So, about the new cow … Got it yesterday.
Essentially, it’s in the boondocks, hidden well away in a rural region of Schleswig-Holstein. But it’s 5 km away from my hometown and I like to do business with Bert. That went over smooth yesterday.
He gave me a fair price for the old one (at right in the photo above) and had the (almost) new one prepped for me.
The previous owner, an accountant, must have been an esthete. Lots of special accoutrements:
I shudder to think why he then only put 3200 km on it. Perhaps the missus didn’t approve. Pro tip: a good deal results from female dismissal. Can’t be generalized … 😉
So, then the cow trade was realized and I could finally ride it back to my parent’s house. What an experience! You don’t notice how crappy your bike has become until you ride a new version of it! One does adapt to a lot of flaws. The hand and foot controls on the white-billed cow are tighter and exact, acceleration is smoother, the brakes work a lot better, as does the Quickshifter / Blipper.
Now today, it’s a long haul back to Thuringia and I’m looking forward to every single kilometer of that 450 km plus road.