Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Motorcycle & Coopers Sparkling Ale

The weather here in Texas is much more conducive to all-year riding and several folks in my company use bikes to commute.  A Japanese study showed that riding bikes is good for your brain.  I'd really like to get one after I return from Iraq and the Triumph Bonneville seems just about perfect for me.
That's me on a 2010 Triumph Bonneville T100.  It is a particularly beautiful machine.  It has an 865cc parallel-twin engine that fits tidily in the frame and provides plenty of muscle for highway speeds without the dangers inherent in overpowered sportbikes.  Bonnevilles also have a much more natural riding position with the foot-pegs neither outstretched like Harleys nor tucked back like sportbikes.  2009 and newer models like this gently used beauty have electronic fuel injection instead of carburetters which improves fuel economy and reduces emissions.  

Sarah and I will probably need separate transportation once we're finally together in 2012 and this is a cheaper and fuel-efficient solution.  So far I've resisted the urge to go through the safety course or make any purchases prematurely, though I have visited shops to look at their bikes (I pass a '98 Triumph Thunderbird every day on my commutes in to work; they're asking $3,000 for it, but it's older and a bit bigger than I want).  I think this will be a good thing for me to plan and think about while in country and double-win of fun and practical solutions for Sarah and I once I return.

Coopers Sparkling Ale
This is a product of Australia, brought to me stateside by that omnipresent chain Outback Steakhouse.  It's bottle-fermented, full-bodied and cloudy.  The flavor is light and almost cidery in a way I enjoyed.  I liked it and have since ordered it with both their fancier steak cuts as well as their burgers.

1 comment:

  1. Like they say in cycling: want to go faster? LOSE WEIGHT.

    Traditional automobiles can never be efficient, when you're expecting them to move one ton of metal and plastic along with you. A motorcycle is a pretty sweet option (if you can not crash).