Saying goodbye to an old friend - new adventures coming

blackbear at blackbear at
Tue May 14 07:41:17 PDT 2013

Well, I got the GPZ put back together and he runs great.  But!
It is still very painful for me to ride longer than about 30 minutes.  I know my physique isn't what it used to be.
While I start working toward regaining something of my previous health, I can't stand essentially being bikeless.
So, with a sad heart, I am trading the GPZ in on a cruiser.

In the 12 years (wow...has it been that long???) I've owned it, it showed me a whole new world of motorcycling I never knew existed, let me make some great friends, and seen sights I never would have before.
But he's getting old, just like I am.

I got what I feel is a decent trade-in value (since we all know dealers are out to shaft you), and it saves me the hassle of trying to craigslist it.
Ironically, I'm trading it in to the same dealer I bought it from 12 years ago.

I got to test ride Talyn's replacement, and I think this is going to open up a lot more roads for me.
While I'm sad to see it go, I'm eager to get to know the new ride.

Hope ya'll don't mind my lurking here.  you've all been a foutnain of knowledge, friendship, and good stories.

once all of the dust clears, I'll see what's left in the shed for the GPZ that I'll need to clear out.  I know I still have that full stock exhaust system, I think I have the original chain guard and windshield, and the spare cush drive, and the service manual.  I'll know more later.
I'm not looking to make a buck on these.  I'll offer them for the cost of shipping, because it's the right thing to do, and you guys have been great.

So, meet the new (used) ride:
2007 Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Mean Streak.
12500 miles.

Michael in Holley, NY

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