2021 CanAm Spyder RT
Back in the 1980's, when my ride was a Honda Shadow, I had the chance to ride a Honda Nighthawk 750. Had I not been in a pretty tight financial bind at the time I likely would have traded in my beautiful cruiser for this true "Universal Japanese Motorcycle". I know that memory plays tricks on us, but that bike seemed about the perfect all around motorcycle and it looked the way a motorcycle should look, reminding me (now that I am thinking about it) to the mid 1960's Triumph Bonneville. Well fast forward 35 years and I am riding one of my two rides, a Honda Goldwing 1800, and my little Honda PCX150 scooter, or at least will be riding once this awful winter season passes. But I know that the future does not bode well for me, and at some point I will need to give up my luxurious 900+ pound Goldwing and either go to a trike or get a much lighter bike for myself. I might well end up just going for a highway capable scooter, but part of me is thinking that maybe at that time I should look for something new, but equivalent to that old Nighthawk 750. I'm not interested in getting a really old bike, with all the issues that are unavoidable with a 30 year old bike, but not sure what is out there that might be the updated equivalent today of a lighter, all around, upright seating bike with a low enough seat for my shrinking height of now 5'7". I think I need to go look at the Triumph Street Twin, but wonder what other bikes might be worth considering. The hardest part, when that time comes, will be facing the reality that it will likely be the last new bike that I will ever buy, and that's a downer in and of itself.