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Sunday, January 27, 2013

My "Tour de Garages" begins - Post 1: What, you might ask, does collecting shoes have to do with motorcycles?

If you’d asked me a couple of years ago, “what do you collect?” I’d have told you, “Nothing!” But, being older allows me to be more honest and honestly, when I look around I have to admit I could be accused of collecting a few things; one of them might be shoes. (People who know me would also say I collect pens, but that little fetish is closer to hoarding than collecting.) Now I’m not an unreasonable collector. I have a rule … a new pair in and an old pair out. So I bend the rule a bit as I set the new pair on the floor while I decide (in a week or maybe three) what pair I must part with...

And what, you might ask, does collecting shoes have to do with motorcycles? Nothing, except for the fact that I have multiple pair of shoes and only one motorcycle. I do not collect motorcycles, probably because most motorcycles cost way more than the most shoes and I wouldn’t have any place to put more than one motorcycle anyway (unless, of course, I moved the shoes out then I might fit a small scooter in the closet.) However, lucky for me, I do know a couple of people who are collectors though some refuse to admit it.

My friend Ken is one of those ‘not collector’ collectors. According to Ken, he’s an accumulator. By definition; a collector is a person that collects things of a specified type, professionally or as a hobby; a hoarder is someone who accumulates things and hides them away for future use - is he by definition a motorcycle hoarder then? (Oh crap, does that mean I am a shoe hoarder? Shoes and pens, I need more motorcycles please!)

Accumulator, collector or hoarder, doesn’t really matter, what does matter is that I asked if he’d let me wander around his garage and share some of his ‘anti-collection’ and he said yes … opening the way for a series of seriously motorcycle related blogs to begin. We're Canadian eh! If we can’t ride we might as well spend the cold months talking about riding motorcycles so I’m going to poke around a few garages over the next bit … my Tour de Garages begins (you never know, I might learn something along the way.) I don't know how many posts there will be in this series, guess it just depends on how many garages I get to poke about in.

Coming next - Here’s the pick of the litter – not the newest or the oldest, not the best ride or even the first ride – just his personal favorite.
Upcoming posts will have more pictures - less talk (unless it's garage talk), promise!


  1. Great idea. Kinda like touring new houses just to see new designs. Great picture of the bike above.

    And I don't think I'm gonna even open my garage door. Not enough room to even squirm between things. :)

    1. BeemerGirl, there wasn't a whole lot of room in this garage - getting photos was quite a feat as I tripped over this and that ... think I'll be poking in this garage for a bit for sure.

  2. Karen:

    I used to collect Pens. I would go to pen shops everywhere I went. Then I used to collect Cameras but for the past decade I've been collecting/hording sandals until I discovered that I don't need them anymore

    Can't wait for more garage photos

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  3. What a concept. I should have photographed my friends shop wher I installed the tire. Thirteen bikes.

    1. Thirteen - now that's a nice collection too. I don't think I counted in Ken's garage, might have to go back again.

  4. Am not a collector either but i love the above photo.
    If you came to my garage the only thing you will get is a street motorcycle and a number of Street Bike Parts.

    1. Thanks Janet - believe me there were a lot of parts in that garage too.

  5. ooooh, way to suck us in and make us wait for the main event.

    Not much riding happening around here lately either. We did manage to ride to coffee in the rain on Saturday and ride home. A whopping 10 miles round trip.

  6. Trobairitz - I was hoping a few people might like to venture a guess ... as a matter of fact, next post I may challenge!
    (10 miles of riding is 10 more miles than we've done here in the last 3 months ;}

  7. Karen, I'm looking forward to this!

    You know, I've normally accepted the blame for losing all of my own pens but I'm beginning to wonder if I'm not amongst a great many pen collectors!!

  8. Coop (how much laundry do you have?)

    Really, if you lived any closer I'm sure I could almost guarantee where those pens have disappeared to.