I'm still not all that good at delayed gratification, especially when it’s applied to motorcycles, iTunes or Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia ice cream. But since I’m even less enthusiastic about ending up broken down, broke and morbidly obese, I’m working on it. The Element turned out to be a nice change, providing a little empathy with the rest of the motoring public. Four weeks really wasn't all that long anyway. No more numb, tingling fingers. Looking back, it was worth it. I can ride till I’m 80. Or 90 even. Those creative rationalization skills still come in handy.