Buy What Gives You Wood!

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by David Shapiro, Oct 31, 2013.

  1. David Shapiro

    David Shapiro Been here awhile

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    Great advice, at least where motorcycles are concerned. While I've seen lots of people write the equivalent of "all bikes are good", or something to that effect, there's something to getting a bike that makes you want to go out to the garage and just look at it.
    Case in point. I recently had life-altering neck surgery, causing me to retire. I had just bought a BMW k1600 GT, since I wanted to start touring. I sold it within a week of my diagnosis, since couldn't ride it for 6 months, and I didn't want to watch it depreciate in my garage. The time has come to contemplate a replacement, and I was going to go ahead and buy a minimally used one located not far from me.
    Made the mistake(?) of going to the local Ducati dealer and seeing a Multistrata Pikes Peak version. :eek1 OMFG. Forget the Bore M W, I'm getting me some of Dat!

    David
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  2. Obi

    Obi 2013 Multistrada GT

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    Do NOT- repeat- do NOT take that multistrada for a testride!!! You will be addicted from the first second, and it will come haunting you in your dreams if you dont buy one :D:D:D

    Greetings,

    Obi- addicted to my multi
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  3. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    IMHO It is the main consideration when buying a bike! All other reasons and rationales take a distant back seat to the wood!

    Jim :brow
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  4. AlanCT

    AlanCT The Byronic Man

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    I recently traded my trusty Concours straight-up for a Kawasaki W650.


    The W stands for "wood.":deal
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  5. scottrnelson

    scottrnelson Team Orange

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    That's why I haven't taken one for a test ride yet - I can't afford one of those.

    I prefer a bike that I want to ride over one that I want to go look at in the garage. I sold the one that was great to look at, because I didn't actually enjoy riding it that much and was afraid of scratching the thing.

    When I took my KTM for a test ride, my first thought was "I need to get me one of these". :D

    But looking at it doesn't really do much for me.
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  6. David Shapiro

    David Shapiro Been here awhile

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    I don't think that they need to be mutually exclusive. Sometimes, you're lucky enough to get both. FWIW, I did test ride the Multi, and the Pikes Peak will be in my garage next week. Just in time to spend all winter looking at it.
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  7. ZaethDekar

    ZaethDekar Been here awhile

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    Moto Guzzi Stelvio is the bike I am lusting over at this point.

    I test rode it in Seattle and loved every second on it and looking at it makes me drool.
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  8. DC2wheels

    DC2wheels Castle Anthrax troll

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    Have a '92 BMW K100RS4V (plus a '12 Suz DRZ400 for mud season- a keeper)

    DW no longer has any interest in 2-up- we did just 1 ride together this year.:cry

    So......

    Do I dump the K bike and look at a new K1300S - or -

    Keep the K100RS and look at a new S1000RR?

    Both bikes have my attention. What say you folks???
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  9. mechmitch

    mechmitch Adventurer

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    A few years ago I bought the bike I lusted after off the showroom floor, it was a jet black Harley Night Rod and I loved it madly. I loved looking at it, riding it, working on it, buying things for it, I even felt it calling to me in my sleep to come ride it. The attraction bordered on real physical addiction.
    Turns out, it was not a healthy relationship for me. It was like marrying a Vegas stripper who introduces you to her coke habit. The speed on that bike was addictive and I was hooked. I couldn't ride it anywhere without pushing it over a buck every chance I got. After numerous close calls, going down twice, and spending two years and a couple grand fighting a speeding ticket that would've cost me a week in jail, community service, and loss of license, we parted ways. Owning that bike cost me a shitload of money and I'd never do it again, but it was one hell of a ride.

    I guess go for what stirs you, but buy used if possible in case it isn't quite what you'd anticipated. You don't want to marry the stripper, just date her.
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  10. txwanderer

    txwanderer Been here awhile

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    I believe their is a certain section of the population that frowns on this. :killen

    Could be wrong.
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  11. ibafran

    ibafran villagidiot

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    I did that for my 05 Sprint ST. While I did not have as much trouble with the speed aspect as a previous poster, the bike did have some serious flaws that were not readily apparent when I bought it. Speed was not one of those flaws, wahoo. Fer instance, the headlights were so crappy that slow speeds after dark in tight turns were dangerous. And the steering lock was so narrow that making a u-turn inside a 20' box requires some serious practice to learn to do it and continued practice to keep the skill sharp enough to use when I need it. The bike still gives me wood but it has its limitations.

    Natchurlly, these flaws were well posted on the inter-web and were missing from the general biker media which I learned about only after the fact. If another bike similarly gave me wood sans the flaws of this bike, I would have bought different. I have been on better bikes but none of them gave me wood.
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  12. chach_86

    chach_86 Adventurer

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    This. I used to have a bike I liked to look at, but wasn't as great of a ride as the Versys I have now. I look at my Versys and just wanna go. It's kind of a choice between a dumb, hot girl or an decent looking girl with a great personality. Sooner or later- looks will only get you so far. If you can get the best of both worlds, awesome!
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  13. mechmitch

    mechmitch Adventurer

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    Ibafran makes a great point, these internet forums are loaded with great info on just about any bike you can think of. I looked at forums on Urals for about four years to decide which one would be the most bang for the buck in my price range. If you're willing to actually spend the time on doing research, you can get a good bike that stirs you and not waste your $$.

    As an aside, after re-reading my previous post in the light of day after a good night's sleep, I guess it did come across a little weird. It sure sounded better in my head:rofl
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  14. Cowgirl

    Cowgirl Cougar on the prowl

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    I'd like a Guzzi too but I want the V7 Stone :knary
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  15. ragtoplvr

    ragtoplvr Long timer

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    Fixed for ya
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  16. steelerider

    steelerider Southafricanamerican

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    I had a really nice 2012 R1200RT. I tried to convince myself that I liked it. It was super comfortable, powerful (enough) and I could pile on 500 miles in a day no problem, but it just never moved my soul, and I was always terrified to scratch or drop the damn thing. Then I rented a 2010 GS for a week in California - and I got wood. Came home, intent on buying a gently used GS, and selling the RT. Then my dealer told me I owe it to myself to test ride the new LC GS before making a decision. I rode that, and got MAJOR wood.
    3 Weeks later, new red 2013 GSW was in my garage. A red one. I pulled into the driveway with it, and my wife (who is totally indifferent about any bike) walks out and says "now THAT, is badass."
    Yup. Gives me wood.
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  17. lynch180

    lynch180 Adventurer

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    So I am not the only one that sits in a shed looking at their bikes...:wink:
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  18. joexr

    joexr Banned

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    I enjoy riding mine even more.:D
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  19. AlanCT

    AlanCT The Byronic Man

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    Every time I go out to the garage for some task or other, I end up lingering. Particularly once riding season effectively ends here.
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  20. David Shapiro

    David Shapiro Been here awhile

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    Sometimes, I just can't help myself. Just test-rode a K1600GT, same color as the one I sold. I want it, too.
    "Hi, my name is David and I'm a bikeaholic."

    David
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