Those of you that have followed this BLOG for a while know that I used to own large touring bikes. In fact, there was a time when I loved nothing more than to hop on the Electra Glide and head to Chattanooga, Fall Creek Falls or other destinations that were 1, 2 or even 3 hours from my home. It was nothing for me to get up on Saturday mornings, head out by 7am and not return until 4 or 5pm.
Well, things have changed in the past couple of years. The big bike(s) are gone and the three that remain are all under 900cc. My main bike is the chopped up Sporty that you see here… that is obviously not built for comfort on the long haul! I guess we change as we get older, and my riding habits and desires certainly have. I’m much more interested in a 30 minute ride through the local countryside these days than I am a marathon, throttle cocked, butt buster run to Kentucky for a hamburger. No, I’m perfectly content with my little “bar-hopper” and shorter rides… and here are 5 reasons why I may never own a touring bike again… in no particular order:
1 – Smaller bikes are SO much easier to get in and out of the garage.
2 – I find Sporty choppers are much cooler than a big fat touring bike.
3 – I’ve already spent way too much of my life dodging thunderstorms, 100 miles away from home.
4 – My butt thanks me.
5 – People who buy Ultras, Boss Hoss’s, etc… because they want the biggest bike they can get (yes, I’ve been told this) annoy the hell out of me. In fact, the entire sheeple-like attitude of the current motorcycle culture, where everyone looks the same and acts the same, is contrary to why I started riding motorcycles in the first place. I’m pretty much over it.
Who knows… one day I may own another touring bike (never say never) but for now, I’m more than content to be where I am, riding what I’m riding.