Motorcycle regrets....

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by 2tallnwide, Dec 3, 2013.

  1. 2tallnwide

    2tallnwide Long timer

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    Is there a bike out there you had on a bucket list, or had a chance to buy but passed on it that you regretted ever since?

    A bike that you sold, or traded for another then realized it was a mistake?

    Is there a bike that you've always pined for but as yet have not pulled the trigger on?

    Write a story or three, post up some pics, let it all hang out...(figuratively) [​IMG]

    I'll start with my biggest motorcycle regret so far....

    The bike...'79 CBX

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    The story...I got a call from an acquaintance saying he had heard I was looking for a street bike, and he had a '79 CBX he had to sell. He then asked if I would be interested in taking it out for the day..woo hoo I was all over that.

    The ex and I drove over to his apartment where the '79 silver CBX with a Shoei cafe fairing was gleaming in the sunlight. He told us the story of him getting caught for 135mph in a 55mph zone, getting thrown in jail, and the bike impounded. He was selling it to pay for all of the fines and such.

    We took off on his CBX, and spent the day riding it. Wow, that 6 cylinder is magic in sound, and power delivery. It is still one of the best looking motorcycles made as far as I am concerned as well.

    The regret(s)...My ex talked me out of buying it, and I ended up buying a new V-45 Sabre instead...I have looked at buying one a few times over the years, but as yet never pulled the trigger. The fact that I just bought a Harley gives me renewed hope that I may one day cross the CBX off my motorcycle bucket list as well...*:D
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  2. maikhoepfel

    maikhoepfel Adventurer

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    On the subject of Honda's... I owned a beautiful Honda SevenFifty for two years. Then some idiot decided to do a U turn on the street without checking his mirrors. We collided on the RHS, and the bike was technically a write-off. I wasn't too upset because I got plenty of insurance money and went for a Dakar, which I wanted for some time. But I really regret not keeping that Honda; it's the first bike I did a proper trip (7000km! no fairing! Romania!) on, and it only needed a new exhaust and pedals and stuff, all cosmetic.
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  3. wb57

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    I wish I hadn't sold my kid's first TT-R90 for sentimental reasons.
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  4. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    My regret is selling my '83 XL600R for the second time.

    I had it for almost a decade of blissful riding before I sold it the first time to a friend. After using it to ride with and teach his young son to ride, he sold it back to me. (He needed a faster 2-stroke to keep up with the little guy.)

    Then my wife got her license, and needed something she could start (e-start). With limited space in the garage, I sold my beloved Honda for a second time; this time to a stranger 3 hours away. I don't expect to ever see the bike again.

    Looking back, I should have just built a shed. Oh well, I guess I can't own every bike.
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  5. steveWFL

    steveWFL Long timer

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    i bet you do regret parting ways with the sweet CBX
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  6. Calimari

    Calimari Been here awhile

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    Bought a new '82 GS650e when it was "last year's model" for $2,000. Same dealer had an '82 1100e for $3,000. Still bummed about that one. Don't know what I was thinking.

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  7. 2tallnwide

    2tallnwide Long timer

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    Dang, that was a great deal. I remember passing on a brand new '82 1100 Maxim for $2600.00 OTD in '87 when I bought a new XT350. I liked the XT but probably would have kept the 1100 longer.

    In '91 I paid $4650.00 OTD for a new '89 Pacific Coast. Trading it in Dec of '93 for a new Voyager is another regret. The PC was the most functional motorcycle I have ever owned, and so easy to take care of and maintain.

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    Lot of fun times on that little PC.
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  8. foxtrapper

    foxtrapper Been here awhile

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    Bucket list. An old Indian Chief,. From back when Indian was associated with the word Hendee.
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  9. JOKER650

    JOKER650 Long timer

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  10. scootrboi

    scootrboi Long timer

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  11. Homey

    Homey Been here awhile

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    I had an 82, wish is still had it. It was squashed by a motorhome on Palomar mtn. in So Cal back in 84. I still have fantasies of getting another one...loved that bike.
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  12. Dirty bike

    Dirty bike Eval Innovations Inc

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    I sooo wanted a GS110e when I was stationed in Okinawa, Japan. Could have ordered it from the PX and picked it up in the States. Blew my cash on camera gear and food/drink instead.

    The bike I regret selling is the '40 E Knucklehead chopper. Built it up from someone else's 10 year old project, put 35k on it in about 18 months and ended up selling it after buying a year old, new in crate Cagiva 650 Allazura. The friend I sold the knuck to tore it all down, made it pretty and in mostly stock trim, candy apple red paint, then rode it for a week and sold it to some one that offered him a ton of money for it. He never did buy another bike. :huh

    That was my first kick start, and only manual advance timing bike.

    Sorry, no electronic photos.
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    Looked a lot like this when I had it.

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  13. DougFromKentucky

    DougFromKentucky Just a good 'ole boy

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    Yep, I had one of those too. Put over 150,000 miles on it. The serial number on mine was 000016. Gave it to a close friend when my arthritis started getting bad, he is still riding it. He says the cam seals finally started leaking bad on it and we are supposed to change them this winter.

    Namaste'
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  14. Kubla

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    have an 89 that looks just like it, will be selling it because I bought a harley
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    and I really regret not buying one of those 82 CBX's when honda sold them off for half price in like 86 when they had the great warehouse cleanout sale, were also selling 79 CB 750k's for $999
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  15. arkansawyer

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    Used CBX for $1500. It was silver and had aftermarket exhaust. Really regret that.

    Dad refused to cosign for me to buy a leftover ELR. I was 19 and he said I would be dead in a month. $2500.

    '95 speed triple new leftover in '96. $6250.
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  16. Import

    Import Been here awhile

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    I'll play....
    Jst before moving to Canada, I had the chance to have a Ducati 851, lusted after one for years, but sadly always to expensive...... Came at he wrong time...also when we packed our container, I had no room for my beloved ccm604e...she had to go....very sad, still wish I had that bike here in bc.....
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  17. Jacl-Kampuchea

    Jacl-Kampuchea Booze Merchant

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    Sold a Suzuki RGR 250 2 stroke in 2003 to pay for hip reconstruction surgery after a road incident.

    Regret that to this moment.

    I also sorely miss my RFS Ktm - but they are common as muck and can be replaced easily. Now that RGR. . .

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    Sex on wheels. . . Amazed I never crashed it:rofl
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  18. choppahead

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    Here's my tale of lost love....

    By 1977 I had decided that my little Honda CB500T wasn't cutting it, and life couldn't go on until I had my own Harley Davidson. I didn't know much about them except only cops and outlaws seem to have them. A guy passing by the place I worked at the time, fanned the flames of desire by letting me ride his mid 70's FXE Superglide and I was forever changed.

    I worked at a dirty, low paying job all that winter, living on sandwiches, saving every dime I could. In the spring of '78, I offed the Honda and bought myself a brand new Sportster. Last year of the original frame style. I was in heaven!!! :raabiaTwo months later, I met the girl I was going to marry....:crash

    We tied the knot, I went back to college and in '80 between semesters sold the troublesome AMF Sporty because I lacked both the money and the knowledge to keep the bike running properly. I traded it on a Honda... :eek1:(:

    I've owned several bikes since that time, 3 more HD's included. But I still regret selling it. It wasn't a great bike by any standard, even of the time, but it was a big, bad American made Harley Davidson and that was when you didn't see 10 of them parked on every street corner. I worked really hard to buy it, loved to ride it and as life unfolded, it turned out that keeping it until I could afford to maintain it properly wouldn't have been that far down the road. Probably would have even saved me money in the long run. The story does end on a happy note. The girl was a keeper!
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  19. Celtic Curmudgeon

    Celtic Curmudgeon Indiana Jones wanabe

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    My first bike in 1986 was a leftover Nighthawk 650, I could have had a 700S for just a few hundred more, and wish I had, the 700 was way cooler than the regular 650. During the early 90's I had a chance to buy an awesome FXR at about $1000 below wholesale from a friend who owned a large used bike dealer. It had a built engine and a lot of custom stuff, fast as hell. The owner was a local 1%er headed to jail for 3-4 years, and needed cash to pay his lawyer. I passed on it, the bike was too recognizable around town. Not a 'Harley guy', but it was truly killer, and being an FXR, I'd probably still have it...
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  20. r60man

    r60man Been here awhile

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    Back in the Early 80's I got a 1974 Triumph TR50MX also known as the "Avenger 500". I rode the snot out of that bike in the woods behind my house and in the pine barrens of southern N.J. The bike was great, I had a couple of little issues here and there, but nothing that wasn't from basically riding the snot out of it. This is not mine, but it looked a lot like this one:

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    Fast forward to the early 90's. Bike is sitting the "bike shed" that my father and I had. I am away at college. He tells me that a buddy of his collects BSA and Triumph singles and since my bike is not getting used I should let it go. OK, sounds good. Dad gave it to the guy, for free. I now lament that big time and would love to find one and get it going.
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