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Old 04-27-2011, 03:22 PM   #16
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And in the interest of full disclosure I ride about the most 'standard' bike on the planet.

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Old 04-27-2011, 03:25 PM   #17
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What?

I love UJMs, standard, naked or what ever you want to call them. Have a Bandit 1200 and love it.

Personally I think those Triumphs are sexy.
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Old 04-27-2011, 03:28 PM   #18
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How about this? If you didn't like the Speed Trip then you'll hate my bike...but I love it!
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Old 04-27-2011, 03:29 PM   #19
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You can still get these...Bandit 1200N. If that doesn't do it for you, then I don't know what will.
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Old 04-27-2011, 03:35 PM   #20
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naked bikes never left...

Ducati monster, Buell M2, Triumph speed trip, etc...
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Old 04-27-2011, 03:44 PM   #21
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I don't know if mine fits your definition, but I really like it.

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Old 04-27-2011, 03:48 PM   #22
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Thats why I buy old bikes. (plus thats all I can afford. )

My 1983 FT500 Ascot



And my 1983 CB650SC Nighthawk



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Old 04-27-2011, 03:53 PM   #23
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yeah new bikes with all their technology and price tag to match isnt what your after and we dont want a new take on 'retro bike' either... so your best bet is to find a REAL old z1000 or cb750 and be done with it..
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Old 04-27-2011, 03:55 PM   #24
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As others mentioned, UJMs still exist but they are often dressed up to look more 'exciting' or 'contemporary'. Also, these days they often get adventure design cues as well, causing untold amount of confusion here on ADVrider :) ER6N, Versys, Gladius and the upcoming Crossrunner are all UJMs. Yes, they do have more plastic than UJMs of old - such is the price of progress :)
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Old 04-27-2011, 04:11 PM   #25
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An aesthetically beautiful engine is mechanical art, and a huge part of the appeal of a motorcycle for me. Swoopy plastic fairings aren't generally beautiful (Ducati 916 notwithstanding). Boy racers can have their Gixxers. Give me a Triumph Speed Triple, MV Agusta Brutale, Ducati Streetfighter, Norton Commando 961, etc.
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Old 04-27-2011, 04:17 PM   #26
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An aesthetically beautiful engine is mechanical art, and a huge part of the appeal of a motorcycle for me. Give me a Triumph Speed Triple, MV Agusta Brutale, Ducati Streetfighter, Norton Commando 961, etc.
liquid cooled motors should hide behind a fairing, nobody wants to look at a bunch of plumbing.

for me that is where Monsters lost the plot. The air cooled ones are beautiful, the S4R is a convoluted mess.
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Old 04-27-2011, 04:24 PM   #27
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How about this, much more "standard" looking than others suggested.

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Old 04-27-2011, 04:31 PM   #28
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Plain standard motorcycles <> naked sport bikes (Speed Triple, Tuono, Brutale, Streetfighter, Hypermotard)


I agree with this list:

BMW F800R
BMW R1200R
Ducati Monster
Yamaha FZ8
Suzuki Gladius

Unfortunately the best looking standard in the world isn't offered outside of JAPAN!

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Old 04-27-2011, 04:39 PM   #29
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Old 04-27-2011, 05:03 PM   #30
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In a country where a motorcycle is more of a pleasure vehicle than a practical vehicle, the staid standards you describe are just too damn boring. A UJM is great if you are going to ride every day in all kinds of weather, but if you are just going to go out for fun every other weekend then you will probably want something more exciting.

FWIW I like standards, but the whole "jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none" thing bores me now. A stump pulling Speed Triple is good, but the FZ8? Yawn.
I think that is a good point. I have an old K75 standard. About as boring as bikes get, but fun it its own right. Basically a car.


That CB1100 is beautiful. Wish they had those here.

I've ridden an SV650 standard. I did like it, and it is certainly a fine bike, but not quite the jack of all trades thing. Couldn't see riding it with a pillion.
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