grumpy old man with an ugly new bike

Discussion in 'The Sandbox - AKA Flatistan' started by sshbsn, Nov 11, 2017.

  1. sshbsn

    sshbsn Adventurer

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    cant help myself, im just getting to be that age and this IS florida after all.

    BACK IN MY DAY motorcycles were mechanical art. i worked on them behind my dads music warehouse and loved each and every one of them. the engines, frames, wheels, tanks and carbs, it was all just the way it should be. i remember, for instance, my old sohc cb750 with low bars, a 4-1 pipe, and of course metallic paint! it was almost as fun to look at as it was to ride.

    fast forward some decades to 2015 when i shock myself by purchasing the unbelievably ugly but very capable bike i have now. it rides great, in fact it may be the perfect bike for exploring florida backroads. as long as you dont look it in the face...

    when did it become necessary for bikes to be so ugly and plastic? who is responsible? i cant hardly take it any more my children... FC33C1F4-E3D9-4852-BF8F-1FC76923D476.jpeg
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  2. Dr.Z

    Dr.Z 6Sigma Knuckle Shflr

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    Hold me, I skeered! :eekers
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  3. barko1

    barko1 barko1

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    That ugly is nothin new. If you think that is capable :jack. But they are good like a tractor.
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  4. sshbsn

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    dont be spoiled, of course its capable. theres nothing in twelve thousand miles of forests and everglades that it couldnt ride thru--it just has to go very fast to get over sugar sand. but its no xt500 in the looks department!
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  5. Dr.Z

    Dr.Z 6Sigma Knuckle Shflr

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    Ya know... I rode a KiLleR for 2500 miles on the UBCDR a few years ago.

    I would loved to have my XRR on that ride but... beggars can't be choosers.

    Local d00d in NV let me "borrow" the bike for the ride since my riding partner's Husky 610 had a "fail".

    Damn KLR made it through the rock gardens, snow covered trails, and goat infested forests with minimal issues 'cept for guzzling several quarts of oil; 2008 model dontchaknow
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  6. Biggetybike

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    The KLR650 is not a winner of a beauty contest but it's reliable and is considered the Swiss army knife of motorcycles. Ride on, grumpy old man! See you on those backroads!
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  7. ex250mike

    ex250mike Been here awhile

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    A pack mule don't have to look good, she's just gotta be sturdy.

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  8. Biggetybike

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    Awesome pic!
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  9. sshbsn

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    EUREKA! I think we have just discovered why motorcycles have become so ugly: nobody cares. why would a company lay out money for a talented designer if they can get away with motorcycles that look like bugs? standards in every aspect of life have consistently fallen over the past half century, theres no debating that if youve been along for the ride. and now here we are: people wear underwear as outerwear to walmart, eat imitation food, and produce homely bikes!
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  10. ex250mike

    ex250mike Been here awhile

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    It seems the melted headlight look on naked bikes the past few years is finally going away.

    Kawasaki and Honda naked retro(ish) bikes at EICMA look damn good!
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