The last few weeks I have been giving serious thoughts to the choice I made in the kind of motorcycle I bought. Don't get me wrong, the Yamaha WR450 is an incredible motorcycle and will do virtually anything that you have the skills and capability of doing so its not the Yamaha's fault, it's sort of mine.
Box Wash is a great place to ride a motorcycle, it's got easy trails and hard trails, hills and descents and is the first place that I've been in since I customized the Yamaha that I've been able to give the motorcycle some serious riding in all types of terrain and get to know more about its abilities. But I found myself not riding it is much as I thought I would and I couldn't figure out why until a few days ago when it finally dawned on me what the problem was.
When I bought the Yamaha WR450 I hadn't owned a motorcycle in about 25 years so the only knowledge about what I liked in a motorcycle was the way I felt about motorcycles 25 years ago, so naturally I just continued with those feelings. But it has now become clear to me that I have changed in those 25 years, for the better of course, but changed nonetheless.
For some inexplicable reason I don't seem to have the strength, reflexes, or apparently even the reasoning ability that I had 25 years ago and that has seriously affected my abilities to enjoy what the Yamaha has the capability of doing.
And it appears that the reason I couldn't figure out why I wasn't enjoying riding the Yamaha WR450 is because it was a combination of problems that all together combined to create a situation where the thing missing from my rides was the very thing that I like to ride motorcycles for which is..... The FUN.
It was as complicated and as simple as that, the Yamaha just wasn't FUN to ride it was more like work. It's kind of big, it's kind of heavy, and it's still kind of tall which makes schlepping it down a rough trail more work than fun. I can do it but when it's over instead of a sense of accomplishment, the feeling is more one of glad to have survived.
So I'm in the position right now of trying to figure out what to do. I'm supposed to be heading for Quartzsite where my major way of having fun was going to be riding my dirt bike. But riding my dirt bike just hasn't been as much fun as I hoped it would be. So I've got to figure out what I need to do about all this and I will talk about that tomorrow.
Some of the many trails and washes available to ride on at Vulture Peak
Box Wash, some parts are deep sand and some parts are rocks and boulders. But all 5 miles of it are fun on the right motorcycle.