next bike?
Indian Dakota 4


So ... I guess I will by another bike sometime. But which one? Not easy ... it should be dependable like a Jap bike, but the personality of the BSA - and I shouldn't meet one in every corner ...  hmm, not easy. These are some of the bikes I'm considering for the future - notice that all but one have exactly two cylinders, since this is a characteristic attribute of a real motorcycle, unless it's a really weird piece of machinery.


#1
The reborn legend:
Triumph Bonneville
(almost a BSA :-) 
Engine
Type Air-cooled, DOHC,
 360 parallel twin
Capacity 790cc
Bore/Stroke 86 x 68mm
Compression Ratio 9.2:1
Fuel System Twin carburettors, 
with throttle position 
sensor and electric 
carburettor heaters
Ignition Digital - inductive type

When the new Triumph Twin finally arrived, a dream came true. But when finally getting a chance to see it in real life, I was kind of disappointed. I haven't tried it yet, but the mere looks of it killed most of the excitement. It's much more beautiful in glossy pictures.

Alas, this will probably not be my next bike, even if I still consider it a prime alternative.


Not a Harley
Shaft drive V-twin, a legend in its own right? 
The Guzzi Jackal

 
Beauty or Beast?
I love the BMWs in general, but this bastard makes it hard. Brilliant, technology-wise, but really weird looking.


#!?
A beast of its own, the beast formerly known as "Viking"! Originally built by Swedish freaks on a Volvo B18 and a BMW gearbox/shaft, now named after a legend - the Scottish Indian Dakota 4. Odd enough for my taste, but probably too expensive.

Big Beautiful Beast?
Triumph Rocket III

"Its fuel-injected, longitudinally-mounted, in-line three-cylinder engine has a cubic capacity of 2,294cc 140 cubic inches and uses the same size pistons as a ten-cylinder American muscle car."

Simply irresistible?

Slick front, impressive rear, massive ... everything?

  • 2,294cc - 140 cubic inches

  • 142ft.lbf torque

  • 140 bhp

  • Fuel-injected, liquid-cooled, three-cylinder engine

  • Shaft drive

  • 240/50 section rear tyre