Loving the loyalty... or not?
What is it that makes us bike-brand-loyal? Me: I’ve owned many varied and different machines, including Hondas, Yamahas, Suzukis, Aprilias and the like – not a Ducati – yet, but I’d love one. Maybe a 1990s 900SS or Superlight (oh the irony…). I have friends who (for one reason or another) would never – and I mean never – entertain the thought of a Honda, but they would buy any Suzuki, Yamaha or Kawasaki and that really confuses me. If you like Jap bikes, surely you like Jap bikes? Ahhh… Kawasaki. If there’s a manufacturer I feel some form of affinity to, it would be the Big K. All thanks to my uncle working at the local dealership (Dave Fox in Ramsgate) but I’d see what my uncle rode and press my nose to the glass of the dealership and dream. Yeah, I know you’ve heard all this before, but I don’t care. It wasn’t an accident then that my first bike would be a KMX125, even if my first ‘field ride’ would be Suzuki’s X-1. Today I love the fact that – when I have some disposable – I can look at ‘modern’ Hinckley Triumphs from the very early 1990s, perhaps peruse that 900SS Ducati from 1991/1992 (or maybe an ST-2/4 from the end of that decade) all the various Japanese machine from the 1980s-on as well as the likes of Aprilia’s Milles and other early noughties machines… Yup, if there’s one thing we are blessed with at the moment in our chosen hobby it’s this: diversity.