St. Gen Ride – 7/21/2018

Eric and I met up for an easy Saturday morning motorcycle ride. We decided to meet at an old Blockbuster (now defunct) that he used to work at. There, we would meet his sister Alisa and ride together to St. Genevieve, Missouri for breakfast. Why St. Gen, cause its far away and gives us a place to ride to.

So I’m riding along on the highway doing my own thing and getting over 50 MPG. Suddenly, I’m passed by Eric going much faster. So I kept up with him and followed him all the way to our meeting spot. Why this part of the story is important is because Eric often complains that he doesn’t get that great of fuel economy. He used to get great numbers, but the longer he has had his bike, the worse it gets. When we got to the meeting spot, I was down to just 40 MPG due to keeping up with Eric. I did my best to explain to him that his crazy riding (cause motorcycles are so much fun) is the reason it has gone down!

From Left to right: Eric’s Yamaha FZ-07, Alisa’s Honda CB500, Hogan’s Suzuki V-Strom 650

Once we met up, we had a nice country ride down rural Missouri highways until we got into St. Gen. From there, we headed to a Huddle House. As luck would have it, it was closed for renovations. Eric guided us to a McDonald’s for breakfast. I actually likeĀ  McDonald’s, but was looking for some small town food. So I told Eric and Alisa to hang on. I approached a stranger and asked if he knew of a local diner for breakfast that wasn’t a chain. He pointed us to Buddy’s Place Restaurant (585 Ste Genevieve Dr, Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670).

Buddy’s was the perfect small town breakfast. The buffet had more stuff than I should have eaten, but that didn’t stop me! I don’t normally take photos of my food, but this was an exception!

Eventually we parted ways. Eric and I took the ferry across to Illinois and Alisa went back home solo.

Hogan Haake

 

2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650

After 10 years and approximately 13,000 miles, I wanted something different. I was trading in my Kawasaki Concours for a different motorcycle.Over the years, I had spent far more in repair cost than the cost of the bike and I was starting to loose confidence in the bike. There were many little things that were off, but it is a 15 year old bike.But I won’t forge the time in Arkansas with Hiatt, or the Colorado trip where I had to purchase a truck to bring the bike home, or the 5 corners of Missouri. I had fun, but the fun was getting long. I didn’t ride it much. Part of this was due to the thread of breakdowns, and the other because it takes a while for the engine to heat up before its ready to ride.

I did research online and got permission from the wife to make the purchase. The only dealer near St. Louis was about 80 miles away. But the price was fantastic and I worked out the details over the phone before heading out.

Eric and I left on a 40 degree day. The ride out there was long and cold, even stopping for Eric to buy some snow pants to help him warm up. Eventually, we made it out to ATVs and More which is on the site of an old Target, so its beyond HUGE! I got to business quickly making the deal I came for. There was a bit of back and forth, but they committed to the original quoted price and I appreciate that!

So while they prepped the bike, Eric and I wondered the store…

When the time finally came, I wrote the check and we were out of there! The V-Strom 650 was mine. And most cool, it had 0 miles on it!!!

Here I am riding out of the parking lot for the first time!

Fortunately, it warmed up for the ride home. Without that 1000cc engine of the Concours pouring heat out on me, the increased temperature was appreciated. And finally home!

Hogan Haake