Over the years I have had a few "big" bikes. Size big not just named Big (had one of those as well!) or with a big engine.
The small picture is the biggest engine I have had to date in the biggest bike, a 1987 Suzuki GV1400GDG LX "Cavalcade". The photo was taken in 2007 when a friend in the Suzuki Owners Club brought it on a run to let me see it. I sold it in 1991 as I had been made redundant for the second time in 7 years and simply couldn't afford the luxury of keeping it. He bought it more recently and restored it to its former glowing glory, and he sold it last year.
I should have really have kept it. It would have been a far better prospect for towing a trailer across Europe to my new home for 1992/3 in Brno, Czech Republic. In the end I had to make do with my Suzuki GT750!
All nostalgia brings me to the idea of a new bike. Had I had the cash in pocket I may well have bought the Cavalcade back. It is a super tourer, the 1385cc V4 is relaxed and unstressed and the comfort is all in those massive seats.... But I didn't, so there's no point looking back.
So what next?
I do like my GS. So much so that my arse has glazed the front seat for the better part of 81000 miles over the last ten years, but I have a small inheritance coming any month now and my head has been turned.
But to what?
Last year I toyed with a Triumph, the America in fact. It is still a nice bike but maybe I need one last adrenaline buster?
Enter stage left, the Triumph Rocket III. In Roadster format it is a little fire breathing packing 146bhp from the water cooled triple. A vanity purchase indeed....