The Bikes

I have been riding for quite some time now, I got my licence in 1999. In the past, I had Ducati Monsters: first I owned and loved a 600 Dark followed by a 620 and last a 695. Occasionally, when I have been traveling overseas, I have rented bikes of other brands and sometimes I got the opportunity to ride a friend’s bike, but there was never any bike that could match the Monster. I was a Ducatista at heart.

My first Ducati, a 600 Dark, it was by far my favourite
My first Ducati, a 600 Dark, it was by far my favourite

I thought I upgraded when I got myself this new 620, but it was a Monday-edition and kept failing me… For example, I rode an entire summer bringing jumpstart cables since it didn’t charge properly and the garage couldn’t find the error. The battery was brought in and I charged it in my kitchen overnight. The same garage tightened the belt too much and it snapped and blew one cylinder… that was the end of this Monster and I got the 695…

My Monday-edition Ducati
My Monday-edition Ducati
My 3rd Ducati
My 3rd Ducati

Many people say that the Monster is for riding to the Café but I took it further than that. I travelled from Sweden to Germany, Switzerland and Spain. There were long day rides and I loved it. I started this blog when I was planning for what I call “The Grand Tour”, then I rode my Monster from Spain up to Sweden and over to England and back down, that was about 8000km and so far my longest journey.

However, I reached a point when I started to look for something different and the Ducati could no longer fill my needs. I wanted more comfort and the ability to bring more luggage, camping gear, take a pillion, etc. That was when I got the Kawasaki 650 Versys.

My Versys can take a lot of luggage confortably. This is from the immigration tour.
My Versys can take a lot of luggage comfortably. This is from the Immigration Tour.

I kept the Versys for 6 years and I got good use of it, but compared to the lighter and more torquey Monsters it was sluggish, it was a Lazy Cat. Then came a point when I wanted a lighter and more agile bike to go off the beaten track. I also needed to spend more time in Sweden with my family so bye bye Lazy Cat and hello Cool Cat and Red Fox.

Cool Cat is a BMW F650GS from 2002 which lives in Sweden
Red Fox is a BMW F650GS from 2007 which lives in Spain
Red Fox is a BMW F650GS from 2007 which lives in Spain

So far so good, let’s see what the future brings…

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