Bikes with flaws you hate

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

  1. BanjoBoy

    BanjoBoy Been here awhile

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    Fucking hated them whizzy brakes on mah Beemer! :loco
  2. lilsmokey

    lilsmokey Been here awhile

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    I used to have a 1984 Honda xr500. Great bike. Nice plastics. Terrible everything else. I loved that bike though

    -Headlight mounting straps were to tight so when i hit a bump they would snap. (3 times)
    -Dual carbs were a b**** to get off, easy to clean, then a b**** to get back on.
    -Cam chains stretched really easily.
    -Pegs sat at a funny angle so riding for very long your feet started to cramp up.
    -Front brakes (Hydraulic disc) was fit for a 150 lb like so whenever i tried to stop that monster of a bike they'd heat up and boil the fluid out of the lines.
    AND THE BIGGEST PROBLEM OF EVERY SINGLE USED BIKE

    PREVIOUS OWNERS
    The jack*** thhat owned my xr before me rebuilt the bike in his garage.... Stripped 3 of the bolts holding the head down, 1 bolt holding the cylinder down and had the engine loosley tightened to the frame. At least pulling the engine out was easy for me :D
  3. davethegoat

    davethegoat bahhh....bah...

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    crf450r.....Chain stretch. I've put three different chains on it and they all stretch within 2 hours of adjusting them. It wouldn't be that big of a deal except that the knobbies get chewed off the side of the tire.:ace I now have an o-ring chain and it does it too. I know it takes less than a minute to adjust it but I forgot to bring the torque wrench last ride out and had to call off the rest of the day's ride because of it...

    Also, if you drop the dirt bike in the soft sugar sand, you will bend a radiator and it will start leaking. Ending your day early. I ended up buying the braces after the second time it happened(shame on me:D) Come on, though I shouldn't have to drop proof a dirt bike. Braces should come standard.

    Not really a flaw but why can't bike manufacturers offer different frame sizes. Like mountain bikes do. I could order my mountain bike with my choice of 5 different frame sizes but if I want a dirt bike, I'm stuck with the one made for little guys. I'm 6'5" and lower pegs, higher bars and taller seat don't really cut it. imo. Call it the crf XL.
  4. crofrog

    crofrog Long timer

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    You're running your chain way to tight... Move the swingarm up until all the pivots are in a line. The chain should be slightly loose there.

    Non-oring chains stretch allot faster than o-ring specially if not well lubed.

    Welcome to every dirt bike ever. You can either invest in the protection, not crash, or play factory rider and keep a trailer full of spares. The manufactures battle on weight, they aren't going to add weight like that.
  5. Thinc2

    Thinc2 Paciugo

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    Surging on the 2002 GS.
  6. ozmoses

    ozmoses Ride On

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    Having to move the rear shock on a BMW G/S to access the battery.

    Just irritates me every time.
  7. Pantah

    Pantah Red Sox Nation

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    -Wheelbarrow handlebars on BMW's
    -Cam chain tentioners losing hydraulic pressure on KTM 950's (clakclakclak)
    -Boiling the fuel in traffic on a KTM Adventure (stall/let coolw/caps open)
    -Winking low oil pressure light on an LC8 after a spirited thrashing
    -Clutch pull of dry clutch Ducati's in traffic (jerkjerkjerk)
    -Seat on my KTM 690R (jeeeez)
  8. kraven

    kraven Hegelian Scum

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    Same here, but I'm 213/44/33"/6' tall.
    Everything is undersprung. I figure the cost of new suspenders into every long term bike purchase.
  9. kraven

    kraven Hegelian Scum

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    Wiggly frames.
    Feeling a bike wallow through a curve or get a frame harmonic because someone couldn't build a decent frame just makes me want to find that project lead and powerf... give them a piece of my mind. :lol3
  10. fastdadio

    fastdadio Still gettin faster

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  11. southwade

    southwade ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

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    Zombie thread, but...

    I hate the left side if this bike.

    [​IMG]
  12. Tinker1980

    Tinker1980 Long timer

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    Wheni had my KLR I wished for the same bike, only without the stupid dohickey, less weight, valves you could adjust without shims, air cooled, and without all that horrible brittle plastic garbage around the headlight.

    Then I noticed. Suzuki makes one just like that, and its cheaper. Add some springs for my fat ass and off we go.
  13. Colorado_Rider

    Colorado_Rider Banned

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    How about that fatal 1 gallon of completely unusable gas in a Superhawk tank? Pin a medal on that engineer:fyyff
  14. warrior1677

    warrior1677 Been here awhile

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    Yamaha RS Warrior
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    The stock exhaust, lack of luggage options and you have to take the tank off to change the air filter
  15. C/1/509

    C/1/509 Long timer

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    There's no side of that bike that I hate!
  16. SlipChip

    SlipChip Adventure Commuter

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    • Stupid name, Tedium, really!?
    • Front tire, 110/80-18, What!?
    • No sixth gear?
    • what a crappy seat!
    • Vacuum fuel pump sucks!
    • No center stand!

    Otherwise I love the bike.:lol3
  17. Starkmojo

    Starkmojo Chief Totberry

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    I loved my TDM but hated the location of the petcock. Could never find it at speed. The fuel pump worked great once I replaced it with an OEM... THe original one had a diaphragm that was completely blown out. I agree on the local of center stand, but I never found myself needing sixth gear. It would do 85 all day long for me so I never worried. I replace all the seats on. Y bikes ( being 6'6" they all suck as far as I I am concerned )

    Oh and the gas tank should held at least another gallon.

    But what a blast to ride anywhere but deep mud!
  18. Ragin Rabbi

    Ragin Rabbi Semper Fidelis

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    How long were the tail feathers? You had to keep them short so they didn't get tangled in the chain I bet.
  19. toy4fun

    toy4fun GET out of the way

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    BMWs :deal all of the dam things.......they all have that "must visit dealer regularly where you must pay more money or will stop working" thing going:puke1
  20. Starkmojo

    Starkmojo Chief Totberry

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    Ducking auto correct.