Tonto Basin, AZ (April 10, 2017) - When people ask if I have named my motorcycle I respond, "Mr. Burgess!" Quizzical looks require that I explain.
On December 15, 2006 an 82 year old driver in a Lincoln Town Car pulled out in front of me at an intersection in Mint Hill, NC. The result was a destroyed Honda GL-500 Silver Wing and a major injury to my left shoulder (AC joint). As I was being loaded into an ambulance I shouted. "I am getting a BRAND NEW motorcycle, and THAT guy is going to pay for it!"
It probably wasn't a nice thing to say, but it was true. About 15 months later I purchased a zero mileage Honda ST1300 with the proceeds of the insurance settlement. It seemed appropriate the driver who nearly killed me should somehow be remembered. "Mr. Burgess" and I began our joint odyssey back and forth across America.