It was my birthday this week. I wasn’t expecting anything other than to go out for dinner after work, maybe have a piece of cake. You know, normal grown-up birthday stuff. I don’t expect presents because don’t need a thing.
After work on Wednesday, Kenny was flittering around the house with a look on his face like the cat that ate the canary. I sat in my office chair and he came waltzing over and said, “I’m just too excited. I can’t wait anymore. Close your eyes.”
He put his phone on my desk and said “open your eyes.” There was a picture of a red & white Husqvarna TE310 staring back at me.
Happy Birthday, he said.
My new to me 2009 Husqvarna TE 310
I’m terrible with words. It just so happens that I’m one of those people who gets tongue tied and flubs what I want to say. So, I often just stay quiet. Not to mention you never really know just what to say when someone gives you something extravagant. Thank you? That never seems to be big enough.
Kenny then went on to tell me that it would be delivered the following day.
Fast forward to this morning. A big rig pulled up in front of our house, delivering my new to me motorcycle. I ran outside to watch the driver wheeling the bike down the empty trailer.
I may have squealed. But just a little.
Our neighbors were heading off to work at the same time the truck pulled up and began to unload. They smiled and didn’t say anything but I’m thoroughly convinced that they think we’re a bunch of idiots over here. And, well – they may be right but we’re having a lot of fun doing it.
When the bike came off the dolly, my first thought standing next to it was Oh boy, this is tall. But as I walked it up our driveway I was immediately struck by how light and easy to maneuver it was compared to the DRZ.
Apparently Kenny had been on the lookout for a Husky for me for a few months now. During the bike show in January I sat on a TE 250 and spoke with Fred Hoess at the Husky display at length. I guess that was what pushed Kenny over the edge to pull the trigger on finding a bike for me.
The bike is definitely tall for me. Kenny, thinking ahead had already ordered a 1in. Kouba Link and put it on this afternoon Is he the best or what?
So far my test rides have only been around the block. The bike feels TINY; so narrow and light. It feels like there isn’t even a gas tank between your knees. I can only imagine this bike will help me in the confidence department when we’re riding in the woods. C’mon weekend!
Listen – I’m not Mother Theresa or a ravishing beauty and I haven’t cured cancer. So, what did I do to get so lucky? I don’t know the answer to that but I do know that I am grateful and then some.