Project 2012: Day 80
Today is a very special day.
First – it’s a Birthday
At the time, I’d been chronically ill myself for over two years, resulting in 6 months in and out hospital. In fact just 3 days later I would head back to St Marks Specialist Hospital in Harrow for 31 days. But that Friday night, I had delivered my youngest child.
For the entire pregnancy I was convinced that the baby was a boy. We were going to call him Luke. But it turned out that when I finally helped this dark blue baby (Lu overcooks everything ) free, it was a beautiful little girl. We called her “Charis,” which means ‘Grace.’ It’s where we get the words ‘charismatic’ and ‘charisma’ from.
And Charis is worthy of her name. For the last 14 years, she has been a delight.
It’s great to see her maturing into a sensitive, funny, talented, and beautiful young lady. Mostly through very little of my interference. I am a very blessed, and grateful father.
Next – the Ride
I’ve test ridden:
- The Triumph Tiger 800 XC – a beautiful midsize adventure tourer, and very nearly the bike I chose
- The BMW R1200GS – King of the Road, and the highest selling touring adventure bike.
- The Ducati Multistrada 1200 Touring S – Versatile, 4-bikes-in-1.
And today, I take delivery of my very own…
I could never afford to buy new. Also it didn’t make sense to me to buy this versatile bike, only to get the model without all of the features that make it so versatile in the first place.
So, I’ve traded my BMW G650GS in on a demo model from Frasers. One that I could afford, that has all of the features.
10,000 km’s on the clock. Traction control, ABS, Throttle-by-Wire, Electronic suspension adjustment, and 150HP to the back wheel.
Also, heated handgrips, centre stand, adjustable windshield, removable lockable panniers, and keyless ignition.
For more videos on the Multi check-out: http://www.ducati.com/bikes/multistrada/1200_s_touring/index.do
This is my dream bike.
Not for Everyone
So far comments have varied from:
@Rog42 I’m sure it’s specced well, but it is as ugly as, IMHO. Only something a Decepticon could love 😉 https://twitter.com/#!/martyvis/status/180912507685310464
- Amanzi “That bike looks mean!” (this wasn’t an enthusiastic comment)
- And variations on a theme on Facebook of: “Awesome. Congrats man!”