K13 and I have been together for more than a decade. We have a shared history that will always be with me. As I took a few pictures of her, I realised how much had changed even as the foundation stayed constant. New parts such as tires, fuel pump, and cables have replaced components that were defective or failed with time. Modifications with the lowered ride height and seat quality, aftermarket enhancements, have helped to bring more comfort into the experience. As I look to the past and the day ahead, I find myself enjoying the whispers that linger.
Great foundations endure. The frame, engine, and design have stood the test of time. The trust and confidence I have in her are grounded in forty thousand plus kilometres of riding in all kinds of conditions. As I look back, I see K13 as an example of one writer’s description of our souls. “Some of the tree’s branches were pruned and you wild olive shoots were grafted in. Yet the fact that you are now fed by that rich and holy root.” (Romans 11.17)
Confidence is never an excuse for carelessness. I trust this motorcycle. Her limits are well beyond my abilities. As strong as my confidence is, I also know that being proactively alert, and anticipating what is going on around me, is essential to safe riding. Knowing myself and the bike’s limits opens the door to the day ahead. What happens next will include the actions and relationships with others. Ignoring the present and all that comes with it is dangerous in any situation.
Great things can be shared. As much as I like and enjoy K13, she does not need to be with me forever. I know there will be a time to share my experience with others, potentially leading to a new home. The experience of what we have shared will never be lost. Kindness, care, and compassion are like that. I know they are in my life. I have grown because of them. I also know I can share without losing them.