How many bikes do you have?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by CraigF, Nov 6, 2008.

  1. CraigF

    CraigF Been here awhile

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    I have two, both purchased this summer. I found that once I bought the 2nd I no longer rode the first--until this past weekend. Of course, that's understandable because the first is a 152cc scooter and the other is a 696cc Nighthawk S (1984 cb700sc). The 'hawk can go places the scoot can't, and usually does it much faster. But the rides I took on the scoot reminded me how fun it is to sometimes just "twist and go". Rush hour commutes on that are actually easier than on the 'hawk, too.

    Even though I'm happy with the two bikes I have I still look at others. The sport tourers like the ST1300 or FJR1300. BMWs like the F650GS. Naked bikes like the SV650 or the Gladius.

    I like pretty much anything--except for cruisers. It's an addiction, isn't it?

    The more I learn about my 'hawk the more I realize it'd be a mistake to replace it. The maintenance free engine is solid--and the damn thing only has 9500 miles on it! So, if I indulge in a new bike, it'd be in addition to the two I already have.

    So how many bikes do you have? Do you rotate through them regularly?
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  2. Murray56

    Murray56 Adventurer

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    I own three bikes.

    A 99 Yamaha Venture, 05 Honda ST1300, and a 06 KLR. :clap

    The RSV is my two up bike. When the SO wants to ride we take this bike for all local and LD riding events.

    The ST is my LD commuter, IBA rides, & weekend boys only bike. This bike is my solo ride for all the rides the SO does not participate. :wink:

    My KLR is my favorite for local running around, trail blazing, and general fun street bike! :evil
    It too runs the back twisty roads with ease! :ricky
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  3. Green427

    Green427 Comfortably Dumb

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    Two bikes.

    One is for my wife to learn on, and I use it for around town commuting...the laughingstock of the cruiser world, a Honda Rebel 250. Turns out I like it more than I thought I would. At 75MPG and enough power to get around, I can't complain too much.

    The other is my all-around bike, a '95 CB750 Nighthawk. Pretty nice for a 13 year old.
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  4. Grainbelt

    Grainbelt marginal adventurer Super Moderator

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    I currently have two, a DR650 and a Ninja 650R.

    Next year I'll likely sell both and buy a KLX250SF and an FJR1300.


    One is never enough. If I won the lottery, a barn full.
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  5. Lomax

    Lomax Nanu-Nanu Adventurer

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    Is this a trick Question? :D

    Marc
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  6. Yossarian™

    Yossarian™ Deputy Cultural Attaché

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    Five and counting! :D

    I think I may just have hit my practical limit, though, until I have some sort of outbuilding or can expand my garage. I don't want to have to cram stuff in; in my book each machine must be accessible to be ridden without having to move others. Right now I've got that; any more and it'd be hopscotch city.
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  7. CraigF

    CraigF Been here awhile

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    Accessibility is important to me, too. This past weekend I spent many hours cleaning out the garage and purging old crap. I still have several hours left before both cars and both bikes can fit. I think I have it planned so I can get either car or either bike out without moving stuff around. I'll know for sure this weekend, if all goes as planned.

    My garage is pretty big for a 2-car--30ft deep x 24ft wide, but with two 8ft over head doors it's still a challenge. My neighbors live on the corner and have a side entry garage (of the same size as mine), that'd really help for storing the bikes on the sides of the vehicles.
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  8. MiamiMotorcyclist

    MiamiMotorcyclist used to be -MiamiUly

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    Three if you count my MX bike.

    05 ZX10R Kaw
    08 WR250R Yam
    05 125SX KTM


    I have been through a 94 900rr, 99 ZX11 and an 07 Buell Ulysses as second bikes since I bought the 10r and leading up to the WR250 (traded the buell on that.)

    And a few bicycles as well, skateboards, rollerblades.
    Wheels and/or a motor and I'm in.
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  9. tslewisz

    tslewisz Long timer

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    Holding at four:

    Kaw ZX-14
    Kaw KLX-300R
    Tri Legend TT
    Yam XS650

    Need to get back into the dual sport game.
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  10. RedShark

    RedShark Long timer

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    Hawk GT 650
    V-Strom 650
    Ducati ST 4
    Aprilia RST 1000
    FJR 1300

    that's not too many....
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  11. RaY YreKa

    RaY YreKa Palanquins RTW

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    Shouldn't this be a poll? :D
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  12. Beez

    Beez Given to fly

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    5 is the perfect amount of bikes but I only have 2. An '05 R1200GS and a '97 KTM 620 RXC. Lately I've been jonsin' for an enduro bike or a trials bike.
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  13. leeinmemphis

    leeinmemphis Long timer

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    Harley Roadglide
    Buell(in process of tearing apart and either turning into a streetfighter or gonna mount the motor/forks on a hardtail chopper frame)
    Kawasaki 220 kdx dirt bike
    Yamaha Grizzly 700 power steering
    Yamaha TTR 90 kids dirt bike


    Still want a dedicated sport touring bike.
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  14. GOT DIRT?

    GOT DIRT? Been here awhile

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    2 at this time,but I want to build a cafe racer or a street tracker. Winter is here and I needed something to work on.
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  15. nostatic

    nostatic i drank what?!?

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    Down to one and have no regrets. I find that the GS does everything I want it to, so even when I had the Aprilia it just sat. Plus I don't like having to pay the extra insurance, etc. My shop has loaners so when the bike goes in for service I'm not bike-less.

    I think it depends on your stable and riding preferences. I personally hate having things sitting around that I don't use.
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  16. dduelin

    dduelin Be Thou My Vision, Oh Lord Of My Heart

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    Three to ride.
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  17. skrub

    skrub Been here awhile

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    Ya need six one for every day the week and a backup in case ones in the shop. 08 KTM super duke 95 ATK 605DS 65 bonnie 650 80 R65 BMW 73 Yankee Z500
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  18. soboy

    soboy Long timer

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    3 street legal bikes and 2 dirt bikes. I am thinking of getting a 4th street legal bike, but I am also trying to decide what the practical limit is. The DR gets ridden the most because it is the most versatile. If I could only have one bike, this would be the one. The cruiser is my two wheeled eye candy, my around the 'burbs nice weather transportaion and my choice for riding with a pillion. The scooter is my grocery getter and errand runner. I'd also like a road bike that will easily eat higher speed miles, maybe a sport tourer or a Versys.
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  19. Steve G.

    Steve G. Long timer

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    Currently some duplication, 8, but there's good reason:
    72 Norton Combat,
    74 Norton Interstate
    81 Laverda Jota
    85 Laverda RGS
    89 Honda RC30
    91 BMW R100GS
    93 BMW R100GSPD
    01 Moto Guzzi V11 Sport

    Will be selling either the GS or the PD in the spring. All others are keepers.
    Steve
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  20. Newtfox

    Newtfox Adventurer

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    I have 2 right now a BMW K1200R Sport and BMW R1150R and I would love to add an X Challenge to the fleet.
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