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Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by Rick G, Jun 16, 2017.
Uhh, there are actually a number of these threads. I started one awhile ago if you want to see some other answers.
As for me, I'd go HD, probably a Dyna, but possibly a Sporty, due to the amazing aftermarket, the ability to remake it into so any different kinds of bikes and the fact that you can find a Harley mechanic in any town in 'Murica.
Also bc I've never owned a bike that I want to ride as much as my Dyna. I think it might be jinxed or something...
What's next- one woman?
If my wife see this I'm a gonner.
That's sure a nice R1200R in the original post. I had one of those. It was an awesome bike but didn't have enough legroom for me, even with lowered pegs. So I sold it and got my current bike, a '12 R1200GS. Would I want to keep my GS for the rest of my life? Not sure, it's a great bike, probably the best bike I've ever owned. I guess if I had to choose it would be my current bike.
Put me in the "one of my current bikes" column. To me, looking at it is like looking at my lost youth...
My perfect bike doesn't exist yet. I need a wr250r and 1190r love child.
Luckily you can own more than one bike or woman. Variety is the spice of life. I love pizza. But everyday for the rest of my life? Kale would even look good eventually.
I could live with my current two bike stable- and '04 1150gs and an '06 ktm 450xc. Both perform great for what I need and are easy to maintain.
I'd rather have two well cared for older bikes that cover all my bases than a one expensive new bike.
If I get just one bike forever, I'm going with my heart, practicality be damned.
My bikes are always a compromise, it's used for commuting/camping/canyon-carving both solo and 2-up. I'm not into full cowlings and prefer function over form. I'll take a 2009 BMW R1200GS Adventure with some mod's to last me all-the-way. Ye's i'll pay for worn shocks and final drives ;-)
I just noticed recently at the dealer, the new spoke configuration. Cool? Works OK?
So, are you the winner of the inmate who's had their ride the longest? If not, you're sure a strong contender!
I don't know what I'd choose
I've always wanted a Knobby tire sportster with a side car tho
The bike you are riding today might well be the "one bike for the rest of your life", so enjoy the ride and keep your head up.
Kind of a hard question for me, since I know my favorite bike isn't made yet. And I also know it will be.
Choosing from what's available now, if I was to assume that 99.9% of my riding would be on pavement and touring would be rare (as is my current situation), I'd pick a Street Triple. I just can't think of any bike that works so well, with such a perfect balance of power and handling, and so exquisitely executed for road use. But if I wanted a bit more flexibility I'd be inclined to sacrifice some of the perfection of the Street Triple and go with a DL650. With some top-shelf suspension it would be nearly as sweet in handling, still more than adequate in power (both in quantity and character) and more all-around useful - as in more-than-occasional touring, even some (limited) off-road.
But I'd rather wait. I'm a big fan of electric vehicles. The Zero SR is very good today and can be improved to near-Street-Triple levels in terms of road manners. Its only disadvantage is range, and that is really only an issue on longish+ pleasure trips. I'm willing to wait because battery technology is advancing more rapidly than most people realize. In a few years I'm betting I can get everything I want in an electric motorcycle.
You are not marrying this thing ride them all and ride them hard!
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But I thought that was the secret to a successful marriage as well. It's a 2 way street if you made a good choice.
I think there are other inmates who probably have me beat. But this is still my main ride. Not retired or put on light duty because of a newer one.