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

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

  1. PAULIBIKER

    PAULIBIKER Been here awhile

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    Thanks for reminding me.............

    SV1000 Naked

    Owned many SV650 naked's and love them all. Thought the 1000 would be more of a good thing and boy was I wrong. Goofy ergos, tried 2 different seats, bars, pegs, & 3 different bar risers and never did get comfortable. It had a thump/vibration that had my hands numb within a few miles. It was only maybe 50-60lbs heavier than my 650, but it felt like over 100lbs more. Knew within 1 week that I made a huge mistake. It was however a roll-on king, it would leave my buddies ZRX1200 for died.
  2. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze Long timer

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    BMW R1100RL. I always wanted a BMW, and finally ran across this one used, with low miles at a price that fit my budget,

    It was low on power, and the tranny felt like it had rocks in it. I was glad to get rid of it.
  3. cug

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    The question wasn't "Which bike hates you most" ... :lol3
  4. acap650

    acap650 acap650

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    I know this will be considered blasphemy by some but I really don't like riding my R80ST as much as I should. Maybe it's the controls, maybe it's the ergos, it just pains me to ride it. I do like the sound and feel of the engine and really like looking at it but my body is much happier on one of my newer asian machines.

    Not to worry airhead followers, I still have it and will keep trying to make it better (until I run out of money or patience). :baldy

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  5. ShardPhoenix

    ShardPhoenix Наглый ублюдок

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    My first and currently only bike... Suzuki S40

    Not that I hate it or anything, but after spending a year with it I'm not as enamored as I was the day I brought it home. Learned that I'm just not a cruiser guy. Want a more standard riding position and something that's better suited for heading off of paved roads.

    If I had the means to get a new bike tomorrow, it would be a hard battle between a Ural, BMW G650GS or a Ulysses.
  6. hankgs

    hankgs Long timer

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    You might want to look at a used 1100GS, 1995-99...Great bikes IMO :deal
  7. FlowBee

    FlowBee Just me.

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    While we're on this topic ... I took the bike well into the triple digits many times on I64 north of Evansville IN when I lived there. The bike did this very well. In fact, one afternoon I rode out east of town and wound it up to about 150 on the interstate. Other than dodging minivans there was no drama. Smooth. Settled. ... and boring. Dangerously boring. This bike made deadly, "throw me in jail and impound the bike" speeds outright boring. That day I realized the XX was useless in America - even in west Texas. It was meant for the Autobahn, not the USA. I traded it the next week for something with a lot more character that made 60mph feel like 60mph.
  8. GuinnesS

    GuinnesS Been here awhile

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    R1200GS :bore I was so excited about the release of this bike back in April of 04. I had my order in early and was the first to get their's when the dealer finally received them. Having previously owned several incarnations of the airheads this was to be my first 'modern' beemer.
    Even though it outperformed the airhead GS's in almost every way it was still somehow less than the some of it's parts. I owned this bike 6 months, put 9k miles on it and sold it the very week I first tried a 950 Adventure. The KTM ended up being so much more than what I had hoped the hex-GS would be. I ended up owning 3 950's but somehow never got the same love for the 990's.
    Strangest thing of all is that I now have an R1200R:rofl
  9. mattoid1

    mattoid1 Been here awhile

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    2009 KLR, wanted a second bike, live four miles from pavement and thought it would be a great buy. Put 1500 miles on it and sold it. The original tires were squirly as hell on wet pavement, and wet gravel roads were worse. I do have a 2011 E-glide ultra and have more fun on that bike than I can believe. It's taken me all over the midwest, from Idaho to North Carolina, in comfort and with a radio.

    Edit: I did try adjusting the pressure in the tires, but couldn't find a happy and secure place, maybe it's me.
  10. ShardPhoenix

    ShardPhoenix Наглый ублюдок

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    Looked. Didn't find much, which is probably a good thing since it's going to be awhile before I could even afford to spend $5,000 on a used bike. (going off of the median price I was seeing on the few I found)

    Besides, I think if I was going to get a big GS, I'd save the pennies and pick up a sorted, used R1200GS :deal
  11. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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    I wanted a Guzzi California for years...
    Finally got a clean 2000 Bassa variant in 2010. Put 10,000 miles on it over a year and a half...
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    ...and decided that we prefer this kind of touring:
    [​IMG]

    The Californias are great bikes. My body has just become accustomed to the sportier seating of my other Guzzis...
  12. dmac57

    dmac57 Long timer

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    R1200R.

    By every estimation, a great bike. Good handling, reasonably light, great gas mileage, reasonably nice looking. Practically speaking, probably a better bike for me at my size than the GS. But even after spending a full week on one on three separate occasions, it just doesn't raise my pulse even a tick. It's as close to a modern Honda as a BMW motorcycle gets, and for me that means boring.

    Apologies to the R12R owners and fans.
  13. orangebear

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    my dad who is 5.7 look at the 12gs and found the seat was to high and the max weight to much for him. he then got a ktm 990 adv in 06 and loves it:D the seat is a wee bit to high as he has to stand on the legs to get on. but found the weight to be better and love using it 2up. i am the same i would not go near the 12gs with a 10foot poll.
  14. SnappNBrrap

    SnappNBrrap Been here awhile

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    thats why i was disappointed with it. it goes great and pulls well up to about 65-70 mph and then its about done. it runs out of gear in 5th and i doubt it could pull a 6th if it had one.
  15. SnappNBrrap

    SnappNBrrap Been here awhile

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    I dont even want to ride modern hondas for that very reason. if honda makes a bike, somebody else makes one that's comparable, and most likely cheaper, that is far more interesting/exciting. or the hondas that are OK-ish are just fugly.
  16. Mr. Canoehead

    Mr. Canoehead Taste Gunnels!

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    Honda has become the Toyota of the motorcycle world. Mr. Honda is rolling over in his grave. :cry
  17. Snizz

    Snizz two wheel enthusiast

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    I ordered a 1999 Buell X1 from aafes when I was stationed in Germany, picked it up in Colorado Springs. In the 3500 miles that I owned it, it blew the rear shock, primary chain tensioner grenaded the primary cover, exhaust studs in the head snapped off, crankshaft end broke off on the left side, and the drive belt snapped. Dealer at Pikes Peak Harley voided my warranty because of a slip on can..bastards.. I am aware now of the magnusson moss act, and would have fought them tooth and nail had I known better.. Its too bad, because it was my first time purchasing anything brand new, and army soldiers dont get payed shit.

    Just a little side story.. when my primary exploded, I was on a day ride with a buddy, and I stopped in a dive bar while he rode back to get the trailer. It just so happened that the Avalanche hockey team was in the stanley cup and the bar was giving out free triple shots of house tequila with every Avalanche score..i think they scored 5 goals, i was both pissed and shitfaced..but at least got a story out of it..

    I did enjoy the bike while it ran though, and the sound of that carbon fiber muffler was purely orgasmic..
  18. ninepeaks9

    ninepeaks9 Been here awhile

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    Excellent point. I wish I had seen this or similar thread before going thru many of my previous bikes. This is perfect thread to come and find out the "not so good" side of bikes and do the process of elimination and get to your bike of choice. By that I mean the bike with the "no so good" sides that you decide you can live with. I think I found mine after going thru about a dozen. Time will tell...:1drink

  19. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze Long timer

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    '99 Kawasaki Concours, that I already owned. There was nothing wrong with it really, but I had just come off a test ride of the ZZR1200. After that, the Concours felt like it barely had a motor at all.

    But the Concours was a great bike. I kept it for 8 years and put 100,000 miles on it. Still running strong when I sold it.
  20. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze Long timer

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    oh yeah, way back in the day, I had a Honda MT-125 for a little while. Pretty bike, fun to ride around town, but it couldn't pull a string out of a cat's ass. I bought it with about 300 miles on it, and sold it with about 500 miles on it..