I've always loved the cafe racer style of motorcycles; British machinery from the 50's to 70's like the Triumph, Norton and BSA. They were faster and lighter than American motorcycles and they handled much better than Japanese bikes.
1972 Rickman Triumph
BSA A 10
I look at the modern versions of those bikes and my heart soars. Having owned many motorcycles in the past, I can imagine what it would be like to ride a modern version.
A Modern Retro Styled Triumph, the Thruxton. A favourite of mine!
A completely modern take on the Cafe Racer Motorcycle: the Street Triple.
A funny thing happens to me when I fantasize about these bikes. I want to go fast. I want to hammer on the engine and give it some "Welly"; hitting the gas and having that sudden burst of excelleration underneath you is awesome and highly addictive. Feel like winding the machine up? Let it go and see how fast you can get it going! Use the power available to you at your will.
Of course, I'm talking about bicycles. You see, everytime I think about riding one of those fast motorcycles, my mind instantly turns to this...
Rocky Mountain Boroughs
All the sensations I felt about the MC are even better on a bicycle. I am the engine. Everything I said above was about riding a bicycle. I find it way more gratifying to be supplying the power. I'm not fast, but I sometimes like to go as fast as I can!
I have a philosophy that says "I'm either growing or dying". I can't be doing both at the same time. Everytime I go out and accellerate my bike so that my heart pounds and races, it feels like I've added a few moments of life to my life. Everytime I push my ability and stretch myself, I've added a few moments to my life. Putting the engine to the test and making it work harder everytime feels like my body is truly alive!
Much more affordable and far more benefits than a motorcycle.
Single speed bikes tell no lies. Without the mechanical advantage of a multi-geared drivetrain, the amount of speed you get out of a bicycle is directly related to your physical condition and your ability to provide the driving force. It feels like a more direct connection to the machine. Owning a single speed bike is really inexpensive and does not require much in the way of maintainence or parts.
My favourite motorcycle: the Thruxton Special Edition