What bike is for you?

My first bike. A 250 NightHawk. Here it is decorated for the Christmas parade.

My first bike. A 250 NightHawk. Here it is decorated for the Christmas parade.


I bought my first motorcycle in April of 2007. You approach something like this differently at 52 than you would have at 25. I got a small bike to learn on. My first bike was a 250 NightHawk. Sharon was always a participant and we started riding 2 up almost as soon as I started riding. Our decision to move to a larger machine was neither bravado, nor phallic compensation. Bodies that have been around for five decades need a little more suspension and padding than the little NightHawk offered. We also needed to haul more gear as we started going camping. Making longer rides to festivals meant we often needed a little more room to haul stuff back home.
My fun ride. A VF750 Magna. The V-4 engine delivers a lot more power and excitement than you'd normally expect from a 750cc power plant.

My fun ride. A VF750 Magna. The V-4 engine delivers a lot more power and excitement than you'd normally expect from a 750cc power plant.


The next ride was a VF750 Honda Magna. Maggie stood us in good stead for the next year, but as we began contemplating longer trips, it became evident that we were going to need something even larger. Our week long trip to San Antonio required more luggage than we could have loaded up on Maggie.
We got the opportunity to pick up a 2002 Victory TC Deluxe. With an engine twice the size of the Magna in a V-twin configuration, we had a solid and powerful machine for long trips. Our longest to date was the week long vacation to San Antonio. We had a blast and plan to make other motorcycle vacations over the next few years.

2002 92 ci Victory Touring Cruiser

Big Vic. Our long haul bike. I'll take a heavy load of luggage a long way.


The Victory is a good machine, but I find myself bucking the trend. I’d rather have a high revving multi-cylinder engine than a V-twin. Honda’s flat six is calling me. But I don’t especially like the looks of the Gold Wing. Instead I find myself drawn to a Valkyrie. Not the Interstate model with it’s dual headlights and fairing, but the tourer model. I just like the look of a cruiser. And I love the creamy smooth power delivered from the 1500 cc flat six engine through the drive shaft.
I’ve got to get Vic cleaned up and on the market so I can start looking for my next ride.

Guy Wheatley

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