There was an article in The Toronto Star’s “Wheels” section today written by Steve Bond (he won the 2010 MAX award for motorcycle journalism). In it Steve discussed some of his favourite motorcycles, and began the article by saying:
I get a lot of emails similar to this: “Hey Steve, I sold my Yamaha Virago 10 years ago but I want to get back on two wheels. I’ve signed up for a refresher training course but haven’t really kept tabs on new motorcycles. Can I run a few things by you?”
He winds up the article with his “Top five motorcycles of the last decade” list.
1. Suzuki 650 V-Strom: Introduced in 2004, the “Wee Strom” is all-day comfortable, economical, easy to handle and bulletproof. It might even be the best do-it-all bike ever built. With a 2009 list of $9,499 including ABS, it’s still a bargain.
2. Triumph Bonneville: The 865cc Bonneville has classic Britbike styling but modern mechanicals for under 10 grand. The Bonnie works well as a commuter, daily rider or, with optional bags and screen, a touring bike.
3. BMW F800 twins, the GS, ST, R and 650 GS: Great motor, just pick the pajamas that fit you best.
4. Triumph 675 Street Triple: If it had wind protection, it’d knock the V-Strom from top spot.
5. Harley-Davidson XR1200: Gorgeous bike that’s fun to ride.
But what are some of your favorite bikes? Is there a certain one that you’ve ridden since you began to ride? Is there one you’ve ridden once and yearned to ride again? I’d like to know …