Well, I'm 90% decided anyway. Never thought I'd say it.
The reason - the great British climate. I have been thinking, and is it worth 3 months of ice, snow, fog, gales and a plague of frogs (well maybe not the last one) for the standard British 'blink and miss it' summer?
To be honest this thought has been on my mind since I broke my ankle riding on ice four years ago, resulting in a plate and pins and four months off work. Since then I haven't been riding if the temperature will be below freezing, and certainly not on snow. This has meant two buses and two hours to get to work (I work nights) and £20 for a taxi to get home again, as my job involves 12 hour shifts and another two hours to get home is out of the question. I have never had a bike and a car, as for various reasons this is impractical. A situation that still applies. Okay so I could buy a cheap 'jalopy' as a standby, but the trouble with this is cheap jalopies have a nasty habit of breaking down. So it's a good used car for me.
As I say I never thought I'd say this, and I love riding. Can't beat it as most of you will agree. But practicality rules here I'm afraid. No doubt the first warm sunny summers day I will think 'What have I done? What was I thinking?' But as I say I have to be practical.
So, shortly the Maxsym will be going back to the dealer. I have been a good customer of their's for years, and I'm sure they will give me a good deal. Besides, I need a few thousand to pay for a decent car.
I have done some good rides in the 21 years I have been back on two wheels, but I'm afraid it is time to move on.