It’s been a month since I traded in my Triumph Trophy for an orange and black BMW K1600GT that I dubbed “Orange Crush”. Since it’s my primary transportation I’ve ridden it every day—except for some rainy days here and there. So, I think I have a good handle on the good, and the bad of owning it.
I love the Triumph Trophy. I love the character and power of the motor. I love the handling. I love the electronics. I love the stereo, bluetooth, and iPod connectivity. In fact, I love everything about it. Oh, yeah, except its reliability. That isn’t very good at all, especially when the bike is your primary transportation. Indeed, for several months, my only transportation.
ATTGATT. All the gear, all the time. It’s the mantra I live by, especially since my motorcycle is my primary transportation, and I ride every day. That turned out to be a good decision in 2008, when the van driver for a handicapped transportation service, presumably trying to drum up some more business, ran a stop sign and T-boned me while I was riding my FJR1300. I walked away with just a broken toe.
This is my 2015 Triumph Trophy SE, on the day I bought her home last January. She gave me almost 10,000 miles of memories. Indeed, she was such a great bike, that I sold my car, and the Trophy was my only transportation
Since I sold the GTO last year, I’ve been without a car, using my 2015 Triumph Trophy SE to go everywhere, in all weather, except the occasional heavy rain, in which case I’ve been taking Uber to work. That worked out really well for the last year, right up until early last week, when I took the Trophy in for its 10,000 mile service. Then, it all went sideways.
2015 Triumph Trophy SE
BMW Motorrad has long had two boxer-engined motorcycles that were considered the top of their class: The R1200GS adventure bike and the R1200RT touring bike. Apparently, the Brits at Triumph Motorcycles found this enraging. Over the last century, the Brits have often found the Germans enraging, of course. Anyway, Triumph produced two bikes to compete directly with BMW’s offerings, the Tiger 1200 for the adventure crowd, and the Trophy for the touring rider.
2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS
Suzuki is best known for two motorcycles: the Hyabusa, long known as the fastest production motorcycle in the world, and the GSX-R750, a bike that provides nearly suberbike performance at the weight of a 650cc supersport. But, alongside those two motorcycles is a third model that holds a special place in many people’s hearts: the V-Strom.
In automotive circles, whenever you you talk about the best roadster, best small sports car, or best whatever, the answer is always Miata. It’s a wildly popular car among automotive enthusiasts and women. All of them are heartened today by Mazda’s unveiling of the brand new 2015 Miata.
Most people think of Lotus as the British manufacturer of light sports cars with great handling. But now, Lotus has announced they’re making motorcycles. Well, a single motorcycle. And Lotus isn’t actually making them. And they’re not making only 100 units. Huh. That could not be more confusing.
This week is a treat for car and motorcycle enthusiasts both, as both the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) car show in the US and Esposizione Internazionale Ciclo Motociclo e Accessori (EICMA) motorcycle show in Italy are taking place this week. Lots of stuff has happened, so let’s hit the high points, starting with EICMA.
Finally, a Buell motorcycle regular people can buy—though at $19,000, it’s still pretty pricey. But, maybe it’s worth it. Coming in at a claimed 419 lbs. the Buell guys have gotten a solid 185 HP and a monstrous 101.6 lb-ft of torque from the Rotax Helicon V-Twin motor. Other Buell-y things, like the fuel in frame design and perimeter front brake rotor are still there. All that power doesn’t seem to have made it very thirsty, though, as EBR is claiming an average 40 MPG. That’s 4 MPG better than I’m getting from my VFR1200F. It’s got a pretty cool instrument panel, too, that I really like, consisting of a color TFT display. It’s like riding a motorcycle from the future! Except that it uses gasoline, instead of fusion, or unicorn tears, or whatever power source they use in the Star Trek era.
It’s also the first EBR production bike to incorporate traction control—21 levels of it, in fact. The headlights are an LED setup that puts out the legally allowed maximum 2,000 lumens. EBR also says it’ll be competing in World Superbike racing in 2014.
There’s a clickable wallpaper gallery below. The full specs of the 1190RX can be found here.
Have you ever tried to sell a car or motorcycle on craigslist and wondered why no one called you? There’s probably a simple explanation for that: Your Craigslist ad sucks. Think about it. You’re trying to get a total stranger to come to your house and give you thousands of dollars. If you expect that to happen, you have to take the time to create an ad that provokes enough interest in your car or bike to make somebody at least give you a call. Show a minimal amount of effort, for crying out loud! Here’s a few tips.