So, "here's the thing!", to use modern day vernacular. When I was a kid back in Scotland, I used to run out onto the sidewalk every time I heard a motorcycle coming. I just wanted to see the bikes and the guys riding them, how cool they looked, how scary they were, all that excitement just to see a guy on a bike!
This was in the late seventies and early eighties, I was lucky enough to see the last of the real bike culture from the sixties before modern biking came of age. Nortons, Triumphs, Royal Enfields, BSAs, the list goes on, these were the bikes and and this was the culture that ceated a legendary era in motorcycling that was slowly being forgotten.
So, by the time I was old enough to ride, everything had changed, sports bikes and cruisers had become the norm, you very rarely saw these old bikes and bikers and you certainly could not afford to buy one.
So for me, the image and dream I had of owning one of these icons was left behind at very high speed and I settled for the world of sports bikes!! Now don't get me wrong, I love everyone of the bikes I have owned over the years, all of them Kawasaki and my 2011 ZX10R is my most prized possession!!
However, as the years have rolled by I have been struggling to see where my biking career would go. I have looked at just about every option out there and could not see myself on any of the bikes I have looked at. So, I kind of gave up on the idea of an iconic bike and decided that I would ride a sports bike for as long as my body would hold up!
This, thankfully, has now all changed with the resurgence of Royal Enfield and their beautiful range of iconic legends!
I now have a new problem, which one do I go for?!! Actually, not such a big problem. The answer is simple; the Continental GT!
When you look at this bike and understand what it represents then you will see why it is such a simple choice. As soon as black porn I saw the Continental GT it took me back to those days in Scotland when I would run out on the street to see the bikes go by.
The Continental GT oozes quality and style and is all backed up by decades of history and tradition.
So now I see my biking future as clear as a bell. Get rid of the cellphone, get rid of all the gadgets, pack a bag and head out onto the open roads to do whatever I can, but mostly just to ride and be part of a history and culture that will be around forever. And this is one of the most important things for me. I have never been a group rider and the Continental GT will allow me to ride solo and reach into the true nature of Cafe' culture, unlike on a sports bike, I will have the time to appreciate the roads I am riding and the places I go to. Slowing the pace down but still having that individual feeling whilst being part of history.
Everything about the Continental GT will allow me to enjoy a supercool and super fun biking lifestyle.
So is this "Cafe' Chic" or "Cafe Culture"?! Of course, it is both. Royal Enfield, by giving us the chance to ride these beautiful iconic bikes have also given us the choice, to be cool, to be stylish or just to be part of the greatest motorcycling era of all time!
All About Bikes will be getting their hands on a Continental GT soon and you will be the first to read the full review here, I can't wait!