Search “Motorcycle” on Blogger search and you will find top on the list, the motorcycle diaries.
If you think it’s about motorcycle, you will be sadly disappointed.
Except for the word motorcycle in the title, love for the open road, and The Motorcycle Diaries mentioned somewhere. They are as remote from motrocycle as the east is to the west.
If you are from Singapore, you might make sense of the conversation. Enjoy the ride girls! It is the journey not the destination.
My second bike is a Suzuki Marauder 125. This bike was brought brand new after getting some cash from selling an Internet business around 2000.
As with the first bike, there were many things to learn. The most important thing was run in.
What is “run in”? At that time I did not have any idea and the shop just gave me a vague clue. The idea is that a brand new motorcycle had to be “eased” into usage. The shop told me it meant no full throttle riding for the first 500-800km.
If you know how small Singapore is, you will realise that doing 500km is not an easy feat. A friend to me what he did was to ride his bike to Kuala Lumpur. That’s up the Malaysia North-South highway, a distance of about 700km. At that time I still do not have the courage to ride outside the tame traffic that is Singapore. (It was destined for the next bike)
Anyway, it was an excuse for me to take the Marauder out for a spin, riding aimlessly on the expressways from west to east, south to north.
The sound of a new engine was music to the ears. As the throttle turns, the engine purred to life like a concerted piece.
The shiny chrome parts were candies to the eyes. After looking at the rusty RXS for so many years, riding the shiny Marauder is such an uplifting experience. Just imagine floating along the road.