I bought a motorcycle the other day

On 2016/04/10 by Patrik Appelquist

For about five years I´ve been dreaming about having and riding a motorcycle. Two years ago I planned a trip through Europe by motorcycle. I tried to gather a few friends, the plan was to get the license and then go and be gone for about 6 weeks. I don´t necessary love the speed , I love the feeling of freedom when I´m on a bike. That´s why my little moped has served me well. The only problem is that I don´t get very far with it. I want to see the world. With my moped I can see a part of Växjö, tops.

puch maxi moped

I thought about it the other day. I´ve got so many ideas and so much I want to do. And I tell people about all my dreams and ideas because I love to share and I love when people think of me and my dreams and help me realize them by getting me in contact with similar people or sending me links that I might find useful. If people don´t know what you want to do they won´t be able to help you. Tell people about your dreams!

I told people about my motorcycle dreams two years ago. The whole motorcycle thing turned out to be a little too early. The timing wasn´t perfect so I had to put it to wait for a while. Until today. I´m finally a motorcycle owner! Proud and happy as hell. I found a Suzuki VX 800. A woman used to drive it for 17 years until she got a stroke and decided to sell it, to me. It´s in a very good condition and I love it. It´s exactly what I was looking for.

suzuki vx 800

So today I´ve been out practicing driving very slow around cones. It´s a heavy bastard so it´s easier said than done. Good thing I´m used to driving mopeds because the gear and clutch technique is basically the same. My goal is to get the license before august this year. It´s very much doable. The only thing I need is to find more people with the drivers license so that I can practice driving on the streets and not only on the parking lot.

Another very cool thing about this whole motorcycle story is that I actually found a new friend on the way. I used Jodel (like twitter but your anonymous and it´s geographically limited) to find someone who could drive this beauty back home to me. I was so surprised when a guy called Joel actually offered himself to go with me and then drive it the 100 kilometers back home. Joel turned out to be a super friendly and cool guy and we actually got a lot in common. Jodel has never delivered anything like this before and I started to doubt it as a social media, now I don´t. Thanks Jodel and thanks Joel!

A dream comes true

On 2014/12/15 by Patrik Appelquist

The ones who knows me know that I´m a social loner. I love people and I love my own company and I really appreciate to be alone now and then. That´s when I recharge my batteries. So, since I do feel comfortable being alone, I´ve done most of my trips abroad and adventures alone. I have of course met new friends wherever I´ve gone but those friends often stay where I met them and once back in Sweden I have no one to share the lovely memories with. So, when I thought about this new adventure, I thought that I would break up with an old pattern and that I at least should invite some people to join. So I invited a bunch of family, friends and fools that I know very well and don´t know at all but want to get to know better. A bunch of guys that i adore, look up to and/or inspire me in different ways. I know for sure that it takes a lot to be able to come. Money, time and other sacrifices. So…time will tell wheather I go alone or not this time. I hope for the latter.

I graduate from the Linnaeus University in june 2015 (Enterprising and Business Development). Three years of studies are soon to be over. Before being hired by H&M or IKEA´s sustainability, product development or CSR department I want to experience the feeling of total freedom at it´s best. And for me, I think that would be a trip down to southern Europe. But I´m not talking about a flight or so, oh no my friend…

Scenario:
You´re riding a little bit over 70 kilometers per hour. The sun is about to set over the French vineyards and hunger is calling for attention while you sweep down the curly roads. Just 2 kilometers left until we arrive at the guest house where we´ll sleep and eat cheaply. An amazing sound suddenly appears from behind. The roar of the 1100cc motors is just incredible. You’re looking in the rearview mirror of your motorbike. Three of your friends are about to catch up with you on their bikes. One of them honk when he pass by, just to disappear out of sight a few seconds later down the valley. ”This will be a nice vacation video” -you think for yourself while you´re watching your go-pro attached to the front of your 80´s retro bike. The others has already released the lightweight packing and are ready to call it a day when you turn right down the small road that leads to the B&B. You lock the bikes and walk in to enjoy the French cuisine, the view over the vineyards and the freshly brewed beer. Tomorrow we´ll be taking on another 200 kilometers. Switzerland awaits.

In summary:
Me + a bunch of the best people + motorbikes + 3 weeks + the best places and roads of southern europe = Amazing!
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