The Gixxer

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  • Gizmo
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    The Gixxer

    This is a true story that happened at the local drive-in a few years ago. I have used quotes to illustrate my recollections from that conversation.

    The kid was wearing a backwards cap, shorts, tank top and flip-flops but, by God, because his parents had insisted he wear a helmet, probably as a condition for buying him a death-defying motorcycle, it was strapped on the back seat of his "gixxer". FYI, a gixxer is a sport bike type of motorcycle, also known as a crotch rocket. Yes, they are very fast in the hands of a capable rider but they can deadly for the inexperienced.

    "Man, that's a big motorcycle," the kid exclaimed. "How big a motor she got?" Knowing that my Honda Gold Wing is one of the biggest motorcycles in the world, I proudly stated, "She's an 1800." "Holy cow, mine is only a 650 and it's fast...that bike of yours must really fly!" Trying to not be boastful, I deadpanned, "It gets me where I want to go." "I bet it does. Hey, you wanna race?"

    Oops, now the kid had me. I hadn't raced anybody in over 40 years and I wasn't about to start that day with some zitty teenager who's little crotch rocket would leave my "big motorcycle" in the dust. Even though a lot of my physical skills had deserted me over the decades, I still possessed my pride so I desperately searched for a good comeback that would seamlessly get me out of racing the kid and his gixxer without me appearing to be a chicken. "Yeah, I'll race but it has to be two races. Best overall time wins. First, we go out here on Madson Flat. There's a quarter mile run there where we used to drag race years ago. Your bike will smoke mine easily if you can keep the front wheel ahead of the back. Then, we'll have our second race. It'll be a bit longer so I hope you have the time for it. From here, it's about 2700 miles to Anchorage, Alaska. Fastest man wins. Ok. Let's go."

    Exasperated, the young rider exclaimed that he had to "work at the pool" the next day and there was no way he could go to Alaska. "Yeah, I figured," I said, "but I'll be around whenever you are ready."

    Whew....got out of that one!


    • kwthom
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      kwthom commented
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      Well... :raises hand slowly...:

      In my late 20's, I was commuting on a V65 Magna - possibly really, really close to that 'gixxer' back in the day.

      That would be the late 1980's, BTW.

    • Cruiseman
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      Cruiseman commented
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      Probably 200 miles would have done it.

    • kwthom
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      kwthom commented
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      Oh, no. Need to work a 15 - 20 minute fuel stop into the mix.

      Pulling off a seven minute fuel stop, with proper documentation, is ballet in motion.
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