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Old 06-25-2014, 10:45 AM   #1
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Most significant modern model year ?

2006 was a great year for motorcycles
- No science in this post, just an observation. I'm liking some of the older modern bikes over the new stuff & 2006 had some awesome bikes & most of my favorites are from ~2006.

Triumph 675 released
Harley FXD35 (1971 tribute released)
Harley Street Glide released
GSXR 1000 (supposedly a great year)
Ducati Sport Classics
Ducati Hypermotard concept
Ducati Desmosedici 06 launch, 07-08 yrs?
2006 BMW R1150GS (last year 1150GS)
Honda RC51 (last year)
Kawasaki ZX14r released
Moto Guzzi MGS-01 Corsa
Honda Blackbird (strong following)

Any specific years that you feel offered some significant models ?

Oh yeah, Nicky Hayden won Moto GP World Championship in 2006!

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Old 06-25-2014, 12:27 PM   #2
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The most significant model year was the year I bought my first bike.
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Old 06-25-2014, 02:48 PM   #3
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Depends.... Are we talking about most-complete real world bikes?
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Old 06-25-2014, 03:31 PM   #4
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I'm not sure how you define the "modern era" , but the intro of the '69 Honda 750 must surely be the beginning of it. From before WWII to 1969, the vast majority of motorcycles were pushrod singles, or parallel (or V) twins. (tiny numbers of BMW & Ducati were exceptions). Brakes were universally drums, (often ludicrously tiny). Cycles were very similar to bikes built in the 1930s. The 750/4 opened the flood gates to a huge range of developments which continue to the present day....radial tires, cast wheels, mono shock suspensions, multi pot calipers, water cooling, single sided swing arms, multi valve heads with 1,2, (or more) overhead cams, & a variety of engine configurations. (1,2,3,4,6 cyl. in mass produced cycles.) If a rider from 1928 were to jump forward 40 years to 1968, he would find very little difference in the Harleys, Triumphs or BMWs of his own time. If he jumped a further 40 years he would hardly recognize these machines.
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Old 06-25-2014, 03:54 PM   #5
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1968 (or 1969)
and the introduction of the Honda CB750K0 SOHC
The bike that launched modern, functional big bore sporting bikes with across the frame, in-line four, four-stroke packaging.

Or 1866-1867'
and the first engine bolted to two wheels.

Or 1894 the year of the first series production motorcycle

Or 1971 The year of On Any Sunday's wide release. bringing the joy of riding to movie theaters across the country.

But you said "modern"

1984 and the release of the GSXR

1985 and the release of the movie Top Gun and the rise of the Ninja 900

1993 and the release of the CBR900RR putting liter class power in 600 class chassis.
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Old 06-25-2014, 06:00 PM   #6
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Most significant modern model year ?

To clarify what I meant by starting thread.

Maybe "significant" & "modern" were the wrong words.

What I meant - Since ~1990, what model year has the most number of bikes that you like & what are those bikes ? I feel that 2006 had one of the best groups of variety of offerings of bikes of any other year since 1990.

Ehhh.... I have a feeling this thread is destined to fall to page 20 in record time w/ minimal responses. Right back there with "what's the best oil" & "hey guys should I buy a Grom or a Ninja".




I agree w/ Squish about the 93' CBR900RR. The red white blue is one of my favorite bikes of all time. I'll never forget getting to ride one in 1993.

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Old 06-25-2014, 07:24 PM   #7
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2006 was just before the GFC, since then manufacturers have needed to be more conservative.
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Old 06-26-2014, 03:21 AM   #8
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At this risk of derision and ridicule what about this year? Complete redesign of BMW boxer, s1000r with all the electronics and 160 hp, KTM wizardry with monster HP and electronic safety measures, ninja 1000 refinement, z1000, new vstrom (which I think is going to turn our to be an excellent bike), fz09 which love it or hate it is creating a lot of buzz, the fz07, and all the beefing up/redesigning of the little bikes -ninja 300, cbr250,

Ribbon sentence and poor grammar aside, I think the modern crop of bikes is excellent. That may be because I am in the market now more than ever in the past.
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Old 06-26-2014, 07:56 AM   #9
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I think Honda's models released in the 1987-1990 period were sort of a renaissance for motorcycling, at least for Honda in any case, though many of the machines were underrated and under appreciated at the time. No other company at the time had anything near to this kind of diverse choice of models. My release dates may not be completely accurate here, but are close:

1987 - CBR600 Hurricane, followed in 1988 by the 1000 version. Really the first modern style, all-around sport bikes, as opposed to race replicas.
1988 - Flat-six powered GL1500 Goldwing touring bike.
1988 - NT650/Hawk GT v-twin sports standard. Aluminum beam frame and single sided swingarm.
1989 - Honda Transalp. Used a smaller version of NT650 v-twin. An adventure bike before the word was invented by the marketers, too far ahead of its time to be understood or to sell well.
1989 - GB500. Retro british style single-powered roadster.
1989 - CB-1. Inline 400 with gear-driven cams, 13.5k redline.
1990 - Pacific Coast 800. Enclosed bodywork v-twin, shaft-driven touring bike.
And let's not forget the VFR750 and ST1100 were also available in this time frame, the former with a transverse V-4, the latter with a longitudinal V-4 (or is it vice-versa?).

Just a remarkable variety of styles and engine configurations.
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Old 06-26-2014, 08:34 AM   #10
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2004 obviously. The year the Sportster got rubber mounted
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Old 06-26-2014, 10:37 AM   #11
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Couple of other 2006 things

KTM 950SM and 950SE debut (I have one of each ) in US, 990 SuperDuke in Europe
Honda alters VFR VTec with great results (yes I have one )

But it would be difficult to discount the following years because of how these bikes fundamentally changed the entire market segment they were in; or in a couple of cases, the entire market.

1968 (Yamaha DT-1)
1969 (Honda 750)
1973 (Honda Elsinore)
1975 (Honda GL1000 Gold Wing)
1980 (Honda GL1100 Interstate)
1984 (H-D Evo-motored bikes)
1985 (Suzuki GSX-R)
1992 (Honda CBR900RR)
1994 (Ducati 916)
1998 (Yamaha R1)

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Old 06-26-2014, 12:19 PM   #12
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2014 is the best year for motorcycles.

Yamaha Bolt
FZ09
FZ07
SR400
CB1100X whatever you call the delux
Street 750
Street 500
New version of the Z1000 and N1K
Duke 690

I could go on but you get the picture. Lots of new awesome stuff. The last ten years I wasn't the least bit tempted to buy a new bike. Now there's half a dozen that I really want.
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Old 06-26-2014, 06:43 PM   #13
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I think Honda's models released in the 1987-1990 period were sort of a renaissance for motorcycling, at least for Honda in any case, though many of the machines were underrated and under appreciated at the time. No other company at the time had anything near to this kind of diverse choice of models. My release dates may not be completely accurate here, but are close:

1987 - CBR600 Hurricane, followed in 1988 by the 1000 version. Really the first modern style, all-around sport bikes, as opposed to race replicas.
1988 - Flat-six powered GL1500 Goldwing touring bike.
1988 - NT650/Hawk GT v-twin sports standard. Aluminum beam frame and single sided swingarm.
1989 - Honda Transalp. Used a smaller version of NT650 v-twin. An adventure bike before the word was invented by the marketers, too far ahead of its time to be understood or to sell well.
1989 - GB500. Retro british style single-powered roadster.
1989 - CB-1. Inline 400 with gear-driven cams, 13.5k redline.
1990 - Pacific Coast 800. Enclosed bodywork v-twin, shaft-driven touring bike.
And let's not forget the VFR750 and ST1100 were also available in this time frame, the former with a transverse V-4, the latter with a longitudinal V-4 (or is it vice-versa?).

Just a remarkable variety of styles and engine configurations.
Absolutely. Just what I was going to write. The quality and reliability of these bikes was just superb. If you can find a non-abused one from that list there's a real good chance it'll be a viable every day ride.

I knew a Hawk 650 with 300k on it. I had a '90 Trans Alp. Best bike I've ever owned (-so far...and maybe likely to be?)
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Old 06-26-2014, 07:27 PM   #14
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"Modern" is subject to interpretation, but for Honda, I'd say any model year in which "bold new graphics" were not headlining the changes.

For Harley, I think we have to roll the clock back a little farther, back to, say, 1917 when the first Hawg was introduced. It was a porker even then.

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Old 06-26-2014, 10:55 PM   #15
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1987 the start of the race replicas ,the trend continues
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