Hello All, from North Wales UK
I have now been riding bikes for 44 years, and every few years have always found myself looking
for the next bike, something better, faster, more comfort, more character, less hassle, etc.
Last August I sold my 04 KTM Adventure 950 to somebody who was willing to pay over the odds
for it, and found myself wondering what to get ...... not a problem I thought, but it has been 9 months of wondering what to get, including do I actualy want or need another bike, perhaps a boat would be more fun ! I have 5 windsurf boards, a boat could be the answer. The boat I fancied is beyond current finance, so have gone back to the quest for a bike.
what follows is the list of bikes owned so far.
HONDA ST50 MONKEY BIKE (I was 6 years old, best Christmas ever !)
HONDA ST70, SAME BIKE BIGGER ENGINE
VESPA 180 SCOOTER. (bad field bike, an education in soldering cables)
PANTHER M120 WITH DOUBLE ADULT SIDECAR. I was 14 and on the road .. not legal)
GILERA 50 TRAIL, 16 ... FREEDOM OF THE ROAD .
YAMAHA DT 175 MX , RELIABLE, FUN,
BSA STARFIRE 250 X 2, SLOW, FRAGILE BOTTOM END, NEED TWO TO KEEP ONE GOING.
SUZUKI COBRA DRESDA 500 CAFE RACER, NICE, FAST, AND LOOKED GOOD.
KAWASAKI H1 ...... WHERE IS THE NEXT PETROL STATION ?
KAWASAKI H2 ...... AS ABOVE, BUT MORE POWER, corners were a problem.
BSA THUNDERBOLT 650, NOT VERY GOOD AT ANYTHING, BUT OK.
SUZUKI 500 GAMMA, HEAD DOWN ARSE UP, BIG RUSH.
HONDA 750 4 K, BIG BUT WEAVY AT SPEED.
TRIUMPH 5TA CHOP, MADNESS THAT MAKES YOU SMILE.
HONDA 750 4 F, X 2 GOOD POWER, NO PROTECTION.
BMW K100 RT, MILE MUNCHER, BETTER THAN IT LOOKS.
APRILLIA PEGASO 650, A BIT UNDERPOWERED BUT OK.
COTTON 250 TRIALS, 15 YEARS OF FUN AND PAIN FROM FALLING OFF.
SUZUKI 1200 BANDIT, STREET FIGHTER, I WAS GOING TO DIE ON THIS.
BMW R1150 GS, GREAT BUT HEAVY AND NOTHING TO POLISH .
HARLEY DAVIDSON 1540 SOFTTAIL FEET FORWARD, TOO MUCH TO POLISH !
HONDA PAN EUOPEAN 1300 GREAT BUT WOBBLED AT SPEED .. A WORRY.
BMW 1150 RT GOOD BIG MILE MUNCHER POOR ON SMALL ROADS AND GRAVEL.
MATCHLESS G3L 1946 LOADS OF WORK, BUT A GOOD CHUFFER, A HOBBY IN IT’S SELF.
KTM 690 SMC MANIC, FUN, SMALL RANGE, PAINFULL SEAT
KTM 950 ADVENTURE, DOES IT ALL, A BIT HEAVY, OLD BUT GOOD.
I still have the Matchless, although I am not sure I want the hobby, and it is not the sort of bike you want to leap aboard and pop to the shops for some milk. It does bring a smile when pottering down the lanes, and everybody who sees it thinks it is great, but they don’t have to look after it.
I went for a test drive on an 06 Silverwing at a Honda dealer, it had a flat battery so I waited half an hour whilst they put a new battery in, during which time I looked at the other bikes in the shop, the only bike that had any appeal was a Harley nightster 1200, but I feel I have already been down that road. New battery fitted I set off for a ride with 2 fuel bars showing, and after about 10 miles it was flashing ‘low fuel’ so didn’t go much further and rode back to the dealer. On the way back I thought ‘this is actualy good, comfortable, quick enough, quiet, and has somewhere to put riding clothes and helmet when I get some place’ , the handling was a little odd being a scooter with little wheels, but nippy and flickable and never a worry, most of all, it wasn’t like any bike I have had before, but seems to have many of the positive qualities of some of them. The test bike
was over priced by about 2 grand so I didnt buy it, I have found a 2011 with 4700 miles, new tyres, serviced, leg wind deflectors, Givi screen, Givi box rack, all as new for £4500, from a Honda dealer, and am going to collect it this Friday ........ the 9 month wait is over, and spring / summer
looks like it is here !