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Old 08-07-2014, 10:23 PM   #1
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The perfect motorcycle

Everytime a new motorcycle is released everyone here whines about what doesn't have. It has to weigh less than 300 pounds wet, it has to have a 400 mile fuel range, it has to have a low enough 1st gear for off roading and a high enough sixth gear for turning at 1500 revs on the freeway. It has to have better styling than the Ducati 999, and have at least 100 hp. It has to never need valve adjustments or any other service besides oil changes for 100,000 miles and it should be no more mechanically complex than a 1935 Indian Scout. It needs to be able to carry at least 900 lbs of luggage and come with factory racks (still under 300 pounds). Finally, it has to cost less than $8000 US and get at least 60 mpg.

It must have a centrestand and reliable shaft drive. It must keep the wind off the rider but can't have fairings or a large windshield.

It shouldn't be damaged in any crash under 10 mph. It should come with factory engine guards and bash plates.

It must have a low seat and low pegs, but it must have as good a lean angle as most sportbikes. It needs a cushy wide seat but it must be narrow enough to flatfoot someone who is 5'6".

It needs disableable abs at no extra cost or complexity.

Will we ever have the technology for such a creature?
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Old 08-07-2014, 10:29 PM   #2
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What? no Stereo or air conditioning?

I am out here...
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Old 08-08-2014, 01:17 AM   #3
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It needs knobbies that hold a turn as well as racing slicks
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Old 08-08-2014, 01:21 AM   #4
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If'n you put car tires on it then you won't have to countersteer.
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Old 08-08-2014, 05:16 AM   #5
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My mistake. I just assumed this thread was in regard to my '89 R100 GS. Carry on.
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Old 08-08-2014, 05:36 AM   #6
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1500 on the motorway? at 70?

Does any bike actually do that right now?
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Old 08-08-2014, 05:39 AM   #7
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Everytime a new motorcycle is released everyone here whines about what doesn't have. It has to weigh less than 300 pounds wet, it has to have a 400 mile fuel range, it has to have a low enough 1st gear for off roading and a high enough sixth gear for turning at 1500 revs on the freeway. It has to have better styling than the Ducati 999, and have at least 100 hp. It has to never need valve adjustments or any other service besides oil changes for 100,000 miles and it should be no more mechanically complex than a 1935 Indian Scout. It needs to be able to carry at least 900 lbs of luggage and come with factory racks (still under 300 pounds). Finally, it has to cost less than $8000 US and get at least 60 mpg.

It must have a centrestand and reliable shaft drive. It must keep the wind off the rider but can't have fairings or a large windshield.

It shouldn't be damaged in any crash under 10 mph. It should come with factory engine guards and bash plates.

It must have a low seat and low pegs, but it must have as good a lean angle as most sportbikes. It needs a cushy wide seat but it must be narrow enough to flatfoot someone who is 5'6".

It needs disableable abs at no extra cost or complexity.

Will we ever have the technology for such a creature?
Your description sounds pretty good, call Honda and make it happen.
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Old 08-08-2014, 05:42 AM   #8
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1500 on the motorway? at 70?

Does any bike actually do that right now?
My dad's old '07 Harley Electra Glide would idle along at about 2500rpm at interstate speeds iirc.

I think it redlined below 6000rpm too...


Not a bike, but previous generation Camaros/Firebirds would lope along around 1500rpm at highway speeds and actually not lug.
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Old 08-08-2014, 05:44 AM   #9
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My perfect bike would come with a pair of these to see me off on the morning and welcome me back at night time.


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Old 08-08-2014, 06:04 AM   #10
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*Disregarding the post above me*

We have different ideas of a perfect bike. Mine would be this:


but shaped/styled so it looked something a bit more like this:
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Old 08-08-2014, 10:53 AM   #11
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My perfect bike would come with a pair of these to see me off on the morning and welcome me back at night time.


pair of breasts or pair of girls?
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Old 08-08-2014, 12:05 PM   #12
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pair of breasts or pair of girls?
4 is better than 2 in my book. You could have one at each end of the journey with them leapfrogging.
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Old 08-08-2014, 03:35 PM   #13
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Beer dispenser. Pizza oven.
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Old 08-08-2014, 05:04 PM   #14
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Beer dispenser. Pizza oven.
Pizza oven ....lol.. Not sure about he beer dispenser...only time I've ever really hurt myself on a bike, beer was involved..... Cost me 2 cracked ribs and a broken shoulder blade..( unless the beer was served after you hit the kill switch..chilled of course)
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Old 08-08-2014, 07:01 PM   #15
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4 is better than 2 in my book. You could have one at each end of the journey with them leapfrogging.
Exactly, and this is from a guy with a pair of girls. Though one won't ride with me, but that's what the other one's for, lol. Thank goodness they get on or I'd be screwed. Well, not screwed, actually.
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