Back in Aug I packed up the '71 R50/5 bought over the internet three days earlier and headed off for a month on the road.
Backing up a bit, buying it over the phone after seeing a few low rez pics went something like this:
Me: "Does it hold oil pressure and shift okay?"
Seller: "Sure, it holds oil pressure jes fine and it'll shift through all 4 gears."
Me: "Good. I'll take it. How does my buddy find your place?"
So began my first Cross Canada ride since '81 when I traversed the Dominion on my old '72 Moto-Guzzi 850 Eldorado. Hmmmn?
I nearly decided to take the S2 Buell when my insurance company informed me they wouldn't transfer the policy from my GS/PD because the R50 was too old. Arrgh, another insurance policy! Alas, I wanted to make this trip liesurely on a calm, quiet "polite" bike, not the bellicose snarling red Buell. I ponied up. It was the right choice. If I'd taken the Buell I'd probably be sitting in a jail cell awaiting trial in a lovely little B.C. town near some awesome mountain road.