Only just discovered these forums, and having rummaged about this seems a very friendly place to visit.
I’d been riding scooters for years, mostly for commuting - it had to be scooters as I’ve got a dodgy lower back and can’t ‘get my leg over’ easily. It also meant good protection from the elements and the ability to shift position for maximum comfort.
A couple of years ago my wife died, and found myself in the lucky position to be able to take early retirement, so began to get much more interested in riding for its own sake. Took my test, and rode an X9 250 for the requisite period, then acquired an X9 500. Both these bikes have taken me all over the UK and France, with excursions into Belgium for beer and baccy. In those two years I’ve ridden a total of 45,000 miles in all weathers, and still can’t help a grin each time I set off.
As to the trailer - it was because I’d finally decided to bin the car. I’d only used it 4 times in a year, and that was to ferry other people about! So I just found a trailer on Ebay (I didn’t realise it was an exact matching colour until I picked it up, honest Guv!), got a towbar fitted, and can now do things like dump runs, buy TVs, etc etc without the fuss, fiddle and frustration of being in a cage.
The trailer originally belonged to a Pan Euro owner, and I had the towbar made and fitted by Freewheel, who turned out to have made the Pullman trailer in the first place!
I’ve now got to suss out how to convert it to a sleigh for the Ace Christmas Toy run (17th Dec).