I can’t remember a lot of things but I do retain arcane details such as the R1 fuel tank was lowered a bit and ergos adjusted in 2000, for increased comfort, and that they made first gear a little taller… and some other stuff. Various studies have found that riding motorcycles really does keep you sharp, as it requires you to call survival instincts into play that non-riders just don’t. Going beyond that, not having traction control or ABS even requires you to remember not to suddenly whack the throttle or slam on the brakes, and hones what I like to call your “fine survival skills,” which also includes things such as not playing harmonica at the table and not grabbing people by the p***y.

  • 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…

  • 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.