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Moto-holic

 

Rob Cimeno

Hello, my name is Rob and I have a problem.
WORDS/PHOTOGRAPHY: Rob Cimeno

Hello, my name is Rob and I have a problem–and I only wish a bit of overindulgence in homemade chocolate chip cookies was it. Experience has led me to believe I can’t say no to new motorcycles. I hope this is one of the first steps to recovery–admitting the problem, I mean. My wife has hinted at it all along. A few years back she dropped me off at the dealership so I could pick up my new BMW. No big deal, my sales job of needing a sport-tourer had silenced the “whaddayaneedthatfor?” that had been ringing in my ears earlier in the week.

But it wasn’t quiet for long. Exactly one month after the BMW purchase, she opened the garage door to find my new bike parked next to my old bike. “I thought you traded that Ducati in!” she shouted. “Why do you need two motorcycles?”

At that moment, the thought crossed my mind that this woman who had been my wife for 14 years barely knew me. “What do I need two motorcycles for?” I thought to myself. “You dropped me off at the dealership, and they both do different things,” I replied. But that really wasn’t the root of it at all. One motorcycle could satisfy most of the reasons I enjoyed riding.

I needed the “feeling.” What’s that, you ask? Well it’s what happened after I got my first mini-bike. The joy of riding it mixed with the fulfillment of having acquired the dangerous little object moms hate. The feeling at Christmastime after getting the one gift I truly had to have. The feeling of placing that driver’s license in my empty wallet and thinking, “Ha, suckers, I passed!” The feeling of breathing in that new-car smell. Most of all for me, it had become the feeling of a new motorcycle in my garage.

Oh, track days! I was so excited leaving the track, I called my wife while still under the influence of adrenaline. “I had such a great time, but the Ducati really isn’t set-up for the track. I need a track bike,” my sales pitch flowed. “Go for it,” she said. The quiet time away from me might be worth it.

The feeling was back. A new 2005 Honda CBR1000RR was parked next to the other two bikes. Wonderful, now I have a track bike; my little plan to fill the garage with happiness was taking shape. The trouble started whenever discussing things of a financial nature. I often heard, “You have three motorcycles in the garage; why don’t you sell one?” I learned to block it out. “Yeah, well, giving blood and selling a kidney are on the list before selling one of my bikes!” That remark, shouted in desperation, signaled I was losing ground in this struggle, and I could feel it. A cooling-off period was in order; perhaps even doing some of the neglected fix-it jobs around the house. And so it goes.

An e-mail I received last week is still haunting me. My friend Mike sent photos of his
new BMW GS Adventure. I want to feel happy for Mike, but it’s hard. He’s got the feeling. I need the feeling. But this time it will wait. For as badly as I need a supermoto bike–and I’m working on the sales pitch as I write this–I can acknowledge I have a problem, a compulsion that overwhelms *** Not only can I not set foot in a motorcycle dealerships right now, I can’t go within 100 miles of one. I feel sick. This new issue of Motorcyclist will tide me over for a little while…

Oh no, it’s 2007–the new releases are out!

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COMMENTS:

  1. sanjeevnanda
    Posted on: July 15, 2010 9:53 pm

    I can totally relate with you man, Im a motoholic as well. Living in India means i can’t easily get my hands on dese mean machines but i do own my own Indian set of trailblazer machines. I just love riding my bikes.
    I share a similar passion, read more it http://www.sanjeevnanda.net

  2. wood5
    Posted on: August 7, 2007 4:41 am

    I am a moto-holic also. I am actually trying to sell some of the inventory which includes a Honda 1970 US90 three wheeler, 1983 ATC200x 1996 Honda Goldwing, 1999 Honda Shadow – Aero, 1986 Honda TRX250R, and most recently a 2007 Harley Softail-Deluxe. Try and justify a boatload of Honda’s and suddenly a Harley. I recently looked at an article in Robb that I added to my blog I kind of feel that it does not excuse, but explain. blog.wood5web.com/2007/07/24/a-new-era-part-1/

  3. wood5
    Posted on: August 7, 2007 4:40 am

    I am a moto-holic also. I am actually trying to sell some of the inventory which includes a Honda 1970 US90 three wheeler, 1983 ATC200x 1996 Honda Goldwing, 1999 Honda Shadow – Aero, 1986 Honda TRX250R, and most recently a 2007 Harley Softail-Deluxe. Try and justify a boatload of Honda’s and suddenly a Harley. I recently looked at an article in Robb that I added to my blog I kind of feel that it does not excuse, but explain. http://www.blog.wood5web.com/2007/07/24/a-new-era-part-1/

  4. kavutu
    Posted on: June 25, 2007 3:10 pm

    You guys are “killing me”!! I am 47 and I started riding at age 5. Rode until I sold my last bike 4 years ago. Mostly motocross but also alot of street riding. Remember the Kawasaki 500 and 750 3 cylinder 2 stoke street beasts?? Wish I had kept them. If you want to find ANY thing you need for your bikes go to http://www.onlinehelmets.com and click on any of the helmet tabs. this will take you to Ride Gear home page. you can find most anything on their site and the prices are great. Kavutu

  5. titoestrada
    Posted on: May 25, 2007 7:45 pm

    I have the same addiction you have, Rob. I already own a Suzuki Bergmann 650, A Yamaha V Star 1100 Classic, and today I found myself looking at Victory’s Hammer S.
    Do we need a shrink??? My wife thinks so !!!

  6. kmunny19
    Posted on: April 5, 2007 1:38 pm

    Two tricks I’ve learned. Bought a GSXR-750 to replace my Katana 600, and instead of trading the Kat in, I convinced my wife to start riding. Now we’d never sell “her” Katana, even though its getting to be time to add a sport tourer for the longer trips. (Oh by the way, I hope it won’t be long before she wants her own one of those too.) Second trick, have a kid. She’s already asking me how old he or she should be before they get either a pocket bike or 50cc dirt bike. I imagine it wont be a hard sell to move up from there. Long story short, pick a cool woman to be with, introduce her to bikes, and fill the garage.

  7. philc712
    Posted on: November 6, 2006 10:20 pm

    Mine is a sickness for motorcycles in general though not new ones. In 2000 I bought a 2000 Concours. After a few track days I obtained an 89 FJ1200 (120HP and over 165MPH dyno and speedo buried – I needed a track bike).Next came the 1995 CBR900RR ( I repeat, I needed a track bike). Then the Ninja 250 (to have something small to help others learn to ride). After that a 1985 KLR250 (ran into a dirt road during my 135 mile round trip commute to work each day) had to have it. Next came the 1989 Ninja 600 because it looks like my cousing 1989 Ninja 250 that lives in my garage. And finally the 2002 RC51 (bought it in tribute to a friend who died as one of the good ones who die to soon). Each bike has been met with one question from my wife Robin. “Who’s bike is that one?”. When I tell her it’s mine she always comments on whether she likes the color, and that the garage is a mess and I should clean it up. I sort of do as that always causes me to smile that I’ve gotten away with it again as I wipe down one of the bik

  8. mikealcorn
    Posted on: November 5, 2006 7:02 pm

    Mr. Cimeno

    I would take the professional advice of the good doctor. Just take the Rx to the nice saleman at the motorcycle store of your choice and I am sure that they can help.

    Best regards

  9. drducatisti
    Posted on: November 5, 2006 8:37 am

    Wow, sounds familiar,

    Does ownership of eleven vintage and current Ducati’s
    qualify me for immediate admission into my local clinic?
    Ive had that fever. Comes and goes. Its mostly triggered in
    my case by the color red. As of yet, my HMO still refuses
    payment for my care. If your going to get sick… thats as
    good an illness as any you could contract.
    I would prescribe a Supermoto, STAT!
    Good luck Bob,
    Doc Ducatista

  10. mikealcorn
    Posted on: November 4, 2006 9:40 pm

    Hi, my name is Mike

    (Audience: Hi Mike!)

    I need help. On top of paying MSRP on the Teutonic Tote-Goat, I have bought about every over-priced widget that I could get my meat hooks onto to:

    Jesse Bags (with liners)
    GPS
    Valentine One
    iPod
    Throttle lock
    Three windscreens, because two are just not enough!
    Corbin seat with autosuck
    Widget attachment devices everywhere
    Hella Xenon Retina-Destroyers to augment the OEM fog lights
    Ohlins (currently in the care of UPS)

    I know that there are farkles out there that I haven’t even thought of. Thank goodness for the internet.

    Can someone help me! I need a ride to the Betty Ford Center for Farkle Addiction.

    Mr. Cimeno, send me your telephone number. We may have some things in common. One last thing Mr. Cimeno, do your feet actually touch the ground when you are on any of those bikes?

  11. podman
    Posted on: November 3, 2006 4:09 pm

    First of all nice garage and bikes. If you ask me you have some major sucking up to your wife for being so tolerant. Actually some of my friends comment more about the number of bikes (I had seven at one time). My wife basically figures as long as it does not invade her car space in garage have ten of them if you want. I could own a bunch of them again but would need to buy a barn and land somewhere to keep them. Listen robbi having a bunch of bikes is like having a bunch of mistresses. Just remember the bikes are a lot cheaper and you get keep your plumbing intact.

  12. tab
    Posted on: November 3, 2006 2:11 pm

    Ah, new motorcycle lust. It’s funny how that can sometimes even overcome Victoria’s Secret Model lust. (Just sometimes though, let’s not get carried away..) Honestly, if I had more room to store them, there’s almost no limit to how many bikes I could justify. (I would say the minimum is 5). As it is, I only have two bikes at any one time. But that’s the beauty of it. It gives reason for getting a new bike every now and then (like after every track day or motorcycle show). Rob, your sickness is a common one, I’m afraid. And as yet, there is no known cure….

    Tab.

  13. alfredoparedes
    Posted on: November 3, 2006 2:17 am

    Hey Bob, your story ring me a bell.
    I started with one bike when married, in fact I knew her whith this bike,and wanted to get a MX bike as I had when I was 17, so I got one, but then came the children, and money was not enough for the family and my bikes so my bikes had to be sold. Time passed by and now I got divorced, I have two marvellous children, 24 motorcycles(only 7 run OK), one girldfriend with her daughter, two mortgage, work 360 milles away home,and a big note hanging of my neck. ” I LIKE MOTORCYCLES OVER ALL “, except my childrem obviously. This is the real life.Buy that new R1 2007. Live is too short.
    Alf

  14. alfredoparedes
    Posted on: November 3, 2006 2:16 am

    Hey Bob, your story ring me a bell.
    I started with one bike when married, in fact I knew her whith this bike,and wanted to get a MX bike as I had when I was 17, so I got one, but then came the children, and money was not enough for the family and my bikes so my bikes had to be sold. Time passed by and now I got divorced, I have two marvellous children, 24 motorcycles(only 7 run OK), one girldfriend with her daughter, two mortgage, work 360 milles away home,and a big note hanging of my neck. ” I LIKE MOTORCYCLES OVER ALL “, except my childrem obviously. This is the real life.Buy that new R1 2007. Live is too short.
    Alf

  15. cmoore
    Posted on: November 2, 2006 3:14 pm

    I was in Advanced Motrosports here in Dallas looking at all of their beautiful…and I do mean beautiful Ducati’s. My mind was raceing while I was talking with Pete the sales guy…how do I sell my wife on another motorcycle in the garage. Thank god I have three kids and common sense took over. It’s tough to resist. I envy you having three bikes. Ride safe.