have found more people enjoy unique things and boy do they like the GMC Motorhome!
And it’s been that way since 1991….. this dream IS still alive…… takes some doing but these things can be used….. but you just gotta understand……..
OK, my thought and point there is complete. If you expect perfection in this world…. it ain’t here and old stuff breaks and will continue to do so….. And your point????
See ya tomorrow….