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Why a Roadster?

Over on Badweb, in a thread about EBRs, someone pointed out how much more sense it would make to ride to the Arctic Ocean on a bike more purpose built for the job, like a KLR, or something similar. This was my response. I like it enough that I think it should be expanded a bit into a Snippet.

There are many bikes that would be better for the trip north. But, Like Frank Sinatra, I want to do it my way. I want to ride a Roadster. I'll have to ride slower, and I'm thinking that I'll be changing tires in a couple of places along the way, but it's not like attempting to cross the Darien Gap.

I have always preferred a V Twin for a motorcycle powerplant. I've ridden a few hundred thousand miles on Moto Guzzis and well over a half million miles on Harleys and Buells. I have had a few fours during my riding career, but I never really could bond with them. A large displacement single would be a smarter choice for the trip, but it wouldn't feel right.

Motorcycles are not rational vehicles. They are emotional and sensory in nature. The motorcycle that will meet my wants and needs right now is a Roadster that I build to my specification. I would use my present mount, but I have never really trusted it since the engine died.

I've heard that there were several bikes with issues similar to the one that left me on the side of the Interstate. The one thing they had in common was the year built. When I replaced the dead engine, I bought a 2005 engine from a bone yard. It may last for another quarter million miles, but I'll always have that niggling doubt in my mind.

Supposedly, the MoFoCo has improved the design of the crankshaft assembly and the engines are as reliable as they should be.

As much as I would like to have an EBR 1190 SX, I also use my bike as daily transportation. Having to wait for parts while the bike sits idle would not be acceptable. An SX would have to be an occasional ride; a toy, if you will. Right now, I can't afford a toy.

I honestly believe that I can ride a properly set up Roadster to Tuktoyaktuk, then over the Top of the World Highway to Chicken, Alaska and home. And I'll derive great satisfaction from doing so.

I promise, I'll take pictures and post them on this forum.
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Well said John, if it made sense, everyone would do it.

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I'm looking forward to those pictures!
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