I’ve killed another one. Okay, that’s a little dramatic but it’s not at all happy. It was misfiring badly on Thursday, you know one of those ones where you pin it so it doesn’t die and hold on for dear life because you know in 5 seconds it’s going to suddenly stop its lumpy idle and fly off into oblivion.
Specific model is notorious for deteriorating HT leads and in 20k miles of ownership I’ve never had the plugs out, so those two are the obvious choice but if its timing related (and it may well be, I opted out of valve clearance checks) it’s going in the bin.
Quite like the bike as far as cheap and cheerful commuters go, and it took me on a great holiday round the Picos and Pyrenees, so I don’t feel guilty about considering future bikes.
I like a large sports tourer but having now killed a vfr1200, gtr1400, fjr1300 you’d think I’d have learned my lesson. These were maintained properly in my ownership
I’ve craved a Blackbird since before I ever saw one, the name was enough, but I love everything about the idea of owning one. Rightly or wrongly, they are quite expensive especially post 2001 ULEZ compliant out the box, garish mod free, sub 30k mile options.
4.5k was by far the most I ever spent on a bike (vfr) but again it paid for itself, I like to stick on the lower side so if it’s gone missing when I get out of work I can just get the train home and move on with my life. Do occasionally convince myself the low mileage, 3 year old, KTM super adventures for sub 9k are pretty good value, but seems a shame to just run one into the ground on what is quite a taxing year round commute on a bike
What’s everyone else riding these days? Can’t say there’s all that much that inspires me in the way of new bikes - I’d ride pillion on a Harley before I buy a NT1100, that just can’t be all there is to life