When I first made the decision to upgrade everyone just advised me to buy a Blackbird and be done with it. But this is a big decision so I test rode all the bikes I considered could be a possibility including the bird. Karl & Jeffatav were kind enough to let me ride their Blackbirds on numerous occasions to see how I went (which I think I did reasonably well), then it was off to the dealerships to ride the rest on the list. These included CBF1000, FZ1000S, VFR800, Triumph Sprint ST 1050, ZX14, and another which just eludes me. My list narrowed to two very quickly, the Triumph Sprint and Blackbird. Well as most of you know now (so much for keeping it a secret until the unveiling), I have decided on my next upgrade. Drum roll pleaseâ€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦..yes, folks itâ€™s a Blackbird. Now in saying that, itâ€™s not just ANY Blackbird. This Bird started its life with someone very close to us here - Dan Chee (aka Speedy). Due to unforeseen circumstances MYBRD left life as she knew it with Dan. However itâ€™s not all bad and she has found a new home thanks to Karl and is in the process of being re-born. Structurally she is in really good shape (all things considered), requiring only cosmetic repairs, some TLC and a bit of cleaning to get her back together and hopefully looking better than she was. While at the beginning we had arranged someone to do the work for us, this unfortunately fell through. So with panels partially repaired and prepared the search started for a painter that would warrant the work even though the job had been started.