Ever bought a bike and immediately realised your mistake?

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

  1. Audacious Nick

    Audacious Nick Forever indecisive

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    The bandit 400 is a great bike. It's a freaking screamer for a 400 too. It does need the suspension sorted and needs a higher temp thermostat, but once that's done it's a great bike.
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  2. davevv

    davevv One more old rider

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    Yup, I mentioned when you bought it that the Scram wouldn't tour like the GS or Uly. I see you've discovered what I was talking about. It is the best every day ride I've ever had, just not ideal for long distance work.
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  3. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    I once bought a really cherry shiny ultra cool sounding bright red 91 VFR 750 Honda. Yosh Pipe,Corbin seat with flames sewn on. REALLY looked good!
    Only thing is I like thrashing on tight bumpy backroads and that thing handled like one of those barrels they have at rodeos that bucks till it pitches you off.
    Top Heavy wide with too much body work.
    But the gear drive sounded cool,as did the pipe. I knew the first tight corner I went around it was going to be sold soon.
    The guy that bought it was drooling all over himself to get it in his truck.

    My DR650 with supermoto wheels is more my style on tight roads,or any road.

    (The flying bricks are a little bizzare)
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  4. right$pecial

    right$pecial Been here awhile

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    Man that was my first bike. Bought it knowing that I would outgrow it, but for light and around town I wish I still had it. Think about picking one up for a grand every now and again.

    Not immediately but within six months...HD VRSCDX Night Rod Special. The bike really was awesome in a lot of ways, but after I stopped working and went back to school things got tighter and I started to see it as a cheaper bike, a jet ski, six months rent and a couple of good steaks. The thing is I would own this bike again someday, but only under the condition that it wasn't going to be my only ride. It was my first and, so far, only cruiser and about once a week I would wish for lighter weight and more ground clearance. Bottom line: I found out that for actual riding my take on motorcycling falls more in line with the European mindset than American, but everybody's got to ride a lot before they really know what they like. Oh and I lost more money than you can imagine when I sold it during the recession.
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  5. dmac57

    dmac57 Long timer

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    And if I ever find another one, it's going in the garage. Or the hallway if there's no room. Sold mine to buy the VFR in '98.
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  6. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    You are right. I wish I could have both, but no room, and no budget for the pair, especially since I am getting married soon!

    Jim :brow
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  7. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    There must have been something wrong with it. My '95 VFR handles "real" roads with grace -- soaking up bumps but retaining composure. Handling is not super quick but it is very stable. When I first got it though it handled like ass -- problem was the PO had too wide a tire on the back, both tires were flat spotted and the suspension preload was not set correctly. Fixing those things and she rides like a dream now. Best bike I've owned.
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  8. BCinMD

    BCinMD Been here awhile

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    LOL...now that I have some miles on mine - not many mind you, just under a 1000 or so...but I'd have to agree with you. It is a pretty boring bike. It does everything competently, it's just not the bike to set your pants on fire with excitement. Just like Honda's cars I suppose.

    I'm thinking of selling mine in the spring for something lighter and more energetic...Street Triple maybe? :evil
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  9. Uncle Ernie

    Uncle Ernie Long timer

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    I got a cherry red Suzuki 400 with 600 original miles and sold it a month later. I just couldn't adapt to that power curve. I'd accelerate out of a curve, hit the power and apex at the same time, and want to shoot off like a ROCKET. Good God- couldn't take it. Pretty little bike, but deadly for me.


    Bought a 1952 BMW on eBay and nver thought to see if anyone could look at it for me. I took the guy's word it was restored. The more I went through it, the more problems I found. By the time I got it running right (took a year), I was just mad at it. No joy. Just mad. Bad Karma.

    Sure sounded good with another guy on it, though.
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  10. cogitate

    cogitate What Marcellus Wallace Looks Like

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    My third moto was a Honda VTR250, that I got with 2k on the odo, maybe less. I loved that thing to bits, and rode it for 36,000 miles. Sold it, and years later looked to pick up another to ride around on.
    Found one, this one had 14k miles on it, tested it, it ran fine. My wife brought me back with the car so I could ride it home. On the way home, the slides in the carbs had a ton of crap on them, and would not slide all the way down when I rolled off the throttle to shift.

    I did not know this, was not apparent on the test ride. The crankcase filled with gas. My wife is behind me, flashing her brights, and the bike is spewing out all kinds of white smoke. Bike is losing power, finally got it to an off ramp, pulled into a gas station, and the motor fluid locked. I was so pissed.

    Once I trucked it home, I was able to diagnose the problem, and after cleaning the carbs and emptying out the motor of the wicked gas/oil combo, changing the oil/filter a few times as well, it was fine. Until I got it running, I didn't know if I bent any valves, so the whole process was filled with regret.

    But I hated looking at that bike. It still smelled like gas. I sold it for more than I paid for it, way more. Ran like a top.
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  11. R-A-M-O-N

    R-A-M-O-N Been here awhile

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    I know what you mean, i had a cbr 400rr and it was a BOMB in every aspect, you touched the throttle and BAM!. Certainly not a bike you would want in a big city. I just get tired of remeber riding that thing through a traffic jam.
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  12. scfrank

    scfrank Old farts riding club.

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    I did this twice ! Not the same bike each time though.



    In 2001 I bought a Victory Sport Cruiser. I traded in a perfectly good Interceptor (01) that had 4000 miles on it. Dumb. The Victory was a decent bike for what it was. It just wasn't for me. I should have kept the VFR. I knew when I stopped at the first light on the way home.


    My current ride is an 08 Tiger. A great bike, for what it is. Smooth engine. Too smooth for me. I came off of an Aprilia Tuono (05) and wanted something more comfortable. The Tiger is comfortable. It just has no soul. It does everything well, just not spectacular.

    The local dealer has an 07 Tuono with 5000 miles on it that I want so bad.

    I am about ready to list the Tiger in Flea Market.

    I really need about 5 bikes, then the Tiger would be one of them. $$$$$
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  13. wldct69

    wldct69 Been here awhile

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    Mine had issues, and just felt under powered. I had a Ninja 600 prior to that and should have just kept the Ninja.

    I have bought three bikes from the same shop, and when I traded the 400 in I found out that the engine blew about a week later during a test ride.

    I know there are alot of people that like the bike, but for me it was the worst one that I have own.

    I REALLY miss my KLR650 though. Out of about 10 bikes I have had in the past 20 years, it is the only non-sport bike I have owned, and it is the only one that got stolen.....Shit!
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  14. zilla

    zilla Long timer

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    I knew I couldn't be the only one that felt this way. I'm thinking a Ducati of some kind instead of an Aprilia.
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  15. dmgiff

    dmgiff Been here awhile

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    I've been readng this thread since the start and I guess I will finally post my mistake. I bought a 2005 GS in late 06. Flew into Pomona and rode it home with 4k on the clock. I added a few things to it including a Russell Day Long. My riding partner and I mostly like to do 3 or 4 night trips camping along the way. We started talking about Goldwings after our first trip. The allure of real electronic cruise control, real protection from wind, more luggage capacity and not having to worry about final drive failure finally got us. He was the first to trade his gs for an 09 loaded 'Wing. He professed its greatness to me. So I put my beloved gs up for sale and had my mind set on a used 'Wing. Preferably an 07 or 08. Lo and behold another inmate saw my ad here on Flea Market and proposed a trade. I rode the GS to Texas, handed it to him and rode his 05 'Wing home. I realized within the first 100 miles it was a mistake. I love my GS more than I knew. If I could do it again, I would keep my GS and buy an older wing. Now I have a beautiful wing that I am trying to get sorted but I'm looking for an older GS that I can afford. Still sad over the whole thing. The GS is the perfect bike for me.

    I guess this is the end of my sad story.
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  16. Audacious Nick

    Audacious Nick Forever indecisive

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    Mine was burning oil and smoked a bit when first started. However once it got to ~4k rpm, it'd start spooling up and screaming; amazing little bike. I wish more manufacturers made 400 street bikes. God knows how they do when running perfectly.
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  17. kraftwerk

    kraftwerk Trans Europe Express

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    Some good stories on this thread - thanks for making such an effort with the replies. Really interesting and entertaining.
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  18. mtwillyman

    mtwillyman Lost and Cornfuzed

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    :huh Bought a Breva 1100 without test riding it. Bike was gorgeous but was very lacking in performance. It ran hot, pinged and was gutless below 4500 rpm. Lesson learned by me and I moved on. Live and learn I guess. YMMV.
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  19. 4power

    4power Been here awhile

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    Honda Superhawk. I owned an sv650 and figured the Honda would be similar with more power, not really the case. Tons of torque down low, nothing and I mean nothing on top. The first time I layed into it I remember thinking "that's it?". I know people love 'em but that was the most boring lackluster bike I ever owned. I don't think I had it for more than three months. The bikes only saving grace was that is sounded fantastic.
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  20. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    I guess the roads I like the most are the squirrliest back roads around nor-cal, bumps,off cambers,tight swtch backs,I always heard the VFR's were really good bikes but a single is better for 1st and second gear cranked over corners and goes faster easier.
    + I always get tickets on red bikes and I had made the mistake of being married at the time and she whined more about it then the gear drive cams did. They ARE neat bikes!