Reading this thread reminded me that it was 20 years ago next month that I took a 1 week vacation and went on a fishing trip with a couple of my brother-in-laws. I brought the first cell phone I had with me, an analog phone about the size of a big remote control for a TV... just incase someone needed to reach me.
In the middle of the week, out in the middle of the lake in the morning, my office called. They needed to know where a drawing was. It was surreal, to be on the phone on a boat in the lake talking to my co-workers 100 miles away as if I was in the next cubical. The world got a lot smaller that day.
The only electronics we had on the boat was a depth sounder / fish finder that would draw a little crude graph of the bottom of the lake, and show little dots that were above the bottom, that might be fish. GPS was expensive back then, I didnt know anyone who had one. There were no ipods, no tablet computers, laptops were very expensive. Most computers still used dial up for internet connection, there were no weather radar websites, netflix, skype... and a 1 Meg file took about an hour to download.
Now our lives are very different. Now if you go 100 miles away from the city and you cannot get a cell phone signal, THAT seems surreal.
But one thing has not changed. I would be very happy to find a 1999 Roadstar (which was the 1st year they were made, in late 1998) for a reasonable price with low mileage, and I would be happy to ride it for the next 20 years.
I dont want to derail this thread and turn it into a discussion about how much technology has changed in the last 20 years, but this has changed my mind about one thing: since I hardly ever use it, I think I will take the phone holder off my handlebar, and put it in the trunk on my bike..... just because.
I liked 1998.
I liked 1968.
I like to ride my bike and think about my father riding his BMW R3 in Germany in 1946,
and my grandfather riding his Harley Davidson in 1926.
There is a connection there that does not change across the years.
Last edited by KCW; 04-27-2018 at 09:19 AM.