For the last two years, I have not done much riding on the ST1300. My Mother and my wife's Mother passed away within the year. I had hernia surgery that did not allow bike riding for several months. I retired from full time work this past year, and although I had some extra time, I had a lot of catch up work to do on projects postponed due to working.
I have loved the ST, but it is just a bit too big for me to handle. My wife would love to ride with me, but she was uncomfortable on the open back of the ST, and I was afraid of handling the extra weight/balancing etcetera, so she never did go with me on the bike for the last several years.
I wanted a new start with the ST, and it needed tires for the season if I was going to be trying to do longer trips. I ordered a set of PR3s, and contacted a local dealer to install them (they charged extra because I did not buy from them, but I still saved nearly $100 on the deal.). I went to the dealer with the wife in the cage to deliver the tires and so we could go for lunch while waiting for the install.
The dealer also sells can-am products. You guessed it! I never got to ride even 1 mile on the new tires. My wife and I both loved the Spyder (which we had looked at several times durning the past year), and she said she would love to ride along on the back of the touring model. So...... traded the ST and bought a new Can-Am Spyder RT!
It was time for a change, and the wife and I can now go together. I am more than willing to give up canyon carving to have her along to enjoy the ride. Rode the Spyder home on March 17th. Have a little over 600 miles on it so far, and 500+ of that was with my new pillon partner along!
I will be posting some ST items for sale that I will not need going forward, but will still hang around this site just to enjoy the conversations and the people. Besides, I cannot be without my periodic Gonzo humor fixes, or the banter between the group and our beloved moderators. At least I will not be so worried about "tip overs" on the three wheeler.