Bikes you must own at least once

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Jimmy the Heater, Apr 26, 2013.

  1. kraven

    kraven Hegelian Scum

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    Yeah, it's a real treat to ride an old Triumph/BSA that's in a good state of tune. They float down the road like an old Cadillac.
    Definitely an experience everyone should have or own at least once.

    I'm sort of anti-airhead since I owned an R100RS years ago that was a pain in the arse. I don't feel like they bring a lot to the table, but I allow that a tonne of people like them and I cut my teeth on Japanese L4's like the 650 and 750 Nighthawks, Radians, and even the Jap V4 stuff, as well as my love/hate Ducati.
    So, pay my eye rolling at the airhead no mind. It's a fine motorcycle and probably is requisite for someone to own and ride at least once.
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  2. chippertheripper

    chippertheripper motorcycle junkie

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    Yeah, but there's not a tree or a rock in sight. Just soft, pillowy sand and sunshine.
    Anybody can twist it and go straight.

    My only must have (again) bike is the lc4 400.
    I did everything with that little slut, and it's the only bike I regret selling.

    The sv650 is pretty just right. Especially with some suspension help.
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  3. Jimmy the Heater

    Jimmy the Heater Tilting the Horizon

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    Gonna have to disagree on that one. I've put 17k on mine and will pick it over my Ninja 500, BMW K1200, and SV1000 for the smiles that it puts on my face.

    Every time I ride it, I'm constantly amazed that it can do what it does.

    Commute, sure. Did a 3500 mile trip on mine, did fine. 2 up, yes it doesn't like it, but it does it. Want to race? They have a 250 class at most tracks and this dominates.

    A beginner bike and nothing more to me says that an advanced rider will find no use for this bike whatsoever. Any bike that can accomplish the above is far from beginner only.
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  4. bogieboy

    bogieboy Been here awhile

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    Man 60 some posts and not even a mention for a kawasaki ke100?!?! I would put that above the honda 70-110 category, even though i learned to ride on a xl75, i like my ke100 much more... Its a real fun little bike, great on trails, albiet less powerful than most bikes, that makes it much easier to handle...
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  5. mmod

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    83 GS 1100E for me. I have had it since 1987 and although it wont keep up with the super bikes of today it still makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up with over 40,000 on her. At 53 years old I think it's time to get out of the power thing and get a 650 v Strom for more laid back rides with the wife. If I sell it I'm sure I will miss it.
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  6. dirtydeeds

    dirtydeeds I'm alive.

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    While we're talking big bore 2 strokes, I think the KTM550 is a real sweet ride. Much nicer than the CR500 or YZ490. I've had all 3 of them. The 550 is the one I won't/haven't sold.

    And a +1 to the KE100! The next step up from that is a Yami DT200 - if you can find one.

    Edit: Since we're in Road Warriors; lets add the RZ350.
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  7. WeazyBuddha

    WeazyBuddha Carbon-Based Humanoid

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    I suspect this is spot on, i've never ridden one but I strongly suspect they'd be great fun as would a Honda CBR250R. This is especially on my mind as I just picked up a WR250R and that thing is a blast, it's a different tool than my GS but it is lots and lots of fun.

    How 'bout the Honda ATC, has it been mentioned? That's the first "motorcycle" type contraption I rode and it put a big grin on my face.

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  8. caryder

    caryder Been here awhile

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    Falls into must ride category since difficult to obtain. Suzuki gamma 500 or RD500.

    A tuned ported chambered RZ350 can be a substitute but not a replacement.

    KTM RC8, I think as iconic as any modern Ducati, but any 916 on up as well.

    Modern GSXR750. Falls into the "just right" category for most of us mortals as a track day bike.

    Any Moto Guzzi sport model.

    Any Triton.

    Maico 501. Pre long travel suspension, CR500 like power.

    Really any open class 2-stroke.

    A Buell XB or tube frame.

    Honda CBX.
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  9. dirtydeeds

    dirtydeeds I'm alive.

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    Oh yeah!
    I keep an old 350X around for giggles!
    The 250R was fun as well. They took a bit of work to ride, though.
    I have a Big Red on my cousins farm, too. That's where they belong. Or skidding the odd deer out of the bush.

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  10. Trane Francks

    Trane Francks Been here awhile

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    I'll add the final iteration of the air-cooled RDs. I had a '79 Daytona Special and it was GLORIOUS. Within the first two blocks of ownership, it tried to wheelie me over backwards and I ended up dragging my toes along the ground for a good 20-30 metres before the hand of God pushed the bars down and enabled me to climb back on the bike without crashing.

    We got off to that crazy start and it just got better and better. What a ride. Twenty-plus years later, I still feel like a 'tard for selling it. Paying rent is so overrated.
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  11. oalvarez

    oalvarez Resident Raggamuffin

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    a pain in the as$ to own but so much fun to ride...an Aprilia SXV 550

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  12. Mountain Cruiser

    Mountain Cruiser Banned

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    HD Road King. Everyone should own a Road King at least once.



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  13. Domromer

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    Everyone must own a klr, only then will you be taught the secret handshake.
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  14. Moonshiner

    Moonshiner aka "B-dog"

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    2 stroke street bike, like an RD250/RD350/RD400 or one of the Kawi triples. It's quite an experience, and one everyone should have once.

    2 stroke enduro, i.e. something from the Yamaha DT line, or perhaps a Honda Elsinore. Great fun.

    I have, and ride almost daily, a '77 BMW R100RS. BMW airheads are a unique experience, for sure, and I love mine, but "must own"? I dunno, back in the day, I never really thought I'd ever want one. You need to be the right person for an airhead, IMHO, but just about anybody could have fun on the other bikes I mentioned above.
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  15. Speedo66

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    Honda 305 Superhawk, the biggest, baddest Japanese bike at the time. Basically put the Brit bike industry out of business. Electric start, leak free, reliable, and would do the ton.

    Airhead, just puts highway miles beneath you like a never ending carpet. The valves clicking are the only noise you'll hear.

    Kaw H-3 2-sroke 750 triple. Because it's fun to watch your life pass before your very eyes.

    H-D Shovelhead XLCR Cafe Sportster. Fast, handled (for a Harley), first with triple discs. The pieces falling off this bike are of the finest American quality.

    Suzuki SV650, probably the best balance of engine, handling, etc. ever. I'd buy another first gen in a second.

    Kaw W650, everything you ever wanted in a classic Brit bike with none of the hassles.
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  16. Chisenhallw

    Chisenhallw Avowed Pussbag

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    I've narrowed it down to 'earth'. Or 'Baltimore'.
    I had a 1979 GS650G - I *loved* that bike. Still ticked I had to give it up.

    I still think any of the GSXR line, approached respectfully, is a 'must-own' for any dedicated motorcyclist.
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  17. WeazyBuddha

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    Honda Elsinore

    Honda 305 Superhawk

    :drif

    How 'bout the modern superhawk, I came "this" close to picking up one of those

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  18. Mash3d

    Mash3d Adventurer

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    An old Royal Enfield 500 Iron head.
    17 HP, drum brakes, Lucas Coil, old school carb, points and just fast enough to hurt yourself on but not fast enough to go anywhere fast.
    Becuse every one needs a real apperciation of how easy they have it with modern motorcycles :)
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  19. Skowinski

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    A Suzuki Hayabusa (have).

    A mid-90's Ducati 900SS (want).
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  20. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze Long timer

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    hmmm, I'm starting to think I have owned a bunch of boring bikes. :lol3 If any bike can be considered boring.

    I'm gonna say any big metric cruiser. It's a relaxing ride, but has the punch to leave the 4 wheel traffic sucking wind. Mike mine an M109R, please.

    Honda NC700X. I haven't ridden one, but I would sure like to own one. Very user friendly, well balanced, ergos are perfect, and it's got that fantastic storage area. What's not to like?

    Honda GL1800. Take it down your favorite curvy road and prepare to be amazed. Great handling, luxurious, and power to burn.

    V-Max. Pay for your funeral first.

    Kawasaki Ninja 1000 = because I just need to know what it's like to ride something so competent.

    Motus - need I say more?
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