That is clear: It is approaching fifty years of four seasons of motorcycling. At first winter rides were fun, later they were just part of it. But now I've had it. The carcass doesn't appreciate being ravaged. And after a cold ride I experience something between rigor mortis and rheumatism XL. In addition, I have ridden less than 10D/year for the past two years and have already climbed from 1000 cc to 650 cc. I remember that the guys with 50 hp out of 650 cc scored at least the second most beautiful girl in the village. And with 650 cc under the cadets you could be on the road very quickly.
For a good part of almost half a century, motorcycles have been my means of transport, motorcycles from before 1990, because after that I have little feeling for those pointless horsepower warehouses.
Fewer miles. Less displacement
In the meantime, we are now in the tail end of the second year of riding less than 10K. And so the second winter in which I did not ride a motorcycle. I had a great experience with a comrade by driving to Cadzand-Bad on two light motorcycles. More than 300 kilometers in just ten hours on the narrowest roads (and a few bicycle paths).
My Ural side valve is here to stay.
That is obvious. The recently adopted Chang Jiang project as well. Those two bikes already have enough 'less'. The side valve is 23 hp, the 750 cc OHV is specified for 32 hp. Fast enough to lead the way in any traffic jam. But I'm thinking more and more about going from the 650 cc of my Guzzi V65 (from 1984 or so) to a size smaller. Because for me motorcycling has nothing to do with cylinder capacity and speed anymore. And driving smaller will of course remain classic driving. Even if you only ride a few thousand kilometers a year, also because part of the riding is now done on a bicycle with pedal assistance. And that's because you have to leave a motorcycle for rides of less than 30 kilometers. And because gasoline is so expensive.
Looking around you come to 350 cc or so in the world
And in that corner there is quite a lot of offer. The nice thing about this is that in the small motorcycle corner the prices are still human. An acquaintance who learned before told me that this is because light motorcycles here in NL are not cool or prestigious. The only bad thing is that I just had two fresh Battlaxjes put under the Guzzi. But hey, that's the profit for the next owner.
Nice looking around
Meanwhile, the dark days before Christmas are approaching plus a few more gray months. So I have all the peace of mind to figure out with how many cc I can go on for another ten years. Then I'll see.