I bought my first motorcycle, a red 1977 Honda 360T with a kick-starter (since the electric starter was on-and-off) in 1984, and always kept a bike to get around places with difficult parking (like Boston). I bought my first new motorcyle in 1986: a Honda Nighthawk S CB700SC – back then, I was deciding between the Honda and a BMW R60 (a mid-size boxer engine), and the hydraulic everything on the Honda won out. I did have instant buyer’s remorse – and promised that my next bike would be a BMW.
I got rid of that 1986 Honda three years ago, and have missed riding – especially in the south, where I can ride all year (it was harder to ride year-round in Boston, but I did it when I was young and foolish). So a few months ago, I started to again look at motorcycles, to see what is around. The standards that I prefer seem to have gotten bigger; the BMW boxer that I have pined over since 1986 are only available in a 1200cc version. They have also gotten a lot more expensive – the BMW R1200R is around $14,000, the price of a car.