I was out for a ride yesterday after completing a fork rebuild and it occurred to me just how much of an impact this bike has had on my life. I bought it new in the spring of 2009 and since then it has taken me to Argentina. It has taken me to Alaska. It has taken me through highway closing blizzards in Oregon. It has taken me on 1200km in a day rides. It has taken me down muddy singletrack following my friends CR250. It has taken me to 15000 feet above sea level. It has taken me on countless impromptu just-get-on-and-go adventures. It has maintained my sanity on regular, post workday rides. I have beaten the shit out of it, neglected it, done things it was not designed to do and not once has it let me down. The memories of things I have done and the places I have been are irreplaceable. Last week I made a spur of the moment decision to make a left turn and go OVER that mountain on some gnarly back road rather than the usual hour of asphalt to go around it to get to my destination. No reason other spontaneity, and because I could; and I was rewarded with places that I never knew existed, and I owe it all to that bike. All in all, there are not many bikes that offer the versatility, performance and all round shit eating grin satisfaction that you can from an F8. So if your'e sitting here debating which oil won't make your engine explode, or why the Germans installed the worst suspension known to mankind ever; get off the computer, go for a ride, get outside your comfort zone and realize just how much fun it is.