I always love buying a bike. The search... the questions...
In the over 40 impound world, it's important that you consider a bike suitable.
Something with ample power to help you scratch your performance itch, but
not so much that you are always watching the speedo.
I wanted something practical... for 1000km days.. with tents and sleeping bags
on the back. A beer cooler perhaps. Something that was not a popo magnet,
with lazy handling to allow me to sit back and smell the roses.
A bike that at 8000rpm in 5th, is just gently rolling along... an old mans
chariot if you will.
Those vstroms and versys sure look nice. They have sexy written all over them
in my old man eyes. A twist of the throttle, and bam.. you feel like you
are on a rocketship... with all the comforts of coffee makers and mobile
computer units to program and track your route to euphoria.
The little Ninja... what a fantastic bike. CBR250R, so sexy. Enough power
to keep anyone happy. Able to mount soft luggage. Very practical, cheap
on insurance... and a miser on gas.
An sv650 I thought would be perfect. What a great bike, and I say that
with no sarcasm. I just about had one.. save for a technical problem getting
it over the border.
I searched high and low. Perhaps it was time for an ST1300... or FJR...
or a moto guzzi sport tourer.
Then I saw the Gladius. A Ducati without all the fuss. Maybe a Ducati
I should buy... how about an S2R. I could sip latte at starbucks in some
new Ducatista duds... smoking a stogie.
Maybe time to buy a Harley pirateship. A dyna. A nice blend.
Back and forth I went.... consulting Chia on bikes and value. Searching
the globe for a lazy-boy on wheels that would propel me to backroad
I settled for something that meets those needs. I can load it with tents
and bags, tow a trailer... ride in all day luxury like I've got a Goldwing.
It's performance is lacking, it's as slow as they come. It couldn't pull
a wheelie or the stink off a shit. You can ride it all day without even
stretching your back.
A 1994 Kawasaki Consourse with only 80,000 original km's from the
original owner. It even has an intercom for talking to your spouse and
a CB radio so you can listen for the cops. Wicked.
JUST KIDDING! K8 GIXXER 750 BBBIIIIITCHEEES. See you on the street!