Have you ever lain in bed, arithmetic running riot in your head? I have. It has happened to me regularly. You see, in automotive journalism, there is a catch. You can't own it. Almost always the vehicles you want are not within your reach, and because you drive and ride vehicles far beyond your reach, you can never emotionally accept settling for a vehicle that is actually well within your means. This means you are left calculating what your income is, what you can spare off it, what EMI that becomes and how you will fuel and service the motorcycle. It is probably the same with cars, but I've never thought like this about a car. I just knew I would never be able to buy a Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet from the moment I cast eyes upon her, er, it. Read on: http://ibnlive.in.com/news/ducati-monster-796-vs-harley-davidson-883-vs-suzuki-bandit-1250s/213934-25-169.html
If you opened the magazine and flipped straight to this story instead of unclogging those rain gutters, worming the cat, earning a living or some actual productive societal function, you’re either knee-deep in this all-surface adventure shtick or dreaming about it.
You’ve read everything there is to read about Helge Pedersen: 'round the world in 10 years and 220,000 miles on an R80G/S. You watched Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman take the longish 20,000-mile way from London to New York, via France, Germany, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Canada and a good chunk of the continental United States on kitted BMW R1150GS Adventures in 2004. You have their 15,000-mile '07 sequel on DVD: John 'O Groats, Scotland to Cape Town, South Africa in 85 days on a fresh pair of R1200GS Adventures, just for the fun of it. Fun?
In cruiserdom, baggers are still all the rage, and more makers are getting into the act every year. To parapwhrase our sister publication Baggers, these bikes are designed to straddle the line defined by Custom Touring.