I've rebuilt many a motor, but I've never owned a bike with a rebuilt motor. A true mechanic/ shop owner should never have a nice bike. If they do, then they aint workin, they're busy foolin with there own stuff.
Roadside repairs, bum camping, gas stations, lane splitting in LA (a death sentence), new friends/ old friends, beers and music in Long Beach, late nights and early mornings, Loctite/ zip ties/ and crescent wrenches, many gifts to the highway gods (camera, jacket, various parts of my bike), gale force winds and the blistering sun.
To sum it up, it was the journey, not the destination, that will be memorable.