Glad to be naked.
Written by Phil Skinner.
No matter how much we all love our CBís most of us will, at least occasionally,
dream of riding something else.
The CB is undoubtedly a great and much maligned ride; its greatness lies in all
round ability but being an all rounder means weakness in specific areas. Maybe youíve been day dreaming about the
speed of a Gixer Thou, thumping exhaust notes from a TL with race cans, posing down the high street with a 998
Duke or maybe even the weather protection of a Wing. Whatever your dream we all know another bike will one day
be on the cards, and itís more likely to be a replacement rather than an addition. But before you rush out to trade
in your CB for a Blade, have a think about this.
I was in my mates bike shop through the week and was invited to check out a bike
heíd recovered for the owner. I beheld this sorry looking 750 Gixer, once a thing of beauty, now sadly reduced
to a hunk of junk. I looked over the bike and had a guess at what happened, which wasnít too wide of the mark.
Now what got my thoughts going, and spawned this wee article, was that I had a
similar off last November. I put my CB down the road at around 55mph, sliding for about 150 yards (didnít think
I was ever going to stop!). I trashed the bars, a footpeg and the pulse generator cover (plus some dings and scrapes),
I wasnít happy but at the end of the day it cost me just over a hundred quid to put her back on the road. With
crash bars or bungs Iíd have probably gotten up and ridden home with only a bruised arse (and ego).
Now this is where you really score with a naked bike, the picture shows a bike
written off in a slide at 35mph!!! Yup, all that plastic comes at a high price, so before you get carried away
with your daydreams, sometimes itís best to stay naked.
P.S. If the Gixer owner ever sees this Iím sorry for picking on you, I take no
pleasure in anyoneís bike getting trashed; hopefully youíll be back on the road soon with a cool new ride.