- Able to cruise at 70-80 mph
- Comfortable for at least 300 miles in a day
- Single or twin cylinder
- No enclosing plastic bodywork
- No complicated electronics or gimmicks
- Looks like a real motorbike
- Sounds like a real motorbike
- Useable pillion accommodation
- Room for luggage
- Character, soul, whatever you like to call it.
(The 'Born Agains', by the way, are the participants in the vast majority of fatal bike accidents, especially the ones that baffle the Police, where no other vehicles were involved. These guys last rode when quick bikes had 60 bhp, and 90 bhp could win a Grand Prix. Today, for under ten grand, they can buy a bike with 170 bhp and ride it straight from the dealer's showroom to mid-Wales and into a stone wall.)
Now, I passed my test in 1972, and apart from a couple of bikeless periods where other things took precedence, I have been riding ever since. In no way am I a recent convert, or someone who needed to be Born Again because he folded at the first slice of wedding cake. But if I ride one of these bikes, people will think I am a noob!