It started as a side note in the Rant thread. It began to gain traction - and now we have a thread!
For all of you riders out there - ALL riders! - This thread is for you. Come and share your love of everything bikes - powered, electric, push - Share your pics, share your stories - let’s have some fun!
Here is my newest ride. I was first introduced to this bike, The Triumph Trophy SE, back in 2014 at the IMS when they first came out and I fell in love with it then. Alas, it was too expensive for me at that time. 3 years later, I managed to secure the last one in the dealership, and one of the last ones in the state as Triumph discontinued this lovely machine in 2017.
Look at you, lookin like Johnny Rea and stuff! Outstanding bike. Love the color. That is one of the things I love about the 1250FA… ABS is the only modern feature it has. Other than that, just a basic, neutral, sweet handling monster of a machine. Hell, this bike may outlive me!
I had a Can-Am Spyder for 2 years before I finally bought my Suzuki and had a blast on that thing. The riding experience, once you got used to the basic physics of how the machine worked, was what I considered care-free. You still had that wind-in-your-hair motorcycle feeling; you just didn’t have to worry about the machine falling over etc. It was really cool! I’ll put up a picture later tonight.
Performance limits eventually drove me to trade it, in my case for the Victory Vision, but it was a memorable experience. If/when I ever get to a place where I can’t safely ride a bike anymore, I would go back to a Spyder I think. At least I would still be in the wind.
My current beast is a 2019 Africa Twin AS. I got a sweet deal on it a year into C19 as it had been sitting in the showroom as new models rolled in. Since this photo I’ve added more lighting up front. Grest fun for exploring off pavement here in the Tennessee Valley area.
Excellent. I haven’t had the opportunty to ride one, but I hear very good things. I must keep my riding on the pavement, so bikes like this are a no-no! I almost bought a KTM 1190 Adventure R. It made a great impression when I tested it, but then I saw the 1290 GT. Geeeez! Great fucking machine. I couldn’t make the deal work, and to be honest it was more bike than I needed performance wise. I needed more element protection and more range. Ironically, a few weeks later I bought the Vision!
I say “was” because all that tour stuff is gone now! She is back to lean and mean.
Funny thing is, this wasn’t even the bike I wanted at first! I went in there bound and determined to by an FJR. I wanted that bike bad. For whatever reason, I could not get comfortable on that thing. And it was a little pricey. Then I saw this one. The gentleman brought it out and the minute my arse hit the seat, I knew. And the rest, as they say… I have done some pretty great stuff on this machine.
I loved riding this bike. I couldn’t take the smile off my face the entire time I was on it, which was the entire afternoon. Ridiculous fun. I could see swapping the FA for the Tuono. It would be a significant upgrade, to say the least! Had I been 10 years younger I would have done it already. But it’s getting harder for me to bend my body that way. The FA is much more comfortable.
Seeing the ZX-14’s in the background reminded me of the day I got to ride a Yoshimura modded Gen 2 Hayabusa for a whole day. There are no words, man. Point, shoot and hold the fuck on! But yeah, The Tuono is special.