Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Kenny asks: I haven’t seen anything much by you about the latest bikes. Have you given up on them?
My reply: It’s more like I’m not interested in them. Yes, yes – they’ve never been more powerful, quick/fast and reliable, etc. All true. They have also never been more expensive, homogenous and unapproachable – which I am convinced accounts for the declining interest in motorcycles among people under 35.
Modern sport bikes are the worst – despite being the best, in terms of the numbers. But there’s no longer much difference between a Honda and a Kaw and a Yamaha and a Suzuki . . . other than the color of the plastic.
They’re all immensely powerful and capable. But their capabilities are now so far ahead of the capabilities of the typical rider that it’s less fun to ride them. They are like a girl completely out of your league. You manage to get a date but your dick’s not big enough or doesn’t stay hard long enough or doesn’t get hard again soon enough. She’s disappointed – and you’re embarrassed.
The old stuff had less power – but much more character. And you could really push yourself on the bike, without getting so far ahead of yourself that death was probable if anything went awry. This is analogous to the deal with new cars. The new Corvette, for example, can do things no prior Corvette could have attempted – or would have failed if attempted. But because of this, driving one at 90 MPH is as boring as driving a ’78 L-82 Corvette at 55.
The new one – like new bikes – is a miasma of electronics and software and proprietary systems that requires high-order skills and expensive tools. If you’re not a professional technician – or at the skill level of one – and don’t have the tool kit of a professional technician – a modern car or a modern bike is something alienating because you don’t really have any control over it.
But I remain very interested in anything – two wheels or four – made before computers and cod piecing ruined everything.
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