I can understand your statement on "downgrading" but you do understand that's a $20k bike?Just to throw my 2 cents in, even if he is looking at downgrading to the vintage , I think it also depends on the type of riding you do. No matter what bike I ride, if I am doing long haul straight roads I start to feel uncomfortable and start to hurt in places that I shouldn't be. Take me through the back roads and the twisties however and it's a different story and I can ride for hours. I've always thought it's because you're moving around on the bike and staying alert that you feel better. I've done 300km plus rides on the bobber through the mountains and still felt good at the end of it but I've also done 45 minutes on the freeway and my butt has started to complain. Anyway, keep on bobbing along
Well said. I think the industry would like us to have multiple bikes for different scenarios. I have no problem putting a screen and bags on a "bobber" and take a longer ride.I've ridden to 46 states from my driveway , on a number of different brands and styles. The Bobber and I will be rolling into Austin Texas in about 3 months for a nice 9 day trip. Riding is what you make of it. I'm pushing 46 , so not old , but not young either. Anytime I think "hey , that's not the right bike for that"........I just think of all the pioneers that did precisely "That" on brand XYZ from a half century ago on much worse bikes and much worse roads. Now we have Markets. Touring , cruising , sport , adventure , etc....... Or , as I recall as a kid , the same stuff guys were doing on SOHC Honda 750 motorcycles.
Yeah , they look best naked and clean , but throwing a set of bags on them and hitting the open road is not an impossible dream. Esp for a fella that knows he's only going to hit the open road a couple times a year for 500 miles.