The Motorcycle Enthusiast Thread
We've got one for cars, and I know I'm not the only one with serious bike lust on these boards. Figured I'd start a thread about it. A lot of you guys know more about cars than I do, but motorcycles have always been my leading obsession anyway. I've been hooked on bikes ever since my one of my uncles took me for a ride at age five and my dad and another uncle took me to The Art of the Motorcycle around the same time. It was love at first sight. I have a preference for the old school European cafe racers: big air-cooled sons of bitches with all the fairing stripped off, German-style tire guards, and suspensions that look like they could do battlefield duty. My summer project this year is a rebuild of my dad's old Harley Davidson X-90, a nifty little minibike with a two-stroke and design by Aermacchi, as well as street legalization (she needs a set of flashers, a mirror, rear lights, and some extra dials). I'm figuring out how to get my class M around the same time.
I found my dream bike online today, at a relatively decent price. It's a BMW R65, a late-seventies decedent of the BMW Motorrad bikes the German army employed. It has a driveshaft in lieu of a chain and sprocket drive, and is renowned for the ease of maintenance. You can pull the bike over and rebuild the engine on the roadside if you needed to. All the fairing has been stripped save those badass tire guards. It's beautiful goddamn machine, and I'd like to buy it if I get the chance.
So how about you guys? What do you ride? Dream bikes? Projects? Let's hear it.