Bikes with flaws you hate

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

  1. Brooklyn Rob

    Brooklyn Rob Do'h!

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    The oil pump drive gear on the dr650 is made out of plastic, and guess what happens when you grind something plastic against something metal. That's right, the thing that's made out of plastic disintegrates.
    Ask me how l know.
    l guess that's another thing suzuki hasn't quite figured out yet either.
  2. Brooklyn Rob

    Brooklyn Rob Do'h!

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    That's an easy fix-
    just get shorter fingers.
  3. bwringer

    bwringer Gimpy, Yet Alacritous

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    How about this one, which applies to all but a few Euro bikes:

    Crappy. Rubber. Brake. Hoses.


    Why don't all bikes come with braided stainless brake lines? They can't cost that much more in large quantities than spongy rubber lines, can they?
  4. Angry Wookie

    Angry Wookie Running On Fumes

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    In general, the stock seat on any bike I've ridden.

    I also hate that my R1100RT doesn't have a sixth gear.
  5. kraher

    kraher Been here awhile

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    This thread has amazing potential to finally prove once and for all that ALL bikes have a few (at least one) small flaws.

    Buy the bike whose flaws annoy you the least. :lol3
  6. southwade

    southwade ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

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    So far the running theme is sensitive tushies... ehem.... that is, I mean, hard seats. :D
  7. farqhuar

    farqhuar Lone Wolf

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    In general, the stock seat on any bike I've ridden.

    The only common theme I can find here is the sensitivity of Sethsquatch's arse :kat- harden the fuck up mate! :evil
  8. dukeman

    dukeman Adventurer

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    This has already been touched on, but my 05 f650gs with 48k is on it's fourth water pump and I know I'm not alone. It should be changed at regular intervals just as a precaution.
  9. Brooklyn Rob

    Brooklyn Rob Do'h!

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    Maybe you should keep the water pump and change the bike.
  10. Pro_Marinero

    Pro_Marinero Carbon Sasquatch

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    Pre-09 husaberg jug design. I love the bike, but why incorporate the cylinder into the case requiring the halves to be split to service the piston?? :huh
  11. Calamity Jesus

    Calamity Jesus n0ob

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    '09 Bonneville SE

    Well, I'm glad you guys covered the faux-carbs.. because I sure wasn't going to. My only issue with them is that I get a bunch of old timers coming up to me and asking what year it is, then nearly falling down when I tell them it's a new one with EFI. I really need to renew my CPR certs :deal It's a retro-styled bike.. how would you expect them to approach EFI on a bike that's always had prominent carbs? :ear Anything else would completely defeat the point of the bike's existence, and they can't stick with carbs forever.

    Anyway, the biggest flaws of the Bonneville are that it's so damn heavy (500lbs wet), that the seat is 1/2" thick, and that the rear suspension is stiff enough to cause spine injury if you fail to dodge a pothole. Fortunately, two of those things can be fixed at which point it becomes a superb bike that's in dire need of a 6th gear. :rofl


    Tiger 1050

    As already mentioned.. the headlights are horrific at doing what headlights are supposed to do and the fuel gauge is crap. Further, the miles-to-empty takes over the gauge's rotating display whenever the bike thinks it has less than 50 miles, so, due to the gauge being crap, it thinks it's near empty all the time and you can't use the other info without reaching out 12" in front of the handlebars to hit the buttons on the cluster.
  12. Josephvman

    Josephvman I'm the Decider

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    The location of the ignition key on the first-generation Ducati Multistrada. It's located down in the middle of an abyss that is the area around the steering head. If you drop anything smaller than a bench vise anywhere near it, gravity will suck it into a black hole and it will travel to another dimension, the dimension where single socks, car keys, and hotel key cards live...

    Also, removing the seat on that bike had the potential to ruin multiple weekends and put you in touch with feelings of primal anger that you didn't realize you had inside you...
  13. mhpr262

    mhpr262 Banned

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    :rofl:rofl:rofl

    Don't worry, the bride probably took it as a salute, the groom as a last ditch warning.
  14. nukemm

    nukemm Been here awhile

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    Suzuki DRZ400S: Horrible seat, shifting weight on the seat with IMS tank causes the front of the seat to unhook from the tank, I feel like I am revving the piss out of it to keep up with traffic, thus causing the ridiculous vibrations through the pegs and the handlebars. I love this bike, but I'm also glad I only have to put up with the super slab for 15 minutes at a time!
  15. L.B.S.

    L.B.S. Long timer

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    If Satan took corporeal form on Earth, he was in the shape of the seat on my 1991 DR350S.

    That was the only bike I've ever owned in 40 years, that would make me think of reasons not to go for a ride.


    Really interesting to see all these years later, DR seats are still right up there for being hideous!
  16. IndiaPaleAle

    IndiaPaleAle Been here awhile

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    I came here to say this.

    And the seat sucks. :lol3
  17. Elefant

    Elefant Been here awhile

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    Put a CBR1100XX Engine in the K1200S. Perfect bike. ABS, ESA, handling, stopping.... And in white and blue..... BEAUTIFUL!
    BUT transmission, engine and fuel injection were GARBAGE! There outta have been a law against selling a bike like that.
  18. Elefant

    Elefant Been here awhile

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    Suspension.
  19. southwade

    southwade ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

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    really?

    I've never ridden one, but I'm a little surprised by this.
  20. dwoodward

    dwoodward Long timer

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    case in point: stock suspension on a 900SS/CR. OK, I know it was designed to be the entry-level bike, but the forks aren't rebuildable. You can replace the springs and change the oil, but that is as far as you can disassemble them- the bottom cap is pressed/welded on. You can't put a cartridge emulator in there if you wanted to.

    By that measure, my KLR has better suspension, at least I can muck with it and improve it. (But, it's a KLR, so I don't. Suspension tuning is by adding or removing bricks in the milk crate.)