Bikes you must own at least once

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

  1. plugeye

    plugeye mc caregiver

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    haha.
    i dont want to own anything, using is a different story
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  2. MariusD

    MariusD Been here awhile

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    If you enjoy a good power enduced adrenaline rush, must get seat time on these two:

    ZX14
    Triumph R3
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  3. caryder

    caryder Been here awhile

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    I currently own a 1976 RD400C w/ stage 2 setup. Bought new and road raced a1975 RD350 as a teen and early 20's. Always wanted a Gamma. Suppose it's a "grass is always greener" kind of thing.


    Chuck
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  4. caryder

    caryder Been here awhile

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    I own a NC700X. It's a great bike with great economy, but I wouldn't put it in a must own or must ride category. It's just a really sensible motorcycle for everyday riding.

    Mention of the Aprilia SM bikes, certainly on the wish list as well as a Hypermotard.


    Chuck
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  5. Trane Francks

    Trane Francks Been here awhile

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    I think it's quite likely that anything in the must ride/must own camp will not feature "sensible" as an attribute. :wink:
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  6. caryder

    caryder Been here awhile

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    Exactly!


    Chuck
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  7. squish

    squish Out of the office.

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    My list...

    in no order
    Laverda SFC
    Ducati 900SS in both belt and bevel head
    Ducati 916
    BMW R100RS
    HD 1200 sporty
    Manx Norton
    Triton
    CB750F in Freddie colors
    Eddie Lawson Replica
    CB750Sohc
    S90
    NT650
    GB500
    Lemon MkI
    Ural 2wd Hack (in orange camo)
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  8. Trane Francks

    Trane Francks Been here awhile

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    CB750F Spencer replica (not colours, but a proper period race bike for the street, tuned down so it won't grenade itself every 3 blocks)

    Ducati Sport 1000 (sex on wheels)

    Guzzi Daytona 1000 (or, were I thick in the wallet, MGS-01 for track day)

    RZ500 (always wanted one, never even got a ride *SOB*)

    Oh, and +1 on the ELR. The original 1000 was THE ultimate Kawasaki superbike for me.
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  9. RickS

    RickS Been here awhile

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    No order

    79 CBX with 6X1 pipes
    Honda trail 90
    Honda 350F
    Kz900 with kirker
    Ducati 900ss/sp
    Triumph t120tt
    Any Harley
    Kawasaki 500 and 750 triples (first year hell yea)
    KLR 650 ( just to keep one humble)
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  10. Chisenhallw

    Chisenhallw Avowed Pussbag

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    I kinda disagree with this. You should own a sensible bike only to contrast with something...less :evil sensible.
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  11. kuuud

    kuuud n00b

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    Any 6 cylinder Beemer
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    1999 Hayabusa
    2007 KLR
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  12. caryder

    caryder Been here awhile

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    You mean like an RD400 that gets 25mpg on $10 premix but sounds and smells soooo good? :-)


    Chuck
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  13. dirtydeeds

    dirtydeeds I'm alive.

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    I remember my RZ350 was getting way worse mileage than the chevette that I owned at the time. :rofl
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  14. Trane Francks

    Trane Francks Been here awhile

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    Apparently, generating $h1t-eating grins uses a lot of fuel. :rofl (My Daytona was ridiculously low on the MPG, too. I didn't care, either.)
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  15. Aprilia

    Aprilia Been here awhile

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    I've owned over 30 motorcycles the past 25+ yrs. Without a doubt my Aprilia SXV550 is the most outrageous and most likely to loose my lic category.
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  16. kirb

    kirb should be out riding

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    Is this behind the depot where you steal all the milk crates?
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  17. mojave

    mojave Been here awhile

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    I've owned over 100 bikes since 1971, 70 registered for the street. The bike that stands out for me as the all time had to own it for a while was a 2004 Ducati S4R with Arrow pipes. People would gather around for the start up. Maybe the runner up was a Honda racing team cast off Baja XR630 racer with the biggest dirt bike engine I've ever ridden, tall and stiff it wasn't happy under 80 mph.

    My favorite bike for the time was a 1978 Bonneville (young Navy sailor in San Diego). The bike I most regreted selling at the time was my first RD250, since the Navy changed my orders at the last minute and sent me to San Diego instead of Holy Loch Scotland. The bike I wished I still had is the first of my airheads - a sweet R75/5. Goofiest bike that's more fun than logical is my wifes Wolf Classic (70mph on 47" wheelbase!). The bike I loved but that hurt me repeatably, the XR630

    Models I've owned three times:
    SR500, CT90
    I've owned twice:
    RD250, Dakar, R75/5, Sprint RS 955i


    At various times I seriously lusted after:
    RC30
    MH900
    999(S or R)
    XR750
    Norton Commando (boy, am I glad I didn't go there)
    old Maico and Husky

    I still want:
    990 SMT
    1190 Adventure
    Busa or ZX14 (something that GOES 200MPH!)
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  18. Jimmy the Heater

    Jimmy the Heater Tilting the Horizon

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    After you said S4R with Arrows I had to go find one on YouTube.

    The vid probably doesn't do it justice but is it close?
    <iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/5pSKe4w4APM" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" width="560"></iframe>
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  19. opmike

    opmike Choosing to be here.

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    I have a bunch of "must own bikes" but I guess I'll focus on ones that I can actually afford or find. In no particular order:

    Honda RC51 (SP2)
    Kawasaki ZRX1200
    Honda VFR800 (5th Gen)
    Yamaha R1 (latest crossplane model)
    Ducati 900SS Final Edition
    Suzuki Hayabusa or Kawasaki ZX14
    Kawasaki KLR 650 (gotta try these suckers at least once)
    Triumph Bonneville
    Aprilia RSV Mille or Tuono
    Buell 1125
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  20. MariusD

    MariusD Been here awhile

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    You guys make me wonder about the klr. What the heck is the big deal?! Granted, I have never ridden one.