My first bike was a Yamaha 400cc, but I’m not reviewing that one. After I sold it, I wanted to get another bike which it was postponed for the usual reasons, job, marriage, etc.
Few years into my marriage the bike bug started again, now I just had to convince my wife, not an easy task as you might know. She wasn’t very keen on me riding a motorcycle,” to dangerous to ride”
I got transferred to Europe (Austria) because of work, and she agreed on me buying a motorcycle there, since people in Europe are more familiar sharing the roads with motorcyclists.
My furniture and car were transferred over there and when I was in the customs office filling the paperwork the person approving the importation asked me if I brought a motorcycle. I said no, he looked perplex and asked why. My answer was I’ll get one here and he seemed pleased. Living in a new country and new challenges at work, kept me pretty busy, so time passed. By the time I knew which bike I wanted I was transferred back to the USA with no bike.
I moved to Texas. Since I couldn’t get my bike in Austria, my wife kept her promise to let me have one. We had only one car so my options were at that time to get a car or a motorcycle. It was a no brainer for me since in Texas you basically can ride all year long. i finally I bought my motorcycle in October 2011, it was a 2009 BMW R1200RT with only 3464 miles and still under warranty, I guess living in Europe had some influence on my decision.
I couldn’t have been any happier with my choice. It has almost everything, heated seats and grips, cruise control, Integral ABS brakes, ESA (Electronic suspension adjustment). It takes just a touch of a button to have 1 up, 1 up plus luggage, 2 up, normal, sport or comfort suspension. The windshield height adjusts with the touch of a button. Two sockets for plugging GPS or charging electronics, panniers and top case. Last but not least, on board computer with tons of information like temperature, miles to go on amount of fuel left in the tank, MPG, oil check, suspension setting, just to mention some.
All that wouldn’t matter if the ride was rough, however that’s not the case. I had my share of different motorcycle rides and nothing compares to this. It’s very comfortable, it’s a surprise how agile and docile it is for a heavy bike. It follows the lines without a hitch, the acceleration is amazing and it is very reliable, I guess the saying, “you get what you paid for” is true.
I use it to go back and forth to my work place. I have been in rides with friends and by myself all around the Texas Hill Country, with nice twists and ups and downs, I look for excuses to go out for a ride, like grocery shopping, going to the post office, etc. Of course I take the long way.
I have added a few things like 3M light reflectors in the panniers, a rear brake lever enlargement, an extra socket to plug a tire inflator (mine said not to use it with a can-bus system). I also added another socket to plug jump start clamps just in case since I still have the original battery. There’s plenty of aftermarket accessories and you can go crazy and broke at the same time. I plan on adding a cylinder head protector and an engine protection bar in the near future.
After this bike, when the time comes, I’m sure I would not buy anything else but a BMW. It is an incredible machine.
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This is my 1997 Honda ST1100. It’s not the newest, fastest, or prettiest in my line-up, but I really love this bike. Before I met my wife, Christine, I ended up having to sell my bike and was without one for a couple of years. One of the first things Christine knew about me was how much I love motorcycles, even though I didn’t have one. I dragged her to my favorite bike shop every time we were within a 20-mile radius. She watched with amusement as I sat on every bike that I thought should be mine (a habit I still have, despite now owning five motorcycles).
After we were married, I started casually bike shopping (and continued dragging her to every bike shop we came across), but nothing really worked out. Shortly before our first wedding anniversary, my riding buddy found the ad for this bike and I must have mentioned it to Christine at least a thousand times. I came home from work one Friday night and she told me to get in the car, that we were going for a little drive. We drove for almost an hour, through rural eastern North Carolina, and I could not imagine where we were going. Turns out we were going to look at this bike I’d been going on about.
The guy who was selling it rolled it out of his garage with a sad face. He clearly loved this bike and didn’t really want to sell it. I guess Christine thought it had been a pretty good year, because we left that night with her in the car and me on the ST.
The ST, which we’ve taken to calling the STeed, has taken me all over the Appalachian Mountains, on a marathon Iron Butt run, and to every county in North Carolina. There’s no where I wouldn’t go on this bike.The ST has taken Christine with me on many of these rides. The trusty old STeed is one of the best gifts I’ve ever received.
I love this bike. It’s comfortable enough for long rides – solo or two-up – and days-long mountain trips. It’s also easy enough to take on short in-town trips. I can pack a ton of gear on this thing so I am prepared for whatever the journey holds. It has fantastic ergonomics for a tall guy like me. I haven’t had to do too much to it to get it just right. The first thing I did was have a custom Spencer seat made. I’ve added a Laminar Lip to the windscreen for a little extra wind protection. I have also added bar risers, a power outlet and a throttle lock. And, at Christine’s request, I’ve added a back rest…I figure it’s the least I could do after all.
No matter what else comes and goes from my collection, the ST is here to stay. It’s the most versatile, easy to ride bike I’ve ever owned!
Here is me the night we got it along with a couple pictures of my adventures.