Re: Rat Bikes
What did you guys think of Aaron Frank's last page editorial on rat bikes in Motorcyclist this month? I wanted to agree with him, but found myself recoiling at the thought of riding, not cleaning, at least regarding my general philosophy on bike ownership.
I simply feel that cleaning and polishing is part and parcel to the experience of bike ownership. Perhaps I'd feel differently if I owned, say, a greasy old '99 SV as my commuter scooter, but I'm a one bike guy.
I do my ~5,000 miles per riding season here in the Midwest, -sometimes less, sometimes more- depending on work and family issues.
I guess I'm not a 'real' biker? *