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. nukemm

    nukemm Been here awhile

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    My KLR650. I hate this bike so much because it is so mediocre, but I love this bike so much because it does 90% of what I want it to do; for the other 10% I have my DRZ400S. It is slow for a motorcycle, but still accelerates fast enough to get around traffic. It vibrates a bit and my butt goes numb after ~2 hours in the saddle, but by then I am close enough to reserve to warrant a fill up. It is ugly, but I live in an apartment complex and can sleep well at night without even so much as a disc lock on the bike. It chews up rear tires, but the pace is about right as it allows for a good road tire in the winter and a good DS tire for the rest of the year. It needs constant love to stay in tip-top shape (chain maintenance, checking oil, going through fasteners to keep from shedding parts, etc.) but that gives me something to do when I'm not riding (and doesn't really take that much time). Everything about this bike is less than spectacular, but I got it in pristine condition with 17 months remaining on the warranty for less than half of the cost of a decent F800GS.
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  2. Ceri JC

    Ceri JC UK GSer

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    I just sold my black 2004 SV650s. I owned it since new, 50K on the clock and things started going wrong with it too often at a time in my life I couldn't spend the time or money to be fixing it constantly, so I bought a new bike. It sat on stands in my garage for 3.5 years, where it developed an oil leak. I kept on thinking I'd do it up, but decided I wanted the garage space and got rid of it. It was still a hard decision and I have a lot of fond memories of it.
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  3. jesse v

    jesse v Motorcyclist

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    When I read your title, my wife's "01 SV650 come to mind. Glad to hear you had the same idea! Hahaha...

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    I really feel like this is going to be a collector bike some day, similar to Honda CB's and the like.
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  4. anotherguy

    anotherguy unsympathetic

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    I stopped selling them about 25 years ago. Quit buying them 8 years ago.
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  5. kimber45

    kimber45 I'm over it.

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    well i made the mistake of selling mine.

    my xt225.

    little dam thing did nothing but try to please. who cares it wasn't the "best" at any one thing it would give it the best it could. which was usually a pretty good dammed attempt.

    i will own another one day but for now i'm looking for a nice little tdub.:)
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  6. Megamoto

    Megamoto Yes, I do look like this.

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    Daisy............. I'll need a big plot to fit us both in.

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  7. nukemm

    nukemm Been here awhile

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    What is that thing?
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  8. Aussijussi

    Aussijussi Long timer

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    Dr Big
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  9. Aussijussi

    Aussijussi Long timer

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    Should've kept the Norton Commando 850, i had back in 73!
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  10. Beamer Bum

    Beamer Bum Been here awhile

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    My 1968 R60/US. I bought it in 1992 to fix up and sell to make some cash. I fell in love riding it home and it will only be for sale when I die. (maybe):evil

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  11. Frostback

    Frostback Frostback

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    Yamaha SR500. One of the last carb and kick start only middle sized road bikes. Been running for a few years with a dead battery now.

    Lee
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  12. Ginger Beard

    Ginger Beard I have no soul

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    My 2003 KLX300r that I bought new in Dec 2002. I keep telling myself that I am going to sell it and get something new like a WR250r but I never seem to be able to pull the "for sale" trigger. I have told myself that when the engine decides that it needs a major overhaul I will part with it. The problem with that is that the fugger has over 43k miles and still runs great plus I have already been pricing rebuild parts. They will probably bury me with the damn thing!! :lol3
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  13. HOT DAMN!

    HOT DAMN! ♪ ♪ ♪

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    Like the gents above, it took my first ride to decide that this bike will never, ever be for sale. No matter how bad it kicks my ass sometimes. :lol3

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  14. bikeridermark

    bikeridermark Long timer

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    Yep, SR500, had it for prolly 20 years.

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  15. PhilB

    PhilB Long timer

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    My Ducati M900 Monster -- I bought it new when they first came out in 1993, and have been riding it daily for 19 years and over 200K miles so far.

    My 1960 Heinkel scooter -- it's just too cool, and I have had a lot of great times and stories on it.

    PhilB

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  16. SteelJM1

    SteelJM1 Undercover KTM rider

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    My '07 SV1000

    Gravitationally customized. Twice :D

    Back when I first got her;

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    Now;

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    Yeah she's ugly and not worth much, not the fastest or best handling, but I love this bike. Will always keep it, no matter how many times I need to duct tape it back together.
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  17. BanjoBoy

    BanjoBoy Been here awhile

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    Wut, is it napping? :dunno
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  18. go4mini

    go4mini Been here awhile

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    I have my 1972 R60/5 that I bought in 1973 with about 1000 miles on it. Rode it all over NE USA with my girlfriend/wife. Actually thought about selling it several times over the years. My best friend told me he'd buy it, and sell it back to me when I came to my senses. I never did sell it. A year or so ago I told my son that it's his. He wants to cafe it. Told him he can do anything he wants to it, as long as it's bolt on, and he saves what he takes off, in case he ever wants to return it to origional/stock. He's OK with that. Lots of good memories with that bike.:thumbup
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  19. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    I can't part with my 1983 Honda XL600R.

    I swapped out the front rim for an 18" hoop (on stock hub) for a semi-supermoto conversion. I used Kenda K761 tires for the street. I sold it to a friend for a year, with the stipulation that I get first dibs if he ever sold it, and that is exactly what I did. After riding the heavy Aprilia Dorsoduro off road for a year, the XL feels like a lightweight trail bike now. Now that I have the "big" Aprilia SM, I have DOT knobbies on the XL; D606 rear, MT21 front. I also added a whole bunch of teeth to the rear sprocket, so it really climbs now. I missed the bike for the entire year it was away, so I can't see myself selling it again.

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  20. ttpete

    ttpete Rectum Non Bustibus

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    I commuted on one of those, an '83, for 10 years. Ran a Metzler Lazer 21" front and usually a Bridgestone Battlax on the rear. The Metzler was originally made for Harley springers. I used full synthetic oil because the dino stuff didn't hold up well under the high temperature it ran at. After 1500 miles, the engine would get a bit rattly, and with the synthetic it was still OK at 3000.
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