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Old 03-24-2013, 07:32 PM   #1
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Life with more than one motorcycle is fookin great.

What is your take on life with more than one motorcycle, is it all that and a bag of chips? Or is it a plague?
Are you tired of fookin around with:
Battery tenders
Fuel Stabilizer
Tire changes
Oil changes
Tune ups
Bike washing
Insurance
Licence renewal
Stacks of soft luggage
Metric, American and Whitworth tools
Half baked projects
Restore or leave it alone?
12 volts and fookin 6 Volts

Or - does the pleasure of a bike for different moods (road, adventure, dual sport, vintage) keep you interested in living?

Is it sane or insane? Do you find yourself fantasizing about your best friend who only owns ONE BIKE?

Tempted to forsake all the bikes for the one and only big-ole ADV bike that will satisfy?

Once satisfied are you then bored again?









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Old 03-24-2013, 07:44 PM   #2
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I only have one bike. It's convenient, for sure.

It's my first "real" bike (Vstrom), only had it seven months and I already want another, lighter, DS bike for off road. Oh, and maybe a sport tourer like a Concourse. And so on.

Does it ever end? I never cared about cars this much.
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Old 03-24-2013, 08:25 PM   #3
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"One bike to do everything" usually results in a bike that sucks at almost everything and might be OK at one thing.
One bike to be awesome at something gives up on the rest of the spectrum.

I can get by with two bikes and a truck, but four bikes (and a truck) is better.
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Old 03-24-2013, 08:42 PM   #4
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This is in TPL so I figure it must be one to dissenting opinions.

Some people enjoy maintaining a small fleet, some people don't. I think a compromise bike is worth not having to maintain different tools for different jobs. Everyone makes up their own mind how to spend their surplus money and time, of course, but mine is to minimize things I don't use much. I never really enjoy wrenching, either, which I assume is part of what is enjoyable about having multiple vehicles for some.

I didn't even like having both a car and a bike, and the car is gone now.
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Old 03-24-2013, 08:50 PM   #5
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Like riding both bikes, hate working on either of them. The advantage is I never feel rushed to finish a job on one bike, since if it stays in pieces for a week I can always ride the other one.
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Old 03-24-2013, 10:24 PM   #6
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I have a DR650SE and a UJM. They run like typical jap bikes, so I don't really have to do much to them unless I get a new farkle. I use long-wearing tires and live somewhere with 366 riding days/yr, so I don't really have to mess with tires, stabilizers, or tenders if I don't want to. The DR, with a slightly longer seat and maybe 5-10 more HP in the future, would really be a good enough bike to do it all for me. I'm lucky enough to be about the perfect size for it, I think. I'm small enough to fit on it without feeling cramped, have enough inseam to comfortably touch without lowering, don't have an aversion to slabbing it 1000 miles in a day, and am strong enough to muscle it around and pick it up in the sand/mud. I don't ride a race pace either. I plan to sell the UJM.
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Old 03-24-2013, 11:05 PM   #7
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There are advantages to a fleet, you always have at least one running. Sometimes it's nice to be able to loan someone a bike so you can both ride, and, of course, the ability to select for utility at a specific function. That said, I find I usually ride the same bike most of the time, it is expensive to insure/ register a number (9). They do tie up space and it does take some effort to keep up with storage issues and maintenance.
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Old 03-25-2013, 12:59 AM   #8
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I have just one motorcycle - these are all it. Apart from a fairing or handlebar change which take a bit longer, it can be any one of these bikes in 30 minutes.

2 sets of wheels, 2 rear guard/seats, 2 front guards, 2 sets of panniers, 3 exhaust systems, 2 fairings and many sets of handle bars. Many bikes in one - I love it.











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Old 03-25-2013, 06:38 AM   #9
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Originally Posted by RideDualSport.com View Post
What is your take on life with more than one motorcycle, is it all that and a bag of chips? Or is it a plague?
Are you tired of fookin around with:
Battery tenders
Fuel Stabilizer
Tire changes
Oil changes
Tune ups
Bike washing
Insurance
Licence renewal
Stacks of soft luggage
Metric, American and Whitworth tools
Half baked projects
Restore or leave it alone?
12 volts and fookin 6 Volts

Or - does the pleasure of a bike for different moods (road, adventure, dual sport, vintage) keep you interested in living?

Is it sane or insane? Do you find yourself fantasizing about your best friend who only owns ONE BIKE?

Tempted to forsake all the bikes for the one and only big-ole ADV bike that will satisfy?

Once satisfied are you then bored again?
My problem is I'm becoming a bike hoarder.
'03 Road Glide
'08 Buell Lightning
'73 CB750
'81 CB650

Those are the bikes that run, or need minimal work. (Tire, battery, oil change, etc.)

The following are project bikes.
'76 KZ 750B
'94 Ninja 600R
'76 CB750 chopper

Soon to come is a '72 CB 500 Four, and possibly a CB350 Four.

I'm kinda tired of half done projects, I get a good start and lose interest for awhile. I also go back and forth on whether I should restore it or chop it up to do something custom. I usually go back to stock, I just don't have the eye to do custom work.

I'd like to find an insurance company that has a fleet rate for bikes.
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Old 03-25-2013, 06:47 AM   #10
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There are advantages to a fleet, you always have at least one running. Sometimes it's nice to be able to loan someone a bike . . .
I often have one apart for deep maintenance. Rings and camchain on one right now.

One of my delights for last year was loaning a motorcycle to a cellist from the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra. Most people will discourage loaning a bike -- those cellists are known for their destructive lifestyles you know.

My soft luggage fits every bike I have except the one with hard cases.
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Old 03-25-2013, 08:08 AM   #11
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I'm not sure, I'll need to get at least one more to find out.
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Old 03-25-2013, 09:31 AM   #12
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2 bikes

currently only 2 bikes down from 3.always looking for another cycle.
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Old 03-25-2013, 11:04 AM   #13
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Currently at three bikes (plus a scooter I worked on as a bike for my son). I could get away with two as I have 2 enduro / DS bikes. As pointed out though its great to have a second dirt bike when I want to ride singletrack with my friend who only has a KLR. I occasionally think about selling one of the two dirt bikes but then I ride the one I would probably sell (WR) and I like it so much I just cant do it.
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Old 03-25-2013, 11:38 AM   #14
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I used to have just one, and it never broke down in 3 years.

Then I got the second bike, and my first one broke down (timing chain broke, and 4 valves were hit). Then my second one is broke down as well.

So now I have 2 non-working bikes that I gotta fix.
Should have the Ninja running tonight though... I guess that's the best way to get comfortable with wrenching and get the experience.
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Old 03-25-2013, 12:07 PM   #15
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The only thing better than a motorcycle is TWO motorcycles. With only two, its not quite to "fleet" status. I don't have to keep either on a tender. Regular maintenance is not overwhelming. Its nice having a regular everyday bike that I can use as a tourer while having my other bike be a beauty queen set up entirely for hooliganism.
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