Riding since: 1983
First motorcycle: 1982 Suzuki Katana 550
- 2004 Suzuki V-Strom 650
- 1997 Honda VFR750
- 2004 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail
- 2004 Honda CFR230F
Back roads of VT, NH, and western MA … California mountains … and off road. Occasional track days at New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon, NH
The list is pretty long. I think that I may suffer from the well known multiple bike disorder (MBD). Here are the ones that I can remember:
- Two 1982 Suzuki Katana GS550MZs. Cool styling. Left-overs were available in 1983, so…My first bike, brand new for $1850 !
- 1985 Honda Nighthawk 700S. Comfortable bike with sporty looks, upright seating position, shaft drive, and hydraulically adjusted valves.
- Several Kawasaki Ninja EX500s. A great starter bike that even experienced riders can have lots of fun with. They are also popular choices of amateur club racers since they are light, cheap, bullet-proof reliable, and they handle well.
- 1985 Honda Shadow 500. Fun little cruiser.
- Several Honda Hawk NT650GTs. A fun, light, sporty, cult classic. V-twin, single-sided swingarm, clean naked styling, standard seating position.
- 1990 Honda CB-1. A very cool naked sport bike with a sweet 400cc inline four cylinder engine…very unique. Simlar to the Honda Hawk NT650GT, these bikes did not sell well off the showroom floor since Americans wanted bigger bikes. I guess that I am just an odd ball who loves fun, cheap, light, good-handling, cool looking bikes.
- 1998 Honda VTR1000 SuperHawk. A cool sport bike with a tourquey v-twin engine. Seating position was a bit too radical for me to get comfortable.
- 1995 Suzuki DR250S dual sport. My first “dirt bike”.
- 2001 Suzuki DRZ400S dual sport. Fun bike for urban assault (through potholes, dirt roads, power wheelies, etc.) A bit too tall for me to enjoy off road. Definitely not made for highway droning on the daily commute.
- 2002 Yamaha FZ1. Sweet power, comfort, and styling.
- 1984 Yamaha RZ350. Twin-cylinder 2-stroke sport bike. Very cool ! I wish that I did not sell this one!
- Two Suzuki SV650s. A modern version of the Honda Hawk NT650GT. Light, nimble, powerful, comfortable, cheap…this is my favorite bike yet. I put hard luggage on mine for commuting. Great for track days.
- Four Honda VFR 750s. The v-4 engine is so smooth. I raised the bars slightly and now I have all-day comfort. Great for commuting. A bit heavy, but handles well.
- 2004 Suzuki V-Strom 650. Same great engine as the SV650 in an adventure-touring bike. (styled like a big dirt bike)
- 2002 Harley-Davidson Sportster 883. A fun, relatively light and powerful, inexpensive entry into HD.
- Givi hard luggage
- Aerostich electric vest
- Dual Star Heated Grips
- Shoei full face helmet
- Sargent seats
- Aerostich wind triangle bandana