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View Results: What brand of street bike have you owned the most?
Honda 59 20.00%
Kawasaki 22 7.46%
Yamaha 30 10.17%
Suzuki 38 12.88%
BMW 85 28.81%
Buell 2 0.68%
Triumph 17 5.76%
KTM 15 5.08%
Other 27 9.15%
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Old 02-01-2013, 12:49 PM   #31
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I tend to stick to Japanese bikes but not one particular brand of Japanese bike.

2 Suzuki's
2 Kawasaki's
1 Yamaha

That's not to say I wouldn't buy a bike from another brand or country....just haven't.
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Old 02-01-2013, 01:03 PM   #32
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Ive owned mostly Hondas but my last two have been Kawasakis and I've also had a Yamaha.
I'll probably never own anything that isn't Japanese because the purchase price and maintenance costs are too high or there isn't enough dealer/parts support in my area.
I classify myself as an "econo-snob". I catch myself shaking my head at people who spend more than they have too.
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Old 02-01-2013, 01:31 PM   #33
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Two kawasakis ( KLRs)

Two Suzuki (V stroms)

Two Yamaha (S10 and WR250R)

Two Honda (interceptors 1983, 2005)
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Old 02-01-2013, 02:00 PM   #34
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For a while, I was stuck on Hondas. I just felt they were a low risk purchase, since they virtually never break down (I did get a flat tire once, does that count?) I bought the Aprilia when Honda didn't import what I wanted. I have also owned a two stroke Kawasaki and Yamaha when I first started riding.
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Old 02-01-2013, 04:57 PM   #35
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With the exception of HD, the worst offenders I have come across lately have been the KTM "Orange Kool-ade" crew. I now await the barrage of "You don't understand - they are just better than everything else!"
But in all fairness THEY ARE. KTM (and the other Euros) are the only brands where you can get a 2stroke enduro, or a hard core street legal dirtbike from the factory.
Though I guess this is a moot point since the original post is talking about street bikes.
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Old 02-02-2013, 04:57 AM   #36
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I picked Triumph, then remembered that I've owned 3 Kawi's.
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Old 02-02-2013, 08:49 AM   #37
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But in all fairness THEY ARE. KTM (and the other Euros) are the only brands where you can get a 2stroke enduro, or a hard core street legal dirtbike from the factory. .
I keep getting called an orange Koolaid drinker in Thumpers. Which cracks me up since I would jump ship in a heartbeat. I owned a KE and KD in the 70's because they were good dual sports. I liked those rotary valve two strokes better than the red and yellow bikes and just as well as the two shock DT's. So I rode gree. Actually one was yellow but you get my point. Then Yamaha dropped the monoshock bomb and CDI ignition in 77 or 78.

So then I switched to blue. Which were actually red then. I owned two Yamahas because they were clearly better, to me, than the yellow, green ones or (other) red ones. Then Yamaha lost their way and floundered in the dual sport market. So I bought a Honda red one just because those red ones were as good or better than the other stuff out there and I tripped over a good deal. Then I rode some orange ones and discovered that, for me, they were now the best dual sports.

So now I have had two of those. Of course one of those is actually black and gray rather than orange. But, if Husky suddenly becomes the best dual sport out there, I will start buying those. In other words I buy what works best for me at the time. If they happen to be orange these days, well, pass the damned orange Koolaid.
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Old 02-02-2013, 04:48 PM   #38
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Well let's see.... In no particular order....
Suzuki. Gsxr750j
Gsxr1100
Gs750s
Ap50
Rx250
Kawasaki. Zx10
Klx650
Kh250 tripple
Honda. Vfr400r nc24
70
Yamaha. Fzr1000 exup
Ccm. 604 enduro
BMW. R1200gs
Ktm. 450 sx
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Old 02-04-2013, 08:36 AM   #39
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But in all fairness THEY ARE. KTM (and the other Euros) are the only brands where you can get a 2stroke enduro, or a hard core street legal dirtbike from the factory.
Though I guess this is a moot point since the original post is talking about street bikes.
Requires a precise definition of "best".

I've bought more Yamahas than anything else, because they were most intersting (the "best" for what I wanted) at the time.
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Old 02-04-2013, 11:11 AM   #40
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I've had 4 Hondas, 1 Kaw, and a BMW. Each has their own "brand personality".

I always liked Kawasaki's attitude: Sort of the hot rod brand. No matter what the problem is, their solution is to put a bigger engine in it. It's historically made for some pretty interesting products.

While my current BMW (R1100RT) is my favorite, I've never owned a bad bike.
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Old 02-04-2013, 11:30 AM   #41
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Lets see

Suzuki zr50s

Kawasaki ar125
Kawasaki zzr250
Kawasaki zxr400r
Kawasaki zx6r

Honda cb250 n
Honda cb250 rs
Honda vtr 1000f

Bmw r100rs
Bmw r80rt
Bmw r80rt
Bmw r100 Frame

Its close between kawasaki's and the bm's

I still have the last 5 bikes on the list

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Old 02-04-2013, 11:32 AM   #42
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IDC if I'm a brand snob. Honda may not be the fastest or the most high tech bikes, but they are the most reliable and maintenance is a breeze compared to some of the newer bikes out there.
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Old 02-04-2013, 01:05 PM   #43
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IDC if I'm a brand snob. Honda may not be the fastest or the most high tech bikes, but they are the most reliable and maintenance is a breeze compared to some of the newer bikes out there.
Seriously? Ah, you have an older XL-R. Yeah.

Try working on a VFR without a double-jointed midget assistant.
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Old 02-04-2013, 03:09 PM   #44
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I have two BMWs plus my car is a BMW.

Was afraid people would think I was a brand snob so I diversified a bit and bought a Porsche a couple of months ago.
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Old 02-04-2013, 03:33 PM   #45
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I've owned one Honda, two Kawasakis, and one Ural.

I wouldn't call myself a brand snob, but I will probably always have a Ural plus one other.
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