Any time I review a bike, I try to think of it from a consumer’s perspective, imagining that I’m being asked to spend my own money on the bike. In doing so, I always ask myself these three questions:
1) Does it fit my current needs/lifestyle?
Not really, but I like to think that with a little investment perhaps it could. Maybe. I don’t know. The bike is good enough, though, that a part of me would like to try. However, I used to phrase this question as “Will it fit in my garden?” to which the answer here is no. The Sixty is too awkward to be maneuvered into the space I have for a motorcycle.
2) Does it put a grin on my face?
Yes. A huge one. The only time I was ever unhappy on the Sixty was when I had to give the keys back to Indian. Comfortable, fun, unique, and cool.
3) Is it better than my current bike?
That’s a tricky one. On paper, the answer is no. But, as I say, the Sixty is a good enough motorcycle to make a person somewhat willing to forego the benefits of a Japanese bike for the inherent coolness of this one. Really, rather than being better than my beloved Suzuki V-Strom 1000, the Sixty is fantastic enough to make me ponder the practicalities of owning two motorcycles.