3. International Trade


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.

  • 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!