Yes, I got my start on a 1993 Suzuki Bandit 400 (a friends)
Yes I went on to buy a Bandit 600 in 2000
Yes I moved to an F4i in 2001, keeping the bandit for 2 up duties
Yes I bought an RC51 in 2002 after doing my first few track days
Yes I bought a 2001 RC51 in 2004 to relieve my 2002 of its track abuse
Yes I bought a 2003 600RR in 2005 to get back on a smaller bike for the street
Yes I bought a 2006 Triumph Tiger in 2006
and yes, I bought a 2003 R1 last month.
Yes, I sold the Bandit in 2004
Yes I sold the F4i in 2003
Yes I sold 02 RC51 in 2005
Yes I sold the 03 RR in 2005
Yes I all but totalled my 01 RC in 2006
Yes I am selling my new to me R1 already....
Why is the Tiger the only bike left in the garage I care about?
Well, after I bought and sold the RR, I had a friendly conversation with a friend on this board. I am not going to tell you who, but I will give you a hint... it starts with a "J" and ends with a "etblast10." After some confusion on my part as to why I did not like the RR that I bought from him, we discussed things like "why we ride."
I think we settled on the "Zen" concept.
Well, I was content with that up until l got my hands on this R1. F' Zen! It is not my favorite bike at all, but sexy, fast and light. For a moment, I saw the machine I was going to turn her into. Then... I realized it was not worth the money to me to build a machine I now lack the desire to ride. Yup, looks like Zen is it.
I guess I have gotten old.
I rode my Tiger 13,000 miles last year. That is more than to total amount of miles I put on both of my RCs and 600RR combined. (the Bandit had more miles after 5 years) I enjoy riding my Tiger more that the sport bikes. Sometimes I over ride it and scare the poop out of myself, but most of the time, I am behaving.
So what is the point of this ramble? I believe I have selected my next purchase. Based on what I have learned over the past 7 years, I think this will settle my desire for comfort and power....