Bikes you didn't like nearly as much as you thought you would.

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by davidji, Nov 18, 2012.

  1. davidji

    davidji bike curious

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    What are the bikes you thought you'd like a lot more than you did on the first ride?

    I was inspired to ask this by a demo ride of that sort the other day. And I had a similar one a year ago. But my tales can wait. I want yours!
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  2. DiabloADV

    DiabloADV Semi-Occasional

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    Speed triple. Big, heavy bike...didn't like it at all.

    F800R. The most boring motor in the history of irrigation pump motors.

    Hypermotard. If I wanted to sit on the front tire, I'd...sit on the front tire.
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  3. Nadgett

    Nadgett Been here awhile

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    I rented a Royal Enfield 500 Bullet in Scotland, thinking it would be like my old BSA 441 Victor. It wasn't.
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  4. rat110

    rat110 Has a Zombie House

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    Honda cbr600f4i.

    Around town and on the highways it just seemed flat, dull and too damn quiet.
    I had just come off a VFR800, so this may have something to do with it....

    When it wound up it was ok, but it just didnt sit right. I kept wanting to like it, but couldnt. Plus it hurt my wrists.

    Meh.
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  5. wayne_l

    wayne_l Been here awhile

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    honda gold wing ..with so much going on with the thing and so smooth it felt like i was in my truck .it lulled me to sleep.
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  6. ZZ-R Rider

    ZZ-R Rider Captain Fantastic

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    Suzuki S50 Boulevard (VS800) ... bought a low-mileage, very slighly used '06 from a co-worker because I thought at the time that I "needed" a Bike larger than the 650 I then owned... hated that friggin' S50 ... Bike had no soul what-so-ever ... and who ever designed the battery compartment deserves a serious beating ... without a centerstand, getting that battery in and out was an ardous ordeal ...
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  7. cls

    cls Long timer

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    '08 Yamaha FZ1. I still quote it as "The best bike I ever hated." It was fast enough, handled well enough, looked sharp enough, had adequate shield protection, and was plenty smooth. The lack of low-end power and the fact that it was a little top heavy and wide between the knees just killed it. I never wanted to ride it, always opting for something else. It didn't stay in the garage long. Alas, live and learn. Or maybe not...
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  8. kraven

    kraven Hegelian Scum

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    BMW RT
    The vaunted sofa. The old man's barca-lounger.
    I wanted to like it. I did. But it was too boring for me, and the way the motor honked at full throttle was just irritating.


    A lot of people like the RT, obviously. It's just not my bag, baby.
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  9. Yokomo

    Yokomo Gorilla Adventurer

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    Nighthawk 750. I always liked the looks of them. Got one for a nice price and I tried to like it. It just didn't fit my body and it was boring until you cracked on it, and it was awkward to turn.
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  10. wpbarlow

    wpbarlow Long timer

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    Ducati Hypermotard-- ditto what was expressed about the feeling of sitting on the front tire. Or as I expressed it- feeling like a hood ornament :lol3 great bike otherwise.

    Triumph Scrambler-- I was very interested in buying one, but imo what a characterless engine.
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  11. ivantheterrible

    ivantheterrible Been here awhile

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    sr500. I had many bikes before that one, and really gave some thought to what I wanted in a bike and the sr500 was it. After a long search, a mint one came up near me and i picked it up. Never really bonded with it. Very disappointed, I sold it not long after I bought it.
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  12. speedisgood

    speedisgood Adventurer

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    This is a really helpful thread, and one of the reasons why ADV is such a great place
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  13. Hank.SD

    Hank.SD Jet Measurer

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    ZX-14R. Wish I would have kept my CBR1100xx. The ninja did everything well but I didn't love it.

    Sent from my DROID RAZR using Tapatalk 2
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  14. elemental

    elemental Tainted Adventurist

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    00 Thunderbird Sport: My only purchase mistake in 25 years of riding - sold it at a loss after 4 months
    06 Speed Triple: Test ride revealed dodgy ergos, handling and throttle
    Bonneville: Borrowed one proved to be tiny and gutless
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  15. Mazaev

    Mazaev Been here awhile

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    The rotten apple.
    The current-gen Hayabusa. I was at a demo day and figured what the hell, while in the back of my mind thinking that I don't want to go home feeling like my VFR was old and slow. Boy, was that not a problem. I couldn't wait to get off the thing. It felt like I was straddling a bathtub shaped rocket. A very uncomfortable one. Never been so happy to get back on my 13 year old bike.
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  16. r3mac

    r3mac Been here awhile

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    Not really a road bike but a BMW f650.

    Our temperaments just didn't match.
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  17. DOUBLE-O G

    DOUBLE-O G Smooth Operator

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    Harley Davidson Iron 883. Didn't like the ergos (even after modification), didn't like the vibrations, and I especially didn't like the old-school handling.
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  18. Grainbelt

    Grainbelt marginal adventurer Super Moderator

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    BMW F800R, which I demoed at a BMW rally on a Saturday morning. Group ride, but at a pretty good pace. I just didn't get it. Sporting naked bike with motor that doesn't rev.

    Kawasaki Concours 1400. Handled far better than I anticipated, but the motor was electric smooth and total overkill. I think I used the first three gears. The BMW RT is as comfortable and a lot more fun to throw around and bang through gears. And 'bang' is pretty close description. :lol3
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  19. hugemoth

    hugemoth Long timer

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    +1. GL1000 boring on the highway, clunky in the corners, too little ground clearance to get to my favorite camp spots.

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  20. Tim_Tom

    Tim_Tom Been here awhile

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    Agreed on both. I rode one on a demo day with a full akrapovic exhaust, and while the noise was cool at idle, it didn't do anything for me at speed. Ergo's were wrong with my legs cramped, and I have short legs. Tank scoops and little fly screen felt cheap as hell and vibrated at all speeds.

    Crossed it off my interest list after the ride. Shame because I really wanted to like it.
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