The 2021 (motorcycle) season is still months away (here). Many look forward to spring. Forward to, hopefully, some normality.
How normal the year of 2021 and season will be, largely depends on us, the citizens. On the nations of the world. Vaccines may help, especially if people take them. Equally, following guidelines helps, a lot. It will for long remain the/our most important to do’s. For tackling current pandemic, as well as potential future ones.
2020 – “Annus Horribilis“
You might drop a “n” in the above latin word if you so like. If you’ve read any of my previous posts, am sure it’s pretty clear why that latin term fits the bill. I hope you never have come close, COVID or no COVID.
Anyways, this wasn’t meant to be a blog post about the obvious. We all might have our own (personal) reasons to want to put a cosmic mile between us and 2020.
A few more weeks/days now and 2020 is history. Amen and bye bye.
2021 season – return to a passion
It sort of was in the cards. It was on my mind weeks after the accident. Regardless of reason, whether an accident on skis (can get serious enough), on a bicycle, in a car, on a motorcycle or other. Stop doing something you love because of fear is a difficult one. Think I speak for the many saying this.
Some choose to end the chapter in their life, as a result of “happenstances”. Others choose to face their (potential) fear(s), learn, and move on. Guess I belong in the latter category. Doesn’t mean one is stupid, although it might take a person with similar passion(s) or interests to understand, and concur.
During fall/early winter I browsed classifieds. Visited dealers, looking for and at potential candidates. Made the decision early on it would not be a brand new one. After 3 “beemers” felt it was time to widen the scope. Look at and for alternatives. But what?
Those who’ve owned a BMW know it might not be so easy. Especially not in the adventure category. Less if it grows on you, which it will after some thousand kilometers or miles. Originally the plan was to get a last generation (2018) BMW R1200GS Adventure. With low mileage, and all bells and whistles.
After having seen, and rejected, several (for various reasons), one morning fate played a card in the form of an ad. That same day I went up to the dealer. Over the weekend I did “a bit” of research. The following Monday I was owner of an “Austrian Orange”.
It sort of happened on a whim, basically. I bought the previous 4 bikes on a whim as well. Especially the 3 beemers. This time around, well, perhaps I fell for the orange color? Not entirely, although I quite like the design.
KTM 1290 Super Adventure S
The “Austrian Orange” , KTM 1290 Super Adventure, is a mighty beast. Known as the most powerful serial produced adventure motorcycle. I got a decent deal, it had only 10k km on the odometer. Since a 2019 model it carries plenty of factory warranty left, in Norway 5 years.
For me personally the break horsepower aspect of this bike’s engine doesn’t really matter. What matters, is low rpm torque, comfort and a whole host of electronic aids. To have a riding companion and adventure tool, suited for long distance journeys. Or local/regional rides. daytrips or weekend expeditions. On road as well as on gravel.
The bike was fitted with a set of new Michelin Anakee Adventure tires. I know these very well. You can read more about latest Anakee Adventure experiences here. Nice to get familiar “shoes” on the new bike. Won’t get acquainted with it anytime soon. The motorcycle will remain in winter storage at my dealer till spring.
Meanwhile I’ll be planning some upgrades, some for comfort, safety and visibility. More about that later.