A Case of the Wants

I’ve got a case of the wants. Nothing new for me I suppose, especially when it comes to motorcycles. I can never seem get enough.

I would venture  to say that sitting in my garage right now are arguably 3 of the most enjoyable motorcycles on the market today…and believe me there are a lot of great bikes out there. And that, my friend is the problem; there are just too many awesome choices for me to be the type of owner who buys 1 bike and keeps it forever. Life is just too short for that.

Currently I own a KTM 1290 Super Duke, aptly nicknamed “the Beast.” It is light, nimble, all day comfortable and travel capable. Oh, and it is pushing somewhere around 180hp! It is as calm as an overweight basset hound lazying around on a shady summer porch and as spastic as a cat on a hot tin roof. It’s pretty awesome.

I also have it’s baby brother, the 690 Duke. And since I didn’t think a dry weight of 330 lbs paired with 67 hp wasn’t enough, I added the performance kit (which cost me approximately the same as adopting a small child), which dropped some weight and added some hp…like it really needed it. If the 1290 is the Beast, the 690 is the Brute. It’s ability to devour a twisty road far exceeds mine.

And last year I bought a Tiger 800 XCx. Many would argue, and rightfully so I suppose, that the Tiger is the not the best Adventure bike on the market. The 1200 GS still reigns at the top of the heap for most. And of course there is the KTM 1290 and 1090, the BMW 800 GS, the African Twin, the Vstrom, the Multistrada, Tenere, etc, etc. But for me, the Tiger works well. It is comfortable, versatile, very nice on road and capable off-road with the right rider and tires and it even has cruise control. And I can touch the ground on it. Oh, and the motor. The Triumph Triple engine may very well be my favorite power plant ever.

As you can see, I have absolutely no need for any more bikes right now. But need and want have nothing to do with each other. I will always want to try something else. So here is my current bucket list of wants in no particular order.

  1. 2018 Triumph Street Triple 765. Yeah I had a Street Triple before. Loved it for 5 years. They’ve upgraded it significantly and I made the mistake of sitting on a barely used one the other day and have wanted it ever since. I love it for the same reason I loved the last one; it was made to fit me. Oh, and there’s the triple engine of course.
  2. 2018 BMW 310GS. I might take some flak for this choice, but the heart wants what the heart wants. Why this bike? Easy, I told you I want to do more exploring and I can and will do some on the Tiger. But a 360 lb bike beats a 500 lb bike when it comes to dirt roads! Add some knobby tires, good suspension and protection and Backcountry Discovery Routes here I come!
  3. Or, I could go with the new 2018 Kawasaki KLX250S. More off-road worthy, while sacrificing some street cred. Plus, I’ve never owned a Kawasaki in my life.
  4. Last but certainly not least, the Moto Guzzi V7. Why? Come on, look at it. It is beautiful, minimalistic, Italian…it is Moto Guzzi and no enthusiast should go their entire life and never own a Moto Guzzi. It is just…wrong. It is as basic as a modern bike can be. It thumbs it’s nose at all the technology found on other brands. Air-cooled, no riding modes, no flash, just one cool bike. I imagine touring Route 66 and back road America on this bike. Unfortunately for me, my garage has no room for another machine. That means I’d have to sell to buy and I have not resolved the inner turmoil that one goes through when cutting the chord on a bike they love and fear they will regret selling. Life is tough.

Later,

Shep

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