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Old 06-02-2012, 07:07 PM   #1
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Motorcycle of The Decade

No poll, no set parameters, just say what bike you think represents each decade in motorcycling history the best. Even break it down into motorcycle types and brands, as in a motorcycle that represents the pinnacle for that manufactures decade or dirt and street.

Just examples:

Was the V-Max a bike of the decade for the 1980's or just for Yamaha?

Was the Honda Elsinore 250 a bike that changed motocross in that decade?

Was the Vincent Black Shadow the most technologically advanced motorcycle of it's decade?

Such and such, with an emphasis on each decade and a change in the sport, technology or classification that began with a certain bike.
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Old 06-02-2012, 07:15 PM   #2
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motorcycle of the decade

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Old 06-02-2012, 08:46 PM   #3
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Just the 70's

Here's my take on the '70s. I think the airhead BMWs were the road bike of the decade, especially the R90S. The Brits and Harley were having trouble with the new Japanese competition. BMW side-stepped the Japanese and continued with their old ways. Looks like it worked, short-term. Horrible chain life condemned the 70's Japanese bikes to secondary status. Then the Gold Wing took off, hey, that's another decade. Dual-sport bikes, enduros back then, were generally lousy. True dirt bikes, the Maico was the undisputed king. Yeah, the Elsinore heralded a new era of light weight and high output, but those chain-drive primary Maicos could get traction when there was none.
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Old 06-02-2012, 11:45 PM   #4
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Old 06-03-2012, 12:12 AM   #5
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DR 650 ?
But which decade
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Old 06-03-2012, 01:22 AM   #6
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90s: Hayabusa - because it ended the top speed war that had been battled for decades, 300 was enough.

Though, the 916 would have to be close because of its racetrack wins and styling that set a standard.
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Old 06-03-2012, 04:29 AM   #7
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King of the Nineties ??..........Simple : Honda VFR.
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Old 06-03-2012, 04:29 AM   #8
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KLR650 for the last three decades. What other bike was good enough to remain mostly unchanged and still sell well for over 20 years? What other bike has a doohicky??
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Old 06-03-2012, 04:58 AM   #9
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60's - Honda 250 Scrambler CL77/CZ 250 MX (tie)
70's - Kaw Z1/Honda 125 Elsinore/Suzi RM125 (tie)
80's - Yam YZ125H/Duc 851 (tie)
90's - Suzi GSX-R750
00's - Yam YZF-R6/BMW R1200GS/KTM990A (tie)
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Old 06-03-2012, 05:26 AM   #10
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KLR650 for the last three decades. What other bike was good enough to remain mostly unchanged and still sell well for over 20 years? What other bike has a doohicky??
Honda CT110 has been around a bit longer, sold a bucket load more , remained more unchanged and did a gazillion collective miles more than the KLR & DR combined and is cheaper.

Does any one aspire to ownership of one of these machines or is just a fitting example of the acceptance of mediocrity forced on you by the totalitarian Industrial / Military complex?
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Old 06-03-2012, 06:03 AM   #11
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90s: Hayabusa - because it ended the top speed war that had been battled for decades, 300 was enough.

Though, the 916 would have to be close because of its racetrack wins and styling that set a standard.
i would agree... Busa for the 90s.
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Old 06-03-2012, 07:21 AM   #12
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King of the Nineties ??..........Simple : Honda VFR.
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Old 06-03-2012, 08:51 AM   #13
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Old 06-03-2012, 08:54 AM   #14
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Honda CT110 has been around a bit longer, sold a bucket load more , remained more unchanged and did a gazillion collective miles more than the KLR & DR combined and is cheaper.

True, but does it have a doohickey?

Does any one aspire to ownership of one of these machines or is just a fitting example of the acceptance of mediocrity forced on you by the totalitarian Industrial / Military complex?
I would say that everyone who owns one of these machines aspired to ownership before owning one.
As for mediocrity, mediocre riders are much more of an issue than mediocre bikes.
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