Becoming a "Brand Snob"

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by chadhargis, Jan 31, 2013.


What brand of street bike have you owned the most?

  1. Honda

  2. Kawasaki

  3. Yamaha

  4. Suzuki

  5. BMW

  6. Buell

  7. Triumph

  8. KTM

  9. Other

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  1. chadhargis

    chadhargis Too tall for sportbikes

    Dec 13, 2001
    Nashville, TN
    I've been riding for a relatively short time compared to some of you, but long enough to have owned a number of motorcycles.

    One thing I have never been is a brand snob. I refuse to ride a motorcycle simply because of the brand painted on the tank.

    But what I discovered is that I have identified with one particular brand more than others. It hit me as I updated my personal website recently. "Dang, I've owned more Kawasaki motorcycles than anything else".

    Kawasaki (4)
    2012 Kawasaki Ninja 1000
    2009 Kawasaki Versys
    2002 Kawasaki KLR 650
    2001 Kawasaki ZR-7S

    BMW (3)
    2002 BMW 1150GS
    2002 BMW 1150RT
    1974 BMW R60/6

    Buell (2)
    2009 Buell 1125CR
    2006 Buell XB12X Ulysses

    Suzuki (1)
    2001 Suzuki GSX-R600

    Honda (1)
    2006 Honda GL1800 Goldwing

    Yamaha (1)
    2004 Yamaha FJR 1300 ABS

    Ducati (1)
    1995 Ducati Monster 900

    When I stopped to think about why I selected the motorcycles I've owned, some were out of pure lust for a particular bike and some were choices made by logic. Interestingly, none of the four Kawasaki products I purchased was out of pure brand lust. They were all a product of, "Hey, this is a damn fine motorcycle for the money". I lost my beloved 1125CR to the great Nashville flood of 2010. If Buell had not been shut down, I'd more than likely still be riding one. I really loved them. They were like a faithful dog wagging it's tail when you get home. Just made you feel good.

    The antique BMW was a mistake...I learned that vintage bikes belong in museums and should never be ridden on a public road and you should never race a clapped out Nissan Sentra on an'll lose. :lol3 The other BMW's were great bikes. I pitched the RT 150ft down the Cherohala Skyway and the GS developed a nasty issue of carboning up the heads (even though I rode the snot out of it). I loved the bike though. Just don't race a Dodge Neon, you'll lose. :huh

    Best visceral experience...Ducati. Hands down. The sound of that bike alone made my hair stand on end, and it's the only bike that caused a woman to hit on me (and I'm UGLY, so trust me, it was the bike).

    The FJR was a fantastic bike, but my riding skill grew past the capability of the bike. I knew this when I was beveling the edges of the mufflers in the turns enough to lever the rear wheel off the ground....on a 600+lb bike. :eek1

    The Gixxer was a track whore and I seldom rode it on the street.

    The Goldwing...oh boy, another mistake. The wife said she'd ride with me if I got one. She went on two rides. Nice bike, but not my cup of tea.

    I know I am not the only one who finds themselves in the position of gravitating toward one particular brand of bike for one reason or another? I'm more intrigued with why I ended up that way.

    What about you guys? (and yes, this is my "it's too damn cold to ride" thread)
  2. Tork

    Tork Pinsetter

    Feb 15, 2004
    Duvall, WA.
    79 GS750E
    82 GS1100E

    02 R1150GS
    07 R1200GS

    There was a 74 TS250 so I choose Suzuki in the poll.
  3. DAKEZ

    DAKEZ Long timer

    Mar 18, 2007
    Begin Op Zoom
    No Harley-Davidson. :1drink

  4. DigDig

    DigDig Been here awhile

    Jan 17, 2011
    Western Massachusetts
    I think Harley Davidson is spelled "Other" on this forum. :deal
  5. OrangeYZ

    OrangeYZ Long timer

    Feb 11, 2008
    Southern Oregon
    I was a Yamaha guy, until I bought a KTM, a Honda and a Kawasaki. Now I'm a KTM guy.

    Begin: YZ125
    200XC replaces 125, never ride 125 again
    XR600R, which I treat as a street bike
    KLR650 to ease the road duty of the 600
    Now that the 600 is a dirt bike with plate, it gets abused even more
    450EXC replaces XR600, never ride XR again
    250XC replaces 200, Brother rode the 200 once since then
    Add a Beta Trials bike

    Somehow the XR600 is the only one to have been sold though. The YZ, 200 and KLR need to go away. Not sure what to replace the KLR with, maybe a V-Strom, maybe nothing.
  6. Wraith Rider

    Wraith Rider Banned

    Feb 11, 2012
    Varadero 125
    CBF 600
    VFR 800 FI
    ZZR 1400
    VFR 1200 FD

    Clearly a Honda fan, because of very good experiences (and very bad with Kawasaki) with build quality, reliability and customer service.
  7. Dolly Sod

    Dolly Sod I want to do right, but not right now

    Aug 18, 2003
    Richmond, Va
    Yamaha XS Eleven

    Kawasaki KLR 650

    Honda Transalp
    Honda CB350
    Honda CB500
    Honda XR80

    Suzuki DL650 Vstrom

    BMW R90/6

    KTM 640 Adventure

    There is nothing that Honda Currently makes that I am even remotely interested in, but my favorite sounding bike is a VFR with gear driven cams and a good pipe.

    I wouldn't buy a modern BMW. If you gave me one, I'd sell it and buy a Triumph. That said, I would love to get an R100GS.
  8. chadhargis

    chadhargis Too tall for sportbikes

    Dec 13, 2001
    Nashville, TN
    Wow, I did leave out HD. I guess I think of them more of a clothing company that makes motorcycles. :lol3

    If I could edit the poll I'd add it.
  9. JPDenny

    JPDenny Adventurer

    Sep 26, 2010
    Greater Sapulpa
    Well, the thread is titled "Snob" so you got to show how cool you are, just like the HD snobs, I have no use for either of you.
  10. It'sNotTheBike

    It'sNotTheBike Banned

    Jul 20, 2011

    The OP said snob, not bottom-feeding poser, which other than
    a few Hollywood types or the late Malcolm Forbes ( all of whom are outliers
    in terms of who the core customers of Harley really are ) are the sort who ride

    But this poll is flawed anyway. The absence of bikes like MV Agusta,
    Velocette, Norton, Ducati, etc. makes it like a poll which asks which
    whether Budweiser or PBR is better. And the answer is that they all
    are mediocre but if you want a ride and it's all you can afford
    they are just fine because it is the ride that matters, not the bike.

  11. blk-betty

    blk-betty bam-a-lam

    Aug 7, 2009
    Johns Island, SC
    Speaks volumes.
  12. chadhargis

    chadhargis Too tall for sportbikes

    Dec 13, 2001
    Nashville, TN
    Cripes! How could I forget Ducati? Oh man, I suck! :asshat
  13. Valimagdon

    Valimagdon Scooter Boy

    Mar 28, 2011
    St. Louis, Missouri
    Most frequently owned bike brand: Vespa
    2005 PX200E,
    1987 PX150E,
    1981 P125X,
    1979 P200E,
    1968 Sprint (blue),
    1968 Sprint (white),
    1963 VBB,

    Oh, and my girlfriend has had 2 Stellas.

    Other Marques: Aprilia (2), Husqvarna, Honda (3), BMW (2).
  14. Aj Mick

    Aj Mick Long timer

    Aug 31, 2012
    Phuket, Thailand
    I have owned five Hondas, a Suzuki and a Yamaha, ail second hand, none costing more than about $US 1,000.

    I bought my first motorcycle in 1975, and have continuously owned at least one since then. Obviously. I keep bikes for quite a while; they are cheap transport for me, not an expensive hobby! I started riding as a kid on a Honda farm bike in 1966.

    It is not out of brand loyalty that I have owned mainly Hondas. They just fitted my needs and budget, and were available when I was looking for a bike.
  15. preppypyro

    preppypyro Been here awhile

    Oct 21, 2009
    Canada's Best Kept Secret, Saskatchewan
    Ive had Yamaha bikes more then anything else, but Im not really brand loyal. I would ride just about any kind of bike, specially if it was the right price!
  16. davevv

    davevv One more old rider

    Aug 17, 2006
    Just north of Dallas
    I've owned Yamaha, Honda, Suzuki, BMW, Triumph, Moto Guzzi, and Buell with multiples of all but BMW. But I've owned more H-Ds (seven so far) than any other brand. This is all over a span of 52 years of riding. I can find something to like in any bike, but the Harley and Guzzi (aka Italian Harley) v-twins have always been the bikes I enjoy riding the most.
  17. PhilB

    PhilB Long timer

    Sep 8, 2012
    New Hampshire
    I was just about to say the same thing. ;D (Especially since you owned one yourself.)

    By number of bikes, it's actually been Honda, but I voted Ducati (well, "other", but meaning Ducati) because that's what I've spent by far the most time and miles on.

    By time and mileage, the order for me is:
    1) Ducati
    2) Heinkel
    3) Honda
    4) Maico
    5) Vespa
    6) BMW
    7) Norton
    8) Harley-Davidson
    9) Everything else

  18. Bucho

    Bucho DAMNrider

    Dec 10, 2006
    I dont think of myself as a brand snob.

    My latest bike is a KTM and its hard not to love those for enduro riding (i know its not street riding).

    The only brand I have issue with is Honda. Unless I got the deal of the century I dont ever think I will own one. And even then Id probably just flip it. Im not even sure why I dont like them, I have no rational reason. Yet they just rub me the wrong way.
  19. Tripped1

    Tripped1 Bitch called me a feminist.

    Aug 6, 2009

    Understand completely. The RC51 was the last Honda that was even remotely interesting. They are just....dull me I guess.
  20. corndog67

    corndog67 Banned

    Jan 24, 2006
    Santa Maria, CA
    I've had upwards of 42 bikes, I tried to count the ones that I've owned, but every now and then, I remember one I forgot.

    I would guess Hondas are what I've owned the most of, and probably put the most miles on. I'm not real brand conscious or specific, I'll ride whatever, and I'm pretty compulsive, actually, obsessive/compulsive, I'll obsess for a bit on something, like that 950 KTM Supermoto I've got right now, and then I'll buy it, same with the XR75 I bought last week, something I wanted when I was a kid and couldn't buy back then, saw one a while back, obsessed a bit, bought it.

    I don't get attached. Just another toy, hopefully, in a year or a week or 2 months or whatever, if I get bored with it, I can get more or less what I paid for it. Right now, I'm obsessing Tuono V4. We'll see what this obsession brings.