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Old 06-03-2012, 09:16 AM   #16
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bike of the 60's is the honda CB750. No other bike changed motocycling as much

Before that was the Honda Cub

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Old 06-03-2012, 09:28 AM   #17
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1984 GSXR put a factory race bike in the everyday man's garage.

GS1100 1980-83
GS1150 1984-86
GSX-R1100 1986-98

I bought the '84 1150ES new. If the GSX-R were available I'd have bought it. That 1150 was a hog.
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Old 06-03-2012, 10:30 AM   #18
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Talking Different Take

I am going to come-at this question from a different angle. Instead of historical importance, I'll just say the bike that "pops into my head" whenever I think about the decades.

1940's Harley WLR

1950's Norton Manx

1960's Honda CB 350 early, 750 late

1970's Skinny-assed Harley Choppers with amazing psychedelic paint.

1980's Honda Hurricane

1990's Suzuki Gsxr/ Kawasaki Ninja

2000's BMW 1200 GS

2010's Cafe Racers (interestingly enough, bringing us full circle to the Norton Manx)

On Dirt:

1940's Harley WLR

1950's Triumph Scrambler

1960's Husqvarna/Maico

1970's Yamaha

1980's Honda

1990's Kawasaki

2000's KTM

2010's Interestingly ALL OF THE ABOVE (with the exception of the WLR)
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Old 06-03-2012, 06:54 PM   #19
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I would say that everyone who owns one of these machines aspired to ownership before owning one.
If true how sad.
I always thought it was a price driven thing.
But knowing how tight KLR riders are with the purse strings you are probably correct
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Old 06-03-2012, 07:20 PM   #20
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The biggest thing in motorcycling in the 2000-present period was the emergence of capable adventure bikes from almost all manufacturers. This is the most recent and fastest growing market segment in motorcycling.

Suzuki VStrom
Kawi Versys
Ducatti MultiStrada
Yamaha Tenere
and many more....
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Old 06-03-2012, 07:31 PM   #21
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Ktm 300. Was amazing when it came out and just gets better every year.

Or, I know I'm not supposed to say two, but......

Ktm 200. When the 200 came it was so good it put the Kdx on the chopping block.
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Old 06-04-2012, 08:54 AM   #22
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Old 06-04-2012, 09:18 AM   #23
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Late 70's: DOHC CB 750, 900 and the 1100. What a machine!

90's must go to the Busa on the street, and to the 650GS single on the frontier path.

The last decade: Definitely the DS bikes that changed a lot. Funny though, that a lot of the Adventure marketed bikes are just old school geometry/seating position bikes with better suspension and powertrain.
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Old 06-04-2012, 09:58 AM   #24
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The bike of the decade should be the bike that become in a reference for all the riders, and the real bike to beat for their rival manufacturers, focusing their desings in similarity to them. As an example...

70s cb 750.
80s gsx 750 R
90s cbr 600 F
2Ks R1
2k10 BMW r 1200 gs
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Old 06-04-2012, 10:29 AM   #25
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70s. Yamaha IT 400

80s. Husky 500 XC

90s. i don't remember much of the 90s. but probably the honda XR400.

2ks. KTM 450 xc-w

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Old 06-04-2012, 09:53 PM   #26
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2010: Ducati Multistrada 1200 S

The MST is simply amazing and has set the bar very high.
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Old 06-05-2012, 12:55 AM   #27
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The biggest thing in motorcycling in the 2000-present period was the emergence of capable adventure bikes from almost all manufacturers. This is the most recent and fastest growing market segment in motorcycling.

Suzuki VStrom
Kawi Versys
Ducatti MultiStrada
You've listed three streetbikes. Which "capable adventure bikes" are you talking about?


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Old 06-05-2012, 01:03 AM   #28
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1940s: Harley Davidson WL.
1950s: Vincent Black Shadow. Harley Davidson Sportster.
1960s: Triumph Bonneville. Honda CB750.
1970s: Ducati 750SS. Moto Guzzi V7 Sport.
1980s: Honda V45 Interceptor.
1990s: Ducati 916.
2000s: BMW R-GS.
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Old 06-05-2012, 01:32 AM   #29
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50s - Vincent Black Shadow
60s - Triumph Bonneville
70s - Norton Commando
80s - Yamaha VMax
90s - Hayabusa
00s - BMW R1200GS
10s - Harley Fat Boy
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Old 06-05-2012, 05:02 AM   #30
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bike of the 60's is the honda CB750. No other bike changed motocycling as much

Before that was the Honda Cub

Rod
Yeah I agree with that.
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