Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Amherst, NH, USA
Re: Motorcyclist Mag, Touring Comparo, No BMWs
In my opinion, comparison articles in the bike magazines are useless. Unless they start having real riders review the bikes under the conditions real riders encounter, they will continue to be useless. In this magazine article, the proof is in which bikes they chose to compare. No disrespect meant to Triumph, but that bike is a cruiser and not a tourer. Not having the LT in this comparison is just ignorant. And therein lies the problem. I'm not saying the authors of these articles aren't smart, or that they don't know motorcycles. But, they, consistently, show ignorance when it comes to topics that real riders care about, or what types of bikes real riders are interested in. Before I get flamed for sounding high and mighty talking about "Real" riders. What I mean by "Real" riders are people (In this case) who ride long distances for an extended period of time. You know, guys that tour. I'd love it if, just once, I read an article written by a regular guy, with no affiliation to a magazine or a, particular, brand of bike. And wrote about issues with the test bikes that mean something to the touring riders. I know, not likely to happen.