RIDE-CT.com’s editorial staff members own a wide variety of bikes:
This is the work horse, the bike that gets ridden the most because it’s stable on the highway and yet nimble on back roads. Great gas mileage, too.
It’s has been in the barn since September 2011 and it’s quite a beauty. Fun, too.
Dragged from a barn in January 2008 and rebuilt. It’s old, it’s British, it leaks oil, it vibrates and it’s a blast to ride.
Steve currently owns two bikes. His newest acquisition is a 2011 Kawasaki Concours 14, but he also has a Kawasaki Ninja 250. Here’s Steve in action.
Among some of the other bikes that have come and gone from Bud Wilkinson’s garage include:
Perhaps the best bike to ever sit in the garage. Powerful and smooth. Sold it for way too little but was looking for something smaller and more maneuverable. Replaced by a BMW R 100 RT.
One bike that I never should have bought. All it took was a trip to Americade to learn that the riding position was too severe for aging knees. Don’t miss it in the least.
Another unwise purchase. Too tall and too top-heavy.
RIDE-CT’s first bike. Need more be said? I will have another one someday.
1982 BMW R65LS
Bought in June 2011 after a reader inquired about where he could get the odometer fixed. A fun, flickable bike but a little too small for a 240-pound rider. No regrets about getting. It went to a collector in November 2011.
1981 Yamaha XS850 Midnight Special
A great bike until the transmission failed. It suddenly made more sense to sell it, rather than fix it, but it did the job for several enjoyable years.