While Dustin has been riding bikes his whole life, this year has certainly been the year of the motorcycle for him. It's fun to watch as he really dives back into the world of bikes, while still maintaining his love of cars. As I type this, he's already purchased a new Triumph since I shot these photos of his then-new BMW. No complaints here though, because it's just more for me to photograph and for him to put up with. (He married a photographer, don't feel bad for him.)
On this evening, I hopped on back of the R75/7, ONA backpack stocked, and we went on a short ride up Highway 17. It was one of those summer nights where at 7PM, it was still a stuffy 80 degrees outside. One of the best feelings is when that open air on a bike doesn't bite, but rather soothes.
There was really no point in shooting these photos other than to simply have fun and document the new bike. It's a sort of tradition that I have to photograph any new vehicles we get before anything about them changes. I like to be able to look back and see how a car or bike has evolved over the course of ownership. This bike was purchased from the original owner, who showed no shortage of TLC over the years. With less than 50,000 original miles, this BMW has a whole lot of life left to live. I'm sure this bike will remain mostly stock, as it's a real gem. Besides, there are three other bikes at home that are waiting for attention.
A side note: I bought new Thorogood boots for Dustin as an anniversary gift, so he busted them out and they became a little spotlight piece in the photos. So, not sponsored. We're just in love with nice leather goods.