I find as the years go by my needs and desires in what I look for in a bike have started to change.
When I was younger it was all about acceleration,top speed ,cool factor and bragging rights.
Now I find myself looking more at the practical,finding the right bike for the job so to speak.
I caught myself looking at an fz1 this morning thinking how nice it would be for sport touring over my current sport bike.
That said I still like super sport bikes for the right situation.
I have also found that trying different types of bikes can keep motorcycle riding fresh.
After years of street only riding I have expanded to dirt/dualsport and plan on trying some supermoto racing in the next year.
I think this has left me with the desire to try as many bikes as I can in an effort to know how to pick the right bike for any given task.
As I said I am more about the practical now,why would I want a street bike that makes most of it's power at 14000 rpm when I ride it mostly on the street, or why would I want a 180hp for riding in rush hour.
I still ride my super sport for long high speed rides but use a more practical bike for city work.
I don't think there is any one bike that can do everything I need in a bike and do it well,thus I need a minimum of three bikes if not more to cover all the bases.
The problem is goals are always changing,this year I may be looking for the perfect street commuter or the perfect bike for Mcnutt but next year I may want to ride to Costa Rica.
I still like to ride like a bit of a punk once in a while but am coming to terms with the fact that a super sport is just not the right bike for the job when you live in the city.
I think the more bikes I ride the more it opens my mind to what is out there this in turn helps me become a more versatile seasoned rider.
I look back at my early years of trying to outrun cops on old banged up rd400's and I look at where I am now and where I am going,maybe when my hair turns white I will find myself on an st1300 or concourse or even god forbid a cruiser?
So how have you matured over the years?
Where did you start out and how has that led you to where you are now?
What have you learned?