Life with more than one motorcycle is fookin great.

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by RideDualSport.com, Mar 24, 2013.

  1. RideDualSport.com

    RideDualSport.com TPB all the way

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    What is your take on life with more than one motorcycle, is it all that and a bag of chips? Or is it a plague?
    Are you tired of fookin around with:
    Battery tenders
    Fuel Stabilizer
    Tire changes
    Oil changes
    Tune ups
    Bike washing
    Insurance
    Licence renewal
    Stacks of soft luggage
    Metric, American and Whitworth tools
    Half baked projects
    Restore or leave it alone?
    12 volts and fookin 6 Volts

    Or - does the pleasure of a bike for different moods (road, adventure, dual sport, vintage) keep you interested in living?

    Is it sane or insane? Do you find yourself fantasizing about your best friend who only owns ONE BIKE?

    Tempted to forsake all the bikes for the one and only big-ole ADV bike that will satisfy?

    Once satisfied are you then bored again?

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  2. stoke

    stoke ocean minded

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    I only have one bike. It's convenient, for sure.

    It's my first "real" bike (Vstrom), only had it seven months and I already want another, lighter, DS bike for off road. Oh, and maybe a sport tourer like a Concourse. And so on.

    Does it ever end? I never cared about cars this much.
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  3. OrangeYZ

    OrangeYZ Been here awhile

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    "One bike to do everything" usually results in a bike that sucks at almost everything and might be OK at one thing.
    One bike to be awesome at something gives up on the rest of the spectrum.

    I can get by with two bikes and a truck, but four bikes (and a truck) is better.
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  4. ph0rk

    ph0rk Doesn't Care

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    This is in TPL so I figure it must be one to dissenting opinions.

    Some people enjoy maintaining a small fleet, some people don't. I think a compromise bike is worth not having to maintain different tools for different jobs. Everyone makes up their own mind how to spend their surplus money and time, of course, but mine is to minimize things I don't use much. I never really enjoy wrenching, either, which I assume is part of what is enjoyable about having multiple vehicles for some.

    I didn't even like having both a car and a bike, and the car is gone now.
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  5. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    Like riding both bikes, hate working on either of them. The advantage is I never feel rushed to finish a job on one bike, since if it stays in pieces for a week I can always ride the other one.
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  6. Kommando

    Kommando Long timer

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    I have a DR650SE and a UJM. They run like typical jap bikes, so I don't really have to do much to them unless I get a new farkle. I use long-wearing tires and live somewhere with 366 riding days/yr, so I don't really have to mess with tires, stabilizers, or tenders if I don't want to. The DR, with a slightly longer seat and maybe 5-10 more HP in the future, would really be a good enough bike to do it all for me. I'm lucky enough to be about the perfect size for it, I think. I'm small enough to fit on it without feeling cramped, have enough inseam to comfortably touch without lowering, don't have an aversion to slabbing it 1000 miles in a day, and am strong enough to muscle it around and pick it up in the sand/mud. I don't ride a race pace either. I plan to sell the UJM.
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  7. blkhrt81

    blkhrt81 Been here awhile

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    There are advantages to a fleet, you always have at least one running:clap. Sometimes it's nice to be able to loan someone a bike so you can both ride, and, of course, the ability to select for utility at a specific function. That said, I find I usually ride the same bike most of the time, it is expensive to insure/ register a number (9). They do tie up space and it does take some effort to keep up with storage issues and maintenance.
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  8. motu

    motu Loose Pre Unit

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    I have just one motorcycle - these are all it. Apart from a fairing or handlebar change which take a bit longer, it can be any one of these bikes in 30 minutes.

    2 sets of wheels, 2 rear guard/seats, 2 front guards, 2 sets of panniers, 3 exhaust systems, 2 fairings and many sets of handle bars. Many bikes in one - I love it.

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  9. Tuna Helper

    Tuna Helper Rawrr!

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    My problem is I'm becoming a bike hoarder.
    '03 Road Glide
    '08 Buell Lightning
    '73 CB750
    '81 CB650

    Those are the bikes that run, or need minimal work. (Tire, battery, oil change, etc.)

    The following are project bikes.
    '76 KZ 750B
    '94 Ninja 600R
    '76 CB750 chopper

    Soon to come is a '72 CB 500 Four, and possibly a CB350 Four.

    I'm kinda tired of half done projects, I get a good start and lose interest for awhile. I also go back and forth on whether I should restore it or chop it up to do something custom. I usually go back to stock, I just don't have the eye to do custom work.

    I'd like to find an insurance company that has a fleet rate for bikes.
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  10. Grinnin

    Grinnin Forever N00b

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    I often have one apart for deep maintenance. Rings and camchain on one right now.

    One of my delights for last year was loaning a motorcycle to a cellist from the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra. Most people will discourage loaning a bike -- those cellists are known for their destructive lifestyles you know.

    My soft luggage fits every bike I have except the one with hard cases.
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  11. VxZeroKnots

    VxZeroKnots Long timer

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    I'm not sure, I'll need to get at least one more to find out. :deal:lol3
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  12. easyrider88

    easyrider88 POsIng PrO

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    currently only 2 bikes down from 3.always looking for another cycle.
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  13. Ronin ADV

    Ronin ADV Gear addict

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    Currently at three bikes (plus a scooter I worked on as a bike for my son). I could get away with two as I have 2 enduro / DS bikes. As pointed out though its great to have a second dirt bike when I want to ride singletrack with my friend who only has a KLR. I occasionally think about selling one of the two dirt bikes but then I ride the one I would probably sell (WR) and I like it so much I just cant do it. :lol3
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  14. SamRus

    SamRus Been here awhile

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    I used to have just one, and it never broke down in 3 years.

    Then I got the second bike, and my first one broke down (timing chain broke, and 4 valves were hit). Then my second one is broke down as well.

    So now I have 2 non-working bikes that I gotta fix.
    Should have the Ninja running tonight though... I guess that's the best way to get comfortable with wrenching and get the experience.
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  15. t-bills

    t-bills mcs are dangerous

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    The only thing better than a motorcycle is TWO motorcycles. With only two, its not quite to "fleet" status. I don't have to keep either on a tender. Regular maintenance is not overwhelming. Its nice having a regular everyday bike that I can use as a tourer while having my other bike be a beauty queen set up entirely for hooliganism.
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  16. B.Curvin

    B.Curvin Feral Chia tamer

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    This is how my garage looked a little over a year ago.

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    Now I'm down to one SV, the KLR , two project XRs and a project KTM (I have zero money in the KTM or the XRs).

    The KLR is about to be gone and I'll replace it with an XR650L. I think I've decided two to three bikes is enough. Part of what swayed my decision is the fact that in NC you pay yearly property tax on every street legal vehicle you own. Ouch.
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  17. WantToRideMoar

    WantToRideMoar Been here awhile

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    I've got two... a 2011 Honda Shadow Phantom and a 1994 XR600R.

    There's places I'll go in AZ that the Shadow just ain't safe to take (though I've done it a few times... the ride into Young, AZ is rough on a cruiser!). I bought the XR600 a few weeks after that trip into Young.

    For right now I will stick with these two bikes for a couple more years, though in retrospect I think I'd rather have 3 bikes:
    1. Some sort of daily rider, like the Shadow.
    2. A mule/touring rig. 900-1200cc class, capable of carrying lots of gear. Traditional upright orientation.
    3. Mid to light duty street legal dirtbike, 400-500cc. DRZ, XR.


    I'm taking my Shadow on a 7 week trip this spring, substituting it for that hypothetical mule/touring rig. I could take the XR600 on that trip, but it's so light and has no key, any idiot could steal it in the middle of the night by throwing it in the back of a truck.
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  18. daveinva

    daveinva Been here awhile

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    I'm sooo jealous of all of you, I've got a driveway and a bike barn so I couldn't hoard bikes even if I wanted to.

    Which I very much want to.
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  19. BryonLewis

    BryonLewis Been here awhile

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    I just got a second, a Honda VTX1800C to add to my Suzuki B-King. I'm taking a trip in a month and renting an SV650. I'm afraid I'll like it and want to add a cheap SV to the mix.
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  20. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    Wait, what? You DO have the bike barn? Is the problem of the financial variety?
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