Honda Hurricane 1000 (1987)

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Sept. 1988 - June 1989     Part of 1 season    1,500 miles

  This bike was a fine piece of engineering.   It immediately made the old Suzuki GS1100E seem crude and slow.  I rode them back-to-back and was able to compare them for a few weeks until I sold the 1100E in the spring of 1989.  The Hurricane was very smooth, quiet and strong.  But the small front wheel (16 inches) and overly responsive steering made it less suitable for just riding around.  The bike just wanted to accelerate.  Hard.  There was a bit of carburetor unevenness on trailing throttle, too.
  It also had a wide turning radius because of the low bars that made slow speed maneuvers awkward.  It rolled off the sidestand on me twice while stopping to get gas.  No damage, but I hated that.  The only mechanical blip was leaking coolant from a missing water pump cover screw.  Trivial.
  I never fell in love with it and realized that I ride to have some feeling of passion about the bike and not mere practicality.   So I decided to try something else.  I sold it in June of the first season of riding for $175 more than I had paid for it the previous Sept.  I went bikeless from then until November while searching out another bike until finding the Katana 1100.  This was the first time I went bikeless for part of a riding season in 18 years of motorcycling.

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Edited March 12, 2002