Height: 6 ft.
Weight: 205 lb.
Inseam: 32 in.
If I were a pasta, I'd be: ravioli
Those who know that I own a mid-80's BMW boxer (an '84 R100CS) won't be surprised that I consider the Falco-like Honda's VFR or Triumph's Sprint ST-to be My Kind Of Bike. Call it the latest salvo in the gentlemen's express wars: here's a sport-tourer that practically begs you to get up early, pack your bags, hit the road, follow the twisty blue lines on the map (or even the long straight lines in between), find a campsite or cheap motel, sleep...and then do it all over again. And again. (Repeat until end of vacation.) In top gear, the SL's Euro-bred big twin seems like it's barely clearing its throat at 90 mph; that and the largish windscreen/ comfy riding position mean you won't be heading for the hot tub and Ibuprofen at the end of a 500-mile day. Great brakes, great tires, sexy looks... so why would I hesitate to buy one? Our bike's sidestand switch started malfunctioning-a very small item, yes, but it makes me wonder about long-term reliability. And if I did break down, would the (for now) lack of a comprehensive dealer network mean that I'd be stranded out in the middle of nowhere? Ach, now I'm being paranoid. Must be that German blood in me... -Greg McQuide