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Old 01-27-2012, 10:38 AM   #121
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This is a learning moment right here!

That third gear thing is a real pisser, but on the other hand you can buy another DR650 for what it costs to replace a FD on your late model BMW.

You rarely get any kind of snob action from DR riders either... unless they are towing a KTM with a blown top end out of a sand wash!
The oil pump drive gear on the dr650 is made out of plastic, and guess what happens when you grind something plastic against something metal. That's right, the thing that's made out of plastic disintegrates.
Ask me how l know.
l guess that's another thing suzuki hasn't quite figured out yet either.
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Old 01-27-2012, 10:43 AM   #122
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Instrument Cluster - Just a little bit of inclement weather causes problems. Rain causes the tachometer to go haywire for 24 - 48 hours. Hot sun causes the digital speedo to black out. Apperently, it is common in Aprilias in general.

High beam switch - When I'm wearing winter gloves, I'm constantly hitting the high beams by mistake. I'm learning to be more careful with my fingers.

Other than that, the bike is amazing!
That's an easy fix-
just get shorter fingers.
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Old 01-27-2012, 03:19 PM   #123
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How about this one, which applies to all but a few Euro bikes:

Crappy. Rubber. Brake. Hoses.


Why don't all bikes come with braided stainless brake lines? They can't cost that much more in large quantities than spongy rubber lines, can they?
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Old 01-28-2012, 11:38 AM   #124
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In general, the stock seat on any bike I've ridden.

I also hate that my R1100RT doesn't have a sixth gear.
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Old 01-29-2012, 08:09 PM   #125
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This thread has amazing potential to finally prove once and for all that ALL bikes have a few (at least one) small flaws.

Buy the bike whose flaws annoy you the least.
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Old 01-29-2012, 09:24 PM   #126
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This thread has amazing potential to finally prove once and for all that ALL bikes have a few (at least one) small flaws.

Buy the bike whose flaws annoy you the least.
So far the running theme is sensitive tushies... ehem.... that is, I mean, hard seats.
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Old 01-30-2012, 04:17 AM   #127
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In general, the stock seat on any bike I've ridden.

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So far the running theme is sensitive tushies... ehem.... that is, I mean, hard seats.
The only common theme I can find here is the sensitivity of Sethsquatch's arse - harden the fuck up mate!
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Old 01-30-2012, 04:56 AM   #128
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This has already been touched on, but my 05 f650gs with 48k is on it's fourth water pump and I know I'm not alone. It should be changed at regular intervals just as a precaution.
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Old 01-31-2012, 01:51 PM   #129
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This has already been touched on, but my 05 f650gs with 48k is on it's fourth water pump and I know I'm not alone. It should be changed at regular intervals just as a precaution.
Maybe you should keep the water pump and change the bike.
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Old 01-31-2012, 06:24 PM   #130
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Pre-09 husaberg jug design. I love the bike, but why incorporate the cylinder into the case requiring the halves to be split to service the piston??
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Old 02-01-2012, 06:40 AM   #131
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'09 Bonneville SE

Well, I'm glad you guys covered the faux-carbs.. because I sure wasn't going to. My only issue with them is that I get a bunch of old timers coming up to me and asking what year it is, then nearly falling down when I tell them it's a new one with EFI. I really need to renew my CPR certs It's a retro-styled bike.. how would you expect them to approach EFI on a bike that's always had prominent carbs? Anything else would completely defeat the point of the bike's existence, and they can't stick with carbs forever.

Anyway, the biggest flaws of the Bonneville are that it's so damn heavy (500lbs wet), that the seat is 1/2" thick, and that the rear suspension is stiff enough to cause spine injury if you fail to dodge a pothole. Fortunately, two of those things can be fixed at which point it becomes a superb bike that's in dire need of a 6th gear.


Tiger 1050

As already mentioned.. the headlights are horrific at doing what headlights are supposed to do and the fuel gauge is crap. Further, the miles-to-empty takes over the gauge's rotating display whenever the bike thinks it has less than 50 miles, so, due to the gauge being crap, it thinks it's near empty all the time and you can't use the other info without reaching out 12" in front of the handlebars to hit the buttons on the cluster.
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Old 02-01-2012, 08:12 AM   #132
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The location of the ignition key on the first-generation Ducati Multistrada. It's located down in the middle of an abyss that is the area around the steering head. If you drop anything smaller than a bench vise anywhere near it, gravity will suck it into a black hole and it will travel to another dimension, the dimension where single socks, car keys, and hotel key cards live...

Also, removing the seat on that bike had the potential to ruin multiple weekends and put you in touch with feelings of primal anger that you didn't realize you had inside you...
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Old 02-01-2012, 11:10 AM   #133
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I was this arse on a motorbike...

*honk* oops *Honk* *HONK* mother fvck *HONK* G-d DAMMIT


Don't worry, the bride probably took it as a salute, the groom as a last ditch warning.
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Old 02-02-2012, 12:52 PM   #134
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Suzuki DRZ400S: Horrible seat, shifting weight on the seat with IMS tank causes the front of the seat to unhook from the tank, I feel like I am revving the piss out of it to keep up with traffic, thus causing the ridiculous vibrations through the pegs and the handlebars. I love this bike, but I'm also glad I only have to put up with the super slab for 15 minutes at a time!
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Old 02-02-2012, 02:38 PM   #135
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If Satan took corporeal form on Earth, he was in the shape of the seat on my 1991 DR350S.

That was the only bike I've ever owned in 40 years, that would make me think of reasons not to go for a ride.


Really interesting to see all these years later, DR seats are still right up there for being hideous!
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