Welcome to the forum from Houston and congrats on your bike. This is a great place and folks are very helpful. Just a note, everyone here loves to see pics of folks bikes so post some when you can. Based on your last sentence you must also have a boat (j/k).
No, no boat, but I also like to shoot and if I'm not paying for airplane rental (I'm in a flying club which is much better than just renting outright) or motorcycle stuff I also buy guns and ammo and go punch holes in paper. Thus the "money into noise" comment, which is something pilots often say about their .. affliction.
I do have hobbies that don't qualify though. Getting back into ham radio (licensed since 1978 but been off the air for a couple of decades) and "analog" (film) photograph and darkroom work, which is quite the opposite. Soft orange light and some jazz playing and I can print all night.
Welcome! Where ya from? I Just took the BRC course this week, and just got my license yesterday.. Just got off my 2010 V Star 650, haha.
Lawrenceville, GA, northeast suburb of Atlanta. Originally from Elizabethton in northeast Tennessee but been here since 2003. Probably retire eventually to the north Georgia mountains, but for right now my job is in Atlanta.
As for the photos, well the thing is, there are several things in progress. I have photos of her when I bought her, but weekend before last I was riding with a buddy and my upper pipe fell off. At 65 mph. I didn't know WTH happened, can't see it riding, just the bike got real noisy. We found the pipe beside the road and on the next Tuesday (they're closed Sunday and Monday) I took it to the shop where I bought it (consignment sale.) The bolt holding it had apparently backed out and left the pipe to vibrate freely until it broke off at the little midpipe adapter between the slip on and the header pipe. I had three choices: 1) they could order the midpipe adapter bit and gasket from Yamaha and have it in about a week, for $35, and put my old pipe back on. It's functional, but really banged and scratched up from falling off at 65 mph. Or if I didn't want a banged up scratched up upper pipe, 2) they could order a new one from Yamaha, also about a week delay, for over $400, or 3) I could put new Vance and Hines pipes on in a couple of days and ride it that weekend, for $550. I said "do eet!"
So the pictures I have of the bike are with the stock pipes, just as I bought her. But she has Vance and Hines Cruzers on now, plus I have much larger bags and a custom made back rest to install this weekend, so she'll look rather different.
But here she is as I bought her, with and without yours truly. I named her Jessica, after Jessica Rabbit, because she's red (a red-head) and my name is Roger. Seemed perfect.