I have had over the years a few bikes but even though Joy has only been riding for a short time she has had as many as I have had in my 44 years riding.
My first was a BSA B40 which I got by swapping my Nobel N200 three wheeler for it, I really did get the best out of that deal.
Oh how I wish I still had it
Sold it and went into the Army and then had a family so by the time I was ready for another bike it went down as my mid life crisis.
I had my mind set on getting a Honda Goldwing but I thought that having had a long period out of the saddle that I would get a smaller bike but still a quite heavy on so my next was a Honda Pan European 1100 ex police bike, now the first thing every one said was that WHEN you lay it on its side you need to be able to pick it up. How right they were I started to call it my Shaise Loungue as it was more often horizontal when in car parks and the likes.
Had a great few years with it but the call of the Goldwing was to loud so with Joy’s blessing I got myself a GL 1500 SE and still have it today
I’ve done a couple of 1000 mile rides in under 24 hours in ad of the Royal British Legion Poppy appeal and am planning a few more in soon, __________________________________________________________________________________________
Having been dropped of the back of my bike over the years Joy lost faith in me (I never boasted at being a great bike rider) it was decided that she would do the CBT to see if she liked riding what a mistake that was 4 Bikes a broken arm and a lot of very constructive criticism later and she is still up for a challenge.
The bike she learnt on was a great little Suzuki Marauder GZ 125 Cracking bike but a bit gutless in fact it was a lot gutless, but she passed on it first time and three days later we went out on a run from Blackpool with about 15 Goldwing and I can say hand on heart she did not embarrass herself .
Joy had this for a while and then with a bit of prodding went up to a Honda Shadow 600 so as she coould go out and actually overtake something, something the GZ125 would not do.
Alas it was not to be, we went to do the ‘Ride of Respect’ out of Wooten Basset but when we went into the services to top up with fuel Joy,s rear wheel went over some gravel and the bike got away for her the fall broke both bones in her left lower arm, and boy did it take some time to heal.
Her arm is mostly better now but there is still lack of articulation in the left wrist, she can still hit me about the head when need arises
Next came the Suzuki Intruder 125 the same as the Marauder only this was a V twin and more able to keep up with the flow of traffic but still not so good at passing anything on the motorways, that said we did a two week holiday in northern France and the little thing ckept up with the rest of the Godwingers.
Showing 80 MPH on the speedo so it was not to shabby at all.
A trip to Scotland showed up the little bike as in the hills again with a few Godwingers and unable to overtake most things she decided on bike number 4. Having had a for her a large bike (the Shadow) we tried to find a 250, or 400 but they are like hens teeth in this country.
We at last came up with this.
Not the nicest finnish for a bike but it is doing the job for now we haven’t been away on it yet so the jury is still out.