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Old 12-31-2012, 01:40 PM   #121
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Great thread.
Many have named bikes as boring, then went on to complain about brakes, seats, performance etc.
To me "boring" means "no challenge", no "excitement", etc.
I had an Ariel Square Four....couldn't pull the skin off a rice pudding! Awful brakes. Made me walk home......usually. Boring? Nope.
My present ride will top 230 kph. Brakes are very good. Handling, just fine. Always gets me where I'm going. Always starts. Never needs anything but fuel and oil. This is "boring" to me. A Bandit. Begs the question. I "boring" necessarily a bad thing....?
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Old 12-31-2012, 03:29 PM   #122
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Not surprising, but kind of disappointing how many equate less speed or power to "boring".

I have found that the most interesting, entertaining, and engaging bikes I have owned or ridden were not performance orientated, even what would be considered "underpowered" by many.

I like to joke that on my Ural, 0 to 60 is timed with a calender not a stopwatch, and needs to be done in a zip code not a 1/4 mile.
Sometimes I do wish it had more power, but overall it is a minor consideration as 95% of my daily and recreational riding is well within it's limitations.
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Old 12-31-2012, 04:03 PM   #123
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My DL1000 VStrom is appliance-like, but not particularly boring on Kentucky's secondary and rural roads. When I'm trapped into riding on flat, smooth and straight roads with my Harley-owning friends - then the boredom is mind-numbing.
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Old 12-31-2012, 04:14 PM   #124
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Doesn't seem to be any dirt bikes in this thread...
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Old 01-01-2013, 03:31 PM   #125
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Most boring was a 2005 Yamaha FJR. Just too big, too smooth, boring, turbine like engine; too much plastic and windscreen. The only "exciting" thing about it was moving the beast around the garage trying not to get a hernia. Or riding it in the summer wondering when the engine heat would set your pants on fire. I know lots of people love that bike. More power to them! But man I hated mine.

Contrary to an earlier poster, my Ninja 250 is one of the most entertaining, least boring bikes I've ever had. Amuses me every time I ride it. Go figure.
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Old 01-01-2013, 03:57 PM   #126
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Some of these replies I find funny. Some say "bike x was boring/scary/shit brakes/suspension" ?
I will say that a bike has crap motor, suspension, brakes, engine, but will say that makes it kind of fun to ride.
I think danger without getting hurt IS fun, otherwise we all would just drive cars.
Riding my friend Ray's 1972 Honda XL175 on the highway at night when it struggle to hit 55 with me(130 lbs) was one of the funnest rides I remember in the last few years. When traffic is flying past me instead of me flying past it, it is scary. And fun.
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Old 01-01-2013, 04:10 PM   #127
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I think danger without getting hurt IS fun, otherwise we all would just drive cars.
Huh?

I don't get it.

I'm a full time rider, and don't have a car because I don't like them.
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Old 01-01-2013, 07:22 PM   #128
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Riding any bike in the dirt is fun, no matter what bike really.
The worse the bike the less boring it is anyway...


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Doesn't seem to be any dirt bikes in this thread...
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Old 01-01-2013, 07:39 PM   #129
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Riding my friend Ray's 1972 Honda XL175 on the highway at night when it struggle to hit 55 with me(130 lbs) was one of the funnest rides I remember in the last few years. When traffic is flying past me instead of me flying past it, it is scary. And fun.
I toured CA, AZ, and NV on one in '72. Best summer of my life!

Average speed was a little lower back then and it was still slower than average traffic.
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Old 01-01-2013, 08:17 PM   #130
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Super capable road going tourer, rode it hard, but it still felt like a car to me.....a BMW R1200RT
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Old 01-02-2013, 02:24 AM   #131
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My 97 ninja 250, first bike, love it. But after a month... Bye bye !!!
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Old 01-02-2013, 06:13 AM   #132
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Super capable road going tourer, rode it hard, but it still felt like a car to me.....a BMW R1200RT
Same here. Wonderful bike! Totally awesome appliance for covering lots of miles, but still totally lacking in soul and character.

I rode one for 400 miles one day, a rental this was. It was nice, by all accounts very luxurious, very comfortable, but it felt so isolated that I was thinking "Shit, maybe I should have just rented a convertible, considering how much I just spent..."

The next time I rent a bike, it's going to be a Ducati.
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Old 01-02-2013, 01:44 PM   #133
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A few thoughts.
That is very odd about the DL1000 as I have an SV1000 which is basically the same engine and frame and it is absolutely thrilling to ride.

As far as the Ninja 250 goes, here is my theory. They are quite easy to learn to ride because of the mellow power and low seat. So once a newer rider starts hitting the throttle stop frequently they think they need a bigger bike.

However the wee Ninja still has a LOT to teach riders in my estimation. Put a set of sticky tires on it, don't be afraid to rev it and there are not many situations where it will let you down. (passing at 60+ is the only one that comes to mind)

I have 30+ years of experience riding motorcycles and consider myself a competent rider and the Ninja 250 is one of my favorite bikes. Absolutely full of character and in no way boring.
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Old 01-02-2013, 01:59 PM   #134
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Old 01-02-2013, 06:06 PM   #135
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I'll bite.
I haven't rode too many bikes but the least inspiring was a first gen KLR 650. slow, heavy, uninspiring. Having said that I have a jones for one. Not sure why, but I kinda do.

As far as character, I don't know that I would call flaws a form character. Those are just flaws. Character would be things like inspiring engine noise or an exciting power band involving loads of mid-range power, like a big bore thumper. Prefect flat power bands, silent, buzz free engines lack character.
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