Another bike that reveals distinct motorcycle philosophies is the six cylinder Benelli Sei in its 750 and 900cc forms.Those machines were damned with faint praise when they came out in th 1970s, mainly because they didn't melt the tarmac quite as much as expected. Power and torque outputs were no better than any equivalent displacement, run-of-the-mill, four cylinder Japanese machine. The motorcycle journalists quickly moved on to the next crop of UJMs to get a better all-expenses-paid power kick.But have a look and listen to some Benelli Sei footage on YouTube. If I had one of those machines I'd be forever starting it up on its center stand just to hear it idle. That straight six sound is so charismatic. The motor makes even sweeter music when it is opened up on the road. And just look at that fabulous church organ array of six silencers.If you see such a machine as worthless just because it lost the BHP and foot pounds race by a small margin then you are just an appliance user and not a real motorcyclist at all.
Ya know Will, I'd ridden Beemers for near 40 yrs. till I got my RE. The beemer bunch in the 70's was really good. We were stubbed by other brands. But your right, and one factor for my bailing the Beemers, the new bunch really are snobbish.Incidentally, the other and most important reason to bail is their not bikes anymore. My last BMW needed 13 screw and 3 panels removed for me to check the battery. Go figure!
Enjoying motorcycling makes you a biker/enthusiast, not necessarily how much seat time you get. And it doesn't mean you have to ride with a group or be seen by anyone. It's the freedom of the road, and the wind in your face. I've met guys that ride 450 Honda's from the late 70's who are more a biker/rider/enthusiast than those who spend 25k on whatever and know not what it means to be free on a bike, or why they really got one. Those are the posers. Just blend with the road LJ, that's all it is/what it's about. Will.
csbdr,I dress like I ride, what seems comfortable and makes sense. No gay pirate rig for me...