Riding season is here, still no bike and an update on my smoking cessation effort

I need to vent a little bit here.  Riding season is officially underway and I have yet to be out on my motorcycle yet.  I have all of my upgrades done and have paid for the labor and should have it back already.  However, due to an issue with one of the suppliers, my new license plate bracket still isn’t in and it was supposed to come in the second week of March.  Apparently, there is still a week lead-time on the part and it won’t be available until April 13th.  I am not very happy about this and hope that it’s shipped and installed not long after that.  I hope that because of this mix-up I can hopefully get something out of the dealership such as a discount on my next service since I plan to put enough miles on after the semester ends to get me to my next recommended servicing.  I’m not usually like this and I know that sometimes accidents happen but I am losing valuable riding time that I can’t get back.  On the plus side though, the dealership did say they will deliver my bike back to me and waive the delivery fee since I have spent a lot of money with them!

Since I don’t have a lot more to say about that right now, I think I should also offer up an update on my smoking.  I have the Welbutrin to help me quit, however I think that I’m actually smoking more now.  Also, the pills give me extreme cottonmouth and a little bit of paranoia I think.  I must admit though that the paranoia could just be attributed to the fact that I saw it on the side-effects list.  I will say that the medication has helped me in other ways though, such as increasing my focus and allowing me to concentrate on my schoolwork which in turn allows me to get more done in less time.  It has also helped a little bit in speeding up my metabolism and suppressing my appetite at night.  Since I work late hours this has really helped me to stop overeating and going to bed right away after work.  I hope that it can actually help me quit smoking though but it’s going to be a rough journey either way and I can only hope that it gets easier the longer i’m on this medication.

Finally, as a side note, my workouts are going great.  I really do need to start working out my legs though as I’ve been focusing on my upper body and I am starting to look really disproportionate.  I took off from lifting this week because it’s been a rough one but i’m hoping that once the semester is over I can get back to killing it at the gym (and my home gym) and really focus on changing my body composition.

As an added bonus, here’s two pictures of my motorcycle after my upgrades:

I put on a detachable windshield, a two person seat, a detachable sissy bar, and passenger footboards.


Is it time to bring the bike out yet?

This past fall I had completed the rider course through Harley-Davidson and the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF).  I must say, it was something that I never really had an interest in until I started working for the company.  After completing the course I bought my first motorcycle, a 2014 Harley-Davidson Softail Slim.  I only had about a month and a half of riding season left by the time I got my license but I must say it was a life-changing experience.  I wish that I would have done this a long time ago!  Here is a picture of me with my bike:


There is something very therapeutic about hopping on the bike, cranking up some music and just hitting the open road with no destination in mind.  You can clear your mind and just let go of everything that’s bothering you.  The feeling of the wind in your face and the smell of fresh air gives you a sense of freedom that you just can’t find when riding in a car.  Now that I have experienced riding, I don’t think that I can ever go back to not riding.  Ever since I put the bike into storage for the winter, I have had the itch to get it back out and start riding.  My plan is to hopefully take it out towards the end of April so that I can get as much riding in as possible this season.  I am definitely not happy about the prediction that we have six more weeks of winter left, however I am watching the extended weather forecast everyday so that I can bring the bike home as soon as possible.  I plan to ride every day this summer and won’t use my car unless I absolutely have to.  I added a bunch of upgrades to the bike this winter, such as a windshield, 2-up seat and sissy bar to make sure that it’s ready by the first day that the weather breaks.