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Old 03-25-2013, 12:07 PM   #16
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This is how my garage looked a little over a year ago.



Then I added this



and this



and this




Now I'm down to one SV, the KLR , two project XRs and a project KTM (I have zero money in the KTM or the XRs).

The KLR is about to be gone and I'll replace it with an XR650L. I think I've decided two to three bikes is enough. Part of what swayed my decision is the fact that in NC you pay yearly property tax on every street legal vehicle you own. Ouch.
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Old 03-25-2013, 12:08 PM   #17
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I've got two... a 2011 Honda Shadow Phantom and a 1994 XR600R.

There's places I'll go in AZ that the Shadow just ain't safe to take (though I've done it a few times... the ride into Young, AZ is rough on a cruiser!). I bought the XR600 a few weeks after that trip into Young.

For right now I will stick with these two bikes for a couple more years, though in retrospect I think I'd rather have 3 bikes:
1. Some sort of daily rider, like the Shadow.
2. A mule/touring rig. 900-1200cc class, capable of carrying lots of gear. Traditional upright orientation.
3. Mid to light duty street legal dirtbike, 400-500cc. DRZ, XR.


I'm taking my Shadow on a 7 week trip this spring, substituting it for that hypothetical mule/touring rig. I could take the XR600 on that trip, but it's so light and has no key, any idiot could steal it in the middle of the night by throwing it in the back of a truck.
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Old 03-25-2013, 12:18 PM   #18
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I'm sooo jealous of all of you, I've got a driveway and a bike barn so I couldn't hoard bikes even if I wanted to.

Which I very much want to.
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Old 03-25-2013, 12:22 PM   #19
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I just got a second, a Honda VTX1800C to add to my Suzuki B-King. I'm taking a trip in a month and renting an SV650. I'm afraid I'll like it and want to add a cheap SV to the mix.
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Old 03-25-2013, 12:28 PM   #20
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I'm sooo jealous of all of you, I've got a driveway and a bike barn so I couldn't hoard bikes even if I wanted to.

Which I very much want to.

Wait, what? You DO have the bike barn? Is the problem of the financial variety?
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Old 03-25-2013, 01:41 PM   #21
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in the past 25 years i have had more than 20 bikes. usually 2 or 3 at a time.
now i just have 2. a vstrom 650 and a royal enfield. i will soon replace the enfield with a klr650
as the enfield has proven itself as unrelialable and i like riding more than working on them.

i have call it mmd.
mulitple motorcycle disorder.
the only cure is to have several bikes.
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Old 03-25-2013, 01:49 PM   #22
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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.
Awesome! You are to be congratulated for your resourcefulness in adapting the bike to the ride. Also its really cool to be so dedicated to one's motorcycle enough so whole problem of living with multiple bikes is avoided.

My brother is a recent dad, and I have seen how raising kids impacts one's riding time and ability to maintain a few motorcycles. I am fortunate to have the time to deal with all my bikes, however it is wearing me down. It does not help any that I tend to be fanatical about maintenance.
When I start aching for a new and different bike, I go for a ride on one I already have.... then the ache goes away. Problem solved.
I want to ride more and work on them less!
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Old 03-25-2013, 03:44 PM   #23
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I'm averse to having more chores, so I like having just one bike, and one summer car.
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Old 03-25-2013, 03:58 PM   #24
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I don't know how true the "More bikes more maintenance" thing is.

Making some numbers up:
A tire and Oil change lasts 1,000 miles, and you ride 250 miles a weekend every weekend.
With one bike, you're doing a tire and oil every month, and four tires and oil changes after four months.
With four bikes, you're still doing four tires and oil changes after four months, but they might not be evenly split up from one month to the next.

Same goes for chains, air filters, valves and whatever else.
Registration, insurance and buying it are real costs, but if you're riding Bike A, then Bike B, C and D are not wearing out.
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Old 03-25-2013, 04:02 PM   #25
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I've got six in the garage and one in my office right now. I'm ready to start thinning the herd. Some never get ridden so I might as well free up some space in case something exciting comes along.
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Old 03-25-2013, 04:19 PM   #26
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Ive got 4 I ride,if I sell one thinking I wont be needing one for that purpose anymore,then a ride pops up where I need the same bike again.

Its pretty cheap to have extras sitting here waiting to be used,ins is cheap per year. The expensive part is buying one all over again and then setting it up. That got old so I just keep em.

1 Big sport touring bike.

1 excellent singletrack only bike.

1 DR650 because you gotta have a backup bike,it will do dam near anything.

1 badass dualsport/dirt bike that should really be kept off the pavement.


Then there's the Greeve's and Montesa,cant pass bikes like that up when they show up at great prices,just neat to have.

Mt bike/Road bike,always have had em.
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Old 03-25-2013, 04:28 PM   #27
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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.
Agreed,my truck is reliable and paid for and does what I need,it aint fancy or flashy nor do I care,it just goes and gets pretty good mileage.

The bikes of course get slavered over and cared for like members of the family.

1 bike would never do.
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Old 03-25-2013, 04:34 PM   #28
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Old 03-25-2013, 04:36 PM   #29
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Im currently on the search for that one, do it all rig. Ive had multiple motorcyles sitting next to my 05 ninja 250. So far it is still here and they are all gone. Im looking at the new vstrom, tiger800, and dr650 right now to see if they can replace it.
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Old 03-25-2013, 04:43 PM   #30
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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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