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Old 11-03-2009, 10:53 AM   #46
Dave in Wi
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I didn't know immediately, but very soon after...

Early '90s, I was out of college for a few years and decided that I wanted an NX250.

Looked for a while without luck, then I came across one at a dealer in Waukesha, WI. It was in nice shape except for a cracked rear cowl, which they replaced.

When I paid up and left the dealership with it, the entire service department came outside to see me drive off. I didn't think anything of this until later...

On the way home, on the off ramp to Silver Spring Drive, it died. I thought it had run out of gas, so I turned the petcock to reserve and started it up, got gas & went home.

Found out on the next ride, it had some kind of electrical fault. Every once in a while, it would just quit, the whole electrical system, engine, lights, everything, would just go dead. I didn't know nearly as much about fixing bikes as I do now, so I took it to Southeast Sales Honda, where they replaced a bunch of electrical stuff (igniter is one thing I remember) which did not fix it. Kind of a pity because it was a really fun bike to ride, but I couldn't trust it.

I ended up unloading it to some poor kid. I did not disclose the problem, and learned something about myself in the process. I still feel bad about that, and have made it a point to be totally honest selling bikes since then.
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Old 11-03-2009, 10:53 AM   #47
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heavy, cooks both knees, seat is horrible (can probably be replaced). linked brakes. weird power band due to vtec.
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Old 11-03-2009, 02:14 PM   #48
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Twice and both were KTMs.

In 1975 & age 35 I was riding Dist 37 enduros on 74 250 Penton, loving it, and trophying nearly every event. So I bought one of very first 400 KTMs, actually a 360 +/-. The 400 was a total POS and to top it off after about 6 months KTM came out with new 250 with leading axle forks and nice stock lay downed shocks.
In 2003 at age 63 I needed a new dirt bike. For previous 14 years I had been very happy owner of several KDX200s. I borrowed my Bro's KTM250MXC 2st for a one day trial and decided I could live with this. I especially liked the the upside down forks with no axle underhand for riding ruts. So bought KTM250EXC 2st & struggled for 9 months trying to get jetting and suspension sorted and then wound up destroying my right knee in the process and never rode it again.
After finally healing and lots of PT I am back and happy on KDX220.
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Old 11-03-2009, 02:45 PM   #49
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Klr650. I somehow convinced myself I wanted an overweight, undersprung, underpowered street bike disguised as a dualsport. Thank god people like them so much, it was easy to get my money back out of.
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Old 11-03-2009, 03:34 PM   #50
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Well, we'll see. I took the plunge on an "orphaned" Buell. The ride home was cool...
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Old 11-03-2009, 04:01 PM   #51
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Never. Does it feel the same as doing the wrong girl?

such a thing?
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Old 11-03-2009, 04:29 PM   #52
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My first street bike,a Yamaha XS400.

It had a faulty starter,and really reminded me of my step brothers Pinto.

Just barely there as a means of transportation.I had it two weeks and

sold it to a shipmate who it fit the bill for perfectly.
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Old 11-03-2009, 04:34 PM   #53
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Yes.
This past spring... Monster 1100 S.
I had spent a couple of hours on its' baby brother a month before.
Ordered the 1100 without bothering with a test scoot.
Took delivery.
For the next 2 days i found myself lofting the front hoop every time
i left the driveway and every time there wasn't a vehicle in front of me.
I figured i was on the path to hell... or at least a hip cast.
traded in for an F 800 GS.
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Old 11-03-2009, 05:00 PM   #54
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uhhh...yeah...my K1200RS. Never rode or even sat on one before driving 5+ hours to pick it up. I could learn to deal with the heavy weight, even its appetite for premium fuel, i hated that it idled low, the FD input was leaking, i could tell it was going to eat tires, and every time i rode it i wondered what would break next. Oh, and the headlight sucked balls. That sublime power, awesome brakes, and good suspension just weren't worth it to me.
Sold it after 6 months with just over 3k miles put on it. I'd have sold it sooner, but Chicago BMW wouldn't send me the title (that a whole other can of worms...)
Its funny how opinions differ. I've been riding for 23+ years, and my K1200RS is definitely one of the best motorcycles I've ever purchased. Brakes, power, suspension, build quality, features -- hard to beat. Sometimes, when buying "used", you get a lemon. Perhaps you got one. The fact that you're on a bike with half the displacement would indicate to me that the K1200RS was just not the right machine for you.
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Old 11-03-2009, 05:08 PM   #55
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Yamaha Vision...... what a DOG!

Looked sexy though, V-twin, black chrome, seemingly well thought out adjustable handlebars, cool vents on the lowers to direct engine heat toward or away, etc.

* But I had some custom pipes made for it and it NEVER ran good thereafter.

* The adjustable handlebars (that couldn't be replaced with anything) could NOT be adjusted to the wrist angle I needed.

* and the vents in the lower fairing did NOTHING but direct uncomfortably HOT engine heat toward me year 'round.....
Winter was never long enough to make it worth my while.

But OHMYGOD what a fine looking bike with GREAT angles in a John Player Euro Black & Gold coloring!


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Old 11-03-2009, 05:28 PM   #56
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I always liked these. I bought one in immaculate shape off a guy for $1,800 becuase he just wanted it out of his garage. He said he'd deliver it the next weekend to my place and "throw in the extra parts he has laying around"

When he showed up in my driveway , the extra parts turned out to be a complete 2nd bike that a previous owner had spun a main bearing in. Yahoo !. Rode it for a few years (porky, but really fun motor) , then sold the 'spare' bike for $750 and the 'good' one for $2,000. REplace it with a VTR1000 , which I loved even more .

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Old 11-03-2009, 05:49 PM   #57
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Back ~1971 I moved up from a CB100 to a 66(?) Yamaha 305 two stroke.

Fast bike, but the power was either on, or off. Great straight line acceleration, but not much fun other than that. Sold it to my BIL after a few months.
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Old 11-03-2009, 06:02 PM   #58
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In a word.......NO. I'd never part with a dime without a testride, and have not yet fallen for any motorcycle on looks alone. I've never owned a POS for any motor vehicle, and have been satisfied with 'em all. Admittedly, some more than others.
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Old 11-03-2009, 06:17 PM   #59
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Not immediately but very soon

The first
1983 BMWR80ST
I knew the bike it was my now ex father in laws
He gave me a good deal (I had a bike he wanted you get the idea)
I really enjoyed the idea of having a BMW

On the ride home I wouldn't start getting off the ferry.
That was only the beginning of a love hate relationship with a bike I still have.

XR250L
This bike was from alaska, it was stored outside, it's lead a hard life
It's only drawback is that it's kick only.
I have a bad hip and a bad knee I have about 10 kicks a day in me.

2003 Ducati 750sport
I always wanted a ducati, I had sold my superhawk and I wanted a sportbike
this bike was cheap. a left over I got it in like 05.
But the ECU was screwed up and it only would get about 25-30 miles per gallon
and when I put on the dyno to do an EGA it only made about 20 horsepower.
I sold it at the biggest loss of any bike i ever owned
It cost me something like a buck a mile to own it.
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Old 11-03-2009, 06:21 PM   #60
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