Bikes you love sooo much you just can't sell.

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by A.S.F., Nov 21, 2012.

  1. A.S.F.

    A.S.F. Adventurer

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    Just read through the "Bikes you didn't like" thread and thought some love stories would be fun to read.

    I'll start. I have a 2005 YELLOW sv650s that I have had since it was just a wee baby with 400 miles.
    I did my research and read reviews, it really sounded like the bike for me and boy-howdy was it!:raabia

    I love that thing and even though we've had great times together and I am ready to move on, I just can't.

    Even though polygamy always makes me feel like I'm neglecting one of them( which I do), I think she'll be with me for ever.......or until my son turns 16. I've got 6 years, I'll be ok with it by then. Right? :(:
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  2. lilsmokey

    lilsmokey Been here awhile

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    Well Im 16 now and I regret selling EVERY single bike I have ever owned. Up to now thats about 11. I have a sickening disease. It makes me sell what I have to buy what I dont. and that has left me in the shitter more than once.
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  3. hugemoth

    hugemoth Long timer

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    I have this thing about CX/GL500s. First time I saw one was 1978 when an older couple rode one into the Italian motorcycle shop where I was working. I was very impressed with the design but couldn't afford one. 15 years later I bought my first one and put 90,000 miles on it. Bought my second one then traded it for a GL1000 but it just didn't fit my needs and I always missed the 500. Recently bought a GL500 Interstate so I'm a happy man again. I'll have this one for a long long time.
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  4. Lomax

    Lomax Nanu-Nanu Adventurer

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    I also have regretted selling most of the bikes over the years BUT it has made it possible to have others and get more experiances. I know I will sell it one day but the one I have now that would be really hard to get rid of is my GB500. And yes I always regretted selling my mint 1974 Notron Commando. :cry And yea my R100RS LE might be a keeper until grave time. Heck I dont' know. :lol3

    Marc
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  5. HooliKen

    HooliKen Awesome is a flavor

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    My KTM Super Enduro just does something to me. I have owned many different bikes over the years.....but this one bike just makes me go YES!!!! I have spent more time making this bike "mine" and tweaking things, that most riders would not care abou,t that I could not let it go.
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  6. JOKER650

    JOKER650 Long timer

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    It's only been 4 years....but it's my daily transporter to work , fire road burner and bush bike.

    :tb When I first saw one..

    :happay When I first bough it.

    :raabia How I felt afer the first 1 km

    :gerg when I will give it to the kid

    :cry How I will feel when I can't ride any more

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  7. itsatdm

    itsatdm Long timer

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    I have one. No it is not a KLR
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    A 1995 KLX650c, purchased 7 years ago with only 2,900 miles on it. I like because a lot of people never heard of if and secondly it was a fairly modern bike as Japanese bikes go.

    I was told you could not get parts and there was no aftermarket. I guess if you buy your parts off the shelf that is true.

    This one has a big bore to 678cc. The 5 gal tank is one of the last batch of 15 before Acerbis broke the mold. The rear suspension is a combo of a shock off a 400DRZ coupled with a custom spring and shorter links from a 2010 Suzuki 250s. The ugly seat is one I made, but it fits my but pretty good. Fender and windscreen something I picked up along the way.

    It works pretty well with 11" travel in the front and 12" in the rear. I guesstimate power to the ground at 45hp if not a little more.

    The best part is it has a little of me in it.
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  8. Grreatdog

    Grreatdog Flamed out

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    How about bikes you love and hate so much you can't bring yourself to sell or junk? As in the third one in my signature. I bought it new the year they came out. It is both the first bike I loved and the first one I hated.

    I was young, all dual sports sucked then and I poured effort into it trying to make it work. The engine was heavily modified back in the day and it runs like an old 125 MX bike. But it still sucks in every way.

    I am not sure why I keep it. I wouldn't ride the POS on a dare. But for some reason I like having it in the garage. Maybe it is just the memory of being young.

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  9. arkansawyer

    arkansawyer Long timer

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    I bought my hawk gt new. It just makes me smile.
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  10. norther

    norther Mind=Yes Body=No

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    I want to sell my 1098. But every time I ride it I fall in love again.
    Damn Italian bitch!!!
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  11. Angry Wookie

    Angry Wookie Running On Fumes

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    My 2001 Honda CBR 929. I bought it new and have been in love with it ever since. I use to work for a motorcycle dealer so I had lots of opportunities to ride all sorts of bikes but none has ever put a smile on my face like the CBR. Unfortunately knee problems won't let me ride that style of bike for very long anymore. It has basically sat in my garage for the last three years but every time I start to think about selling it something in me says no. I keep hoping that by next summer I'll have enough time and money to do track days so I can actually get that bike out doing what it loves to do. Of course I've been saying that for about three years so who knows :rofl
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  12. fastdadio

    fastdadio Still gettin faster

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    For me, it's my Sportster. I have the 1200cc "sport" model. I've had a number of road bikes before this one. A couple 70's era BMW's, several liter class IL4's from the rising sun. Yada, yada. But this bike is very different from the rest. Every time I ride it, I just laugh at how fun it is. Very easy bike to live with. Bought it new in the fall of 98. After 13 years of ownership, I just can't grow tired or bored of it. Most of my riding hours are spent on dual sports, including my daily commute to work. Other bikes will come and go through the stable, but this one stays for good.
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  13. Chris618

    Chris618 Been here awhile

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    950sm. Never ride it, keep saying I should sell it, but one ride changes my mind.

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  14. Bigger Al

    Bigger Al Still a stupid tire guy

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    I can attest that he hauls ass on it, too. :deal



    I've had my BMW R90 since 1994. It's been in my family since 1977, and is the first bike that I ever got to ride on when I was a kid. It's also the only bike on which I was able to win any road races. The odometer is very close to 300K miles, but it might take some time to get there. I bought a DL1000 this Summer, and the power is a bit more intoxicating than the Airhead. :lol3

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  15. Turkeycreek

    Turkeycreek Gringo Viejo

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    I miss my Triumph Bonneville America. It was never the right bike for me, a raked out cruiser. But just like the girl that was never right for you, it is the one you miss the most.

    The prev. owner chromed it out, I thought it was a bit over the top when I first saw it but I grew to appreciate the way it made the Cardinal Red paint job pop and the way it reflected the blue skies of Colorado. I rode it to Mexico and it wallowed in the water crossings and the sand but never let me down. When I decided to move to Mexico full time, I knew I could not keep her. My Triumph Tiger Girlie is a better choice for Mexican roads but Bonny was my best girl


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  16. O.C.F.RIDER

    O.C.F.RIDER Loose nut behind h/bars

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    #1........
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    When this one goes up for sale, it means that I've gone on to that big bike shop in the sky. Call Sue for asking price!

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    This thing is the most fun I ever had with all my clothes on! It's the bike I was dreaming of 30 years ago.

    All the others? They all have a price.
    I suppose the above 2 do also, it's just that for the MV, NOBODY would give me what it would take for me to part with it, and the 950 I'd also be asking more then it's worth.
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  17. Aussijussi

    Aussijussi Long timer

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    I've had the 990adv, longer than any other ride, perfect for my needs. Still, it's going to be very interesting to test the new 1190adv:D
    I won't be able to afford it though, no matter how good it might be, 150 neddies, that is some serious go!
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  18. orangebear

    orangebear Long timer

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    well my dad has a royle endfeild 750 constellation he got back 40 years ago and will never sell it.

    plus a 06 ktm 990 in black he got new and loves.




    i hope i wont see a klr 650 on. as i use to have one and left the keys in it when i parked up hoping it would go but never did finaly sold it at a loss
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  19. coppertop

    coppertop occasional meanderthal

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    Bought it new in 1982. A couple of other bikes have come and gone since, but this one is THE one. It's kind of funny how the perceptions of others have changed over the years. Was it referred to as "rubber cow" back in the early 80's?
    I may do the gold valve emulators in the front forks one of these days, but even as is, there is something about this bike that just *fits*.
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  20. KX50002

    KX50002 NooB, my ass

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    I'm 42, I've been riding since I was 5, and wish I still had every bike I've ever owned, I miss them all.
    But the one bike I will NEVER sell is my 1973 Z1, it was my Dad's and sitting on it is almost like having him here with me again.
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