“BMW,” he replied during an extensive email exchange. “One cannot go wrong with a BMW from the ‘70s. Find something like a R90/6 or R75/5, and you’ll be set.” The next day I found a 1975 R90/6 for $2,400 from the original owner in Dayton, Ohio, where we were living at the time. Hershon’s advice was spot-on: I owned that beauty for eight years, riding it all around the hills of southwest Ohio, then through the Santa Cruz mountains by the time we relocated to California in mid 2006. I sold it to a newer rider in June 2008, right before the economy crashed. It wasn’t getting much use, and I felt it needed to go up for adoption to a better home.