Bikes with flaws you hate

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

  1. Splendidtutional

    Splendidtutional What does that mean?

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    I think to get the desired effect I would have to double clutch downshift, which as far as I can gather, is not possible with a sequential box because there is no 'neutral' between gears, like in a car. rev-match only helps when releasing the clutch. I am talking about getting the stupid thing into first gear with the clutch all the way in.

    It often gets sort of 'stuck' like the tops of the teeth in the gears line up perfectly so it wont drop. My manual cars do this once in a while too, but there for some reason it is less annoying. I think because I am not worried about becoming a permanent "Joe Pancake" or hood ornament when I am in the cage. C'est la vie. Overall though, bike is still great! :D
  2. southwade

    southwade ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

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    I hate the decals on my Z1000... Sorry, that's all I could think of.

    This thing is awesome.

    It could use some heated grips too I guess.

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  3. orangebear

    orangebear Long timer

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    i hate the fact i have to take off both side plactic and the speedo and rev counter off the dash of my r100gs to fit 1 new waring light bulb it like an hr job.
  4. b dash rian

    b dash rian Adventurer

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    Spaghetti wiring on my Ducati Monster. no gauges work anymore, and it seems to think there's no oil when its raining... And to boot, a quick rainstorm means the "black key" may not start the bike anymore, because the theft system is triggered.
  5. Al Goodwin

    Al Goodwin Long timer

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    Harley XR1200....LOVE the styling, loved the bike...UNTIL I went and rode one..

    FAT grips, FAT levers WAAAAY to close to the grips. Mirrors about 1/8 of an inch from the top of my knuckle. It steered like riding on 2 flat tires, needs rear shocks about 4 inches longer so it'll turn propperly(sarcasm there, not really that much longer)....Feels narrow, seat, tank, bars...feel good, THEN put your feet on the pegs that are WAAAY wide to clear the width of the drive.

    ANyway....I didn't buy one.:huh
  6. orangebear

    orangebear Long timer

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    its the only harley i can fit as all the other hd,s i tryed at a bike show were odd size. with my ass as close to the tank and my feet on the foot board i could not get near the gear shifter or the rear brake so i will stay clear. i am 5.8 tall with a 32 or 33 in side leg. so a normal size.
  7. buls4evr

    buls4evr No Marks....

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    Turn signal system on older BMWs........ Really ,3 levers/buttons to do what a Japanese bike does with one system? And under your right hand which is already pretty busy in a turn anyway! DUMB.
  8. orangebear

    orangebear Long timer

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    my bmw has them being a 1990 age but the 1970,s bmws had better switch set up
  9. Wadester

    Wadester Rides a dirty bike

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    I do like the emergency flasher feature available with the BMW "3 button" setup, the japanese "left/right/push to cancel" is ok, but jams up over time - doesn't always want to cancel, and you can't tell by looking at the switch if it's on or not. The /5 bmw switch was rotary, left=left/center=off/right=right. Very obvious what was what. Add a "pull for e-flasher" feature, and you've got everything!
  10. RFVC600R

    RFVC600R GOT SAND? NO!

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    Ever take an airbox of a XL600? :lol3 The trick is to the the tire and the shock off.
  11. southwade

    southwade ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

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    I hate how ugly these boxes are on most bikes.

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  12. opmike

    opmike Choosing to be here.

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    Most bikes require a little movement to shift through all the gears. try to get into first before coming to a complete stop. If you happen to stop in second gear, slowly let out the clutch (might need to roll forwards a bit, too) while applying normal pressure to the gear lever, and I bet it pops right in.
  13. SwissFreek

    SwissFreek Adventurer

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    This. 1000 times this. :clap

    Yeah, so they mount a Brembo. Awesome. And then they put it upside down. I have to bleed mine about once a month, whether I ride it or not. I was really excited about replacing my Tuono with a the V4R version until I saw a picture of it and noticed the rear caliper was still upside down. Dealbreaker.
  14. gmk999

    gmk999 ____ as a Rotax

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    My speedo isn't even close to correct and gets worse the faster i go. F650 99'
  15. betasigscoot

    betasigscoot Palaverer

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    09 F650 Twin, Speedo is set intentionally low. Travelling at consistent speed, & resetting the average speed on the computer shows an 8% difference :huh. The computer is pretty dang close.

    (side note: the ":huh" icon's eyes looks like the headlamps for a R1150gs)
  16. victor441

    victor441 Long timer

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    THe wiring was fine on my Monster 800 but I hated the immobilzer with all the microcircuits in the gauge cluster, read plenty of stories of people who had replaced several, you probably have a bad one rather than wiring problems. I was afraid to ride mine in the rain and when I did when I got home I took the cluster off the bike, opened it up, and put it in a sealed bag of rice (risotto of course ;-) to dry it out...this worked but was a total PITA...an incredibly bad design. Also despised the sloping seat but a new Sargent fixed that however was not cheap. Sold the Monster recently for various reasons but its inability to handle rain was a big one. Lots of threads on the gauge issues, one is at http://www.ducatimonster.org/forums...-monster-620-burned-out-instrument-panel.html and has some photos...
  17. southwade

    southwade ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

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    The fact that my motorcycle, and most motorcycles, are designed for a 150lb rider.... :huh
  18. Snarky

    Snarky Vodka Infused.

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    Too fat or too thin? I'm the latter.

    I wish the GSA was less fat, but I like the fuel capacity, especially on Sigh-10, gasoline should weigh less.
  19. southwade

    southwade ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

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    I work out too much, 215lbs, 42" chest, 32" waist... It's even hard finding riding gear.
  20. motorat

    motorat TBD

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    or that most bikes (that i like) are made for someone with a 35" inseam.