Tonto Basin, AZ (April 10, 2017) - When people ask if I have named my motorcycle I respond, "Mr. Burgess!" The 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 was smiling and grinning. "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 just seemed appropriate that the driver that nearly killed me should be remembered by naming the cycle for him. Hence, "Mr. Burgess" and I began our joint odyssey back and forth across America.