Well, I advertised the KTM 790 on NZ's premier buy and sell website and the enquiries came thick and fast! Less than a day after advertising it, there had been nearly 1000 views and 150 bookmarks. I'd priced it to sell and others clearly thought so too. First call was from the owner of the dealership who has serviced my bikes for the last 25 years or so. Due to the international supply chain difficulties at present, they're having problems getting good bikes to sell. Greg was happy to pay the price I was asking so that sealed it but the calls and texts kept coming, despite marking it as provisionally sold on the website.
Two days later, I was delivering it to the Hamilton-based dealer, 160 km from home, with Jennie following in the car to pick me up.
The last ride was perhaps surprisingly unsentimental. I guess that ownership had been so much fun and the past 58-odd years likewise that it didn't feel momentous at all. It might have been nicer in some respects if I'd sold it at the attractive price to an individual rather than Greg on-selling it with a markup to someone else. However Greg and his team have really looked after me over the decades with great service including discounts on the gear I've purchased so it was a fair arrangement.
Straight into part of the next phase of life, we headed off this week in the MGB GT with neighbours who are also MG owners, a 1955 TF and a 90's MGF. A most enjoyable run on twisty roads, ending up at a beachside cafe about 100 km away, then a photo op for the MG car club.