Ever bought a bike and immediately realised your mistake?

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by kraftwerk, Nov 2, 2009.

  1. s&s

    s&s Been here awhile

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    Too heavy and too slow to be the fun bike I was looking for. I mean I have owned 2 sportsters and an xb9r previously and I expected to get more buell and less harley.
  2. UncleBuck

    UncleBuck F'n n00b

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    Not immediately, but my 2006 K1200R was hands down the worst MC purchase mistake I ever made. I enjoyed the ride, but absolf'inlutely loathed owning it. 16000 miles of love/hate. I do not miss that bike/brand. Hard to believe that the Ducati I replaced it with has proven to be a lower cost to own over the same number of miles.
  3. gallinastrips

    gallinastrips Been here awhile

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    A KTM 950 SM!:rofl
  4. jules083

    jules083 Long timer

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    Never immediately, but I did grow to hate a few.

    2001 Aprilia Mille. Fun, but lightswitch throttle, and probably the most uncomfortable bike I've ever ridden. I had it about 4 or 5 years, but 2000 miles on it, and lost my shirt selling it. Had a R title, made it a hard sell. Ended up trading even for an XR650R, then saw the aprilia on Craigslist a few months later.

    2007 Screaming Eagle Softail Springer. Great looking bike, tons of power. Left me stranded a few times, and had to do quite a few 'jerry-rigged' repairs to get home. Not enough cornering clearance. Funny handling with a big back tire, skinny front. The foreword controls sucked, it was a workout to keep my feet on the pegs on highway. Took it on a week long tour 2-up, traded it in as soon as I got home on a Road King. I can ride my dad's Night Train whenever I want, which is maybe once a year to remind me why I don't like softails, even though they look sweet IMO.

    I know this is Road Warriers, but a 2004 KX125. I sold my last 125 in 2000 to buy my RM250, which I raced Motocross with. I found a great deal on the KX, got it as a new leftover for $3200 at the Kansas State fair. Took it trail riding a few times, then decided my 250 was going to be the trail bike, and the 125 is race bike only. I thought it would be fun to drop to the 125 class, plus I never was a very good racer anyways and would get beat pretty bad by the 250 guys sometimes. Gave it an honest effort at the track, could not get used to the bike. I cased half of the jumps, over-jumped the other half. My timing in the whoops was gone. I had been using the 250 torque as a crutch to prop up my lack of skill, and without that crutch I was worthless. Sold it for $3000 though and the kid thought he was getting a great deal, so I can't complain much.

    2000 Ninja 250. Not because I don't like the bike, but because of the seller screwing me over. It ran great in the garage, but was 11 years old with 263 miles on it. The guy was one of those independent used bike dealer/mechanic shops that had all Harleys. He claimed to have cleaned the carbs, cleaned out the tanks, bike runs great. All he did was clean the tank by the fuel filler so it looked good, and threw away the air box lid so it ran good at idle. The tank/carbs/fuel lines were worse than the ones on my 73 CB500 I pulled out of a guys garage, and that bike sat for at least 15 years. Took half the summer to get it running right. Those little carbs are finicky.
  5. scrannel

    scrannel Scrannel

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    Interesting -- I have the same bike/year and it has been the best single bike I have ever owned. Completely trouble free and owned since new. Amazing to tour on. The ONLY bike I'd sell it for is a K1300R... and we can't get them here. Love to find out what issues you had.
  6. Against the Wind

    Against the Wind I'm older now but still runnin'

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    Gorgeous bike, awesome inline 6 cylinder engine. I had it for 3 months and half the mileage I accumulated was riding it back and forth to my dealer 120 miles away. I had several long distance trips planned so I really needed a reliable bike.

    Too many quality and design issues, and the final straw was it had a mysterious starter issue.. sometimes it would start, other times it wouldn't and I'd have to it the starter button 5 to 15 times before the starter would engage.. it would spin every time, just not engage the engine..

    I'm not a stranger to BMW quality issues somehow I thought that this bike would be reliable. It wasn't. I traded it in on a Concours14. 20K Miles later, not a single issue.
  7. Emperor Norton

    Emperor Norton Kilroy was here

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    My current ride a Ducati 1098sp. I'd always wanted a supersport so I traded my F650GS-T in and took home a new Duc. First ride had me pondering ways to return the thing. Since then I've found that under certain conditions it's a blast to ride (sadly some of those have a very high probability of garnering performance awards), but commuting and through town - not so much. I still have it but am now looking towards something a bit more practical, perhaps a R1200RT or maybe KTM SM-T.:hmmmmm
  8. phreakingeek

    phreakingeek rookie adventurer

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    I bought a brand new 2001 KLR650 off the show room floor. I rode about 2 miles toward home when I realized how much I disliked the bike. I kept it for another year and put a couple thousand miles on it before selling it. Took a 2k loss to unload it.

    I bought an XR400 that had a 'couple' issues that I thought I could fix. When the shifter spindle snapped off, i knew it was going to get ugly. With the cases split and spending 3k for a new head, 440cc kit, edelbrock pumper carb...etc, It ran, but not very well. I could never get it dialed in enough to break it in and ride it. Unloaded it for $900 bucks

    Bought a KTM520sx...and when it ran it was the most exciting, invigorating, frightening bike i've ever been on. It leaked oil, boiled coolant, and had a nagging electrical short....but i loved and hated that bike. I got it fixed enough to sell it and actually didnt lose much money on that one.
  9. Robert OK

    Robert OK Been here awhile

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    Not immediately. I figure I've got to try and adapt to the bike, try and see why others liked in it or what the designers had in mind. What caused me to buy it in the first place. On the other hand every bike I've owned has had moments where I felt like "WTF did I buy this thing for. It's just not working".

    Someone else mentioned a k1600 as one he'd regretted. I've had mine (GTL) for over 3000 miles and for the first 2K have had more than a few moments where I definitely got the WTF. Just did a trip to DC and back and have been cruising local roads (trips to the grocery store, 40 mile errands) and I'm thinking this is the greatest bike I've ever ridden. Probably the last bike I'd ever sell.

    My wife had a Honda Shadow in the '80s. I think I hated that immediately, but as I didn't buy it doesn't count.
  10. Emperor Norton

    Emperor Norton Kilroy was here

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    Didn't you just buy another RT?
  11. Slappy00

    Slappy00 Adventurer

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    Every year I want to sell my 2004 K1200GT and every year it stays in the garage, hell at this point I am just going to buy another bike for around the city, because the GT has staying power, mostly since it is so damn smooth, relatively quick, and the brakes can stop a train.

    Ok on topic.

    2009 KLR... Great bike for commuting, easy to work on but : big, slow, and worst brakes ever. Sold it within a year, got the K1200GT.
  12. tkent02

    tkent02 Long timer

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    Concours. Bought it dead, never rode one. Brought it back to life, rode it once and hated it.

    Same with the KLR 650.
  13. bobbed06

    bobbed06 Cavalera Conspirator

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    I would have to say I agree with you....:D and I am gonna see the fella that owns that new 83 XL 600 in about 5 weeks.
  14. Scrivens

    Scrivens Been here awhile

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    Had a few I grew to hate on longer association but the only one I regretted on the way home was a BMW R100S. It was my 5th or 6th airhead and I'd had one of the R100s previously, liked it a lot and put a lot of miles on it. This one was 4 years old, had about 60,000km on it, was in excellent nick apart from partly faded red paintwork but it felt stiff in the chassis and the engine vibrated badly; just felt 'wrong'. Never did get it sorted, hadn't been in a wreck, the shocks, bearings and so on were fine and frame and forks straight and no amount of carb or ignition tuning could calm the vibrating engine. Clutch etc was fine and my guess is that it had an out of balance flywheel. I sold it after about 6 months and bought a K100RS which I loved.
  15. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    I once rebuilt a lightly crashed R75/6,spent many months taking it down and changing the frame and unmentionable amounts of other items that needed changing out,standard BMW practice really.

    I then rode it up and down the street,then I rode it up some of my local canyon test roads,the only test it didnt fail was sitting there looking like it had street cred. No brakes to speak of,frame had the usual hinge in the middle,shifting like my old 1939 GMC truck with no synchros,the riding position was hands down the worst Ive ever tried.
    32 mpg wasnt going to get it too far.
    Then my DR650 would smoke it on uphills. It was a good learning experience rebuilding it and I traded it for another loss leader and sold that for twice what the airhead would have sold for. (Strom650)

    Then another time on a foolish whim I picked up an 07 Triumph Scrambler..............ooooooooppppps.
    It would hang with my DR but about a dead heat on uphills,very heavy slow 900 cc bike with the cheapest suspension known to man,same as Harley puts on their cheapies. The pipe was always jammed into my leg,the bottom of the bike drug on any sort of corner,the front forks twisted when the brake was used hard.

    Great bike to park most anywhere,old guys come up and ask all about the Triumph.
    I had a 1971 Triumph 750 back in the day,absolutely no relation between the two but the name and some cosmetics.
    It sold quick to a guy in SF.
  16. Jim K.

    Jim K. Long timer

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    The first day after buying my new Concours in 2000, I set off to Lake George with gear & girlfriend. After a weekend of slogging around the Adirondacs, I thought I had really stepped in it. It was a total pig! Heavy, slow to turn, & with a "weave" at speed. I was ready to turn it back in as soon as I got home. Before driving up to the dealer on my return, I checked the tire pressure. I had set off for the weekend just assuming they were all right....The dealer would have aired them up & set the suspension at middle values on a new bike, right? .... Wrong! The rear tire had 20 psi., the front 22psi. The rear shock, had ZERO damping clicked in! Even worse, the rear preload, air adjustable, with a 0 - 50 psi range, was set at ZERO, empty, nil.! 2 min. worth of air from the compressor & a few clicks of damping & I had a totally different bike. At over 600 lbs. with it's 7.5 gal. of fuel, it was never going to be exactly "sprightly", but with air in the tires (& a later switch to Metzlers) & some judicious tweaking of the suspension, (& a fork brace) I wound up keeping her for 10 years & 60,000 mi.
  17. 625SXC

    625SXC Been here awhile

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    Traded my KTM 950 Adventure for a BMW R1100S BCP and knew right away it was a mistake. An engine with the power delivery of a 1971 VW Microbus. REALLY? How is it possible to build a 1100cc "sport" bike that can't wheelie in first gear without poppin' the clutch? REALLY???? HOW IS THAT EVEN POSSIBLE?

    I got the BMW site unseen and it didn't work out..... On the bright side I got an Aprilia Futura without ever even hearing one run and couldn't be happier! And YES It'll throttle wheelie in 1-2rd gears with 100cc's less:lol3
  18. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    The boxer cup needs a chip and a pipe,then they pull much better to 8 grand and the ft end can be coaxed off the ground.
    Driveshaft bikes really arent wheelie bikes though.
  19. advNZer?

    advNZer? Long timer

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    1978 sr500.I shoulda listened to myself on the test ride but i though i would grow to like it.
    Its a good thing i didnt test ride the K100rs cos i would not have bought it,i turned out to really like that bike.
  20. bbrz

    bbrz Been here awhile

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    Yes, but my experience differs slightly from the norm contained in this thread. Not the bike lacking, but me.
    I live in E. Central IL, had a friend in W. Central IL that had just bought a S2R 1000. Met him on his turf for an
    afternoon ride in W. IL and NE. Missouri on some winding roads with many elevation changes. A ride swap and
    I fell in love with the Ducati on those roads. Found a very slightly used S2R 800, and had to have it. Picked it up near Springfield and headed home on some of the flattest, straightest roads in the state and thought what did I just do?
    Now I have to ride between 100-300 mi. of hell to have 40 mi. of fun. Oh yes, Indiana is not far, but much the same circumstance. Beautiful bike, loads of fun (on the right roads), but needs to be enjoyed in it's element.
    Selling on e-bay soon.