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Old 12-29-2008, 06:06 AM   #106
Rick West
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BMW 17 nominations
Yamaha 13
Harley 11
Honda 9
Kawasaki 7
No surprise to see BMW topping the list.
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Old 12-29-2008, 06:23 AM   #107
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I've never owned a bike I didn't care for, but unlike most of you bike sluts, I have only owned 6 bikes in 36+ years of riding.

As is well documented here, I didn't bond with my much P.O. owner modded R1150gs, but it was a good bike, just not a good personal fit. The bike did tour superbly and made a great station wagon, which was its purpose. What it wasn't was as sophisticated as VFR800, which I consider a well balanced paragon of a bike.

Still have my airhead, am growing into my new to me MultiSrada, which is a whole different kettle of scungilli.
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Old 12-29-2008, 06:24 AM   #108
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82 Honda v45 Sabre

worst POS ever, fast, but crap suspension, seals on monshock did not touch anything, so it had to be greased every few thousand miles, turn signals fell off, vapor lock on hot restarts, alternator harness burned up, self canceling turn signals went crazy, rattled worse than a BMW, camshafts pitted, frequent valve adjust, and it was a PIA

Now I own a beemer, and it is way better, plus I can trust the suspension.
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Old 12-29-2008, 06:26 AM   #109
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took me awhile to think of it as I read through all the posts, well, a few pages anyway.
There have been so many and I can find nits with most if you try. I narrowed it down to 2.
Second worst is honda CB 900 Custom, got it cheap as an interim ride, it was ugly, had a big vetter fairing and had no power to speak of. top end of about 70 mph.
Worst would be my old Maico 490, 85ish I think. I should have walked away when the guy showed up riding the bike. Kickstarter needed tightening They had bump started it down the street. I finally had to weld the damn kickstarter to the shaft cause it was so chewed up. No big deal I thought. just replace the parts next time a rebuild is needed. First time on on a track to play after a few laps and a couple of minor falls i lowside it and snap the shifter off. I should say the Shift Shaft snapped off.
POS.
traded it the next week for a little CB1.
My God! A Honda CB900 Custom should at least run 120 mph. That thing was seriously screwed up in the engine somehow. Did it run smooth?
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Old 12-29-2008, 07:39 AM   #110
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My God! A Honda CB900 Custom should at least run 120 mph. That thing was seriously screwed up in the engine somehow.
+1

I don't believe I've ever seen a complaint before about not enough power in a CB900C. Flat-out at 75mph means it was running on about 2 cylinders or so.
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Old 12-29-2008, 07:45 AM   #111
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+1

I don't believe I've ever seen a complaint before about not enough power in a CB900C. Flat-out at 75mph means it was running on about 2 cylinders or so.
Yup. I believe the engine originated with the CB900F.
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Old 12-29-2008, 10:51 AM   #112
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Dnepr MT10

A good friend of mine, Ken, retired and fairly well-to-do, had in his fleet a Dnepr MT-10, with a sidecar, with low kilometers, gathering dust in the corner of his shop. It intrigued me, but (with hindsight, a real good friend) wasn't really interested in selling it to me. But eventually I prevailed, and I bought the bike for a VERY reasonable price, along with a crate of spares. He had gotten the bike and the spares from a dealership in Canada that was folding.

This bike was not my only ride, but for many years it was great fun putting around with my small children in the chair. They were the envy of the neighborhood. During this time, I actually put very few miles on it. It was an interesting looking outfit, and it even drew more curiosity seekers than my old Indian.

Another positive: Ownership of this outfit had me getting acquainted with and becoming friends with Vernon, AKA RedMenace, a knowledgeable fellow who undoubtedly has forgotten more about sidecars than I ever knew. Through his friendship and advice, I was able to get through much of the frustrations I was to encounter.

The Dnepr never ran really well. It was always hard to start. It vibrated at all speeds. It had sluggish acceleration and a top speed of less than 100 KPH (60 mph). It got less than 30 mpg. My old Chief had FAR better brakes.

The the left side head's intake port had misaligned carb mountings, making it impossible to balance the carbs. The spokes, almost as thick as pencils, broke regularly, being made of cheezy metal. Speaking of cheezy metal, the left intake valve guide wore it's bore into an egg-shape, making necessary to turn one out of brass, as I had none in my diminishing parts stash. Something was constantly wrong with it, and I had difficulty keeping up.

My kids were approaching their teens and had lost interest in riding the chair.

Eventually I sold it to a friend of mine, Ed, who's a ship's engineer, and knew the issues I had been having. I think he saw it as some kind of challenge.

When I told Ken I sold the Dnepr to our mutual friend, Ed, he looked at me seriously and asked, "What did Ed ever do to you?"

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Old 12-29-2008, 01:02 PM   #113
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Triumph 955i (2001). Incredibly top heavy, brakes so bad they were frightning.
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Old 12-29-2008, 03:08 PM   #114
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1979 Yamaha XS650. Valves go out of adjustment like it's their job, carbs leaked gas, spit fire out of the exhaust(ok, kinda cool but really not) wouldn't start wouldn't run for more than a few miles at a time and was just generally a huge piece of shit. Sold it for what I paid for it, got a Honda CX500 and fell in love.
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Old 12-29-2008, 04:08 PM   #115
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Old 12-29-2008, 09:31 PM   #116
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ditto dozer and garandman -XS650 and KLR650 where my worst bikes ..ive owned lots of bikes and most where great ..those two bummed me out and left me stranded [mostly the XS650]
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Old 12-30-2008, 05:17 AM   #117
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"1982 KDX 450".......bought it new...had it 20 min. defective throttle ... WFO over a table topper......not pretty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! After fixing the thing I sold it ASAP....
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Old 12-30-2008, 05:57 AM   #118
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2000 Road-King ...only because it was the most boring bike EVER!
I loved the rest.
My best bike has been my '06 Buell Uly.It does it all with giant fun facter.
Partial list:
'76 Suzuki GT550 quick/no brakes
'79 HD Sportster suprisingly reliable
'00 HD Road King BORING
'70 Triumph chopper "required gallons of red loctite" traded for new hot tub
'72 BMW 60/5 Smooth
'78 Kawasaki KZ400 Chopper " My homade tire burner"$1000 in it.Lots of fun
'99 Buell X1 FUN,FUN
'02 SPS hardtail Nice custom
'90 HD sportster hardtail ...I built it,enjoyed it,traded for my Sumo
'06 XB12X Best all around
'02 XR650R Honda Super Moto Trouble waiting to happen
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Old 12-30-2008, 08:37 AM   #119
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Anyone mention the Suzuki VX800?

No power, only 5 gears, wiggly suspension and frame, and a final drive that liked to sing to me.

Another was a Katana 750. Man, that thing roasted my nuts with the heat it put off. Handled like a pig, too.
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Old 12-30-2008, 08:49 AM   #120
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BMW 17 nominations
Yamaha 13
Harley 11
Honda 9
Kawasaki 7
Maico 2 (at least)
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