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Old 12-27-2012, 08:49 PM   #31
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Old 12-27-2012, 09:05 PM   #32
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Old 12-27-2012, 09:51 PM   #33
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A friend of mine has a Honda VTX 1300 that I tried out, what a boring ride that one is. Strike another point of Honda.
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Old 12-28-2012, 12:57 AM   #34
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Glad to see the New Bonnevile got more than just the perennial negative vote from NJ Brett. If it hadn't got a second vote I might have been worried that I enjoy riding a bike that's not boring! I fall into the category of riders who see people who get bored as boring. I think twist and go scooters are boring but I love stealing my wife's ET 4 Vespa and taking it for a spin.

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Old 12-28-2012, 01:33 AM   #35
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  • 1988ish BMW K100. Slow, vibrated, controls and instruments like a cheap kids toy. Absolutely dreadful motorcycle. Nothing about it made me want to ride it ever again.
  • 1988 Honda GL1500 Electric smooth but, heavy, ponderous and awkward seating position. It always felt like I was sitting on top of it instead of in it. The bars were too far rearward and so were the pegs. Just weird. Even worse because I owned a GL1200 at the time and should have been in love with the new six. It didn't make me want one and it should have.
  • 2002 Honda GL1800: same gripes as the 1500. Handled better but, everything else was equally weird and boring.
  • Yamaha TW200: the dream of what it will be far exceeds the reality. Just a painfully slow, boring motorcycle to own. Some get great mileage with them because they make no attempt to do the speed limit. If you try to ride it like a normal motorcycle, you are constantly wringing its little neck and mileage drops into the 50s. Leaving work one day, into a 30 MPH headwind, I was in serious danger of being run over on a 60 MPH road. The brakes seemed responsive and solid...until I tried a more brisk stop and learned that I had already been using 80% of the brakes all along. I don't think it can lock its front wheel when smoothly applied.
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Old 12-28-2012, 03:24 AM   #36
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I can find no faults with this bike. On the other hand, I had absolutely no emotional reaction to it either. I want a bike that will create an emotional response from me, leaving me feeling happy when riding and when I step off of it.

The bottom line is, always test ride a bike (no matter what) before you buy it.

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Old 12-28-2012, 03:43 AM   #37
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Got a smoking deal on a very low mileage K75S. I freshed the bike up and it was the most appliance like bike I have ever owned. It did everything without hesitation but it gave the same feeling I get when taking soda out of the fridge. Sold it for a killer profit and never looked back.

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Old 12-28-2012, 03:58 AM   #38
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Originally Posted by boatpuller View Post
Gold Wing GL1800. Turbine smooth motor has no soul. Faring so protects you from the wind it's a non-issue. Gages and dash looks like any other Japanese sedan. Other than the lack of foot room leading to some discomfort, there is no sensory stimulation from that motorcycle,
i could not have said it any better!
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Old 12-28-2012, 04:18 AM   #39
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Riding bikes is an EMOTIONAL experience - and that will range from pure excitement to utter dissapointment ... including boring

Thats the great thing about bikes - they usually induce a reaction of some sort - good ot bad !
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Old 12-28-2012, 04:21 AM   #40
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Honda Shadow 750. Omfg. No engine, brakes, suspension or seat!

Traded it for a vtec Vfr that gave me a hard on every time I even looked at it. But I was 25 so that went with most things!
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Old 12-28-2012, 06:13 AM   #41
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Old 12-28-2012, 06:25 AM   #42
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I hate to pile on, but I have to agree on the DL1000. I used to be a test ride junkie an Vintage Days and tried out many bikes from the early 90s till the mid 2000s. Boring may be too strong a word, but an overall takeaway I've had from all these rides is the fact that some bikes are simply more fun to ride than others. It's hard to quantify exactly why. I will also add the Gold Wing and the Honda ST1100. Perfectly fine bikes all, just not nearly as fun to ride as say a Speed Triple, a ZX 1200 or 1400, a Road King, or a Rocket III.
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Old 12-28-2012, 06:34 AM   #43
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Old 12-28-2012, 06:50 AM   #44
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I agree with the above Goldwing comments. The bike I rode (a friend's) was just too much of a car. So, for me, since the definition of excitement is "motorcycle"...
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Old 12-28-2012, 07:25 AM   #45
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I have "Panigale" thoughts sometimes when riding my Vee in the twisties, but then she scares the crap out of me, and I think, "she'll do"

For me it was the Harley I rented in Vegas once. No idea what is was, but it was decidedly uninspiring.
Young enough to think I can. Old enough to know I shouldn't. Stupid enough to do it anyway '13 Duc Multi GT & '10 Vstrom 1k
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