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”:
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
Posted on March 9, 2014, in Behind the Visor and tagged buick regal, daydreaming, dream garage, fantasy motorcycle, harley-davidson fat bob, ktm 1190, Ninja 1000, norton commando, triumph street triple, yamaha tw200. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.