Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: The Deep South of Vermont
Someday I'm gonna ride a HD.
Never owned one, never ridden one.
Bultaco and Hondas and my first BMW in the 70s, then BMWs ever since. (One Yamaha Venture Royale I bought when stationed overseas because that was all I could find. Not a bad bike btw).
I had a friend who chopped his SOHC Honda CB750. Hardtail, HD rear wheel laced on, open pipes, coffin tank, custom paint. I rode that for about 20 miles. It did have an interesting appeal for the "feel" of the thing, but that was enough. He realized he made a mistake too. For us it was always about riding, not the feel or the look of the bike. Mile after mile in relative comfort and reliablilty was what brought me to BMWs. Funny looking bikes that were reliable and performed well. The opposite of form over function.
However, I'd still like to experience the thud-thud of a high torque, low rpm V-twin, I can imagine its appeal. But like the appeal of chopped Honda experience, that's never been enough to make me want to own one.
A little road dirt on a bike doesn't hurt it. I own, and know of other BMWs that are covered with road dirt, bugs, tar, etc. and are very well maintained bikes. A bike doesn't need to be a shiney show piece to have esthetic value.
This 1974 R90S project has faded original paint, cracks, and scratches, but it's a beauty anyway. BMW airheads will probably be the only twins I'll ever own. Yeah, Harley deprived.