My Aha Moment
Recently I have found out an important truth. Motorcycling should be FUN! I realized that I was considering myself a "serious" rider and had a pretty nice bike (Triumph Sprint ST), but it was only good at one thing. Going fast. I was tired and sore at times and would chalk that up to "it's just how riding is". Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed that bike for sure.
But then I rode a Triumph Bonneville and everything changed! Not on some test ride for five minutes, I road it 1200 over 3 days! This bike is good at just about everything and is all day comfortable (unlike my other bikes). Around town, open road, wherever. Love this bike. Every time I get on it, first thing: A Big Stupid Grin.
Don't get hung up
The biggest thing is just having fun and being able to do whatever ride with whatever bike. No need to wait until you have the "right gear" and "right bike", just Get Out and Ride!
Riding Background to Date...
Who am I, how do I ride and what have I ridden. I feel that knowing the basic makeup and context of a reviewer is important in knowing a bit more about their opinion. Sport bike racer guys will have different preferences that long term cruiser guys, etc.
Here it is in a nutshell.
- I started riding around 40 when my kids were basically grown.
- I mainly ride sporty touring (speed touring) type rides. 5-8 hours per day, 2-6 day trips. Cheap hotels, small town and remote curvy roads are my preference.
- My bikes in order:
- Suzuki GSX650F. Bought new, road it for 2 years/20,000 miles. Around home, a few short multi-day rides, some track stuff too. Sold to son who still rides it.
- Triumph Sprint ST. Bought used, road it for 2 years/20,000 miles. More short multi-day rides and some track stuff as well. Sold.
- Triumph Bonneville SE. Bought a demo from Dealer in California. Still own this bike, ridden many trips around home as well as some short and longer multi-day rides.
- BMW r1150r Rockster. Bought used, road for 2 years / 23,000 miles. Many medium to long multi-day rides. Sold.
- Kawasaki Versys 650 LT. Bought used...just starting...
As it pertains to riding, we need to get out of promoting "reaching a level" and start promoting just getting out there and doing it. If I can ride multiple multi-day tours on a Triumph Bonneville, why does the industry keep telling me I need an adventure touring bike or a sport touring bike, a GPS, hard cases, four sets of gear, etc, to do so?
I don't have anything against any of those bikes. I had a Sprint ST for a while and could imagine a Versys or Tiger or something one day. But the industry is so driven toward making big sales numbers that the message for new riders is spend money first, prepare to the nines, then prepare some more....as if we're all going "the long way 'round".
Get any motorcycle you can find/afford or one you "just like" and hit the road. Go for an hour, a day, a weekend or a week. Don't be afraid to "tour" on a bike that isn't "made" for it. They are all made for it.
I would think the industry would benefit from having more people riding, but that's just me.
I am a father of two boys and husband of one woman. I taught Advanced Greek Exegesis at Tacoma Bible College for around thirteen years. I am owner of Envision Design Solutions, a web design and marketing company focused on small businesses and organizations.
And, I am fully convinced that "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" is hands down the best five book trilogy ever written.