My mid-life crisis

I'm reaching an age that has created a lucrative livelihood for many psychologists. According to them, it's when men start to act a bit oddly and is characterized by extravagant purchases of automotive horsepower. Well, I finally succumbed to the stereotype, but I went out and bought one of these. I found it used on craigslist of all places. It's in great shape and needs only a bit of work. But that's the beauty of it. It needs some work.

When you live in the center of Silicon Valley and work for an innovative company like Sun, there aren't too many opportunities to roll up your sleeves - technology pretty much does everything for us. The pace of technology advances in consumer goods has outstripped the ability of most of us non-engineers. Ever try to replace the battery in your iPod? So, it's a bit refreshing that I can adjust the carburetor and brakes myself. Don't get me wrong, I do appreciate and embrace innovation, but there is something immensely satisfying about tuning an engine on your own - even if it's one that sounds like a circa 1930's Russian tractor.

Oh, and the first nice day this spring, my carpool partner is in for a big surprise.

Comments:

Ha ha Mike, mid-life crisis indeed. Now, will you and your carpool partner take turns in driving and changing tire? (smile) What a stunt that the pair did in the video!

Posted by Kempton on March 07, 2008 at 02:46 AM PST #

Where do you stow your crutches, or are you now fully recovered?

Posted by Eric Drattell on March 07, 2008 at 05:18 AM PST #

Ha! Do you have to use mid-life crisis to justify man's irrational purposes?

Motorcycles are rare in Beijing and many of them come with a sidecar.

Posted by Sin-Yaw Wang on March 07, 2008 at 09:44 AM PST #

Looks like an evolution of a replica of a BMW World War II military motorbike? Russia has built a lot of these after the war, both for military & civilian purposes...

(Reading up on the site confirms my "suspicion" ;) )

Posted by JanC on March 10, 2008 at 06:28 AM PDT #

Nice bike :)

Did you consider the Enfield Bullet?
Check out http://www.enfieldmotorcycles.com/

Best.

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