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

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

  1. b1pig

    b1pig Been here awhile

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    only bike i ever had that i discovered i didn't like?

    '84 VF750F Interceptor i bought off a coworker for $700. $40 in ebay parts and 4 hours, i had it running and riding. a $60 complete carb set (swapping the front diaphragms out of my rear pair) and it purred like a kitten.

    it rode ok. sounded good. had very good power....

    but the riding position was crap. legs tucked up, but forward. bars stretched out to far to the front. didn't fit me. seat height was uncomfortable with the pegs. rode it till i got my ZX7 and sold it for $1200. :freaky
  2. live2offroad

    live2offroad Been here awhile

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    2001 Suzuki Bandit 1200...

    I thought I would love that thing.. But in the end it was heavy and boring.
  3. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    I had a 91 VFR,it wallowed in corners,took too long to do a simple oil change,odd seating position,too much bodywork in general and brittle to boot. It looked and sounded neat and was sold quickly.
  4. davidji

    davidji bike curious

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    Have you tried lowering the pegs? Also if you need to slide back further, there's a Terry Adcox flat seat (not mine):
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/54181788@N06/sets/72157630244363554/
  5. dirtdreamer50

    dirtdreamer50 long time rider

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    I used peg lowers on an ER6N, and it made a world of difference. Had a Corbin seat and it was only a slight improvement.

    www.ninja650shop.com/ Check with these guys and see if the lowers they have will work on the Versys. Almost bought a Versys, but got a Duke 690, instead. Great bike, but much more expensive, than the Kawi.
  6. dmac57

    dmac57 Long timer

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    You know, the only bike I'd gigged on this thread was the CBR929RR, which I actually owned. I've spent about 2-3K miles on an R1200R. Nice motorcycle. Light enough, powerful enough, with the OE bags, plenty of capacity, and room for a passenger. But about as stirring and engaging as flat Coke. Nice to look at, but not to marry.

    Sigh.
  7. HotChilliColdBeer

    HotChilliColdBeer Human Swizzle Stick

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    Bought it new. LOVED that motorcycle.

    Too bad it was an unreliable piece of JUNK. It got to the point of not trusting it enough for the 8 mile commute to work. Let alone going anywhere.

    Off-loaded it after 5 thousand miles. Kinda sad, cause there is a lot of good about those things.




    Charlie
  8. Cat0020

    Cat0020 El cheapo

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    What was unreliable about the Stelvio?
    what broke?
    why did it break?
  9. Mordgier

    Mordgier Adventurer

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    Triumph Sprint ST 1050.

    I loved the bike when it ran right. Sadly it did not do so all that often.
    Coolant hoses poped off and bulged. Rear axle bearings dried up and failed. Bike was an unbearable furnace in 90F+ weather even in full leathers. Getting it started in the cold was a chore. The fuel gauge would stop working in the cold as well. Right heated grip stopped working. Sometimes the engine would stall when cutting the throttle. All this in less than 16k miles.

    I loved riding the bike. I hated the clueless dealers, expensive parts with long wait time (5 weeks for wheel bearings).
  10. Levert

    Levert Been here awhile

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    74 CZ250,wow,ugly loud and it at the time was fast, it vibrated,leaked and it hated people,me especially\
    H1 kawa,when the gods allowed for the 1% it all works it was all grins, most of the time I had my hand up its arse.
    84 GS1150EF, motor galour!!, Electrics by Mr Bean, no ohms law regard made you hate.
    ST4S, probably not really bad.. but I thought it was going to be Sophia Loren with some Shaquira. It always liked to remind you how brilliant Italians are and how they dont car what you think. Because adjusting valves on both sides and making excuses up for why everything is not working is normal.
    97 KTM 300, I had a CR500 for years, it was fun. The KTM had two sides , one , the motor was only tuned for off and on, so in between number 2,the seat could gnaw your rectum off.
    and it seized a lot, no oil in any mixture whatsoever could stop it from exploding.It never imploded.

    To all you hypermotard haters, sham on you for your foul hatred and bold faced lies:D
  11. 996DL

    996DL Buell me

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    Best thread response so far Levert ! :photog

    I'm hoping you're happy with your present mount ? :wink:

    996DL
  12. corndog67

    corndog67 Banned

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    I bought an XR650l. Big bore, high compression. HRC cam. Ported and valve job by XRs Only, so I knew it was done right. 17in. Wheels. It had been lowered by some real suspension guys, so I knew that was right too. Carrillo rod and the crank was built by Falicon. The engine was done right and for high dollars. It worked OK. It wasn't dog slow, but it wasn't fast either. It cornered OK. But the bike was disappointing to me overall. When cold, the carburetion sucked.
    When hot, it sucked also. In the middle, it was perfect. The high compression made it ping on most premium gas, and coupled with the big bore kit, if it didn't start immediately, the battery would drag down and die. I push started it more than a few times at gas stations and stores..

    I traded it for a low miles Sportster, which was a piece of shit, but that's a whole 'nother story.
  13. Gramp-Z

    Gramp-Z Been here awhile

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    Let me start back in 1976 , bought a Z-1 900 after reading all the magazine reports . It was a 75' with 6,000 miles on it . All broke in so WFO on the way home , speedo would only get to about 140 . Also where was that power surge that would rip my arms off ? Don't get me wrong , I liked it and went way to fast for brakes , tires and headlight . Next letdown was a 1986 Aspencade Goldwing . Wasn't as smooth as my V-45 Sabre and was about as fun as a two wheeled motorhome . Damn thing was so wide my bad hip hurt like hell on even a modest ride . And fuel mileage as good as any dump truck . My Wee Strom is pretty damn good except for the buffeting . Tried "the bracket" and 4 different windshield and 2 different helmets . First bike in 43 years of riding that I have to wear ear plugs for any length of road trip . After having 3 V-45 Sabres and one V-65 I am a ruined man . Strom is first non belt or shaft bike in 29 years . Where is my 500cc V-4 Adventure bike with bulletproof shaft drive ? And under 400 lbs without 25" of suspension travel (my ass is only 30" from the ground) . Thinking I need to convert my last Sabre over to FI and trade the WeeStrom in on a DR200 for the off pavement stuff .
  14. Lornce

    Lornce Lost In Place

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  15. TheEpicEngine

    TheEpicEngine Adv Storyteller

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    That's an interesting seat, may consider it if hadn't sunk $$$ in a Corbin. I have not lowered the pegs but, to be honest, I'm over the bike. That being said, I'd recommend buying one to a (average size) friend in a heartbeat.
  16. mojave

    mojave Been here awhile

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    My big disappointment was a gorgeous 2005 R1100S Boxer Cup Replika. It oozed build quality, full Ohlins, pretty rare, I thought it VERY good looking for a BMW, It worked ... just fine. But I just couldn't get comfy on it. No amount of moving controls made it a more than 1-2 hour bike. The engine also had that strange oilhead shimmy that was fine on the R1150GS I had but was a little irritating on this bike.

    I sold it gladly and not long after bought a clean 2001 Sprint RS for $2,500 (!) that was superior to the BCR in every way. I only sold it (to a friend) as I ended up having a three level cervical fusion back in Nov. I'm recovering from that well and considering buying the RS back. The friend liked it a lot but got a Tiger 955i for the better pillion perch. BTW, I converted the RS to regular bars for comfort.
  17. CheesyRider

    CheesyRider Been here awhile

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    FJR. I really liked it at first, but now I fear that I'll fall asleep when riding it. I've discovered that I'd rather ride long distances on a less comfortable bike with lighter weight and more power.
  18. dirtdreamer50

    dirtdreamer50 long time rider

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    Got the perfect ride for you, then. KTM Duke 690. Depending on the year 65-70 HP and a dry wt of 327-330 lbs. Naked, basically a supermoto with a larger tank and a seat that isn't an MX board.

    Total blast to ride and 55-60 mpg. And It isn't a comfortable bike for long trips. You'll never go to sleep on it, for sure. Find some twisties along the way and be totally blessed with the riding experience.
  19. dmac57

    dmac57 Long timer

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    It's funny that you'd say that. I'm considering a "sport tourer," with the stipulation that it be outfitted for two-up. I keep remembering that in the 2010 sport tourer comparison in MCN, that the R1200GS pack mule bike (not officially in the test) was the testers' favorite.
  20. Blue&Yellow

    Blue&Yellow but orange inside...

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    BMW K1200R

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    Wow I thought - this is going to be an awesome ride! BMW naked with +160bhp! Wow!

    Then I actually rode it and found that the engine is powerful but very unrefined - there is a coarseness about it. Like if tar-sand was used to lubricated the engine. Neither does it sound anything special, it's stupidly powerful and that's about it.

    And I found that while the chassi is rock solid stable at all times it's so un-precise and un-flickable that it more about following the corners than actually placing yourself in them and hitting apexes. The bike feels "wide" when you ride it - that's the best way I can describe it.

    Overall the bike is very "un-playful" - it's slow turning, slow to flick and a very hard bike to wheelie on, above my skill level anyway. I think stoppies would be hard as well - would probably just push the front wheel.

    So - yeah, it looked like it was going to be a hoot but once I got over the arm wrenching acceleration there wasn't a single thing I really liked about the bike.

    At the end of the day I remembered having more fun riding 30 years old thumpers than this bike - not a very good outcome.