Every bike is trying to be some kind of ultimate (whether it’s power, fuel economy, or comfort) and manufacturers succeed and fail on countless levels of this endeavor. What I do on every ride to work is try to gain more current knowledge on what the best version of every facet has come to be. But it’s the same reason you should try to ride different machines too—because perspective is an important piece of knowing and commanding your surroundings. Whether it’s tweaking your own motorcycle to see if you like it better, logging a few miles on a friend’s machine, or taking a riding school on little dirt bikes, you’ll find that being in a different saddle will help you control your go-to steed. And, yes, there’s some joy in it too. We should all know that. Doing the same thing and expecting different results is a definition of insanity, after all. With that in mind, I’ll get on my own bike next and see what this K1600 taught me.