Seriously, after a while the parade of hot new bimbos grows old. They’re all great, but they all have their own demands, their own need to have their buttons and controls manipulated in the one certain way that makes them happy – a requirement older bikes just don’t have.

A new Ducati I had last month wanted me to enter its PIN every seven or eight starts before it would turn over. The BMWs are fast for certain, but their instrument panels are always looking at you in an accusatory way; what did you forget to do this time that she’s going to take revenge for later? The Aprilias never turn down the heat, the new Yamaha R1 insists you grovel on your hands and knees just to ride it… luckily the only bike I own right now is an old R1, 17 years old surprisingly enough, which by most definitions means it’s only eight years away from being vintage. It’s not too soon, then, to start preparing to be one of those old codgers who used to put me to sleep going on about their Norton Commandos and BSA Gold Stars. Rage against what? Why not get a jump on it?

  • Old MOron

    I had a real hard-on for the Nuda’s a couple of years ago, but Husky never exported them to the US. I’m curious to see what they might do with the little Duke’s engine – no, not you, Kevin.

  • Michael

    The Nuda is awesome… sorry to say, you really did miss out there.

  • john phyyt

    Excellent.!!. 148 hp. No need to make any excuses.. Let’s be clear this is a Shit hot ride

    However, But don’t think that thieves aren’t attracted. Better safe ..
    ” I put a disc lock on it anyway and only forget to take it off about half the time.” The price of security is a face plant in front of a pretty girl.

  • Old MOron

    “Seriously, after a while the parade of hot new bimbos grows old.”

  • Starmag

    I was just wondering myself where we go from 200mph wheelie power, Brembo monoblocs, Ohlins and endless electronics nannies. I hope not to that BMW bat bike thing. Maybe as Egan suggests, there’s a classic era for everything.

    It’s a shame you don’t emphasize crime as much as you do banter. That would be somewhat more balanced. Even Jill is taking hard shots at her these days.

  • JMDonald

    A man who keeps an old machine is someone to be admired. We live in the best of motorcycle times true enough but keeping an old machine says you understand the quality inherent in that bike and that is a reflection on the quality of the owner. It is an appreciation that isn’t meant to be traded off for something new. It is a relationship that is developed over time with every upgrade and on every excursion. These machines are our partners in life and are meant to be part of our being. They are to be cherished and taken care of. They are one of the great pleasures in life. Long live your R1.

  • Ingolf Stern

    Reason #1: my 1997 Honda CBR900RR that I got on Craigslist for $3,800.00 with 9000 miles in original condition. All it needed was tires. What a freaking beautiful bike. No electronics but that little ignition module. Round gauges like God intended. A pull choke. Four carbs. Cheap insurance. Smooth as butter. Compare that to the snatchy, grabby FZ09, for example. Not everything newer is better. Sometimes it’s just different.

  • lundque

    Too high tech for me Burns. How about you send Kallfelz up to help me sort out the brakes on my ’81 SR500 and keep me company while I finally wrestle with the Chainsikle rearsets for the 03 Sporty…

  • https://m.youtube.com/c/motoshane513 MotoShane513

    I totally agree. I sold my fz09 and bought a beat up $1800, suzuki bandit 1200. It’s been so much more fun! Throttle is smoother than the fz09, it’s easier to work on, still has enough ass for me to have fun with and I don’t feel so bad about treating a cheap bike a little rough (felt a little guilty taking the fz09 offroad the first month I owned it) so I’m more inclined to go do fun stuff.

    The fz09 was nice but now I’m having more fun with less worry.

  • kenneth_moore

    This is familiar; about a month ago I sold my 2014 Mini and bought a ’97 MX-5. The Mini had every digital jimcrack and doo-dad imaginable. The only thing digital on the MX is the FI controller (and I guess ignition). It turns out I can get along ok without knowing the temperature inside and outside, my instant and average fuel mileage, how many miles until the oil change is due, and the state of the brake pads. I do miss the Bluetooth setup for the phone, but it’d never work in a convertible anyway.