No, IaaM is not a new offering of ours, it’s just going to be an extended metaphor for the purposes of this blog post. If someone figures out how to offer true IaaM…. please look me up, it sounds amazing. Anyhow….
I bought a motorcycle.
The bar for what I was looking for was that it run, and it does run. Although it died on me about four times in my attempt to drive it home from across town. I know basically nothing about motorcycles — the closest I’ve gotten is a 150cc scooter that I rode for a year about five years back. So I did what everyone who works at a tech company does, and I went to our CTO to ask for motorcycle advice because he’s been riding for a number of years and knows what it takes to make them as safe as possible. He also knows what motorcycles are going to be inherently good or terrible.
He gave me suggestions for gear, and I bought a helmet, a jacket, and gloves. He suggested more than that, but I didn’t take all of his advice because I wanted the cheapest motorcycle money could buy, and more than $200 of gear for a $500 motorcycle just felt…. wrong (even if he was right).
The motorcycle did (eventually) make it home. It does run. I’ve ridden it around the neighborhood a few times and run a few errands on it so I can get more comfortable with it. Every older motorcycle is going to have a few quirks and this one is not without them. It took me a bit to get the choke right, to figure out the clutch, and to know how to handle a machine much bigger than I’d ever ridden before.
I found out it doesn’t have an air filter or even an air box and I probably will always be finding things that need to be tweaked. The blinkers don’t really work like they should and the seat can literally be knocked off by bumping it slightly harder than expected. It’s kind of a piece of junk. But it does run.
But here’s the thing, this is a toy for me. It’s not critical to my lifestyle in any way, for anything critical we have a large family car. I can ride my motorcycle somewhere and if it dies on the side of the road and I have to take a Lyft to make it to my destination on time, everything is going to be just fine. It’s a toy.