When I got started in the 1980s, Japanese bikes were really the only game in town unless you wanted a Harley, which you didn’t, because even the H-D guys would admit they were crap then. BMWs were for elder statesmen. Ducatis were maybe in California?
Now BMW and KTM are building the most exciting motorcycles on the planet – go for the 690 if the Super Duke is too much. And everybody who wants to continue to be a player is having to step up their game, including Harley-Davidson, whose new Street 750 I think is already my favorite Harley ever – for local use anyway. I’ve read it a thousand times over the years, but now really is the best time ever to be a motorcycle nut.