my "don't" list
The last Yamaha I owned was a 2 stroke 125 in 1963. I loved that bike and beat it for 3 years until I went to Viet Nam. I've been through motorcycles and scooters. I've finally figured out how I really ride as opposed to how I might wish to ride and have compiled a long list of "don't want" and "don't needs" such as:
Tupperware. What a pain.
Windscreens fixed or electric. I already wear glasses.
Bags and boxes on the bike. If I can't haul it in my messenger bag, I don't need it.
Liquid cooling. One more "system" to maintain. Did B-17's have liquid cooling?
Heavy. Especially high up heavy on "sport touring bikes".
Huge displacement. Lawrence of Arabia killed himself on a 998cc Brough Superior. That's enough.
Chains. A pain to lubricate and sprockets go too.
Shaft drive. Nice concept until you change tires.
Chrome, metal-flake, flames, airburshed deamons etc. I wear jeans and T-shirts. I'm plain, plain is fine for my next bike.
Long wheel base. I had one just over 71" that rode smooth but try a U-turn on a narrow street.
So my AMA mag arrives and there is an ad for the Star Bolt. Hmmm.