Good morning all,
I am new here (obviously!). I have experience riding and wrenching. I started riding way back in the last century. I bought a 1977 Honda 400/4 Supersport in another city and rode it home. That was the first bike with an engine I had ridden since my Keystone minibike when I was a kid. This was the BIG time - FOUR cylinders and GEARS! It's amazing the things we survived when we were young!
Anyway, I like different engine configurations and have had V8s, V6s, Inline 5s, Inline 4s, V4s, a triple and a single (minibike, lawn mower, snowblower
). My current engines are a V6, V4, triple, 4 cylinder diesel and numerous singles. I haven't had a radial engine yet. Maybe someday.
The triple is in my 1999 Triumph Trophy 900. I bought her with 40,000 kms and she now has 112,000 kms. We've done a lot together including longer trips, an Iron Butt ride, enduring horizontal crosswinds with rain and the odd frosty/snowy road.
However, she is heavy and top heavy and I am old(er) and a bit broken. It is time to move on to something a bit lighter, preferably not as top heavy and with a bit more legroom. I have narrowed my choices to a V-Strom 1000 (2004-2009) or the other ADV bike with the triple engine that I LOVE. At high revs and pulling she sounds for the world like an exotic inline 6 or even a 12 cylinder Italian. Makes my hair stand up just thinking about that!
I haven't had a V-Twin yet, and at might be nice to tell my friends that I have bought one and let them assume I bought a Harley
So, that's me. I'll chat over on the appropriate forums.