Life is beginning to work out. I got a job, which was priority one. Priority two was to get my own mode of transport. A car was simply not on the cards. The cost of motoring in the UK is ridiculously expensive even before you factor in the ever increasing price of petrol – currently at 138p a litre. About $10 a gallon.
I’ve long shunned the four wheeled format in preference for the two wheeled variety. I’d rather save the extra cost and spend more money on holidays or gadgets. Sure, it gets chilly on a bike in winter, but I can suffer a month or three of frozen fingers if it means a week or two somewhere exotic.
I began biking with real bikes. But when one of my Cagiva’s broke down back in 1998, I got a little second hand 50cc Honda scooter to ferry me about until my Italian stallion was fit for the road. By the time the Cagiva was ready to return, I was sold on scooters. Not that I’d keep a 50cc as my everyday transport, but the weather protection, lack of maintenance, extra storage and general ease of use of the scooter was impossible to ignore.
I sold the Cagiva and went out and bought a Peugeot scooter. Like most French motorized vehicles, it was simply dreadful. We soon separated and a Honda Pantheon took its place. I kept that bike for more than five years, only selling it when I departed for Mexico. I loved that bike. Heated handle bars, caverous underseat storage and hugely comfortable. I was sold not only on scooters in general, but Honda in particular.
So my choice of bike this time round was simple. I present to you my brand new Honda S-Wing, which was the direct replacement for the Pantheon I’d sold in 2005. It’ll do about 75 to 80mph, which exceeds the maximum speed limit in the UK. Acceleration is brisk. Yearly Road Tax is just £15. Fuel economy is superb as well, capable of about 100mpg. It rides beautifully. Stable, sharp around corners and fun. Even my sister seems to approve. I have a couple more shots on Flickr – click here.