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Old 11-18-2012, 09:26 PM   #1
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Bikes you didn't like nearly as much as you thought you would.

What are the bikes you thought you'd like a lot more than you did on the first ride?

I was inspired to ask this by a demo ride of that sort the other day. And I had a similar one a year ago. But my tales can wait. I want yours!
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Old 11-18-2012, 10:01 PM   #2
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Speed triple. Big, heavy bike...didn't like it at all.

F800R. The most boring motor in the history of irrigation pump motors.

Hypermotard. If I wanted to sit on the front tire, I'd...sit on the front tire.
1974 R90/6 motor w/1050 kit; twin plugged; installed in...1970 R60/5 frame; RM125 front end; KZ1000 Police Tank.
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Old 11-18-2012, 10:30 PM   #3
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I rented a Royal Enfield 500 Bullet in Scotland, thinking it would be like my old BSA 441 Victor. It wasn't.
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Old 11-18-2012, 10:38 PM   #4
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Honda cbr600f4i.

Around town and on the highways it just seemed flat, dull and too damn quiet.
I had just come off a VFR800, so this may have something to do with it....

When it wound up it was ok, but it just didnt sit right. I kept wanting to like it, but couldnt. Plus it hurt my wrists.

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Old 11-18-2012, 10:41 PM   #5
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honda gold wing ..with so much going on with the thing and so smooth it felt like i was in my truck .it lulled me to sleep.
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Old 11-19-2012, 03:13 AM   #6
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Suzuki S50 Boulevard (VS800) ... bought a low-mileage, very slighly used '06 from a co-worker because I thought at the time that I "needed" a Bike larger than the 650 I then owned... hated that friggin' S50 ... Bike had no soul what-so-ever ... and who ever designed the battery compartment deserves a serious beating ... without a centerstand, getting that battery in and out was an ardous ordeal ...
Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounded by arseholes ...
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Old 11-19-2012, 04:47 AM   #7
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'08 Yamaha FZ1. I still quote it as "The best bike I ever hated." It was fast enough, handled well enough, looked sharp enough, had adequate shield protection, and was plenty smooth. The lack of low-end power and the fact that it was a little top heavy and wide between the knees just killed it. I never wanted to ride it, always opting for something else. It didn't stay in the garage long. Alas, live and learn. Or maybe not...
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Old 11-19-2012, 04:58 AM   #8
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The vaunted sofa. The old man's barca-lounger.
I wanted to like it. I did. But it was too boring for me, and the way the motor honked at full throttle was just irritating.

A lot of people like the RT, obviously. It's just not my bag, baby.
So there I was walking into a biker bar in Chattanooga with liberty spikes on my head and a drag queen beside me... - bcurvin
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Old 11-19-2012, 05:07 AM   #9
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Nighthawk 750. I always liked the looks of them. Got one for a nice price and I tried to like it. It just didn't fit my body and it was boring until you cracked on it, and it was awkward to turn.
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Old 11-19-2012, 05:44 AM   #10
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Ducati Hypermotard-- ditto what was expressed about the feeling of sitting on the front tire. Or as I expressed it- feeling like a hood ornament great bike otherwise.

Triumph Scrambler-- I was very interested in buying one, but imo what a characterless engine.
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Old 11-19-2012, 05:55 AM   #11
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sr500. I had many bikes before that one, and really gave some thought to what I wanted in a bike and the sr500 was it. After a long search, a mint one came up near me and i picked it up. Never really bonded with it. Very disappointed, I sold it not long after I bought it.
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Old 11-19-2012, 05:58 AM   #12
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This is a really helpful thread, and one of the reasons why ADV is such a great place
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Old 11-19-2012, 06:08 AM   #13
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ZX-14R. Wish I would have kept my CBR1100xx. The ninja did everything well but I didn't love it.

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Old 11-19-2012, 06:13 AM   #14
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00 Thunderbird Sport: My only purchase mistake in 25 years of riding - sold it at a loss after 4 months
06 Speed Triple: Test ride revealed dodgy ergos, handling and throttle
Bonneville: Borrowed one proved to be tiny and gutless
'it's just a ride'
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Old 11-19-2012, 06:19 AM   #15
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The current-gen Hayabusa. I was at a demo day and figured what the hell, while in the back of my mind thinking that I don't want to go home feeling like my VFR was old and slow. Boy, was that not a problem. I couldn't wait to get off the thing. It felt like I was straddling a bathtub shaped rocket. A very uncomfortable one. Never been so happy to get back on my 13 year old bike.
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