October 28, 2016

The best way not to get old...

....is riding a bike.

Especially if that bike reminds you of the one you had when you were a young lad of 16 years, feeling invincible and full of energy.

That's what I did and I can only recommend it to all of you. Buy back the bikes of your youth (if you can)!!

October 25, 2016

Sunmaster14 on paper around the world

I'm buzzing right now.
This morning Mr postman delivered 2 magazines for me: the French RAD and the Italian Special Cafe.
The reason I'm so happy about this delivery is that they both contain an article about my Sunmaster14!

2 more to come, a South African and a Japanese magazine are next. :-))))

October 22, 2016

We live in exciting times

We definitely live in exciting times. Pessimists will tell you the global situation is but a glimpse of the imminent Armageddon, but I've always been an optimist. For me the tank is always half full.

If you, like me, have been living in Thailand for the past 10 years, then you know that there has never been such a variety of easily accessible bikes on the market right now. There is literally something for every taste and wallet. Like I said, EXCITING!

Today's post is not about the marketplace, though. It is about a very specific bike, namely MY NEXT BIKE! YESSSSS

My current bike is a 2009 Kawasaki ER6n I bought 2 years ago. Read the story here.
At that time it was the best value for money and it was indeed a great bike, reliable and fun. I like it a lot, but that's exactly it....I like it, but I don't love it. I've always been attracted by classic bikes. In fact, all my bikes were made in the past millennium, except for the ER.
I could give you a list of rational explanations, but the short (and most significant) reason is simply that I've fallen in love, and my new love is called...
Street Twin!

Last week I went to the nearest Triumph dealer and tested all their bikes, but the ST was the bike I had in mind from the beginning. Turns out it was like I hoped it would be, and more.

Testing the bike's capability with a passenger. Thanks Colm for riding bitch!

Next step is selling the ER to make space for the ST.

By now you may wonder "How does he get away with buying another bike? Isn't he married?"
Well yes, I am indeed, but like every good (married) bike collector, over time I have refined my arsenal of tactics to break down the inevitable resistance.

If you're a newbie in collecting bikes, you might want to check out this helpful video :-)

And with that, I salute you and wish you pleasant rides, wherever you are.