So far it's been a hell of a ride, putting on 300 + every weekend. I've taken the ERC course and consider myself a confident rider but I am well aware of the dangers lurking around every corner. I got my BUSA up to 185 mph earlier this spring
, but again w/ no cars/troopers/moose/wild bears or an advancing glacier nearby.
As for Japanese style. I learned to ride their way when I was USN and it made be a better rider. What exactly does that mean?
Tight streets, crazy corners, passing between cars in their lane, mountain passes, Kamikaze riders egging you on, you name it. I earned my stripes over there.
After a 24 year hiatus, you still cannot forget how to ride. AND YES I RIDE W/ safety gear all around, now the only concern one has to keep in mind is the gray matter between one's ears.
The bikes I have owned
1976 Yamaha ???
1977 Suzuki (Jap specific model) GXR 750
1981 special edition Suzuki Katana GSXR 650 (Jap specific model) shaft driven, fuel injected and was not allowed to import to US.
1981 Honda Goldwing
1983 Honda XLR650
1998 Honda Goldwing
1993 Honda Goldwing (great touring)
2005 Suzuki Haybusa
Other Bikes if I would own today
Ducatis (spec. 1098)
BMW 1150/1200 GS
BMW 1200 RS
and BMW sport bike
Suzuki GSXR 1000
Honda sport bikes
aahhh hell, I like em all (oops exept for Buells (they suck) and HD's (still nice to look at though)