Hello for the land time forgot, (North Eastern Pa.)
After 36 years of banging bars off road racing, the last 4 I've discovered that road riding and touring doesn't beat you up as much as a 3 hour Hare Scramble does!
I ventured into the road riding part time on a Royal Enfield Bullet 4 years ago, (The dealer was pulling it out of the show room and the exhaust sound stop me in traffic! 1/2 hour later I had it loaded up in my truck)!
That lead to a 800 Vulcan, a 900 Vulcan, now a Gold Wing and a KLR 650, as well as a Dnepr side car rig, (my snow machine).
I just sold the Wing, cuz it was, well, it was, like a air craft carrier in a parking lot!
If I could just go from my garage to the highway, to the parking lot of where ever, it'd be great machine, nice easy riding highway machine .
So, now my question.......
Having come from a background of light flickable bikes, (KTM's and my Gas Gas trials bike), and now I want to tour, I just can't find, "The Perfect Bike".
I had bid on a 1200 LT on E-bay, and really didn't go after it a hard as I should have fearing it'd be like the Wing.
I don't think a, "Sport Bike" is the way to go either, (just leaning on the tank all day seems tough for this old body, and my wife refuses to even think about being a "turtle" on my back).
I'm looking for a good long distance bike, (I know the modern bikes can run all day, everyday, but a motor that doesn't have to "run" down the highway, just 'jog', if you know what I mean), room for 2, plus storage. It has to be fairly light on it's feet.
(I've looked at the Kawi Concours, the Yami FSR??, (weird sotra, it has no clutch, just like a quad, you flick a lever), a Honda something or other, (The BMW dealer is a 45 minute ride, I'm heading there this weekend to look @.
Maybe I'll start with a good used unit and see how it fits me, so don't be afraid to go back a few years with a bike, (I've done my share of bike basket cases rebuilds. Rebuilds on the side of the trail, so spinning a wrench on a bike isn't a chore, it's a mini vacation!
I'm taking all thoughts, observations, ideas, recommendations.
Once I thought I had the world by the short hairs! Little did I know it had me my n**s in a vise!