Bikes with flaws you hate

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by southwade, Jan 17, 2012.

  1. OBX-RIDER

    OBX-RIDER Long timer

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    I'll third this.... The DRZ comes sooo close to being an everyman's inexpensive easily maintained dirt worthy adventure tourer....except any sprocket mix compromises the bike..

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    Seats and even suspensions are easy fixes....but an overdrive sixth gear? Geez Suzuki my wife's little Super Sherpa has 6 gears ... why not the Driz...?
  2. More_Miles

    More_Miles über-n00b

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    Headlights on a BMW R1200RT. Low beams jiggle and bounce all over the place on anything other than the smoothest roads. Looks like you're flashing high beams at oncoming traffic or trying to get someone's attention. Speaking of high beams, that third little light that comes on? Really? Really....

    I won't get into some of the "design decisions" that went into my airhead....:deal
  3. shaweetz

    shaweetz Been here awhile

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    On the one hand, you can always buy a pre 07 model with actual carbs. OTOH, I suspect if the throttle bodies looked like something other than carbs, there would be an equivalent number of forum posts berating how they spoil the classic looks.

    But yeah, they could have at least made them look like GREAT carbs.
  4. advNZer?

    advNZer? Long timer

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    fake carbs are a FLAW? Blemish maybe
  5. NJ-Brett

    NJ-Brett Brett

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    The tw200 tops that.
    The seat bolts are under the fender, you know, the underside that gets coated with mud.
    Then, to make things even more clever, the put them in recessed holes so you NEED a socket.
    Cant even see the battery or fuses unless you remove the seat.



  6. Island_Rider

    Island_Rider n00bsauce

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    640 Adventure: Riding at night is a deathwish. The high beam indicator seems to throw more light at my face than the headlight does the road. First gear seems to be a bit tall for the trails... Needs six ratios!

    XL600R - I can get over many things, it's an old bike. I can get over the bad brakes. I can get over the bad seat. I can get over the bad bars and the weird two carb setup on a single. But damnit, did you really have to make me pull the motor just to get the valve cover off?
  7. southwade

    southwade ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

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    It's flaw?

    It wasn't imported into the US for 2012.
  8. antwon412

    antwon412 Been here awhile

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    Man that's sweet looking.
  9. stefer

    stefer Been here awhile

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    I actually had a 82 Honda xl200r that still had 2 of 2 in tact.

    And right now, two of those press fitting things is the only thing keeping two of the side fairings on my klr. That'll teach me not to use locktite "just once". :evil
  10. Savoir-Faire

    Savoir-Faire Powered by Hate

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    Wow. That's awesome. I've always had a soft spot for white bikes, though. The best feature is how the exhaust and shock echo each other's presence.

    Now that flyscreen, on the other hand, is just dumb.
  11. RobH

    RobH Don't tase me bro

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    To change the oil on a BMW F650GS you have to

    unbolt the faux gas tank left side cover -- 5 bolts

    unbolt the splash guard == 3 bolts

    unbolt the front sprocket cover (to get to the filter insert) -- three bolts

    unbolt the filter insert cover -- three bolts

    Drain the oil tank

    Drain the engine -- drain plug

    Change the filter insert

    fill it with oil

    bolt everything back again (14 or so bolts)

    Why BMW? Why?

    ====Yamaha -- 1 drain plug and unscrew the filter -- 10 minutes and done.
  12. southwade

    southwade ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

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    I thought mine was bad... my goodness. :eek1
  13. mattjw916

    mattjw916 never wears lip balm

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    Why is every Ducati you'd actually want to buy so uncomfortable you can't actually enjoy riding it?

    and +1 on the BMW oil changes for bikes with fairings...
  14. ttpete

    ttpete Rectum Non Bustibus

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    Mine's OK. Maybe you picked the wrong ones to ride.
  15. lethe

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    Same here, I can put 700+ mile days on mine without becoming a cripple.
    I'm not saying I enjoy the last hour of the ride but I still smile when I look at the bike as I get off it.

    Only thing I hate about my stuff is that I don't get the time to ride them more.
  16. mattjw916

    mattjw916 never wears lip balm

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    700+ mile days on a Monster 620? As in more than one in a row? Pics or it didn't happen... :rofl

    I was referring to the sportier models though in general. Even the STXs were bad compared to the BMWs I've ridden, even the sportier ones.

    I could ride my GS halfway across the US before I reach the levels of discomfort that any of the Ducatis I own or owned in the past would reach after more than an hour in the saddle. They are very cramped for long-legged folks, just sayin'
  17. lethe

    lethe Long timer

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    Didn't do it in a row because 700+ has so far put me from either home to a destination or back.
    So it was more like that mileage to NC, 300+ mile days while there and then the 780 miles home at the end of the week.
    I guess if I tried a cross country trip then I could see if my body would be up to it.
    It helps that I think I'm the body type they use to design these things. I'm 5'9" and around 150-160 lbs.
    To make it even better, I still have the stock seat on the Monster too, never got around to getting a different one. :D
  18. Ronin ADV

    Ronin ADV Gear addict

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    Stock seat on my Hypermotard is actually pretty good. I guess its all relative. You want uncomfortable, get on most dirt bikes. Or that stock horror on the F800 GS. Not only was the shape all screwed up, that material was some left over Nazi torture instrument. Makes me want to kiss my Renazco every time I see it.
  19. DAKEZ

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    All of which takes less than a minute. :1drink
  20. Derailleur

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    I used to ride road bikes at a low competitive level (think 6 - 10 hr training rides) after that the stock seat on my 125 feels like a lazy boy, I have done 14hr days for multiple days on it. Those training rides on road bicycles are also good for trimming the waist which helps to reduce some of the pressure.