I guess, like many others, I am now thinking about a new bike for 2018.
Lorraine has her Ducati Monster and the mad Ducati Diavel, I still have the Suzuki V-Strom (affectionately known as the "Ladies Bike"). I got rid of the Kawasaki SX 1000 last year (great bike but never really got on with it for some reason).
I really fancy another Triumph. I have always liked Triumphs and I do want to support a British Industry. Out of the whole Triumph range, I really like the Street Triple RS. It looks great, the finish and quality is right up there and bet it is a hoot to ride. Unfortunately, it is probably not that practical for lots of touring. The occasional one off trip, no problem, but regular touring, I don't know. Would welcome peoples thoughts on this.
That then takes us to the new Triumph 800 XR and XC range. Far more suited to touring especially in the XR guise. It comes with a fair amount of kit and is under the £10,000 mark. Not too sure about "cruise control" on a bike though. Must be getting old!!
Nothing else is really floating my boat. The Suzuki range is pretty terrible with no new bikes. I have been a Kawasaki man for past 7 years and I still think they make the best sportsbikes, I did love my ZX10r but I really didn't get on with the SX (it just seemed to take an age to turn especially on tight hairpins) - Lorraines Ducati Diavel which is quite a few kgs lighter handles alot better than the SX1000 imho. I wouldn't mind trying a Multistrada especially the new 950cc one. It does look very smart but it will mean having 4 twin cylinder bikes in the garage - all abit samey??
So that's it, I need a back to back test ride of the Triumph Tiger 800 and then the Ducati Multistrada 950. I am sure you have all got your thoughts on this and many will think my choice of bike very strange. Before anyone says anything, I am categorically not going down the BMW route - I know, they are great bikes but I just cannot bring myself to sit on one. I'll stick with giving my hard earned cash to either the billionaire property developer, John Bloor, or the German automobile giant Volkswagen Audi Ducati. Hobsons choice ??
Let me know what bike you are hankering after?