I just turned (agh!) 60 this year but feel like I'm still 25, at least in my mind. I've been motorcyclying since the age of 12, when my dad took me to a minibike track and I rode my first Honda Z50A. They told me not to shift it (it had automatic clutch and they just left it in 2nd) but I didn't even know how back then. I came off the track and dad asked me if I wanted one. I was stunned. Of course, I said yes. So he bought me the Z50A for $300 and we sold it when I was 16 for $250 - not bad. Dad always regretted doing that, as he put me on the path to lifetime motorcycling, and never lived another day without fear of me getting killed on the road. Every time he heard a siren, he feared it was me getting scraped off the road.
My previous bikes are all listed in my signature below. Hondas have always been my favorites. I'm just a Honda guy. I like reliability and things that just ALWAYS WORK when you want them to. I have a Honda portable generator, which has come in handy with all the tropical storms we get here on the East Coast. That thing will run literally all day on a tank of gas, and just purrs as it keeps my fridge, TV and sump pump and a light or two on. And I have had a Honda lawn mower since 1991 that has never needed a lick of service other than an occasional blade.
That V45 Magna was just an AWESOME bike and a pure rocket. Gorgeous looks and fast as could be. I dearly love my CTX 1300. It won't win any speed contests but is still lightning fast and I have enjoyed every second of riding it. But then when I saw the Valkyrie, I knew that was the bike I had to have. Never even test rode one. It's being picked up tomorrow and shipped to me, and I will be counting the hours until it arrives.
"There are no motorcycles in a psychiatrist's parking lot."
Honda Z50A (sold)
Kawasaki KS 125 (sold)
Kawasaki KZ 650 (sold)
Honda V45 Magna (sold)
Honda VTX 1300r
Honda VTX 1800r
Honda CTX 1300
Honda F6C Valkyrie