10. Hipsters


Time magazine asked the question some years ago: When everybody is cool, is anybody? Many once-cool things have gone mainstream and suffered serious cool dilution as a result. Motorcycles still have not, and so I salute any fellow man or woman crazy enough to ride around in traffic more exposed than Miley Cyrus’ uvula. So they drink PBR and they’re driving up the price of CB350s, so what? Nobody grown wants either of those.

Today’s hipsters are tomorrow’s buyers of really expensive BMWs and things, once the economy picks up and their latent consumerism kicks in. Then we’ll snap all of it up a few years later at steep discount after all the warranty work is done, the clutch is replaced, and Baby Forces Sale. All I’m jealous of is the kids’ ability to grow some really impressive mountain-man beards, which sometimes look a little strange on their ectomorph bodies. Must be all the hormones in the milk?

Photo by Simon Kjellberg.

  • 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!