Becoming a "Brand Snob"
I've been riding for a relatively short time compared to some of you, but long enough to have owned a number of motorcycles.
One thing I have never been is a brand snob. I refuse to ride a motorcycle simply because of the brand painted on the tank.
But what I discovered is that I have identified with one particular brand more than others. It hit me as I updated my personal website recently. "Dang, I've owned more Kawasaki motorcycles than anything else".
2012 Kawasaki Ninja 1000
2009 Kawasaki Versys
2002 Kawasaki KLR 650
2001 Kawasaki ZR-7S
2002 BMW 1150GS
2002 BMW 1150RT
1974 BMW R60/6
2009 Buell 1125CR
2006 Buell XB12X Ulysses
2001 Suzuki GSX-R600
2006 Honda GL1800 Goldwing
2004 Yamaha FJR 1300 ABS
1995 Ducati Monster 900
When I stopped to think about why I selected the motorcycles I've owned, some were out of pure lust for a particular bike and some were choices made by logic. Interestingly, none of the four Kawasaki products I purchased was out of pure brand lust. They were all a product of, "Hey, this is a damn fine motorcycle for the money". I lost my beloved 1125CR to the great Nashville flood of 2010. If Buell had not been shut down, I'd more than likely still be riding one. I really loved them. They were like a faithful dog wagging it's tail when you get home. Just made you feel good.
The antique BMW was a mistake...I learned that vintage bikes belong in museums and should never be ridden on a public road and you should never race a clapped out Nissan Sentra on an R60...you'll lose. :lol3 The other BMW's were great bikes. I pitched the RT 150ft down the Cherohala Skyway and the GS developed a nasty issue of carboning up the heads (even though I rode the snot out of it). I loved the bike though. Just don't race a Dodge Neon, you'll lose. :huh
Best visceral experience...Ducati. Hands down. The sound of that bike alone made my hair stand on end, and it's the only bike that caused a woman to hit on me (and I'm UGLY, so trust me, it was the bike).
The FJR was a fantastic bike, but my riding skill grew past the capability of the bike. I knew this when I was beveling the edges of the mufflers in the turns enough to lever the rear wheel off the ground....on a 600+lb bike. :eek1
The Gixxer was a track whore and I seldom rode it on the street.
The Goldwing...oh boy, another mistake. The wife said she'd ride with me if I got one. She went on two rides. Nice bike, but not my cup of tea.
I know I am not the only one who finds themselves in the position of gravitating toward one particular brand of bike for one reason or another? I'm more intrigued with why I ended up that way.
What about you guys? (and yes, this is my "it's too damn cold to ride" thread)
There was a 74 TS250 so I choose Suzuki in the poll.
No Harley-Davidson. :1drink
I was a Yamaha guy, until I bought a KTM, a Honda and a Kawasaki. Now I'm a KTM guy.
200XC replaces 125, never ride 125 again
XR600R, which I treat as a street bike
KLR650 to ease the road duty of the 600
Now that the 600 is a dirt bike with plate, it gets abused even more
450EXC replaces XR600, never ride XR again
250XC replaces 200, Brother rode the 200 once since then
Add a Beta Trials bike
Somehow the XR600 is the only one to have been sold though. The YZ, 200 and KLR need to go away. Not sure what to replace the KLR with, maybe a V-Strom, maybe nothing.
VFR 800 FI
VFR 1200 FD
Clearly a Honda fan, because of very good experiences (and very bad with Kawasaki) with build quality, reliability and customer service.
Yamaha XS Eleven
Kawasaki KLR 650
Suzuki DL650 Vstrom
KTM 640 Adventure
There is nothing that Honda Currently makes that I am even remotely interested in, but my favorite sounding bike is a VFR with gear driven cams and a good pipe.
I wouldn't buy a modern BMW. If you gave me one, I'd sell it and buy a Triumph. That said, I would love to get an R100GS.
Wow, I did leave out HD. I guess I think of them more of a clothing company that makes motorcycles. :lol3
If I could edit the poll I'd add it.
Well, the thread is titled "Snob" so you got to show how cool you are, just like the HD snobs, I have no use for either of you.
The OP said snob, not bottom-feeding poser, which other than
a few Hollywood types or the late Malcolm Forbes ( all of whom are outliers
in terms of who the core customers of Harley really are ) are the sort who ride
But this poll is flawed anyway. The absence of bikes like MV Agusta,
Velocette, Norton, Ducati, etc. makes it like a poll which asks which
whether Budweiser or PBR is better. And the answer is that they all
are mediocre but if you want a ride and it's all you can afford
they are just fine because it is the ride that matters, not the bike.
Cripes! How could I forget Ducati? Oh man, I suck! :asshat
Most frequently owned bike brand: Vespa
1968 Sprint (blue),
1968 Sprint (white),
Oh, and my girlfriend has had 2 Stellas.
Other Marques: Aprilia (2), Husqvarna, Honda (3), BMW (2).
I have owned five Hondas, a Suzuki and a Yamaha, ail second hand, none costing more than about $US 1,000.
I bought my first motorcycle in 1975, and have continuously owned at least one since then. Obviously. I keep bikes for quite a while; they are cheap transport for me, not an expensive hobby! I started riding as a kid on a Honda farm bike in 1966.
It is not out of brand loyalty that I have owned mainly Hondas. They just fitted my needs and budget, and were available when I was looking for a bike.
Ive had Yamaha bikes more then anything else, but Im not really brand loyal. I would ride just about any kind of bike, specially if it was the right price!
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