I started riding at 15 when I would sneak my Dad’s Lambretta motor scooter out of the garage. I never got caught, and Dad never let on like he knew. When I turned 16 in 1966 and obtained my driver’s license, it was a moot point. I rode that Lambretta all over town. It set me on my path to motorcycling. I bought a new Honda CL350 when I returned from the US Army, and owned a bunch of other Hondas over the course of many years until I discovered Adventure Motorcycling. I learned that “Less is More.”
Over the years, and on many adventures, I realized that I was traveling to or through many of the 48 states. Visiting family out west, riding the Pony Express Trail and the Oregon Trail, I rode a lot of miles. Then, I got serious about filling in my states. In June 2017, I completed a bucket list item by riding to the northeast USA. When I entered Vermont, I entered my 48th State Visited by Motorcycle.
After 14 years of V-Strom ownership, and owning three 650s and one 1000, I thought I would never ride/own a bike that I liked more than my V-Strom 650s. But, I did, and it was owning a Moto Guzzi V7 that made me look at the V85tt Adventure motorcycle. It’s an incredible motorcycle, and Italian sexy. It turns heads. More importantly, it’s a great bike to ride, especially in the twisties. I traded my 2017 V-Strom 650, March 1, 2022, for this 2021 V85tt.
In 2020, I sold my 2014 DL1000, and bought a Moto Guzzi V7iii. I had looked at Guzzis for years. Was fascinated by them, and I finally pulled the trigger.
Motorcycles I have owned in the recent past:
Motorcycles and travel have been a source of inspiration for me. You will find musings of travel scattered throughout the web site.
I began my adventure rides when I purchased the Suzuki V-Strom DL650 in March 2008 after doing probably too much research. I set out to write a review of the motorcycle, because I had not found anything lengthy or adequate. The magazines tend to be too technical and cite the manufacturers specs. So, I wrote a review, and then another one. I put more than 67,000 miles on that bike (Dec. 2014) before trading it on a new 2015. I have not changed my mind about V-Stroms.
Originally published at Sojourn Chronicles:
Suzuki V-Strom: The First 1,000 Miles PDF
Suzuki V-Strom: The Next 5,000 Miles PDF
See you on the highway!