For one bike only? For that, it'd have to be somewhat multi purpose. My gladius in that case I guess
- It's got enough power
- comfortable enough for long distance touring
- sporty and agile enough for twisties
- cheap enough to buy-maintain-mod
- around 600/yr insurance
- its capable of very very light gravel trail (though slowly)
Jack of all trades, master of none.
But I always want a different bike, just to see what it's like.
So far my current Super Glide Custom is the best bike I've owned; despite the Harley nay-sayers. Totally reliable, comfortable (mid-mount pegs), fast enough. Gets me everywhere I want to go.
Quick release luggage, windshield and backrest makes it a multi-purpose tool.
And I loooooove looking at it.
I've decided that even if I buy another bike in the future, the Super Glide stays with me.
Had a 1984 BMW R80RT for 15 years. It did everything better than any bike i can think of. The ergos and aerodynamics were second to none. The only thing lacking (back in 2002) was a dealer network. And reasonably priced parts.
2008 GSX-R750. Took a pinecone and dented the rotors. Then took me smashing it into a wall....and was fine aside from plastics and brake line. I'm never touching a European brand because those things grenade themselves without my ****** riding doing anything lol
Very happy with my 5th gen VFR.
Might have to shelf it and pull the ex500 back out or get a regular dirtbike for the mileage I'm anticipating the next few years... can no longer justify the insurance rates to mileage ratio..