Might be looking to sell

mrgilmore at aol.com mrgilmore at aol.com
Mon Mar 22 09:11:52 PDT 2010

Charles, Dave and all you guys,

I'm with you Charles...  keep it.  If you have the garage or other location to store it, that will probably make you very happy if/when you elect to get it out one day and re-experience why you rode (ride) in the first place.  Like you (Charles) I'm older than Dave I presume.  At 57, I figure I've also seen better days and getting out and riding when the opportunity presents itself is a really good thing for me.  Of course, living in S. CA gives me virtually year-round riding, but the principle remains the same.  I took a week-long run up and around CA last Oct., just me, tent/gear, some e-books, etc. and that was really great for my spirits.  These days, I don't go for the type of full morning or all-day rides like I used to, for a few reasons.  Mostly keeping the women happy, and also I'm pre-occupied with this home remodel presently going on.  I do intend to crank 'ol red' up for a brief ride today, but that'll probably be it for  a little while...  I can't afford a new bike, and I'm really glad I chose the Geeper when I bought it new in '95.  Been the best all around bike for me.  No complaints, period.  A little porky, but WTF?  That heft is reassuring when I crank up the RPMs if you know what I mean...
So Dave, unless its a financial thing or the woman is handing you a difficult ultimatum, I say keep it and leave it in hiberation mode for your use when you want it.  I guarantee you'll miss it when the day rolls around and that feeling says "ride"...

Just my two cents...
Ron Jordan
lurking in Altadena, CA

-----Original Message-----
From: Charles Scappaticci <scapco at ecentral.com>
To: GPZ List <gpzlist at micapeak.com>
Sent: Sun, Mar 21, 2010 5:49 pm
Subject: Re: Might be looking to sell

I say keep it.
I certainly understand where you're coming from.  It seems harder and
arder to get out for a long ride with work, kids and everything
tealing your time.  It seems I have less free time now than ever
efore. And I've not given the GPZ or my dirt bikes the attention they
eserve the past couple of years. But...
It took a long trip through western Canada to remind me of how much I
njoy riding and why I do it.  The solitude, the scenery and the
lements are such a wonderful change from the daily pressures sitting
ehind two computer monitors in my little office at work, making
thers wealthy while my life gets harder.
I'm a little older than you and my kids are older too, one gone and
he other in just a couple more years.  My youngest rarely rides with
e anymore with her school, sports and friends so it's just me
sually.  I turn 54 this summer and time is certainly weighing on my
ind.  My best years behind me now, how much more time do I have left
o ride and partake in life's adventures?  How many of you listers
ave read about Edelweiss tours around the world trip this fall?  8
onths, 40K miles for $102,000, plus you provide the bike and other
tuff, maybe $150K all together.  I'd give my left nut to do that ride
f I could (since my marriage ended I don't use it anyway).  I'll
ever get to retire thanks to the actions of others, so I choose to
ide when I can as long as I can.
I'm planning on a 10 day ride around Colorado in late August, just me
nd the GPZ, a tent, sleeping bag and no schedule.  I'm going to find
ome nice lakes to camp next to, a good book or two and some good
orners and scenery.  2011?  Probably back to Canada, I just have to
ecide east coast or west coast.  My biggest concern these days (other
han paying for my daughters college) is how I'm going to get a newer
ike, maybe a new Connie, BMW1200 GS, or something like that to eat up
he miles.  I'll still keep the GPZ though, with insurance down to
183 a year (still full coverage!), and $50 annually to register it,
t costs me almost nothing to keep it for whatever comes along. And
ith 50K on the clock and a salvage title, who'd want it anyway
egardless of the condition?
So, my apologies for the long winded rambling, but I say keep it for
ow and give it some serious thought.  Are you ready to retire to the
az-boy recliner?  I'm not.
Charles S.

 From: David Spaulding <spauldingd at hotmail.com>
 I think it might be time to sell my GPz.

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