Saturday, October 27, 2007

The Bikes

Three of us have matching 1981 Honda GL500 Silverwing’s. They’re not much to look at, and the technology is REALLY old by today’s standards, but they’re in great shape and pretty much bullet proof. They all have around 60,000 klm or so. They didn’t catch on in North America because of our obsession with bigger displacement bikes but in the UK they were very popular as courier bikes. Over there, with proper maintenance, 200,000 miles wasn’t uncommon. They’re shaft drive and liquid cooled and we hope, all up to the challenge. And, because they match, we only have to take one set of tools and spare parts. The other aspect that we found appealing is we paid so little they’re literally disposable. If we run into a major problem we can cut our losses and walk away.
The fourth bike is one of the most rugged and endurable duel-sport bikes made; the Kawasaki 650 KLR. This bike was chosen for it’s fantastic reputation and the established dealer network Kawasaki has in Central America. So, no matter what, one of us will look really cool. The other three; either really cool or real dorks. Only time will tell.

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