Lov­ing the loy­alty... or not?

Classic Motorcycle Mechanics - - CONTENTS - Ed­i­tor Bsim­[email protected]­tons.co.uk

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.

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