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Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by ph0rk, Dec 27, 2012.
My Dad's 1996 HD 1200 sportster.
Honda Rebel, 250cc I believe it was. Rented it for my MC road test. About the only thing this bike is useful for.
It won't. I had a Leo Vince set up on mine. It sounded like sloppy, wet, dirty sex and moaned convincingly when I got on it.
It got me from San Francisco to LA in an afternoon. It easily ran 1100 miles in 18 hours.
It was utterly competent.
I spent thousands on it trying to make it a bike I was excited to ride.
It never let me down.
And I couldn't wait to sell it. Riding it always felt like a boring compromise and I hated pulling the plastics off it and doing maintenance I like doing on most other bikes.
The DL1000 will show up alot in this thread.
Well said. It is, what you make of it
I think if you are bored it's because you're not paying attention. I bought a 125cc scooter for my son a couple of months ago and commuted with it for a couple of weeks and a couple hundred miles. I thought it would be underwhelming. It was fun to ride. If you can't figure out how to have fun with it you're doing something wrong.
There r no boring bikes, just boring riders.
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What if we rephrase it a little?
What is the least engaging bike you've ever ridden?
I've never met a motorcycle I didn't like, but I liked some quite a bit less than others. for me it was the DL650. It was a "comptent" bike.
I can't speak to riders being bored while riding; but I see people call bikes boring all the time.
I don't think I'd be able to call a bike I was terrified to ride boring - I think a 30 mph max scooter would be sheer terror to ride around here, for example (and thus not "boring"). Similarly, a bike that could stall at any moment wouldn't be boring. I wouldn't like it, but it wouldn't be boring.
Then again, I can't ever really be "bored" while riding my wee because I'm constantly expecting some tuned out jackass to try to kill me. The wee, being boring, responds to input and keeps me alive for the next jackass.
Late model carbed Bonnie.
Honda 919 when first rode it. Then I got really good deal one one and have grown to like it.
The last gen vfr800
Stock fuel injected fat boy.
A friend of mine has a Honda VTX 1300 that I tried out, what a boring ride that one is. Strike another point of Honda.
Glad to see the New Bonnevile got more than just the perennial negative vote from NJ Brett. If it hadn't got a second vote I might have been worried that I enjoy riding a bike that's not boring! I fall into the category of riders who see people who get bored as boring. I think twist and go scooters are boring but I love stealing my wife's ET 4 Vespa and taking it for a spin.
1988ish BMW K100. Slow, vibrated, controls and instruments like a cheap kids toy. Absolutely dreadful motorcycle. Nothing about it made me want to ride it ever again.
1988 Honda GL1500 Electric smooth but, heavy, ponderous and awkward seating position. It always felt like I was sitting on top of it instead of in it. The bars were too far rearward and so were the pegs. Just weird. Even worse because I owned a GL1200 at the time and should have been in love with the new six. It didn't make me want one and it should have.
2002 Honda GL1800: same gripes as the 1500. Handled better but, everything else was equally weird and boring.
Yamaha TW200: the dream of what it will be far exceeds the reality. Just a painfully slow, boring motorcycle to own. Some get great mileage with them because they make no attempt to do the speed limit. If you try to ride it like a normal motorcycle, you are constantly wringing its little neck and mileage drops into the 50s. Leaving work one day, into a 30 MPH headwind, I was in serious danger of being run over on a 60 MPH road. The brakes seemed responsive and solid...until I tried a more brisk stop and learned that I had already been using 80% of the brakes all along. I don't think it can lock its front wheel when smoothly applied.
2006 DL 1000
I can find no faults with this bike. On the other hand, I had absolutely no emotional reaction to it either. I want a bike that will create an emotional response from me, leaving me feeling happy when riding and when I step off of it.
The bottom line is, always test ride a bike (no matter what) before you buy it.
Got a smoking deal on a very low mileage K75S. I freshed the bike up and it was the most appliance like bike I have ever owned. It did everything without hesitation but it gave the same feeling I get when taking soda out of the fridge. Sold it for a killer profit and never looked back.
i could not have said it any better!
Riding bikes is an EMOTIONAL experience - and that will range from pure excitement to utter dissapointment ... including boring
Thats the great thing about bikes - they usually induce a reaction of some sort - good ot bad !
Honda Shadow 750. Omfg. No engine, brakes, suspension or seat!
Traded it for a vtec Vfr that gave me a hard on every time I even looked at it. But I was 25 so that went with most things!