1. Punk Kids


Nothing makes you appreciate being an adult more. And nothing makes the manufacturers stretch their imaginations farther as they strive to come up with inexpensive motorcycles that will woo those who were born jaded.

Witness the new H-D Street 750. The Honda CB500F is a hoot. So will be the new Yamaha FZ-07. With their near-complete ignorance of all non-Xbox-based or iPhone technologies, the kids transport us back to a time when we were just as innocent and trusting and hopeful – before The Man beat us down and put us to work. Most of us.

Which reminds me: Thanks, Dad, for disapproving of the whole motorcycle deal, thereby reverse-herding me down not such a bad career path. And to my own son, for dragging him along behind me: You’re Welcome! Now it’s time to think about getting a job to support your habit. Our habit.

  • Guest

    Why on a Revolver EVO which has a retractable sun-shade?

  • Chris_in_Kalifornia

    I would love to have a 1985 Honda CB700SC Nighthawk with electronic fuel injection. That would be my perfect motorcycle. The only thing I’d change would be to add fuel capacity. Give it 5.5 gallons or even just 5 would be cool. 3.7 just wasn’t enough. But since I no longer commute 90 miles each way every day I could do with 3.7. But NEVER EVER stop for gas in Ludlow, Goffs or that station 10 miles north of Barstow unless you absolutely have to. Their gas prices are astronomical even for CA. I love long range riding capacity. That’s one of the reasons I bought the Vstrom 650 instead of a Kawasaki Concours to commute on. That extra gallon of gas gave me security should a freeway be closed. Had I have been at LAX on my Vstrom I could have ridden home even the day of the last really big earthquake, the one that closed the 5/14 split. I’d have had to ride to San Bernardino and up over the 15 but I wouldn’t have needed gas. Oops. Got sidetracked. Darn, never did that when I was riding, did you?
    EFI is definitely the best thing to come along.

  • fastfreddie

    #6 should include Mike Hailwood.Hail to the king baby!