What Motorcycle Do You Ride?

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So what motorcycle do you ride? If you ride, you will meet people who ride and people who do not ride. The conversation always gets around to your ride and why you love… or in some cases hate your bike… or trike. Everyone has good reasons what and why they ride. I have learned a lot over the years talking to other riders. There is no one bike for everyone… If you have ridden any length of time you know that. The bike you ride is as important as the gear you wear. A bike that does not fit your style of riding or how well you fix on the bike will eventually cause you to want something else. I’m vertically challenged and that affects what bikes I have to choose from.  All the vertically challenged know exactly what I talking about. Vertically superior riders have their issues too. I think I would rather have their issues… but they may not agree.

I’m always getting prospective first time riders who ask what bike they should buy. I have my experiences and they have served me well… but I feel I could know more.

No one wants to buy a bike and wished they had bought something else. They say it takes 3 bikes to get to the one you really like. From my experience I think that tends to be true.

Please take a few moments and tells us what you ride and why… We could all benefit from your knowledge.

 

Rest stop with town in the distance...

Rest stop with town in the distance…

16 responses to “What Motorcycle Do You Ride?

  1. My riding experience started on small dirt bikes and progressed up to 250cc bikes, I then made the jump to road bikes, starting with the venerable Honda CB’s, from 250 up to 750. Brief stints with other Honda and Kawasaki sports bikes, but I always found comfort to be compromised on long trips. In 1995 I bought my first BMW, a R100RT which was followed by my current bike, R1100S. This is definitely the bike for me, comfort, performance, reliability, and fun. All I could ask from a motorcycle.

    • I tend to gravitate toward comfort too. Especially as I get older and comfort is a must on long trips… I know I could never ride 2000 miles on a sports bike now…

      Thanks for sharing…

  2. I have a very similar story to OPM. Myself and one of my mates used to purchase old motorcycles as cheap as we could. We started riding when in primary school, maybe 10 or 11 years old.
    We used to buy old chook chasers and at one point we bought an old BSA 250 and a Royal Enfield. we had a ball.
    Once I turned 16 I got my learners and progressed from there through several sports bikes. 1 of my favourites was an FJ 1100. Great times had on that bike. I purchase a Kawasaki VN900 new in 2007 and then purchased a DL1000 second hand with very low KM. I have just put the VN900 on the market as I am just not riding it as much as I should.
    The Vstrom DL1000 is my current bike of choice. I still have A couple of rides I want to do on it. Birdsville and Tibooburra. The Vstrom is suited to these type of roads (Clay/gravel)
    After this I may look at a Goldwing or Harley Ultra glide and hopefully my wife will join me more often with a more comfortable seat 🙂 .

    Cliff

    • My first love affair with 2 wheels was in the 5th grade. Three of my classmates rode scooters (2 Cushman Eagles & a Vespa) to school. I almost talked my dad into getting me one but it was several years later before I bought myself a Cushman Super Eagle.

      One of the reason I bought my Goldwing was for my wife’s comfort… and mine. It handles like a dream. I would go with the Goldwing any day over the Harley.

      Thanks for sharing…

  3. I didn’t start all that young really. Until my mate Andy let me have a ‘Quick bezz about’ on his little CB125Dream, I never even considered it. From that moment on though, I was there. I went to Kosovo, came back and got my licence. My first bike was a CB100n which I wish I’d kept for nostalgic reasons. I used that to ride the 35 miles from barracks to my girl friends place three or four days a week. The 35 miles back, in the dark with 6v head lights was good fun.

    Then I went up to a Kawasaki GT550 shaft drive naked bike. Again, a fantastic bike that took me all over Germany and my girlfriend and I took around the UK camping. No protection though. I’d have that back for nostalgic reasons (and for the shaft drive).

    Following that there was a CG125 (my girl friend’s really but I rode it more), a ER5, a Hyosung GT250 and a YBR250. All soulless machines which wouldn’t be required in richer times for nostalgic reasons. Well, maybe the CG. I have a real soft spot for ultra reliable, grossly under powered machines.

    Now my girlfriend is my wife. She has a YBR125 which I ride more than she does. I’ve got a DL650 VStrom which is the best bike I’ve ever owned (except the chain drive which by the way will be banned under my administration). I love it so much, I ride the 125 instead (don’t ask me to explain, just know that our roads are aweful). My wife loves riding pillion on the Wee as well.

    I also got a lot of people asking me about what bike they should get. My answer is always pretty simple. ‘I don’t know and neither do you. The only thing I am pretty sure about is that you won’t have it for long so don’t spend too much money on it.’ Any bike in a pinch after all. The one machine I got really good value for money from was that little CB100n. I payed £50 for it and can’t remember buying anything but new oil ever 1000 miles or so for two years. Every time I’ve splashed out on something with warentee remaining, I’ve gotten rid of it within 18 months or so and been hit hard by depreciation. I bought Wee four years old with 13k on the clock so hopefully I’ve found the right balance. Mind you, a year on, it is still my favorite bike ever and I can’t see me getting rid of that until it’s time to retire and buy an RT. I don’t imagine there is even a perfect bike for any one person. That also will change with time. And the best bike I’ve ever owned, God willing, won’t be one day.

    (Sorry, this comment got crazy long. Hope you don’t mind if I re-post most of it on my own blog. Really should be working anyway.)

    • Thanks for the comment. It’s not too crazy long when you have a lot to say… It’s not what you ride but that you ride. People’s reason for what they ride is as varied as the reasons why they ride… They are all good reasons and inspire riders and non rides. We are a strange breed with as much in common as not… Thanks again for taking the time to write your crazy long comment ;-).

  4. I have always wanted to ride. But I was able to start riding at 27. Started with a 250cc and still(31) ride the same. I like sport bikes, but since I watched Long Way Down, I started to like Enduro’s.

  5. I’ve been riding for nearly 30 years (eek)

    My current ride is a 2010 Harley Dyna but the road that got me here over the past few years routed through japan (a z1000 & a GSXR1000) then Italy (Ducati Hypermotard) and finally landed me in the US.

    Ultimately I wanted something simple and comfy but still be able to ride through the twists and turns in the mountains and the dyna delivers this.

    I ride 160km daily through a mix of mountain roads, highways, freeways and city traffic.

    Now I just need something for longer trips.

    • Texas Rambler

      Steve thanks for stopping by. 160km daily is a lot of riding. We love taking long trips as you can see from my post here. It’s always an adventure even if you are riding a route you have already ridden. It’s the best way to travel. Ride safe…

  6. Glad I found your site, Tex, but what a question!!?? For me every bike I have owned (and I have a year more on you, bro! 😉 ) has been the one I love. As you mentioned in another thread, as we get older we look for different things in a ride, and that is certainly me. I will retire in 6 months (about time I would say!!) and I am planning on increasing my moto-time significantly. Right now I divide my time between a Wee-Strom (DL650) for longer rides and a Thumper (DR650) for errands and goofing around.

    For the record, I grew up not far from where your rides apparently start. I am hoping to get in some Hill Country rides in the next year or so.

    Ride safe!

    Dave

    • Thanks Dave, I’m glad you found my sight. Great comment. We love hearing from readers like yourself.
      We are lucky we have the Hill Country at our backdoor… I find myself just heading out not having a clue where we are going. Maybe we will see you down the road somewhere…

      Ride safe…

  7. I have rode two bikes in my life. My first was a ’71 Triumph Bonneville, mainly because it was what I could afford when I started riding in the mid ’90s. It was a great east coast bike for curvy roads, hills and dips…and I am a bit of an old-school fanatic. Sadly or maybe not sadly, my riding style changed when I moved to Texas and then Kansas, There was more open-road riding on major highways and the 4-speed, 650, was no match for the riding I was doing. Enter my current ride a 2011 Road King Classic. I love the old-school look or the bike – reminds me of my dad’s ’62 Duo-Glide, and I can ride hours upwards of 80mph with no fatigue and no strain on the ride.

    • Thanks Frederick, for stopping by. I love hearing stories about what and why people ride. They are all different and so alike… I always wanted a Triumph Bonneville when I was young. I never could scrape enough money together.

      It’s neat that you bought the Road King Classic because it reminded of your dad’s. It should be a great touring bike.

      Whereabouts in Texas did you live?

      Ride safe…

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