To get back to topic ... My wife Sue has a xb12 s, loves it, regards my X1 as a prototype....... Like you she thinks Eric made it for her. So comfy and right that she is doing the National rally with me this year. 500 miles in 20 hours, starting at 2pm Sat 4th July.
She rides a wr250 off road in Enduro's,Rallies and greenlaning. I have tried to greenlane in a landy. Can't see the fun i'm afraid,after a bike it's boring,sorry. Can you explain the fascination for landies,they are the most uncomfortable and rough vehicles ever made.The only way you can drive,even on the road, is to have your right arm removed or the window open. When you have your license and a bit off experience come out with us for a day, we can lend you a bike and lead you out.
I can see the appeal of Enduros and greenlaning on bikes, but not interested in that myself......I love the Landy and I dont think that'll ever change. Just one of those things I guess, you either love them or you don't. They are a British Icon....60 years and hardly changed at all with 85% ever made still on the road....just awesome vehicles. Series and Defenders were made for utility, so no comfort needed or wanted, that's where discos and rangies came in, but even they still have all the off road ability. It's the technical side of the driving that I quiet like......oh, and if you're ever on Salisbury in the wet months, me and Dan act as quite useful depth testers for all the bikers....lol. They sit and watch as we go through water over our bonnet and say, "yeah....maybe we'll give that a miss"....lol. Even had to tow a bike once it was so deeply sucked into the mud...hahaha!