I haven't ridden a motorcycle for a long while (11 years) but - for much of my life - it was a big thing. I did it for functionality rather than the pleasure of it. For a year I did it for a living as a dispatch rider in London. I used to ride a Kawasaki GT550 for business. I've ridden many others for London commuting - mainly a Suzuki GN 400 and a Honda C90. I've borrowed many more including a Honda Goldwing ! My favourite experience of motorcycling - without any doubt - was riding C90s on various Greek islands sans helmet and protective clothing, The true and free-wind-in-the hair, care-free experience. It was a C90 that got me out dispatching in a snowy winter when all other riders had cried off. The skinny tyres and slide-ability of the bike was key to getting parcels to destination even if it was sideways, speedway style. (Luckily the roads were empty) I've never understood motorcycling otherwise. I loved it for London commuting - weaving in and out of traffic and getting ahead (I could see its true purpose then) but for pleasure in Britain ? Having to get all leathered up in hot weather to go out for a spin ? I'd rather a small open top sports car and pick my roads selectively. Now I'm bald I don't suppose image or wind-in-hair is so important ! What say you ?