Hi all ,
I've only recently gotten into bikes , midlife crisis sort of thing , and I've realised it's a fantastic way to get away from it all , including the wife and kids .
I've gotten myself a 1995 BMW K75 , shaft driven , to start with , and I intend then to try and get a CT DCT .
Like a lot of people over the past few years , I fell in love with the idea of having a GS , Big , sexy , tough and doesn't look like an out and out tourer . I love the look of the Pan European , but couldn't imagine myself taking it to the shops on a Sunday for the papers , it just seems too nice somehow to use as a daily commuter. Whereas a GS or CT , I could imagine myself going ANYWHERE with it .
I've always loved Japanese cars and four by fours , and only recently discovered that Honda actually made a bike like the CT with the option of automatic transmission . I've gotten used to the gears on the K75 but for my ultimate bike , which I previously believed to be the GS , I couldn't see the reason why I HAD to change gears if I didn't want to . With the GS of course you have no choice , get used to the dry clutch and manual transmission or tough , the CT though thakfully gives you a choice .
I've moved away from desiring a GS mainly because of online niggles about final gear problems , elec. problems and just basically an uncomfortable seat .
I haven't seen a CT in the flesh yet , other then passing one last week at high speed and boring the kids with "That's it , that's a CROSSTOURER ! .. That's what I want !" ..
I've always liked automatics , my car is auto , and I believe it'll make me a safer , more confident rider . I won't worry if I'm in slow moving traffic going up a steep hill , I won't worry that I'm riding the clutch and I won't worry about my left foot slipping or getting cramp . I worry enough when I'm at home , if a bike with DCT helps me enjoy my biking that much more , then I'm all for it .
I've met a few purists who insist that automatics aren't 'proper' bikes , but I say each to their own . Some like Harleys , some like mopeds , some like autos and some like whatever it is they actually like , the road's big enough for all of us .
I'm delighted I found this site and I'm really looking forward to following it .
BTW , if any of you are down this way , Dingle , Kerry , let me know , I'd love to have a look at your bikes .
Many thanks ,