Join Date: Sep 2018
Location: Ashburn, VA USA
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Nice retrospective! Thanks for taking the time to write and share. I definitely agree with you on the OEM tires (err, tyres).
I, too, reflect on the "emotional" aspects of ownership. I traded in a Buell 1125R for this thing, and I definitely gave up some character. I also gave up a lot of headache.
Before the Buell it was a Ducati Monster. A few, actually. I have an affinity for twins; the roar and the torque... The engine braking, and the low and resonant exhaust note. It's a beautiful thing. Those bikes are needy, though, and I have grown less tolerant of needy things as I've gotten older.
Given where I am in life, I need something reliable and easy. Between family, career, and other pursuits, I am done tinkering on bikes. I just want to ride, often on a moments notice, and I don't want any drama.
And, sometimes, I want to go fast.