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more of my essays anybody?

this is about nostalgia for bikes that we don't have any more, it's a bit rough but I would be grateful for any comments.

Having Regrets?

With the rising price of early motorcycles we all now have misgivings about parting company with our old bikes. However, you sold those old bikes for a reason, possibly to buy other motorcycles and it is only by owning numerous machines that we have any sense of comparison. Nevertheless, there's always one motorbike that we wish that we still had.

It could be a motorcycle that you never owned but one you saw at a local motorbike shop and indecision got the better of you. It stayed in the shop and you felt annoyed with yourself for not going ahead. The trouble is that, given the same circumstances, you are likely to make the same decision even if you could have the time again.

It is irritating to feel that you could have owned the said machine and only then would you be in a position to know whether it was that great or not. In a way, you have to be ready for these things, to appreciate them. I rather think that, in those days, I didn't see quite what unique potential bargains that I was letting slip through my fingers.

Context may have something to do with it, a time of your life when the fun factor dominated with a corresponding diminished level of responsibilities? I briefly returned to a type of bike that I had once owned in a relatively care free period but it wasn't the same, in fact I was glad to sell it on for what I paid second time round.

The complexity of modern motorbikes can cause yearnings for more familiar models from the past. Proper bikes that a bit of character, class and presence. It's upsetting to think back to a time when those iconic machines weren't that sought after, OK people weren't giving them away but still you could buy one for a reasonable sum.

Having said that, there is a human tendency to dismiss the merits of what we have now. Your current motorbike is almost certainly more stable and better on bends than that other earlier motorcycle that you morn. It will have superior brakes and be able to cope with current traffic speeds and the way people drive nowadays.

As I have time on my hands, my mind isn't occupied by the 101 things that assailed me in the workplace. In this situation there is a propensity for the brain to replay memories in an unsolicited manner. I haven't thought about some of those bikes in years yet here they are coming back to haunt me. The ones that got away.

I try to pull myself together and focus on the here and now. How do I want to spend the remainder of my motorcycle life? Do I have the resources and will power to go and find a similar motorbike to that one I miss? Experiencing motorcycling is more important than the machine itself and if the present one does the job then all is well.

This isn't satisfactory but it will have to do, man up and put the past behind you, be grateful that you can still ride and stop this sentimental nonsense. One thing that I found helpful is to go to meetings and see one of the older models that you still think about, revisiting it can help you recall less attractive aspects.

That's my way of sobering up, talking to the owner will add to the experience. It is only then that you begin to appreciate the sometimes eye-watering costs involved in keeping an early example in pristine condition. On the other hand though, it is a much desired asset that is constantly appreciating in value.

Reliability counts as to whether you are sad to have parted with a previous motorbike as the unreliable ones are not memorable in a good way. Same with comfort, if you couldn't get far without a back ache or numb hands then that isn't a place that you want to return to. It's the smooth workhorses that we would like to own again.

I have a residual prejudice against those manufacturers who supplied me with a bike that I had problems with whereas I feel a warm glow of affection towards those which were outstanding.
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