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Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by davidji, Nov 18, 2012.
Test drove the Tenere for a couple of hours, for ever how much that is worth. Generally found the engine to be flat and uninspiring. Eventually bought a BMW GSA and have been very glad I did. I found it will fly straight line and in the twisties once I got the hang of it and like the fit and finish much better. The wind protection is excellent, the riding position comfortable and the ability to see above most of the traffic on that bike is an extra I hand't planned on.. That said, there's a big price difference between the two.
Cagiva Gran Canyon. Has to be one of the biggest disappointments I've owned. Spewed oil constantanty out of the air box even, pipes were ferraci and way too loud, underpowered Ducati 900SS engine and bottom shelf suspension.
Such a joy.
Most of you in the Americas will never get to ride an older, ergo friendly Transalp.
I'm older and fortunate, and have been bounced off enough to select and purchase one and ride one today. It's a great old man's bike.
Once you dial it on, it can still scare you a bit. Once you get in too deep and out of brakes, somehow it carries you through, stands you up, slaps you with "Ok, fool you made it". You exhale a deep sigh and physics sling you out the corner.
A couple of times, I've seen the old man Honda standing on the side of the road, hands together and bowing slightly.
He too walks with a limp.
And he mumbles something about better brakes.
A lot of "mediocre" bikes, very few great ones.
All my BMWs are clunky compared to this.
I always wanted an XS650 but when i got one and rode it that changed my mind, unbelievable vibration! So I sold it but now I wish I would have kept it, just for my collection.
Don't cha know; chicks dig vibrations between their legs.
Airheads. Yes, all of them...
Still remember the 1st test ride with an RS-faired R80 in mid-eighties... Had money in pocket to trade a GPz750 for it but after test ride rode quickly to Yamaha dealer and bought a FJ1100...
Then decade passed and I thought I was ready (or old enough...) for an Airhead so bought myself a R100RS, put in pieces during winter and rebuilt it. Tinkering was great, but ride next spring was not. Felt just as lousy as with R80 years earlier.
And then last winter bought another one, a R100RT. Fixed what was needed during winter again and when spring came disappointed again. Rode 100 km and traded it in autumn for a Husky Nuda 900...
Airheads are great bikes to restore and spend time with in garage, but on the road... *sigh*
Have also a K bike (and had them earlier also) and they are just opposite: no fun in building / servicing them but love to ride them.
DUDE!!! You have a NUDA 900!!!!? :huh I have lusted after that naked SM in magazines as we can't buy it over here... PLEASE submit a ride/owners report WITH pics as soon as possible!
Now THAT is a bike that met my expectations and went sky-high past them! No pics yet and garaged (Finnish winter here...) at dealer 200km from my place, but "story of the goodies" so far:
http://www.heikkil.net/nuda (yeah, in Finnish but click around to see the big pic... ).
OK. I've found that my Heinkel has always drawn attention any time I take it out.
Really a fine machine, and very practical if you're not in much of a hurry.
88 Harley 1200 Sportster,I bought it when the Harley craze was just starting about 90 and I'd never had a Harley so a friend wanted a bigger one so I bought it and sold it in about a year.I could ride it 20 miles and my hands would be numb from vibration and took a good way to stop.I did make a profit on it that was when everybody wanted a Harley and there was none you had to get on a waiting list.I put an ad in the paper and thought I was going to have to disconect my phone.It was not a real bad bike but too heavy and slow for me.
I hate my S10 because there is nothing to hate about it for an excuse to buy a new motorcycle. Any minor annoyance or perceived Tenere short coming is easilly modified....even ran out of good unecessary mods now!
F U yamaha.
No mention of the Royal Enfield or Ural in 28 pages? They must be great bikes (or deserve their own threads).
Nope, you just buy one with really low expectations...
CB700SC Honda Nighthawk S
Yeah, it looked awesome sitting still...fast looking.
Looked great on paper too as far as engineering went.
God that bike was boring to ride....wind buffeting, light switch powerband....just couldnt bond with that bike.
In retrospect, I've been that way with most Hondas Ive owned. Boring...
Looking back, Ive predominately owned and loved Yamahas.
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What am I, chopped liver?
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1) That's so 27 pages ago.
2) Pics, or it didn't happen.
Okay, I'll bite.
Enter the Royal Enfield Bullet EFI.
I bought one new in 2010 and within 8k miles the piston disintegrated while I was rolling along at 60mph on the highway. The speedo "jiggles" around while ridding. The header came unbolted from the head while riding down I-4. The stock TORPEDO pipe cracked behind where it mounted to the header from the vibration. Several short months after I had the bike back after the warranty covered the top end replacement the rear tube let loose while doing 60mph around the block, turns out there was a washer between the tube and tire that some 3rd world worker dropped in there during assembly and didn't give enough of a fuck to fish it out before mounting everything up :eek1 (Anybody notice a pattern here? They must be set to explode at 60mph ::huh)
It now sits in my garage with the rear wheel off for going on over 8 months now and I could not give two shits less if it rots where it is parked, It is still under warranty too.
Don't hold back, tell us what you REALLY think...