You know, the VX is pretty super. It's black, dirty and reeks of petroleum. It would be tough not to love it.
All the same, every now and then my mind wanders to something new. Something (momentarily) shiny. Something unspoiled. Something black.
There are a few bikes that fit the bill. First off is the cult classic SV650. While it doesn't come in black, the frame is black and the rest is just a rattlecan away. And I have to admit, I have a bit of a thing for the Suzuki brand. Don't ask me why.
Another bike I've been considering is the Buell City X. Chock full of streetfighter attitude, nearly 100 horsepower, comes in Black and is American made. Not to mention the price tag doesn't shatter my dreams with pesky realities of economics.
Finally, I've been thinking of a Harley Sportster 1200. Raw. Pure. Black. Pretty cheap. Not to mention I could ride the almighty hell out of it, push it in front of a train, drop it off a cliff, poop on it and still sell it to a yuppie for exactly what I paid for it. That's oddly attractive. It's almost like they're free. On the other hand, Harleys need tweaking to live up to their potential. Frankly, I'd rather just go go go.
But I think we all know that I'm going to be with the VX for a good, long time. It's scarred, old and paid for. That's worth a lot.