If this is a failure of a motorcycle, then I wish more bike companies would fail like this. Because this bike is one of the greatest motorcycles ever made. Unfortunately, the bike was a commercial flop and BMW abandoned it long before they finally killed the production. What remains is a bike that should garner a zealot worthy cult following and you should start to see these bikes gaining in value over time. Because they are just that bloody good. Continue reading BMW’s Best Failure: The K1300S
The Anne Bonnie is my personal bike… People will often see me on a number of different bikes. I have access to the best of the best of all things Two Wheels, and can take home a different bike every night. But the Anne Bonnie is my bike. And there is nothing else out there like her. Continue reading The Anne Bonnie, A Triumph Bonneville
I had an amazing time in Utah. Met some Old and New Friends, Rode some new Triumph Motorcycles in their native habitats, and truly enjoyed myself.
Normally, I don’t dig big bikes. And this one is absolutely a big bike. BMW’s K1600 series of bikes, the GT and the GTL, are dominating Alpha Dogs in the world of Touring Motorcycles. They are power… very powerful… and they are very comfortable. And believe it or not, they actually have a lot of performance. But Touring bikes are not my thing. And not the thing for a lot of other people too… Enter the world of the Bagger. A Bagger is a chopped down touring bike. Typically, when you say Bagger, you’re thinking something from HD.
A few years ago, Honda shocked a lot of people when they took the Gold Wing and made a Bagger out of it. The slope rear end treatment gives the bike a low mean look.
Continue reading BMW K1600B
One of my favorite bikes in the world is the Triumph Scrambler. I love the classic good looks and rugged nature. And I love the way it fits me. I love the way I feel on one. It just works… Very well. Now, I’m talking about the Scrambler that’s based on the T100 Bonneville, with that 865cc Oil-Aircooled engine. Such a great machine!
Unfortunately, Triumph killed it in 2016. After Eons of service, the Scrambler is dead… Long live the Scrambler. Triumph also killed everything with that 865cc engine. (Small violins playing)
The reason for that is the Euro 4 Emissions standards which took effect Jan 4th 2017. So Triumph had to empty the pipeline. This also meant the death of the Speedmaster through 2017.
Continue reading Triumph Street Scrambler
I’ve had many an argument with internet Real Bikers who insist on saying “Loud Pipes Save Lives”. But let’s look at this realistically… Do they? Let’s get something out of the way right from the start. These Loud Pipe Live Savers are usually the guys that are riding certain American made V-Twin bikes with pipes that are seemingly designed to amplify the noise the engine makes so that everyone within a three mile radius hears them start up their bike and rev it for a quarter tank’s worth of fuel. Continue reading Loud Pipes Save Lives?
Some time ago I was sitting with my father on the back patio at The Farm. I had ridden there on the Ducati Multistrada Enduro, a big 1200cc Warhorse of an Adventure Bike.
He made a statement that has been on my mind ever since. “I don’t like big bikes.” He said, half disapprovingly and half off the cuff.
My knee-jerk reaction was to say, “I don’t either.” And then I jumped on the Enduro and took off back home… thinking the whole time, “Do I really dislike big bikes?” Continue reading “I don’t like big bikes”
Talk about “Two Peas in a Pod”. No two motorcycles are as similar, yet as different as these two. On one hand, we have the classic Harley Davidson 1200cc V-Twin Sporter Forty-Eight. Simple. Burly. Cool. It’s been around for ages.
On the other hand is the new Triumph Bobber which came out in March of 2017. It’s a 1200cc Parallel Twin that looks simple, burly and cool… yet hides a lot of technology inside. Where the Harley has electric turn signals and fuel injection, the Triumph has a Ride by Wire throttle, Traction Control, switchable ride modes, and ABS. It’s an actual modern motorcycle and not any ancient agricultural hold-over from the days of horse-drawn plowing.
Continue reading Harley Sportster or Triumph Bobber?
Bar none, the Triumph Thruxton R is my favorite Sport Bike on the planet. First off, let’s talk about the Looks. This bike is drop dead gorgeous. It looks like what a motorcycle should look like. This is the modern quintessential Cafe Racer, from the company that pretty much invented the Cafe Racer. This is a two-wheeled Audrey Hepburn… always good looking, never goes out of style, and will still be good looking 200 years from now. But under that classic good looking exterior, this bike is truly a modern machine.
The 1200cc Parallel Twin is a pleasure at every position of the Rev Meter… it has plenty of usable power, and I’ve never felt the bike lacking in Pull.
Continue reading My favorite Sport Bike: The Thruxton R.
These are the bikes on my Bucket List. Bikes that one day I will have.
Triumph Rocket III Roadster.
British humor is based on exaggeration. When I first straddled a Rocket III, I thought it was a joke… a two wheeled Monty Python sketch. It’s just so huge. It’s a massive bike! But at the same time, it’s very well balanced, it handles beautifully, its brakes are strong… and that torque! That torque is phenomenal. There is just something undeniably cool about this machine… and that something is the 2300cc Triple engine. 2.3 Liters. It’s fantastic. And these bikes are not priced unreasonably… They retail around 17 Grand.
Ducati Multistrada Enduro
This is the hotrod of the big 1200cc ADV bikes. 160 horsepower, tons of torque, stunning good looks, and fully capable rider assist technology that I’ve seen and felt work first hand. This bike is one of the bigger Wants on my list here.
This isn’t Ducati’s Cruiser. No. It’s not a Cruiser. It’s a foot forward positioned sport bike. Ducati’s quickest bike 0-80MPH. It’s very powerful… but it’s power in control. It’s very cool, fists in the wind, power cruising… badass. You can pitch it into the twists like nothing else with your feet out in front of you. It’s the most unique motorcycle on this list… and somehow… the best looking.
BMW R Nine T Scrambler
Great looks… solid engineering background… but there’s something more passionate about this bike other BMW’s. I’ve taken one home as my weekend bike a few times… and each time I get on it, I just cruise till I get lost… not even caring where I go. Few bikes do that for me. This is one of them.