Things My Motorcycle Taught Me
Posted 18 May 2009 - 09:12 AM
Posted 18 May 2009 - 10:21 AM
Ewan McGregor & Charley Boorman went around the world on a couple of 1150 GS' with only a few problems, mainly due to wear and tear and the terrain they took the bikes through. I don't think any machine would survive totally unscathed.
If you have a chance to watch it, the program was called "Long Way Round". They also did another shortly after called "Long Way Down" going through Africa.
They're not that bad.
I have seen a clip or 2 on that duo. Don't forget, they had a whole army of staff behind them and it was made for TV.
A friend of mine, went around the world by herself, without any "staff" to help her out when the going got tough.
Her bike, a Honda Magna and the only mechanical problem she had, through the entire adventure was a wire popping off of one of the plugs, or a loose battery connection. Something very minor that she fixed herself.
She said she was on many roads/trails that she wouldn't even have taken a quad on, but she had to keep going.
I've seen that bike after it came home and it looked like it was to hell and back,
Here's the link to the book that she's written about her experiences.
Her ride now..a HONDA ST 1300.
Posted 18 May 2009 - 01:36 PM
2001 8'10" Snow River
Posted 18 May 2009 - 09:12 PM
Ha, the old reliability myth again - kinda retro... It amazes me how well you kept track of the parade - were you the last bike? You were drawing conclusions Fed Agent and I declare BUNK. Like many Harley riders I cut my teeth (and dented a fuel tank) on a couple of jap bikes. Most of my fellow HD riders did too. My previous hondas were fun little bikes but lacked character and were by no means "reliable" the CM400 was a PIA to do oil changes due to the pieces and parts. The Magna's 4 carbs were a yearly battle where half the time just reassembling them was the fix. Never understood that design. My father-in-laws liquid cooled goldwing overheated in the colorado mountains, whereas my HD has never not started, never broke down, and is the easiest bike to maintain. Are you sure you had a Harley in your past? It seems you don't know them very well!
Don't fool yourself with that American made honda line - your honda is as japanese as japanese gets and don't worry about blaming HD for your decision to go japanese, I will not be following this post further.
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