Torn Between Two Lovers: Balancing Multi-Bike Relationships

Torn Between Two Lovers: Balancing Multi-Bike Relationships

Though I am not much of a TV watcher, I do have a few guilty pleasures. One of them is HBO’s series Big Love. 3 full seasons in and I still can’t fathom how 1 person can deal with being married to 3 others. Sometimes I feel a bit over-extended like Bill when I walk into the garage.

Motorcycle Polyamory

Many people have these polyamorous types of relationships with motorcycles. 1 rider in love with more than 1 motorcycle. How does the balance in this type of relationship work? If the motorcycles each occupy their own niche like say a road bike and a dirt bike, clearly each has a job to do that the other doesn’t excel at. The balance of that relationship is easy to understand. What about bikes of the same genre? What about 2 sportbikes, 2 adventure bikes or 2 cruisers? What then?

Can you ever really love each motorcycle equally?

The Mistress
Maybe you don’t spend a lot of time with her but when you do it makes your toes curl with excitement. While you’re on the ride, you love it. It feels great. But maybe, just maybe… as the day goes on you start to remember why it isn’t your only motorcycle.

The Main Squeeze
This is your go-to girl; the one who will stand by you through thick and thin. Everything feels easy and comfortable. She feels like home.

In my own experience I have a go-to girl in my Speed Triple. Once in a while I have a dalliance with one of the other rides. Its fun while it lasts but I always come back to my steady. I think it’s those rides on the other bikes that really make me appreciate the Triumph greatness. When I think of riding I think of the Triple.

We’re going to need class participation on this post – so get your pencils ready!

It’s sunny and 75 degrees, the lawn is mowed; errands have been run and you have the day to yourself to go riding. When you walk out to the garage, assuming you have more than one street bike, which do you go for?

With our busy lives being what they are finding the free time to ride for pleasure can be tricky. You can only ride one motorcycle at a time. At what point do you say enough is enough – one bike is plenty? How do you know when it’s time to break off the relationship and become a one bike rider?

Let’s hear it! How do you balance your bike relationships?

BMW R1150GS and Triumph Speed Triple on Route 28 in the Catskills New York

10 Replies to “Torn Between Two Lovers: Balancing Multi-Bike Relationships”

  1. I’m apparently a classic Gemini…more than one is easy to manage. I just walk out and ride the one that grabs me. If I thought about it too much, it would be hard but I never struggle with the call. I have, every once in a while, wound up riding the wrong bike…what a wonderful problem to have.

    MBS is my friend 😀

    Y’know, I even have multiple dirt rides….ohhh, so dirty )

  2. I have three bikes, two are road worthy. The 1990 RC-30, I found hidden in an upstate barn and in poor condition but low miles. It has been in restoration for what

  3. I have two bikes and Concours c-10 and a Honda Shadow and currently looking to get a KLR and the new Concours c-14 by next year. My human wife and kid don’t understand why I need to add two more bike to the existing ones. I tell them it’s an addiction and as such, it’s hard to explain why I have to get them. The only thing I know is that I am happiest when on a bike. I always find something to like about any bike. When you have multiple bikes you always have "the one" that you always take out. In my case it’s old but, dependable Connie C-10. So far I have clock about 20k miles this year. While the shadow hardly gets 2k miles a year. My policy is, have as many as you want as long as you don’t put yourself and family in the poor house. I have friend who have 5, 8 and 10 bikes.

    Ride Often and ride safe

    Ben

  4. My two Triumphs (Speed Triple, Tiger 800) share me equally. Both are comfy…both can be bugf@#$ crazy.

    Yes, you can love two motorcycles equally and make it work!

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