Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: West Milford, NJ, USA
Mauve? What's mauve? I call it Barney the Purple Bike...
Seriously, though: here is a story on whether this is a manly color.
A few years ago, I was participating in a group tour, that day crossing the Alps from Slovenia into Austria. It was raining lightly and I was just getting into the rythm on an R1150R. I thought that I was doing pretty well, getting more and more confident in the backroad hairpins, fighting to prevent sliding the rear.
At that very moment, an 'LT with German plates blew by me, two-up, in full lean. The bike literally blew by us - it went around several of us in a turn, in a fraction of a second, leaving only a fine spray in its wake.
By then I already have conceded the superiority of skills to the locals, especially the Italians on their hot Ducatis, each of them convinced to be equal of Rossi - or, at least, Biaggi - and to me they indeed seemed so...
But a heavily loaded touring machine in full tilt? In rain? I was SOOOO impressed. Needless to say, soon thereafter I bought my first 'LT. Not that I can even dream to ride like the one that day, but it certainly is some capable ride, even when compared to my 'RS.
So, to answer the "manliness" issue: it is not the color. It is how you ride. So often riding in my hills, I am following a low-speed parade of HD's, trailed by RV's and minivans. So embarrasing. It takes a bit of effort to work my way past them (especially since it never occurs to them to move right for another bike), but I do that - I cannot resist - it sure feels good and I somehow do not feel to be a lesser rider.
Of course, to each his own, some get turned on by pretend-machismo, others by perfecting their technique...
And finally, feminine implies somehow lesser skills or stature. I am not so sure: I have had the pleasure to be impressed by some female riders I met in my travels. And, this April I'll be participating in Lee Parks' school - this one conducted by Christine Firehock. Somehow I do not think that the riders' discussing the color as sign of manliness are even partly as good. To make it even more fun, I'll be bringing Barney (er, mauve) 'LT for the class!
Enjoy your ride!
Robert in Northern NJ
'09 R12GS, '08 R12RT, '03 R1150RT, '01 F650GS - time to thin the herd?
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