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Bucket List Bikes

2016 to Present Africa Twin

Honda released the CRF1000L Africa Twin in 2016. The bike has gotten universally great reviews and was even the best-selling motorcycle over in the UK if memory serves. It sounds like just the right amounts of capable on/off road, character and reliability. Basically everything you want from a motorcycle. Not …

Moto Guzzi California

Last year Moto Guzzi finally got serious about updating its motorcycle lineup. The first bike to benefit was one that was long overdue for a refresh…the California. I’m not a cruiser guy at all, but the Guzzi cruisers have always been…different.

Yamaha/Star Warrior…any year

Always dug the Warrior and I think I’d be happy with any year, though I like the later years–they went to radial brakes. As of this post, it’s the only cruiser on the Bucket List–and that’s OK. Here’s a pic: Here’s a 2012 on Bikez.com There’s nothing on Wikipedia, so …

Kawasaki ZRX1200R

The ZRX1200R started off as the 1100R, but got a bump in displacement after a couple of years. I always liked the look of the bike–retro, purposeful, powerful…and just a little intimidating. In 2012 I was fortunate enough to buy one and as of the time of this writing, still have …

Any Modern Dual Sport

Something with low weight, good suspension, decent power and good reliability. I bought a 2005 DRZ400 and checked this box off in 2012. It’s everything I hoped it would be. Here’s a pic of the DRZ as it looked right before I sold it after a bunch of modifications and …

2009 (or older) BMW Boxer Twin

I like the old Boxer engines best. Forget what they did in 2010 to make them less desirable, but I’m sure there was a good reason here. Thinking a GS would be best for the riding position, but I also really like the 1100S. Either way, I really don’t want a …

1970s Ducati Darmah or SuperSport

These are just sweet bikes. Never owned a bevel-drive Ducati before. I’m sure maintenance would be a bitch, but I’d put up with it for a while. Here’s a sweet-looking Darmah in Black and Gold–the best color scheme of all:

2002 – Present Triumph Bonneville

I know it’s similar to a Scrambler–what can I say? They’re cool bikes. The 2009 and newer models have fuel injection, I believe. My favorite has got to be simple black and gold like the pic below: Update: I finally got one of these—just like the photo above—in July of …