Monday, May 1, 2017
It is over. Almost 5 years ago I quit my job to stay home with Max. Maeve was born and we both wanted to switch roles, Lori home temporarily. So, fate is a funny thing, and shortly after starting my job search, the job I left called me asking if I might be interested in working again. After much discussion I agreed. I used to do this commute on series of KLR 650's, and much closer, 15 miles closer from Oakland. Now the commute is 80 miles a day, and there was no way in hell I was doing that in a car in Bay Area traffic. To treat myself to a resurgent industrial design career, I made the decision to go with a Triumph Tiger this time. Local results were horribly overpriced, so I found this beautiful, practically cherry 2014 model 6 hours south. Only 6500 miles, aftermarket windscreen, top box, and a few other goodies. I have never ridden a triple before. It is like a jet turbine engine. Fastest bike I have owned. It has a few design flaws (passenger pegs welded to frame, gearing is too close), but I love this bike. If commuting 80 miles in bumper bumper traffic and hour a day with almost nonstop splitting was possibly fun, this is as close as it gets.