I never thought I’d feel motorcycle nostalgia towards an old bike – after all, for the longest time, I figured bikes were just means of transport. But as my riding evolved alongside the mileage I’ve put under several motorcycles, I’ve come to realize there’s one particular bike I still can’t seem to forget – and one day, I hope to hunt it down and buy it, even if it’ll be just for the sake of memory.
The Old Africa Twin
The motorcycle in question is an old Honda Africa Twin model. Granted, the new model is sleek and beautiful, but the old one will always be the one for me if I ever lay my paws on it. The reason is simple: back in 2015, when I got back to Europe after almost two years of riding around South America, I felt like I was ready for a Big Adventure Bike. Which one, I had no idea; I just knew I wanted something more substantial than the 150cc I left behind in South America.
Alas, I had no motorcycle people back then; I learned to ride on the go, and when I got home, none of my friends rode. As luck would have it, I chanced upon a forum dedicated to Africa Twin owners, and they ended up inviting me to their annual meet. One of the riders let me ride their Twin for a day of off-roading and orienteering, and although at the time, the bike was way too big and too powerful for me, I’ll never forget the thrill of riding that white, red, and blue beastie with a pack of other riders chasing each other on wide-open gravel roads. Because of the kindness of those guys, the old Honda Africa Twin will always be the bike for me.
Do you ever feel motorcycle nostalgia, and which bike would you resurrect if you could?