This was the bike that started many things. It's hard to believe with all of the water under this year's bridge but it was just last January that forum member ejh bought this bike.
It was the last new 2003 Aprilia Mille R. Zero miles, full warranty, so trick you couldn't look at it directly or your head will explode.
If you look closely you can see Erik and me in the window of this coffee shop, plotting some absurd adventure.
But then...Erik went to many track days. And moved to Sante Fe, New Mexico. And then bad, bad things happened one hot day at Sandia racetrack in Albequerque. He was passing on the outside, off the race line and Erik's still near-new Mille slid and then endoed spectacularly into a gravel trap. With damage to the swingarm and all of the plastics, it was totalled.
However, his Ohlins forks, Ohlins shock and gold OZ wheels were still blingy-fresh. I waited what I thought was the appropriate mourning period before wondering aloud just what he was going to do with those pretty wheels.
So I sent him some money and they showed up in a box. A couple of boxes, actually. Except for a tiny bit of grime in the embossed "Made in Italy" on the lips of the rims they looked brand spankin' new.
Heh heh heh. I mean, look at how nice they look on my matte black '07 Tuono.
And this location should look familiar. Here we are back where it all began. Erik is now riding a sexay little Daytona 675...if I could convince him to move back to town, we'd be more or less full circle.