Is there anyone out there who, after many years, took up a hobby or a lifestyle again they had left a long time ago? How was the journey of the return for you?
End of June I decided to take a summer vacation during July. Now my “vacation” and summer (as it looks like) is over. The deception of summer is only due to my geographical position in San Francisco were July and August are the most friendly hosts for heavy fog and rain. Thank God this is only in the city and always gives a good reason to leave town. But life did go on – also in July.
I did prepare for my second half of 2011. First things first – I needed two wheels again and I got them.
Meet “Rrramonn” a 1995 Honda CBR 600.
Thanks to the expertise and many hours of work at OKP Precision Works a run down, crashed and technically neglected bike was turned into a reliable piece of machinery again. A piece of machinery which will be part of all upcoming events. Thanks to the magical support of the Ferrari Doctor himself from Waterfront Automobile in San Francisco the bike also sparkles like new and volunteered as the photographer.
A come back in sports which require extensive equipment seems more cumbersome and difficult in oppose to sports where there is only a bathing suit or running shorts involved.
17 years can be a long time. I still have some “Birgit the Circuit” memorabilia stored which almost has disintegrated into dust. I had to throw out a 20 year old helmet because its interior crumbled like nicely aged blue cheese. My old gloves are only good to be pinned to a wall as a portrait of the good old times. My ex race leathers which are not so smooth anymore and far too small for my current size lie crumbled in the closet. Equipment of old materials long rendered useless and insufficient. Equipment out of style. But now the equipment question is solved. It took me some time but I am up to date again. The bike was the last piece missing in this puzzle.
Let’s see about the timeline according to the story in “To Drink the Wild Air”:
1978 – first bike
1983 – first race
1991 – last race
1995 – last bike ( approximately 250.000 miles and a fairly big number of (race) crashes later)
2011 – first bike ( “Rrramonn” a Honda CBR 600)
How is the feeling you might ask???
It is as good as it always was. I have to hone a number of technical riding skills but I haven’t forgotten. I haven’t lost the touch!
There are many things in store for me and Rrramonn. It will be another great ride.