Thread: Touring on UJM
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Old 02-04-2014, 05:24 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by markjenn View Post
The good old days weren't that good.
The good old days didn't have motorcycles as good as today's motorcycles, but the motorcycles worked just fine. I continue to ride my mid-70s bikes a good bit and they are very enjoyable.

No, they are not maintenance-free, but they're not troublesome either. No they don't have the smoothest suspensions, but they work fine on roads and gravel -- freeway seams are a bitch which is just one more reason to stay away from freeways. Parts for many older bikes are readily available although some parts for some bikes are hard to find.

If you enjoy riding that particular motorcycle, do it. It wasn't built to sit under a coat of wax under a soft cover in a garage. If you need better performance, a new motorcycle will certainly provide that.

Riding different motorcycles provides different experiences. There is no single experience that is the "right" one.

In 2012 I rode my '75 CB750K to Ohio and around there. Lots of good miles.
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