All my readers will likely soon find me to be a broken record. I'm always looking at the next bike I want to buy. Well, here we go again. Just a year or so after buying my 1998 Harley Davidson Dyna Wide Glide, I am already looking for something new. Here is the basic problem with the Harley — it's just not me. I mean, it looks plenty cool, and I like that it is an Evo, and that the parts for it are both limitless and inexpensive, and it's easy to work on, etc., etc., etc. But at the end of the day, I want a more rideable ride. And please, dear readers, especially my friends out there who are Harley loyalists, save the angry emails telling me how there is no more rideable ride than a Harley. I agree. For some people. But ultimately, I've found, I am not among them.
For the record, one of the bikes that I've loved most in this world was my retro cafe-style Harley Sportster 1200 Roadster. But that bike is no more — at least for now. And this, my Dyna Glide, is not the answer. So that leaves the question, the big question, of what to buy. So many questions: New or used? American, Japanese, British, or Italian? Sport bike or cruiser (or dual sport, or adventure bike, or standard)? Where have all the standards gone, anyway? Especially those wonderful middle-weights — the Honda CB 750, the Suzuki GS 750, the Yamaha, well XS 650 I guess, yeah it's been quite a while on that one. All deceased. All extinct. At least in America. So if you're a fan of the standard, like a good old Nighthawk, well let's hope that you don't live in the US of A, or let's hope you're looking for a well-worn model from Craigslist, because searching websites from all of the Big 3 (or Big 5) will quickly lead you to the conclusion that there are no such thing
So for now, today anyway, I've got this search narrowed, or at least primarily focused, on the Triumph Bonneville (the best — or perhaps only? — retro-classic on the market), the Kawasaki KLR 650 (so-called a dual sport by Kawasaki, but really more of an adventure bike — a favorite to many riders, and a bike that's been around for a long time), and now, the new Honda NC700x (a just-released adventure bike that has some nifty innovations, like a fuel tank under the seat, and a storage compartment where the tank traditionally sits).