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Old 04-07-2012, 05:40 AM   #196
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I had a 1998 Triumph Tiger for one year.

Pull the carbs to replace the air filter? Worse yet, the air filter and air box are one piece.

But that's not even the reason I got rid of it. Triumph built an adventure bike and left it hamstrung with sportbike transmission ratios.

I had to excessively slip the clutch in first to pull out, yet at 70 on the hwy it felt and sounded like it was ready to let go. If the bike had a wide ratio transmission it would still be in my garage.
If it makes you feel any better, they similarly handicapped the new 800XC the same way. Dialed for the road but in particular, 1st is way too tall for any kind of technical off-road riding. Sad too, because the bike is otherwise fantastic. Well, other than the stock windshield which sucks.

KTM 500EXC- to call the seat a pine board is insulting to pine boards everywhere. No surprise that there appears to be a thriving aftermarket for better seats for the smaller KTM's.
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Old 04-07-2012, 07:20 AM   #197
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Probably already mentioned, but the F650GS water pump. Really BMW? Who ever designed that piece of shit needs to be drawn and quartered. I love my thumper, but Jesus that water pump is stupid.
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Old 04-07-2012, 05:17 PM   #198
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+1 on the fasteners, why do you need three different types of tools to take off one body panel? I once had a TW200 that required tools to take off the side cover to get to the tool kit. My other grip is the amount of heat coming off my ST1300. I actually stopped a few times and checked to see if I had burns on the inside of my legs on moderately warm days. This ruins an almost perfect bike. Great on cold days though.
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Old 04-07-2012, 05:31 PM   #199
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I absolutely hate those stupid plastic rivet things that they are using to hold the fairings on most of the bikes today. There is no way to take them off easily without screwing them up. Plus on my Gixxer there are at least 3 types...why???
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Old 04-08-2012, 10:01 AM   #200
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I absolutely hate those stupid plastic rivet things that they are using to hold the fairings on most of the bikes today. There is no way to take them off easily without screwing them up. Plus on my Gixxer there are at least 3 types...why???
I have those same plastic rivets on my ST, except there is FOUR differnent types.
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Old 04-08-2012, 06:12 PM   #201
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lack of a 6th gear on the DRZ.
I'll third this.... The DRZ comes sooo close to being an everyman's inexpensive easily maintained dirt worthy adventure tourer....except any sprocket mix compromises the bike..

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Seats and even suspensions are easy fixes....but an overdrive sixth gear? Geez Suzuki my wife's little Super Sherpa has 6 gears ... why not the Driz...?
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Old 04-13-2012, 08:06 AM   #202
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Headlights!

Headlights on a BMW R1200RT. Low beams jiggle and bounce all over the place on anything other than the smoothest roads. Looks like you're flashing high beams at oncoming traffic or trying to get someone's attention. Speaking of high beams, that third little light that comes on? Really? Really....

I won't get into some of the "design decisions" that went into my airhead....
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Old 04-13-2012, 05:16 PM   #203
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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!
On the one hand, you can always buy a pre 07 model with actual carbs. OTOH, I suspect if the throttle bodies looked like something other than carbs, there would be an equivalent number of forum posts berating how they spoil the classic looks.

But yeah, they could have at least made them look like GREAT carbs.
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Old 04-13-2012, 05:23 PM   #204
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fake carbs are a FLAW? Blemish maybe
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Old 04-13-2012, 05:36 PM   #205
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The tw200 tops that.
The seat bolts are under the fender, you know, the underside that gets coated with mud.
Then, to make things even more clever, the put them in recessed holes so you NEED a socket.
Cant even see the battery or fuses unless you remove the seat.



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2008 Bonneville Black (carbs)

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 04-14-2012, 05:47 PM   #206
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640 Adventure: Riding at night is a deathwish. The high beam indicator seems to throw more light at my face than the headlight does the road. First gear seems to be a bit tall for the trails... Needs six ratios!

XL600R - I can get over many things, it's an old bike. I can get over the bad brakes. I can get over the bad seat. I can get over the bad bars and the weird two carb setup on a single. But damnit, did you really have to make me pull the motor just to get the valve cover off?
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Old 05-26-2012, 04:52 PM   #207
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It's flaw?

It wasn't imported into the US for 2012.
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Old 05-26-2012, 07:04 PM   #208
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Man that's sweet looking.
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Old 05-26-2012, 09:14 PM   #209
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I absolutely hate those stupid plastic rivet things that they are using to hold the fairings on most of the bikes today. There is no way to take them off easily without screwing them up. Plus on my Gixxer there are at least 3 types...why???
I actually had a 82 Honda xl200r that still had 2 of 2 in tact.

And right now, two of those press fitting things is the only thing keeping two of the side fairings on my klr. That'll teach me not to use locktite "just once".

stefer screwed with this post 05-26-2012 at 09:16 PM Reason: typo
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Old 05-26-2012, 09:18 PM   #210
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It's flaw?

It wasn't imported into the US for 2012.
Wow. That's awesome. I've always had a soft spot for white bikes, though. The best feature is how the exhaust and shock echo each other's presence.

Now that flyscreen, on the other hand, is just dumb.
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