During the damp sojourn to Laguna Motorcycles this afternoon I was rather taken by the Triumph Cruisers.
I am quite new to the genre. Three test rides on Harley Davidson's in about 20 years doesn't make me anywhere like interested or expert.
Back in about 1996 or 97 I had a Suzuki Marauder VZ800 on loan from Suzuki GB, for a fortnight. Although I got to appreciate how it worked it "wasn't for me" at that time.
At that time, I commuted 90 miles a day round trip everyday of the year (bar snow/ice) and took holidays all over Europe and wanted more mile munching ability and luggage carrying capacity.
But in the intervening 14 or more years things have changed:
- My daily commute is more like 155 miles a day.
- I use the train more.
- I do fewer vacation miles
- Ride for pleasure less often.
So looking at the America in Laguna opened my eyes a little. Sure, the 1600cc Thunderbird is bigger and classier looking, and the 2300cc Rocket-3 more of a dreadnought, but both are way out of my league cost-wise.
You can get an HD 883 Piglet for similar money. But maybe as I get older I start to think patriotic. Buy British?