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