Here's wishing you and yours the best of Christmas holidays, may you get what you wish for, may you get to spend time with loved ones, and equally important, may you get a few good rides in before this year is history!
Speaking of time passing:
2006: The long 30+ day of snow captivity for Maria, my 2004 BMW R1150RT and I; trapped by snow and unable to reach the main roads.
2007: Only one motorcycle in my life at the time, Maria, she was a quite the mileage crusher; but she was not a suitable motorcycle for snow...
2009: A year later, now not so easily trapped by snow and well on the way to embracing snow days, learned a lot about wrenching on a 1996 URAL Sportsman, really a lot....her name was Natasha. I got her in trade for Maria.
2011: Natasha breaks one too many times (I really should have kept her) and Vikki, a 2004 Suzuki V-Strom and later Yoshie, a 2006 Suzuki V-Strom with the same Dauntless Sidecar come into the picture. They took a while to sort out into a good snow rig but she got there. Fast, powerful, but in the end, not a URAL.
2012: Valencia is now in the picture and I was back to being a Uralista, along with still riding Yoshie the V-Strom sidecar rig sometimes.
2013: Valencia continues to provide much three-wheeled enjoyment, takes me to Alaska and back (though with some major mechanical work involved).
2014: After a trade-in deal I couldn't pass up, Yoshie and Valencia go to other owners and Scarlett enters the picture.
2015: Scarlett remains in the picture and doing well, Brigitta, the R80 Beemer remains as well, relegated to mostly dry and sunny riding conditions.