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Old 11-19-2012, 06:32 AM   #16
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Not really a road bike but a BMW f650.

Our temperaments just didn't match.
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Old 11-19-2012, 06:35 AM   #17
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Harley Davidson Iron 883. Didn't like the ergos (even after modification), didn't like the vibrations, and I especially didn't like the old-school handling.
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Old 11-19-2012, 06:54 AM   #18
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BMW F800R, which I demoed at a BMW rally on a Saturday morning. Group ride, but at a pretty good pace. I just didn't get it. Sporting naked bike with motor that doesn't rev.

Kawasaki Concours 1400. Handled far better than I anticipated, but the motor was electric smooth and total overkill. I think I used the first three gears. The BMW RT is as comfortable and a lot more fun to throw around and bang through gears. And 'bang' is pretty close description.
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Old 11-19-2012, 06:56 AM   #19
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+1. GL1000 boring on the highway, clunky in the corners, too little ground clearance to get to my favorite camp spots.

Originally Posted by wayne_l View Post
honda gold wing ..with so much going on with the thing and so smooth it felt like i was in my truck .it lulled me to sleep.
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Old 11-19-2012, 07:16 AM   #20
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Originally Posted by DiabloADV View Post
F800R. The most boring motor in the history of irrigation pump motors.
Originally Posted by Grainbelt View Post
BMW F800R, which I demoed at a BMW rally on a Saturday morning. Group ride, but at a pretty good pace. I just didn't get it. Sporting naked bike with motor that doesn't rev.

Agreed on both. I rode one on a demo day with a full akrapovic exhaust, and while the noise was cool at idle, it didn't do anything for me at speed. Ergo's were wrong with my legs cramped, and I have short legs. Tank scoops and little fly screen felt cheap as hell and vibrated at all speeds.

Crossed it off my interest list after the ride. Shame because I really wanted to like it.
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Old 11-19-2012, 07:26 AM   #21
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06 DR650 liked my 03 KLR much better...seemed to be much more comfortable for my fat arse.
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Old 11-19-2012, 07:35 AM   #22
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My current C14 ... fast, stops great, corners great and is great on the highway.
But i can not get comfortable on it even after changing things. Plus it is so damn heavy.
Always looking for a place to ride !
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Old 11-19-2012, 07:39 AM   #23
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Many many years ago, a CBR1000. What a pig of a bike. Also some forgotten Japanese crusier. Down the driveway, turned onto the street, turned back at the first intersection and haven't ridden another feet forward bike since. HATED it.

I'm surprised by the Hypermotard comments. I bought one and was surprised how much MORE I liked it than I expected! My favorite streetbike I've ever owned.
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Old 11-19-2012, 07:48 AM   #24
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The 2 GS'es I once owned. Uber let down. I wanted to love them..really.
Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.

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Old 11-19-2012, 08:04 AM   #25
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Didn't like the Daytona 675 as much as I hoped I'd like it when I bought it back in January. Don't get me wrong, it's a fantastic middle weight and if I were to be a track whore, I'd go with one of those (or go super cheap & fun with a Ninja 250).

I like my W650. It's more my style because I live my life below 10k rpms.
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Old 11-19-2012, 09:02 AM   #26
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Buell Ulysses. Shakes like it's mixing paint, but nice torque. Oh, wait, it's out of breath at 5K RPM?

Buell 1125R. Fan ran the whole time I was on the thing.

BMW R1200S. Looked good but didn't have the punch to back it up.
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Old 11-19-2012, 09:13 AM   #27
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XR650R. Just wont ride on the highway enough for me. still have it though. uhg.
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Old 11-19-2012, 09:32 AM   #28
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'02 R1150R - On paper, this was the perfect bike... except for the fact that it didn't stir any emotion, none. I bought it in the fall and it didn't even make it to the following summer before it made the appearance on craigs. It sold the same day I posted it.

'05 Dyna Low Rider - This was supposed to be an upgrade to my Sportster. Not even. It wasn't faster, it didn't handle better, and it certainly was not more comfortable. I rode it for 6 months and sold it for $500 more than I paid for it. Not a bad experiment, but that was the last Harley I owned.
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Old 11-19-2012, 09:58 AM   #29
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R1200RT. On paper it's such a great bike. The reality of it was that it was dreadfully boring to ride, drug its pegs around almost any corner above 40mph, was a PITA to work on (the whole fairing must come off for just about anything), and was just not comfortable for my 6'2" frame.
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Old 11-19-2012, 10:03 AM   #30
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2006 Yamaha FZ-1: It was too much like an R-1, fast, loves to rev, handles, and is very uncomfortable. The Gen 1 would have suited me much better.

2009 Vulcan 900 Classic: A joy at 55 mph and under and unpleasant above those speeds.

The bike I've always loved to ride, but never owned...Triumph Tiger 1050, that darn bike fits me like a glove.
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