Motorcycle regrets....

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

  1. orforester

    orforester Adventurer

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    Nope, every bike I ever wanted I have bought and some twice or three times. Had 6 Yamaha XS 650's, three RD 350's, two Honda Ascots, tow BMW's, Three Harleys, hum, two Hodakas and Triumph 250. Never had a Suzuki water Buf, never wanted one. Wouldn't mind a 36WL Harley.....hum might start looking..........
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  2. Conedodger

    Conedodger Wanna Ride

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    My first bike was an '85 Nighthawk S. Liked it so much, I owned 3 of them over a 16 year period. Wish I had kept one. (Ignore the cage. Wish I still had that too!)

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  3. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

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    Regrets ?
    A couple. The first was a '46 Indian Cheif that belonged to a guy that fixed the rear wheel of my CA 100 Honda. I was only 14 or 15 and he offered me the Cheif ,slightly bobbed , for $600. I had the money ,but, my dad wouldn't let me get it . He said about "just something else to get hurt on . "
    The other bike was a '63 Panhead H-D Shriners bike. It was clean enough to eat off. The problem was no money, everything I had went into keeping my Z-1 Kawasaki on the road.
    But , you can't have them all, can't do it all, you can however, want them all/
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  4. falcofred

    falcofred aka Beer Scout

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    My second street bike was a 84 Nighthawk S, hydraulic lifters, shaft drive, air cooled. Just ride it and change the oil per maintenance schedule. Why can't they make a bike like that anymore?


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  5. PharaohScoots

    PharaohScoots Twist-N-GO

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    I saw the OP's bike regret at the 2012 Indy GP, it was nice, pristine. I'll try to figure out how to post a pic some day.

    In a twist I always wanted a Honda V45 Sabre.
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  6. Bill-66

    Bill-66 Hencho in Kansas

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    I miss my XR650R....and oddly, I put 10k on a Honda Reflex, the trials bike one..that was a fun little bike....

    :lol3
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  7. orangebear

    orangebear Long timer

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    Buying a klr650 after i reading all the stuff on line say best bike ever i sold the bike at a loss to get it got
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  8. 2tallnwide

    2tallnwide Long timer

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    I bought the first one that came to our dealer, the black one to the left of mine was the second one, my friend bought it. Mine ended up having to be rebuilt, but first they had to send their tech to Atlanta to school for the V-4. To his credit he did a great job, the bike was awesome after that.

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    It was the most techno advanced bike of the day, 6 speed, shaft drive, water cooled, first production V-4, anti theft protection system, hyd clutch, etc. But as nice as it was I never really bonded with it like the hopped up '77 KZ650 I sold to get it. Probably because the KZ wheelied better...:D
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  9. Knute Dunrvnyet

    Knute Dunrvnyet marooned in realtime

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    Having to bid a sad farewell to my faithful '90 Kaw 650 Tengai. Needed the cash, car had died. :(
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  10. don07tncav

    don07tncav Adventurer

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    Had an RE5 Suzuki that I rode a lot of miles on and sold it to my dad in the early 80's. He kept it for several years then sold it to someone in Michigan. I blew a freeze plug one winter and the thing still ran even with antifreeze mixing in the oil. The dealership wanted to pull the engine and send it to Japan for repair. I had a metric socket machined to fit the motor and got a replacement freeze plug from an auto parts store.

    Looked for a replacement over the years but haven't found one I could afford.

    It looked like this one. [​IMG]
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  11. CafeRacer99

    CafeRacer99 Been here awhile

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    I wish I had kept my Harley and my Triumph Thruxton.

    But the one I really regret selling is my wife's Ducati Sport Classic. It was the first year of the model, when it had a single shock and a solo seat. They changed to a dual shock and two-up seat the next year, essentially creating a limited edition bike by accident.

    It was a beautiful bike with great sound and good power. Completely impractical, which is why we sold it, and why we should have kept it.

    Here is a video I made to showcase the new pipes.

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  12. Bar None

    Bar None Long timer

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    No regrets for me maybe because I never owned any rare bikes just 3 W650s, 2 Transalps, 2 Pacific Coasts, 3 Honda Shadows, 5 CX/GL/500/650s, 2 Harleys, 2 DF250RTBs, 3 Goldwings, 2 1500 Vulcans, 3 Scooters, 2 X6 Hustlers, XT225, BSA 650, Honda 125, blah blah blah.:rofl:rofl:rofl
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  13. hippiebrian

    hippiebrian Long timer

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    Last August, I traded in my Kymco 150 for a new Bonneville. While I love my Bonneville, I sure do miss the scooter. :cry Thinking about looking for a cheap beater scooter to make me feel better...

    I also regret getting rid of the '69 Sporty I had back in the day. Bone stock. Real Evel Kenevel machine! Twist the throttle, ratle your molars, and take off like a herd of turtles! It was so much damn fun though!
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  14. Kamloopsrider

    Kamloopsrider Been here awhile

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    Easy... 1973 Norton 750 Commando.
    In 1985 my loyal Norton that had carried me across Canada, the northern U.S. and down to the tip of the Baja peninsula was in sorry shape and in desperate need of a rebuild. My wife at the time was convinced the last thing we needed was a bike. After about a year of near constant shite about the bike taking up room in the basement I sold it for $200.
    Fast forward almost 30 years... While surfing the interwebs looking at bikes my present wife sees me drooling over a 1973 750 Commando. She asks me why I like this bike. After hearing the story she says, "You should buy one."
    In my shop sits a 2005 Road King, a 1969 Bonneville, a 1973 Tiger engine looking for a frame and enough tools and parts to maintain these machines. Despite full knowledge of this my wife thinks I should buy another bike. She is solid gold!!
    I found a Commando in Calgary, it's now sitting at my buddies house in Red Deer waiting for better weather in order to come to it's new home.
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  15. steelerider

    steelerider Southafricanamerican

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    Sold my 2009 Thriumph Sprint ST. That was dumb. Metallic royal blue, with the TOR muffler. Nothing sounds like a triple. Damn that was a comfy, sexy, powerful bike, winding it up was close to great coitus. Why, oh why did I sell it for the utterly capable, supremely competent but boring ass R1200RT?
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  16. steelerider

    steelerider Southafricanamerican

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    Oh man. The sport classic is such a beautiful bike. All soul. They are almost collectible now, going up in value. Shame, shame,shame.
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  17. EricD10563

    EricD10563 Been here awhile

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    My 1976 CB750F with RC headers, Street Stoker shocks, CC fork brace, Goldwing front wheel a little lighter, bunch of little stuff even put washers under the valve springs since I was to poor to buy proper springs. I used to redline that bike on a weekly basis (I owned it from 17 to 39) but I had to get rid of it because I was moving. I've been looking for another one a lot lately.

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  18. fallingoff

    fallingoff Banned

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    I love those rotary's
    cheers
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  19. Roadracer_Al

    Roadracer_Al louder, louder, louder!

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    Well, I didn't sell it, it was beat near to death as if it had shit on the carpet. It was crashed, bad (and me, too -- anyone else bond with bikes that try to kill you?) It was ugly as a bag of assholes.

    However, with just bolt-on goodies, it was fast, torquey, and would wheelie at 2500 RPM, ran 145 at redline, and was really comfortable. I did 3 big trips into Canada on it, put over 40k miles on it. Hell, it even got 55mpg if I could behave.

    1980 GS1000s, the "Wes Cooley Replica". IMHO, one of the best-looking bikes ever to come out of Japan. I loved that bike, and some limp-dick crack baby stole it.

    Every once in a while I get nostalgic for it, and have a look on eBay. Clean examples are going for large money, although not as large as Eddie Lawson Replicas. I'd love to build a Tribute with modern components.

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  20. Schmittenhymer

    Schmittenhymer Adventure Tourer

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    That Red CBX? That's Mine ( not the exact one). I sold it to go back to school (1982). Still wish I had it.
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