When people find out that I have three bikes, they inevitably ask me which one I like best. This generally results in me having to explain that I really don’t have a “favorite” bike. Each bike is different and is used for a different purpose.
The Electra Gide is comfortable and generally quite relaxing to ride. The Rinehart true dual exhaust and amplified stereo ensures that everyone hears me coming from afar. The Harley is a motorcycle that has a classic feel to it that makes it a great bike to ride. With 68K miles, my 2006 Electra Glide has been 100% reliable and has never leaked a drop of oil. It’s definitely not fast, corners poorly compared to my other bikes, and the brakes are just OK. This is the bike I ride when I just want to slow down, relax and enjoy the scenery.
The Street Triple R is my sport bike. It’s the bike I’ve been riding the most lately because its lightweight, powerful, handles great, and has terrific brakes and is an incredibly easy bike to ride. While long rides are not out of the question, the Triumph’s suspension is firmer and focused on performance rather than comfort. In short, it’s everything that the Harley is not. Its’ the bike I ride when I just want to have fun.
The BMW K1600 has to be the star of the bikes I own. Every time I ride the BMW I marvel at just how good it is. It’s fast, comfortable, corners great, stops brilliantly, and has every electronic gizmo you could imagine. The 6 cylinder motor is amazing – very good low-end power with amazing high rpm power as well. Sure, there are more powerful engines, but when you can go from 35 mph to 135+ mph in 6th gear on a 750lb motorcycle, that’s impressive. The suspension/handling is equally impressive and amazingly flexible due to the ESA. The electronic suspension adjustment (ESA) allows you to have a very soft and plush ride on the interstate highways and then, with a couple of button presses, switch to firmer settings to handle the twisty roads. Really, the only downside to the BMW that I can come up with is that it’s heavy to move around in the garage and parking lots. I ride the BMW when I want the comfort, weather protection, and storage of the Harley with the performance of a sport bike. It’s got to be one of the best all-around bikes ever made.
So there you have it. Three bikes for three different riding moods.