My Dream Garage

I just realized today that it’s been more than a month since I’ve posted here. It’s not that I’ve run out of ideas; on the contrary, I have a list of topics I want to write about. It’s a severe shortage of free time that’s kept me from being creative lately. I spent the majority of the past few weeks preparing for three mid-term exams and trying to get a bit of exercise at least five days a week…then there was the usual maintenance and repairs that come with keeping an old car on the road. On top of that, February was a bit of a brutal month weather-wise, and I spent hours shoveling a cruel mix of wet snow, desperately trying to clear the driveway before the temperatures plunged again and everything froze. Winter in Newfoundland sure builds character.

I was inspired to write this by a similar post by fellow motorcycle blogger Experimental Ghost. I didn’t put a huge deal of rational thought into my choices, and most of these bikes would probably scare me to death if I actually rode one. That being said, here are the inhabitants of my “Dream Garage”:

The Cruiser

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Photo credit: harley-davidson.com

It’s a Harley, of course. I test-rode the Dyna Fat Bob last summer and fell in love with it, you can read my review here. It’s a mid-size cruiser with good brakes and handling…the two round chrome headlights are just the icing on the cake.

The Sport Tourer

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Photo credit: motorcycle-usa.com

There’s something about the latest-gen Kawasaki Ninja 1000 that really appeals to me. With comfy ergo’s and good wind protection, I’m sure it would be no problem to rack up the miles on one of these. I can even live with the stock mufflers. It would HAVE to be green though!

The Adventure Tourer

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Photo credit: autoevolution.com

I’ve never seen one in the flesh, but I’ve read rave reviews of the KTM 1190 Adventure. Never mind the fact that my legs are too short to touch the ground on this thing…if I somehow acquired enough money to fill my garage with these bikes, I could afford to get one customized!

The Fun City Bike

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Photo credit: rideapart.com

This one is a bit of a toss-up between the Yamaha FZ-09 and the Triumph Street Triple. Both are high-performance streetfighters, both powered by a triple-cylinder engine. I think the Yamaha is the more bang for the buck, but I pick the Triumph since money is no object in my fantasy world. But she would need to have the classic-style round headlights, I really don’t like the insect-ish design on the latest generation.

The Dual Purpose

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Photo credit: motorcycles.about.com

Hands down, the Yamaha TW200. That’s right folks, one of the bikes in my dream garage costs only $5000 brand new. These little bikes with their massive tires are just so quirky and cool, and must be a complete blast to take off-road.

The “Show & Shine” Bike

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Photo credit: ultimatemotorcycling.com

My garage would need to have a bike that I didn’t plan to use very much. Something somewhat collectible, a conversation piece, a head-turner. A modern Norton Commando would be this bike.

The Winter Beater

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Photo credit: autoblog.com

Of course, living in Newfoundland means that I must drive in less-than-ideal conditions for almost half the year. I think that a Buick Regal Turbo AWD would have no problem getting me around in the winter.

So that is what’s in my Dream Garage. How about you?

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Posted on March 9, 2014, in Behind the Visor and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. I’d forgotten about the Norton, Great choice.

    Thanks for the link back

  2. Krista:

    I’m not sure I would need more than two bikes. One to use and one spare when the other needs to be serviced, or the commuter is broken. One would be a dual sport and the other a road bike. Like you I have a Vstrom

    Insurance is too expensive to have too many bikes. Bike season should be here soon, it’s nearly Spring

    bob
    A weekend photographer
    or
    Riding the Wet Coast

    • Hi Bob, thanks for dropping by. You’re right, in the “real world” two bikes really is enough when you factor in the costs of insurance, licensing and maintenance. But it sure is nice to dream πŸ˜‰

  3. Even in “Dreamland”, with virtual money no object, I’d be a person of modest extravagence … that said, I’d line my “Dream Garage” with a couple of vehicles … my Cruiser and daily Rider would likely be an 883 Sportster, tailor fit for my tastes … I’d have a Thursday “Bike Nite” show-off … likely a Bratstyle Bobber … XS650 or Kawi W650 based … Winter Beater would be a fully restored Suzuki Samurai … have always loved those … and of course, I’d ressurect the Honda CRX I bought new back in ’85 … regretted selling that lovely little car years ago!

  4. The Kawasaki Ninja would definitely be in my garage. I love your choices.

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