A Day Like Today: It was a day like today many years ago but in March - windy and rainy with bone-chilling damp. The wife had driven me to the Mississippi River to pick up a new, just-out model Honda - the 4-cylinder/4-exhaust CB550. They were hard to get and I found one in MO. The urge to go and get it overcame common sense. Common sense tells you that nasty weather systems that come chugging up the mighty Mississippi like a thundering freight train can get nastier. Anyways, I paid $1,635 plus tax for and took possession of the bike. Being much tougher then than I am now, I braved 200 miles in the crap weather across the prairie without dying of hypothermia (no helmet or rain suit). We didn't take picture of bikes back then. They were objects to ride, not pose and we sometimes suffered mightily to get them.