TOUR­ING OLDTIMERS

Real Classic - - Letters -

Frank’s ed­i­to­rial in RC173 men­tioned he doesn’t see many pre-2000 mo­tor­cy­cles be­ing used for long-dis­tance travel. I did Spain on a £625 K75S the other year; owned it for eight days prior to de­par­ture. It cruised in the high 80s all day, was mer­ci­lessly thrashed around canyons and be­haved im­pec­ca­bly.

Here’s a pic of my camp­ing trip to North Wales this year on a 1995 R100R. Won­der­ful. My other for­eign trips have been on old, 1990s FJ1200s.

My ques­tion is: why would you tour on a com­plex, mod­ern bike? You’ll go no faster, no bet­ter and carry no more gear. But you’ll have no hope of a road­side re­pair. On your old beast, you’ll know it your­self, have enough tools to man­age any mi­nor an­noy­ances and not worry about it fall­ing over on camp­sites.

Long live old tour­ers! In both senses. Si­mon Lock, mem­ber

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