More Than Just A Bike?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by corndog67, Jan 10, 2013.

  1. hugemoth

    hugemoth Long timer

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    Two bikes I'll never sell are my highly modified 68 Trail 90 and 81 GL500I. Wouldn't get much for either of them but they both serve their purpose perfectly. The Trail 90/140 is the ultimate in simplicity and light weight, cost nothing to own, and takes me places where a larger bike could never go. Did I mention 100 mpg? The GL is the perfect middle weight bike for everything from a trip to the grocery store to a long road trip. Very low maintenance, comfortable, good handling, 50+ mpg.
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  2. DAKEZ

    DAKEZ Long timer

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    Go with the "R" :deal
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  3. Aussijussi

    Aussijussi Long timer

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    I like!
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  4. B.Curvin

    B.Curvin Feral Chia tamer

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    Had one I bought new. JTucker has it now.

    Brand new at 0 miles.

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  5. B.Curvin

    B.Curvin Feral Chia tamer

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    A little clarity Dakez. For my next big DS I want somthing that is just as happy putting as it is hauling the mail. The XR-R and my KTM525 really only felt "right" when I was hauling the mail. When putting they felt like a caged animal. I'm going to pick up an XR-L and do to it what I did to my DR350 (it had 1988 RM250 forks sprung and valved for me and a custom shock, all by Cogent).

    The XR-L will get KTM forks with radial brakes and a Penske triple clicker (I already have them), pumper carb, stainless header with a GSXR OEM titanium can (already have it) and remove any thing that doesn't make it go (weight). It should be a keeper.

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    I LOVED my DR off road, but it was gutless for supermoto.
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  6. Dekatria

    Dekatria Ad Astra Per Aspera

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    I guess this rings true for me as well :D

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    My beast, a 99 Transalp, has taken me through 11000 miles over the past 14 months, around 3000 of which were on long-distance trips. I always say that my bike's weakest link is the idiot sitting on top of it, and this rings true; it's been at the side of the road three times now:

    - once because it ran out of petrol when I just had it for a few days
    - once when I drove into a ditch somewhere in Scotland, amazingly coming out completely unharmed
    - once when a brakecaliper rattled itself loose as I went 60 on the freeway, as I'd forgotten to use Loctite whilst remounting the caliper two weeks before.

    With the last one, a towtruck had to take me out of harm's way. The feeling I had when it was strapped on that truck was just one of pure guilt - I really genuinely felt as if I'd let it down. In Scotland, I remember sneaking out my hotelroom during the night just to check whether it was still there - I genuinely don't like leaving it alone, anywhere at all.

    I guess you could say it's just become way more than a machine to me.
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  7. mr. matteeanne

    mr. matteeanne Bender can pass him

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    I have had 9 bikes in 9 years. I ride them till they are about to fall apart then sell them. All I ever buy aside from upgrades is oil, tires, and brake pads. Has a stator fail on my DL1000, most I ever spent in repairs.
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  8. FinlandThumper

    FinlandThumper Has Cake/Eats it Too Super Moderator

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    I currently have two motorcycles. I have a 2002 Dakar over here in Finland and a 1998 Harley Low Rider in the United States.

    I won't part with the Harley. It belonged to my late father, who passed when I was in my later 20's. There is quite a bit of memory stored in that bike, times we spent at the motorcycle races when I was a kid (Jay Springsteen at the Springfield Mile baby!), motocross races, flat track of all kinds, hill climbs. Trail riding all over the place and some trips out to Sturgis in the early 1980's. Of course, it wasn't on that THAT bike obviously, but the connection brings back a lot of memories every time I ride it. So when I'm on the bike I have lots of those memories and its a nice feeling to keep that machine running and touring. Next time will be this summer 2013, getting excited.

    The Dakar is the bike I chose for myself. I really love it and will keep it as long as it's running well. I figure it's got 5-6 more seasons at least and then I will think about it. But honestly, if someone offered me enough money for it, I would part with it no problem. Thing is, right now I would accept what anyone would probably offer on it...and what I would demand at this point would be far too high for a normal buyer. That's just because I'm not looking to sell a fully decked out Dakar without getting enough money to deck out a new one. :D
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  9. Pantah

    Pantah Red Sox Nation

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    I don't see ever selling this R6. I had it built for my youngest son as a graduation present. Its last race was the AMA National at NJMP 2011. We had troubles with it after a practice lowside and never really got up to his pace after that. But he finished both races mid pack around 20th.

    It has a full kit motor, Ohlins fork internals, Penske shock, Akrapovic system quick shifter plus all the little parts required.

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  10. WMD

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    Hmmmmm, who put that idea in yer head? :huh

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  11. glasswave

    glasswave Been here awhile

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    I really became attached to my little Chinese Hotian 150cc (Boo, the little bike that could). It was the first new bike I had ever bought and she carried me across Xinxiang, the Askai Chin and Tibet w/o so much as a flat. I was really sad to let let her go.

    I hope you're well my little friend...
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    Boo visits Mnt. Khailas.

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  12. HOT DAMN!

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  13. hugemoth

    hugemoth Long timer

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    Yes, the Honda CG125 clone. Great engine design. My Lifan 200 (also a CG125 clone) has done over 36,000 miles so far without so much as a hiccup.

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