Every Sunday, my colleagues at Iconic Motorbikes go for a morning ride out to the Rock Store. Sometimes I join along – here’s a few highlights from today’s excursion!
OK, this photo’s cheating because it’s actually from Friday. But I came back from the Yamaha MT-10 launch on Friday and walked up to my bike (pro tip: if you’re packing light, take your motorcycle to LAX because the good central parking lots are free) and was surprised to see a custom painted VFR 30 feet away. I walked up to it to discover it was my buddy Steve Rapp’s bike! In addition to his many motorcycling accolades (Willow Springs lap record holder, Daytona 200 winner), he’s a pilot. He also a big fan of the VF1000R, so he had his VFR800 painted up in a similar scheme. What do you think?
But there were plenty of cool bikes from other manufacturers. Here’s a wonderful RC36 owned by my buddy Glenn (he also had the RZV500 in this video that Nathan and I did showing off the exhaust sound).
Speaking of Hondas – an investor of ours in Iconic from Washington recently purchased a Honda VFR400 from us and he came down to pick it up and join us for the ride. It came to us from a seller in Georgia and it’s one of the nicest NC30s I’ve seen.
My buddy Vic got his Hypermotard 950 SP lowered a couple of inches to make it more manageable and I think it looks better. No report yet on how the handling was affected, but it’s an interesting visual nonetheless.
Over at the Rock Store, I saw my first Suzuki GSX-S1000GT in the wild. I definitely prefer the “Metallic Reflective Blue” option and would invest in the bags that come with the “+” model, but sport-tourers are very appealing to me and I’d love to try this one.
A lovely Moto Guzzi V7 Racer – we have a different one currently up for auction.
Back to the Aprilias – there was a new RSV4 Factory and a new Tuono V4 Factory. I’ll take the Tuono.