"When you are young and fall off of a Horse you bounce. When you are old and fall of of a horse you splat" Roy Rogers.All my bikes veered my favorites.
Going way back:
Horex 350 Thumper.
Horex 400 Twin
Victoria Bergmeister 350 V-Twin
1952 BMW R500
Toured Europe twice, once each with the above Victoria and BMW.
After not being able to bride due to military and Embassy duties;
1974 BMW R90.
1978 BMW R100
1980 GoldWing GL1100I Interstate.
1984 GoldWing GL1200Aspencade
1990 GoldWing GL1500 SE
2001 GoldWing GL1800
Sold last bike a few years ago due to health and age problems.
To any “old riders” out there.
KNOW WHEN TO HANG IT UP.
I did, after riding for 51 years.
Wow I raced through my younger years myself. Have been through the bad injuries as well. You and I have a lot in common been there done all of that. Lol still riding though. Have 4 bikes right now, all yamahas. R1,R6,R3 and a Vmax.I started riding in 1969 on a Honda 70.....in my high school days I raced motocross .....I even raced at Lake Elsinore in 1971 when Steve McQueen raced that year and Malcolm Smith on Husky's .....I was on a Suzuki ts 90 that would do 55 mph tops....I crashed and hurt my ankle.
I didn't know what pain was until I crashed on Good Friday 1979 broke back....fractured pelvis....ruptured spleen....broke right leg in 2 places....left arm had a compound fracture.....knocked out 8 teeth....some of the teeth went through my lower chin...78 days in the hospital then another year learning to walk again and 8 operations......then i was addicted to morphine for years .....now im on Methadone and walk with a cane or walker all from that crash 43 years ago when a car pulled out in from of me and I t-boned him at 60-65 mph. I never dreamed it would happen to me but it did.....plus ive had 3 friends killed on bikes over the years.....be careful ...you never know if today will be "the day"
Riding now is my guess twice as dangerous as when i rode 40 plus years ago.....idiots texting ....talking on phones looking at all the "stuff" that come on cars now ....not just a speedo and tach and some idiot lights on the 60's and 70 's cars.....plus there is lot more people that back then driving.
I had a 91 zx11 and it was a great bike after getting the crank issues sorted out.I liked every bike I've owned. But a few of my favorites are: 1990 ZX-11 and 2000 Hayabusa (still have) ... both were high water mark bikes when they came out. First road bike I had is a 1976 RD400 which I still have but hasn't been ran for years (I know, a shame). Favorite bike today is the 2016 XSR900 60th Anniversary model.
Kawasaki C14 would be on my shortlist of a second bike despite liking the ones I’ve mentioned above. An Ivan’s or Shoodabeen engineering reflash and you’re looking at over 100 foot pounds of torque in the mid range. Plus, LOL, you can finally run something other than Mystic JT8 15w50 and not feel guilty... I’ve ridden with friends who have the C14 in downpours with hail blowing sideways and you have nothing to worry about. Good sport touring tires are everything. Get a Russell day long seat for you and the passenger and SWMBO will enjoy the ride as much as you.My favorite is my current 2014 Road King. If there was to be another bike in my life which I don’t know at this moment I would really like to try out a Kawasaki Concours.
If and that’s a big if that day ever came my one concern would be how it handles in the rain as the Road King is rocksolid.