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Old 03-05-2012, 02:53 PM   #181
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I hate that the seat bolts are indented approximately 20 inches* under the seat. I know you can get some fancy longer bolts that you can unscrew by hand, but.... then... can't someone just walk up and steal your seat?

Also I don't own one, but I hate that Ducati switched from metal to plastic tanks on the Monsters. Because 1. They look worse. And 2. They melt when you use US gas.


*possible slight exaggeration
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Old 03-05-2012, 02:54 PM   #182
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The fact that on my 02 dr650 that I have to remove the side panels to get to the bolts to remove the seat, and the fact that the seat has bolts holding it down, instead a quick release latch.
You forgot the useless mirrors and the wooden seat.
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Old 03-05-2012, 04:58 PM   #183
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Ride a road bicycle for a while and then every motorcycle seat is a gift from Zeus.
+1 Eveyone complains about the seats on offroad bikes. They should spend some time on an aluminum hardtail MTB.

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Old 03-05-2012, 05:15 PM   #184
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Crap suspension front and rear on the SV650.
Beautiful vtwin engine. Lovely stiff frame with great handling geometry.
Suspended from a marshmallow pogo stick at each end.
I owned an SV650. I couldn't agree more.
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Old 03-10-2012, 07:53 PM   #185
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Ride a road bicycle for a while and then every motorcycle seat is a gift from Zeus.


+1 more.
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Old 03-10-2012, 08:09 PM   #186
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Also I don't own one, but I hate that Ducati switched from metal to plastic tanks on the Monsters. Because 1. They look worse. And 2. They melt when you use US gas.
actually the initial switch to plastic was part way into '05, those look the same as the prior metal tanks
the "worse" looking ones are these newer ones with the add on panel things

and yes my '05 is plastic and yes I hate that it's expanding and now needs replacement
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Old 03-12-2012, 12:01 AM   #187
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The worst thing about my Tiger is I'm 6,000 miles away from it working...

I will admit the fuel gauge is about useless tho...at least it has a trip meter, just wish my old eyes could see the little tiny sumbeach...
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Old 03-13-2012, 01:49 AM   #188
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The fuel gauge on my 1050 Tiger will read empty if you turn the bike off when its below a quarter tank and turn it back on.What good is a fuel gauge like this? The headlight is also worthless on twisties at night as the pattern has no peripheral light.
My '07 Tiger had that same fuel gauge problem when i got it, but turned out to be easily & cheaply fixed by updating to the latest tune with the (free) TuneECU software.

What really bugs me about the 1050 is the lack of auto-cancelling turn signals, on a $10k+ bike with more computer power than Apollo. My Vulcan has an excellent "10 seconds or 300 feet, whichever comes last" cancel logic that has me well trained, so every ride on the Tiger I'm just about guaranteed to look like a blinking idiot at least once .
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Old 03-13-2012, 07:17 AM   #189
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What really bugs me about the 1050 is the lack of auto-cancelling turn signals, on a $10k+ bike with more computer power than Apollo.
I like it that most bikes don't have self-cancelling signals. It lets me know which riders are not paying attention to their surroundings.
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Old 03-14-2012, 09:32 PM   #190
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So, who do you assume are paying attention? The ones with their eyes on the road, or the ones looking at the blinky lights on the handlebar?
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Old 03-15-2012, 07:06 AM   #191
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So, who do you assume are paying attention? The ones with their eyes on the road, or the ones looking at the blinky lights on the handlebar?
I've found in my years of motorcycling that it's not beneficial to have "tunnel vision" but rather to have a broader awareness of my surroundings.\

If I notice a blinking light on my dash, it's usually in my peripheral vision, and my first move is to just his the cancel button. If the light goes away, then all's good, and I don't have to spend my full attention dollar taking care of it.
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Old 03-16-2012, 07:37 PM   #192
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"The fake carbs on the Bonneville. They look nice... but fake is fake."



That's exactly why I didn't get one. I'd be happy if it looked like my 66 Bonneville (sadly long ago sold) that I had updated with EFI. We did mod them back in the day in various ways and if EFI existed then someone would have added it -- and been proud of it!
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Old 03-16-2012, 07:41 PM   #193
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actually the initial switch to plastic was part way into '05, those look the same as the prior metal tanks
the "worse" looking ones are these newer ones with the add on panel things

and yes my '05 is plastic and yes I hate that it's expanding and now needs replacement
My sons dealer got Ducati to pay for a new tank.
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Old 03-17-2012, 11:36 AM   #194
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Old 03-28-2012, 04:27 PM   #195
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This thread is surprisingly quiet. One would think there are all sorts of little issus bikes have (and they do!) that could be expored here. Here are some of my contributions-

KLR, DRZ, whatever Japanese dual sport- Gearing. It sucks. Yes, yes, I get it they are cheap so they have to have shitty suspension, or subpar brakes, I get it, but would it be so hard to gear them little better. Add a 6th to those bikes and sell the things for more money, I'd buy it. Now the 1st is tall or 5th short, regardless or what I do.
KTM 950Adv, wind protection sucks big balls. Hello buffeting.
SV, Bandits, ZRX- pogo stick suspension to the point it could be considered unsafe. I mean, it works but if you have few pounds on ya and like to ride little harder, it shows it flaws right away. Okay, they are cheap, so you were meant to upgrade.
Lack of small nice stuff on Japanese midium grade stuff- really, SS brakes would set them too far back. They would sure look good and impressive from the factory. But, noooo, too much money.
European stuff, even though it has it's own issues, at least comes with some proper stuff.
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