Part of the experience for me is making and modifying my gear. I have as much fun with that as I do with the bike, it seems.
Recently my wife almost threw me out of the house for messing up her dainty sewing machine while I was making some changes to the Olympia jacket. It took a trip to the sewing machine mechanic (who later said the poor little thing was screaming at him, it was so badly beaten) to get back into the house.
When she asked what I wanted for Father's Day, what else could I say?
I checked the Manly Man Manual, and sure enough, there it was on page 27.
It's OK for a man to have his own sewing machine, so we went out and found the KLR of sewing machines, a PFAFF 260, vintage 1963.
Look at this picture and tell me it doesn't make you want to go out and adjust the valves and do the doo on your KLR:
I was so excited that I immediately re-stitched all the webbing and strapping that holds my crappage on the bike.
That stuff is mountain climbing harness webbing. The wife's wee wittle White had protested mightily, crying something about there being a big pea under its mattress. The PFAFF just went through three layers of it like it was cotton dress material.
I have always said that if I'd had a son I'd have called him Colt Cobra Schmitz. Bah, now I'd just call him PFAFF. Some day they'd make a movie about his life and call it "The PFAFF Ultimatum", and they'd have to get Chuck Norris to play the part. There'd be hundreds of roundhouse kicks to the head.
I've got some ATV tank panniers coming from Overstock.com.
I hope they have to be modified...