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Old 02-26-2012, 04:16 PM   #1
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What Bike Would You Absolutely NOT Buy?

Is there a particular bike, or a manufacturer of a bike, that is so quirky and unreliable that you would absolutely avoid?
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Old 02-26-2012, 04:22 PM   #2
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Currently, if I was buying new I would pretty much stick with any of the more common brands. Reason being I live in rural east Texas, and the more exotic dealers are all at or over 2 hours away. Makes it a pain to get warranty work done. Locally we have a Harley/Triumph dealer, and the big 4 Japanese brands, and one of them also sells Victory and CanAm. So, I would stick with those if buying new.

If I lived in a large city, I don't think there is any brand that I absolutely would not buy. Then again, most of my riding is commuting to work, and meeting friends after work. I really don't do the long distance trips (young kids, job, etc). If I did, I would probably stick to the more major brands again to increase the chance of finding parts on the road.
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Old 02-26-2012, 04:25 PM   #3
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Any of the spacey looking Victory line-up is out for me and I will never buy another feet forward bike for myself (due to a lower back issue) Other than that. Two wheels and a motor makes me smile.
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Old 02-26-2012, 04:27 PM   #4
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fatass cruiser bikes just don't do it for me. Otherwise, i'll probably ride anything.
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Old 02-26-2012, 04:42 PM   #5
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fatass cruiser bikes just don't do it for me. Otherwise, i'll probably ride anything.
I used to think the same until I put in a few thousand miles on one.
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Old 02-26-2012, 04:28 PM   #6
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Old 02-27-2012, 10:41 PM   #7
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Actually, Honda has been striking out pretty consistently of late...
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Old 02-26-2012, 04:46 PM   #8
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well im done with Kawasaki.. Wont buy another .
The last 2 i had gave me some minor problems. I wont bore you with details but the other 3 jap brands dont let bikes out of the factory like that. Quality control is lacking Id say.
Trade in value sucks also They hate seeing Kaws coming back for trade in
Why bother with em?
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Old 02-26-2012, 05:02 PM   #9
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Any manufacturer that spends waaaay more on advertising than R&D.
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Old 02-26-2012, 05:09 PM   #10
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Chinese, but even they are getting better.
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Old 02-26-2012, 05:19 PM   #11
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Any three-wheeled debauchery. As long as I can hold a bike up, I'lll stay on two wheels.
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Old 02-26-2012, 05:41 PM   #12
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Any three-wheeled debauchery. As long as I can hold a bike up, I'lll stay on two wheels.




.......are you sure about that?
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Old 02-28-2012, 02:58 AM   #13
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Any manufacturer that spends waaaay more on advertising than R&D.
Mate. Good luck with that. It might not exist.

Every dollar spent on advertising will (or at least should) result in more than a dollar in sales, which indirectly increases the R&D budget.

R&D on the other hand is money flushed down the toilet unless you spend it wisely. It's not something you can throw endless money at and expect a good return for your cash (you'll start inventing stuff that never reaches a shipping product).

I'm pretty sure almost every manufacturer with a large R&D budget spends more on advertising than R&D.
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Old 02-28-2012, 01:20 PM   #14
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Mate. Good luck with that. It might not exist.

Every dollar spent on advertising will (or at least should) result in more than a dollar in sales, which indirectly increases the R&D budget.

R&D on the other hand is money flushed down the toilet unless you spend it wisely. It's not something you can throw endless money at and expect a good return for your cash (you'll start inventing stuff that never reaches a shipping product).

I'm pretty sure almost every manufacturer with a large R&D budget spends more on advertising than R&D.
It was sort of my droll, oblique poke at one certain manufacturer.
And equally lacking in accuracy.
Just amusing myself and subscribing to a thread that surprisingly hasn't gone in the direction I thought it would .
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Old 02-26-2012, 06:17 PM   #15
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Kawasaki, they have really drop the ball on way to many of bikes. Details are old news.
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