Originally Posted by tonyn1
Just curious, but how many bigger bikes like the LT or Goldwings do you guys have over there? I would think not as many as the distances you travel are not as great, plus your streets are narrower a lot of times.
Not as many as,where? The US? Of course not!
Distances we travel are not as great! As where,the US? Well,that may be true for some,but not others. I tend to cover about 25,000 miles per year,thats maybe not as many as some on your side of the pond,but I bet its a lot more than many. This year,so far,I've travelled to France,Italy,Greece,Bulgaria,Romania,Hungary,Austr ia,Germany,Switzerland,Belgium,Holland,Portugal, Spain,Croatia,Czec Republic,Sweden,Finland,Russia and Poland.
All the above countries,apart from the last 4 mentioned,I was on my '07 K1200LT-SE (Purchased new on 1st August '07)which has now got 31,000 miles on the clock,and,so far,I've not had one single problem with it. I don't quite understand why you merkins seem to have so many problems. Maybe its the way you ride 'em,or maybe its the way that you don't ride 'em!
You mention Goldwings. Well, I've been a member of the Goldwing Owners Club of GB for 27 years. I've owned 7 GWs,including [email protected]
this year's Russian trip,I went on my 27 year old GW 1100 Interstate. That never let me down either,in fact,it never has!
There are approx 3,500 members and 2,500 GWs in the GWOCGB,incidently,GWOCGB is the largest,single model motorcycle club in Europe.
Our roads? well,some are ok,but the majority are nothing more than blacktop covered farm tracks! A lot of motorcyclists(I hate the term "biker")are their own worst enemy,but are almost always way too eager to blame car drivers.They should try riding in some of the countries that I mentioned above,or,better(worse)still,try Albania or Turkey, the standard of driving there would bring a tear to a glass eye!
How do I find the time to do so many miles?
I'm self-employed,have been for almost 40 years. I don't work at all from end of April 'til end of October.The way things are at the moment,I guess the whole world is up shit creek,so maybe I'll just have to go for a ride!