I apologize to my 3 readers. I haven’t been home very much lately, between weekends at the new part-time job, teaching various classes, at the range with my two new Sig-Sauer P226 (9mm & .40S&W), and, more recently, on the road with 2 new motorcycles. Before that, I was working on my DMT recert and trying to get everything together for my paramedic school application.
Yes, two new motorcycles. (No, I didn’t win the lottery. I’ll get to that in a bit.)
My new part-time job (working BLS) requires me to work a minimum of 4 weekend days per month, plus any mandatory large events. I won’t disclose the location or the company, but if you go to a concert, NFL football game, or any other large event near me, you know the place. (If you grew up in Northern NJ, you’ve been there at least once for a Springsteen or Bon Jovi concert.) You’d be surprised (or maybe not) at the amount of ETOH patients we get. I still don’t understand why someone would pay top dollar for a good seat, then miss the entire event because they get inebriated.
But, I digress…
My DMT recert was a PITA, mostly because the continuing hours required for the diving-specific lectures has to be NBDHMT-approved lectures. The 30+ hours of lectures I had weren’t approved lectures. Making those in time was frantic, to say the least..
As far as Paramedic school, it looks like that will have to wait yet another year, since the deadlines were different than last year. And thanks to the State changing the entire EMS tracking database, I couldn’t get verified for my New York EMT card by the deadline. I’ve also heard that the reciprocity for NY has changed recently, so that might not even be an option for next year. I’ll find out the details later on, and see if the Disco Patch will be in my immediate future or not.
Now, to answer your questions about the motorcycles, here’s the short version.
I’ve been wanting to get a Kawasaki KLR650 for years. Finally, with my huge truck payment coming to an end next month, that leaves an extra $600+ in my paycheck each month, so I figured now was the time. I went to a local dealer to see what they had, and, lo and behold, they had 2 in stock. I looked around to see if they had anything else on the floor, since I’ve also been yearning for a Vulcan for a little longer than the KLR. They didn’t have anything on the floor for less than $13,000, so that pretty much made the decision for me. I checked at the other dealer in the area, and they had even less.
So, pay stub in hand (to prove my earnings for the financing), I picked up a brandy-new 2012 Kawasaki KLR650 in black.
After riding it for a few days, I realized that the bike was too high for me. Seat clearance on the KLR is about 36″ – my inseam is about 30″. I didn’t think it was too much of a dealbreaker until trying to navigate the numerous uphill turns from a stop, idiot drivers stopping short (because the person they were talking to on their cell phone had earth-shattering news that they just had to stop short for), and considering I live on a hill, just trying to get off the dern thing was an event you’d pay to see (without the kids, please!)
It just so happened that 2 days after I rode it home from the dealer, I had to go back there to pickup the owner’s manual, since the sales weenie forgot to give it to me when I picked up the bike. When I walked in, there were about 15 brandy-new V-twin cruisers waiting for me.
After taking a beating on the trade-in, and working out the financing for the new love of my life (as well as paying off the original $6k loan for the KLR), I drove home on a new 2012 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom two weeks after I drove the KLR home. Seat hight is about 26″. No more circus act when I get home every night.
So, the next update will probably be sometime around October, or whenever the first snowfall hits.
Too bad I can’t take it to the range to play with my other Baby..
Oh, and if you follow me on Facebook, look for the pictures of what I look like on the bike. IN A KILT. I might just post them here, as well.
Stay safe out there…