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Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by ph0rk, Dec 27, 2012.
Utterly over-competent bike which did all things well but none exceptionally. This is one bike I could have fallen asleep on. It just didn't light my hair on fire.
Vulcan 500, Shadow 750, and Intruder 1400 all top the list for me. All terrible bikes I didn't enjoy riding at all.
However, I was pleasantly surprised how fun the XR250R and newer Intruder 800 were. Good ergos, snappy as long as you kept the revs up and rode the piss out of them in every gear, and surprisingly nimble.
Ditto for me, less than the sum of it's parts that one. And yet, it's an all time best seller, so what do I know :huh
Well said. It was the same bike for me, listed earlier in the "bikes you didn't like as much..." thread. It was GREAT. Just not exciting. Having said that, when my signing bonus with the Jets for the QB slot comes in the mail, I'll have another for touring-only duty...except that I REALLY want a Road Glide for that purpose, too. Just don't tell anybody...
I maintain it is the job of the machine to be an excellent tool for the rider, and it is up to the rider to add the 'character' and excitement to the mix. Upon a closer examination, a 'boring' bike usually turns out to be one the rider couldn't fault - how in God's name has this become a bad thing?!?
So here's my New Year's toast to all the 'boring' bikes out there!
The most boring motorcycle I have ever ridden (since I started in 1966) is probably the 1997 Honda Dream 100 that I have had for the past 9 years.... and that's fine. It gets me where I want to go. I enjoy motorcycling but in the end they are primarily transport to me, and most other people where I live right now. There are 2 or 3 registered motorcycles for every car on Phuket Island.
Well, ain't that the truth. I know a lot of interesting people that ride motorcycles..... hard core motorcyclists tend to be boring by comparison!
The GT550, with its shaft drive. low maintenance requirements, and general economy in use, was long the favourite of London's motorcycle couriers. There is nothing wrong with comfortable, reliable and boring when you depend on a bike to earn a crust.
On the other hand, the most exciting road bike I have ridden was the Kawasaki H2 Mach IV, aka "The Widow maker" It's acceleration was a wicked, but the real excitement came with the horrendous cornering and braking. It didn't have the frame or the brakes to match the engine. With a 4.5 gallon tank that it could empty within 90 miles, the excitement soon pales.
You're absolutely right in one sense. I even said nearly that very thing in my most recent post on my VFR1200 thread. But on the other hand, I can't fault my Ford F150 for anything (outside of fuel consumption) for ANY of the driving I do. But if I bought a car for recreational exploits - the sole purpose of most motorcycles - no amount of me adding character and excitement to my Ford is going to make it a Ferrari Maranello.
I guess that is the key and the difference between us - recreation is not the sole purpose of my motorcycles, merely a bonus. But as for turning your Ford into a Ferrari... oh yes, you could. All you need to do is use the public transport for a couple of weeks and I'd bet you'll be more excited to get behind the wheel of your Ford than any Ferrari classic.
When you give toys to young children they are just as likely to play with the box and a piece of string as the actual toy you bought. But when they grow older, they are no longer happy with the box and a piece of string - now they want an iphone. And not just any iphone, it has to be the latest model and just like the one their friends have! When I read you guys complaining about your boring bikes I think of those bored, shallow teens... and I think that your bikes are not boring - you've just lost your ability to enjoy.
Wow! Quite a leap in logic. I've enjoyed something about every bike I've ever ridden. Your words are steeped in a bit of irony, to be honest, as indiscriminate criticism doesn't suggest a joyous accuser. But variety is the spice of life, and I'm glad you've found bikes that suit your utilitarian needs.
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This was my first thought as well. I borrowed a demo from the shop I worked at while my 600 Hurricane was down. I could hear the clutch lever pivot squeak over the engine at full throttle. Like riding a large suppository. It was even that semi-metallic beige color. Used in the manner it was designed for it was incredibly boring. However, when you're trying to chase
down your buddies who are all on CBR600's it got quite exciting. It did handle the local railroad crossing jump pretty well.
If you find a bike boring you are just not going fast enough!
Nope, it is quite easy to create a fake and boring motorcycle...the Japanese have become masters of this. CV carbs with small diaphragm vents to reduce throttle response or fuel injection designed to only respond so quickly. They seem to see these traits as desirable so oafs aren't startled by a 'sudden'--yet commanded--response of power. Limp suspension with imprecise damping. Excessive steering trail to ensure that wobbles and instability don't frighten the inexperienced, serve only to dull the steering feedback in the twisties. Crappy Transformer-like instrument clusters with glitzy displays that will soon fade, crack and craze. Miles of phony engine and frame covers to conceal poorly designed or poorly integrated components (Suzuki Vulcans and Yamaha Viragos are among the worst in this category). Brakes designed to intentionally not startle inexperienced users and therefore have broad engagement zones and poor final amount of available friction.
It is quite common for manufacturers to pasteurize, homogenize, filter and blend something to the point that it becomes as interesting as a block of Velveeta. If you haven't ridden a bike that doesn't suffer from those traits, you owe it to yourself to seek one out.
I tend to like my motorcycles with instant feedback, honest hardware and real suspension and brakes. There is no fake anything here. Every part has a purpose or it didn't make it to the final design. It's honest, spartan and raw. It's also the most 'alive' motorcycle I own.
It's pretty bad when a Harley engine can be described as 'responsive and snappy' compared to so many of the failures listed in this thread. The reality of 65+ ft/lbs of torque available over a 30 MPH spread in every gear makes it a willing backroad accomplice. Every tweak of the throttle is met with an immediate lunge forward. It steers right now and will stand on its nose if you ask it to.
It seems "boring" as some define it here is simply the wrong type of bike for the riders personality. Some ride for excitement, some for the social or lifestyle aspect, I just want to get out and go without being in a box.
I'm not an enthusiast, I'm a rider, it's not that certain bikes are "boring" per say, it's just that some have traits that diminish the riding experience.
For me, RR sport bikes are "boring", they just aren't suitable for the kind of riding I like to do. Riding them as they are intended makes as much sense as going to a 5 star restaurant and ordering a Power Bar and Gatoraid. I want to savor the entire experience, not rush through it.
I also find custom cruisers "boring", they have too many compromises to style that interfere with riding. Riding is a physical experience, nothing wrong with wanting a bike to look good, but not to the point the riding experience suffers.
I like "boring" bikes with character, bikes that don't excel at any one use but can be used for anything, Bikes that have personality but don't have annoying flaws, bikes that have that certain "je ne sais quoi" that makes them interesting and engaging.
Out of the 20+ bikes I have owned, 2 stand out, my Ural Patrol, and the KRS RZ350 I had back in the 80's. I have had all kinds of bikes and got enjoyment from all of them, but those 2 just make me want to ride, hot or cold, rain or shine......................just ride.
I consider all late model motorcycles to be fake, especially Japanese bikes. They have been so highly refined that they have no character, no personality, no "soul" left. They may be reliable, but what good is that if you don't want to ride them because they are drop dead boring. The same thing has happened to new cars, but most people use them as transportation only, so they actually like it. But to me a motorcycle is 100% a recreational machine. I would gladly give up some of that safety and reliability to have some character. Just ride ANY 30-40 year old bike, and compare it to any new bike, and you will immediately notice a huge difference. Harley is pretty much the only company that still makes bikes with any character. Harleys still vibrate, and they still have that sweet off beat exhaust sound. I wonder if that is a big part of why they still sell so well?
The BUELL thing is interesting......... But I've only ever ridden a smaller engined Lightening with 3000 miles showing, which I had for an hours test ride, with a view to buy.
I quite liked it (being bought up on mostly Jap & Brit bikes since the late 70's)..... it handled great, stopped good and sounded nice.......
.......but I was disappointed that the infamous V-Twin torque was totally lacking :huh Not boring though.
A 1990's 883 had more grunt..... whilst the lightening needed plenty of revs - this was a real let-down, so I never bought it.
Boring bikes do exist - fact Give a dog a bone and it'll have fun for hours...... it's all relative
But owning/riding a boring bike can kind of be like dating a fat chick. She will go out of her way to be sure and never let you down and will do things with/to you that no supermodel ever would. So a guy needs both the way I see it. Both motorcycles and women, but multiple motorcycles are much easier to get along with.
I have both ends of the spectrum in motorcycles. I have a DL 1K for purely utilitarian duty, its sole purpose is to get from here to where ever without incident. Some call it boring, I havent reached that opinion yet but I understand what boring is. After putting 250K on connie C10 I was tired of that bike and found going places on it wasnt fun.
At the other end of the spectrum is my brutale 910R. Its a `06 and I never ride without thinking ...damn what a ride. But Im quite sure I`ll never put 250K on it either.
So to me all motorcycles serve a need for someone, they just are not for everybody.
And I do have 2 girlfriends. and they are as different as my strom and brutale.
Its all just opinion, I have never owned a bike that any sports bike rider would label as anything but boring junk.
I have never owned a bike I did not find things to like on, there was always something good about any bike, and some bikes that had very little to like were exciting to ride.
But for me, a heavy, slow, quiet bike with lower power is not much fun, even if it never gives problems.
A light nimble and severely under powered bike is more fun as you have to race it all the time.
I also imagine a sport bike is not much fun if you have to stay within the speed limits.
CB700SC Honda Nighthawk S
Yeah, it looked awesome sitting still...fast looking.
Looked great on paper too as far as engineering went.
God that bike was boring to ride....wind buffeting, light switch powerband....just couldnt bond with that bike.
In retrospect, I've been that way with most Hondas Ive owned. Boring...
Looking back, Ive predominately owned and loved Yamahas.
Yep. I had a 2002 V-Star 650 that couldn't get out of its own way. YAWN-O-RIFIC bike. Got rid of it and replaced it with an '05 Roadstar Warrior 1700. BIG step in the right direction at the time.