+1 on this.One of the problems I have had with multiple bikes is that they each have their own personality and handle, brake, balance differently. Going from one to another always resulys in a certain "aclimitization" period during which I am vulnerable and not comfy. A case of melding man to machine if you will. I suppose if I rode each one every day that wouldn't be such an issue but that's out of the question. If I were good it wouldn't be either.
Back when I was flying prop planes we were "dual qualified" meaning that we could fly Convairs and Martins. One on one leg and the other on the next. I can tell you that it can get very confusing at times between cockpits and one guy landed a Martin gear up in Binghamton N.Y. (shithole in bad wx) because he had come out of a Convair (whose gear and flap controls were in the opposite position) into a Martin and screwed it up. Both guys actually. They stooped the "dual qual" after that. How many times have you ridden a bike with a reverse shift pattern to the one you're used to? Tell me you didn't go the wrong way at least once.
I already said that you old fool......One of the problems I have had with multiple bikes is that they each have their own personality and handle, brake, balance differently. Going from one to another always resulys in a certain "aclimitization" period during which I am vulnerable and not comfy. A case of melding man to machine if you will. I suppose if I rode each one every day that wouldn't be such an issue but that's out of the question. If I were good it wouldn't be either.
What a beautiful collection!I currently have 9 bikes on the road, with a mix that is varied and extreme
04 Brutale F4 750 - adrenaline junkie
06 BMW R1200GS Adenture - gets ridden the most, the big ass SUV of motorcycles, those alum shipping containers can suck an arm load of groceries, makes touring a breeze.
06 Duc SR21000 - mostly ridden by my son, its a little rough, rash for everyday use by me
95 Triumph Thunderbird - 955 jeckle-n-hyde 100HP modified, fun in a triple kind of way - doesn't get many miles added, the MV usurped it's position in the shed.
79 Triumph Bonneville Special 750 - reworked for torque and reliability, light and fun around town
79 Ducati Darmah SD900 - my most recent purchase, fast becoming a favorite until tonight when the starter spragg blew.
77 Laverda 1000 Jota Triple with the 180 deg crank - there is something about this bike, it is a beast, but runs lovely, so unique and rare
75 Triumph Trident T160 - did a long ride this year on it to the Norton rally, nice tourer but lacks the long legs of the Laverda.
69 Norton 750 "S" Commando - well what can I say, this Norton is a treasure
57 MV 125 TREL is not licenced this year and doesn't count
1961 MV Chicco Scooter is not running and doesn't count
All have left foot change, the Norton is right foot change for something different. The older bikes are on a collector plate and cost a pittence a year to have plated for the road. The big issue is keeping each bike ready, battery charged, tires pumped, fluids changed and checked.
I am spoiled for choice and I don't think I would willingly loose any one in particular - the variety keeps me a happy camper. Having the classics selection keeps one constantly reminded of our heritage and it is not all about horsepower.
The Laverda was the Superbike of the late 70's, it could do 140MPH, had double overhead cams, triple disk brakes and was what everyone envied - until Honda came along....it is nice to have a benchmark like the Laverda.
The Darmah & Jota are missing from this picture.