The world is obsessed with the cell phone, right? More people around the world have these ‘flat’ phones than fresh running water, a terrible statistic but not for the magnates who produce and sell them though. But I believe these irritating but necessary things have even more to answer for, in the form of distraction from anything else around the user. Oh yes, many ‘users’ would rather own these ‘poised thumb’ disposable items than own a car, or in this case a motorcycle.
Touring bikes, you either love them or hate them. They are, predictably, huge monsters that devour open roads in unsurpassed (for a motorcycle) comfort levels. Heavy, expensive and normally aimed at the ‘older motorcyclists’, so what’s the attraction then?
The cold war battle lines have been drawn. The YZ250FX and KTM 250 XC-F are right at home pounding aggressive moto laps, as they battle bushes in the tight stuff. Honda, like the super-power it is, needed a weapon to do battle, so will the might of Honda’s off-road crossover destroy everyone in sight?
To improve on a product that is already splendid in many ways is always going to be a difficult exercise. Let’s take phones for example, the demon device of our planet, constantly updated to suit ‘human-drones’ that revel in the latest software, even though it tends to do exactly the same thing. TVs are another ‘mindless’ bit of paraphernalia that annually receive visual splendor for the couch-dweller’s pleasure. But does any of this modern intervention actually improve their quality of life, err, NO is the answer! However, Yamaha’s new MT-07, second version, most certainly did mine…