Alan's Bike obsession
No matter what my other eccentricities, I'm completely obsessed with
motorcycles. I love to tour, commute, sport ride
and still have Walter Mitty-esque racing daydreams. In addition to
being a member of a few motorcycle organizations
I also run some motorcycle related mailing lists,
used to do a motorcycle blog and even
tried hosting a podcast that covered
the World Superbike race series.
I currently own:
(Despite how it appears, I have no particular loyalty to Honda. It just
worked out that way!)
'17 Triumph Tiger 800 XRxFor 2018 we decided to purchase new bikes,
mainly so we could take longer post-retirement trips on newer bikes.
After a few months comparison shopping we decided on matching Triumph
Tiger 800 XRxs. Alan went for the standard frame. Thanks to a Triumph
promotion the bike came with Expedition saddle bags and top box. Triumph
accessory fog lights, heated grips and skid plate were added at the
time of purchase.
'17 Triumph Tiger 800 XRx LowFor the new bikes Jonna selected the
Low chassis version of the Tiger 800 XRs. The factory lowered suspension
and low seat made the seat height comfortable for her. She also took
advantage of the promotion to get the Expedition saddle bags and top
box but also added the factory fog lights, heated grips and adjustable
- '01 BMW
R1150GS that I purchased so my wife and I can go some touring. Its
big, heavy and has all the sleek lines of an post-wreck AMC Pacer but I
think it will be perfect for trips. As seems to be the norm with GSes,
I'm already starting to add accessories and personalize the bike for
my needs. So far I've added Jesse bags and top box, Harley top box
backrest, GPS mount, BMW tankbag, BMW handguards, Throttlemeisters,
and various other little bits. Its been a mileage eater, equal parts
comfort and "almost" sportbike. A great bike.
'88 Suzuki GSXR-1100J
which is an ex-Team Suzuki endurance racer. In '91 I returned it to street
legal condition, though cosmetically it still bares the scars of it's racing
days. Despite it's shabby appearance, it's quite powerful
(120 hp says Dynojet)
and handles remarkably well. In fact, its even more powerful than that
now since its had a Wiseco 1109cc kit installed since that dyno run was
made. The engine is good but I've never gotten the 1988 spec front
suspension to work well. In both power and handling, it is handily
spanked by new sport bikes but it is still a hoot to ride and has loads
'02 Suzuki SV650 This was my wife's bike but since
she bought the BMW (see below) it has become mine. I don't yet
know what to do with it but it is such a great bike I'm sure
it will find a purpose soon. In fact, I'm astounded at how nice a
bike the SV650 turned out to be. Plenty of power for canyon riding,
so light it feels like a GSXR made comfortable and then shrunk to 3/4
size. This SV is set up for touring/commuting with Givi bags, Givi
windscreen, bar risers, heated grips, throttle lock, lowered seat and
an electric vest connection.
'06 BMW F650GS
This is my wife's new bike. She found the SV to have a
slightly too agressive seating position for long distance. We have
the new Beemer set up with a bigger windscreen and some saddle bags so
that it is a better touring bike. It already has ABS, heated grips and
a centerstand from the factory.
- I've also created a list of bikes I used to have.
There is also a rapidly growing number of motorcycle resources available on the WWW.
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