The most boring bike you've ever ridden

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by ph0rk, Dec 27, 2012.

  1. skysailor

    skysailor Rat Rider

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    Great thread.
    Many have named bikes as boring, then went on to complain about brakes, seats, performance etc.
    To me "boring" means "no challenge", no "excitement", etc.
    I had an Ariel Square Four....couldn't pull the skin off a rice pudding! Awful brakes. Made me walk home......usually. Boring? Nope.
    My present ride will top 230 kph. Brakes are very good. Handling, just fine. Always gets me where I'm going. Always starts. Never needs anything but fuel and oil. This is "boring" to me. A Bandit. Begs the question. I "boring" necessarily a bad thing....?
    Lyle
  2. windmill

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    Not surprising, but kind of disappointing how many equate less speed or power to "boring".

    I have found that the most interesting, entertaining, and engaging bikes I have owned or ridden were not performance orientated, even what would be considered "underpowered" by many.

    I like to joke that on my Ural, 0 to 60 is timed with a calender not a stopwatch, and needs to be done in a zip code not a 1/4 mile.
    Sometimes I do wish it had more power, but overall it is a minor consideration as 95% of my daily and recreational riding is well within it's limitations.
  3. LexLeroy

    LexLeroy Mr. Spoil Sport

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    My DL1000 VStrom is appliance-like, but not particularly boring on Kentucky's secondary and rural roads. When I'm trapped into riding on flat, smooth and straight roads with my Harley-owning friends - then the boredom is mind-numbing.
  4. dtysdalx2

    dtysdalx2 PITA but useful

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    Doesn't seem to be any dirt bikes in this thread...:hmmmmm
  5. SmithSwede

    SmithSwede Been here awhile

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    Most boring was a 2005 Yamaha FJR. Just too big, too smooth, boring, turbine like engine; too much plastic and windscreen. The only "exciting" thing about it was moving the beast around the garage trying not to get a hernia. Or riding it in the summer wondering when the engine heat would set your pants on fire. I know lots of people love that bike. More power to them! But man I hated mine.

    Contrary to an earlier poster, my Ninja 250 is one of the most entertaining, least boring bikes I've ever had. Amuses me every time I ride it. Go figure.
  6. stretchmoney

    stretchmoney Been here awhile

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    Some of these replies I find funny. Some say "bike x was boring/scary/shit brakes/suspension" ?
    I will say that a bike has crap motor, suspension, brakes, engine, but will say that makes it kind of fun to ride.
    I think danger without getting hurt IS fun, otherwise we all would just drive cars.
    Riding my friend Ray's 1972 Honda XL175 on the highway at night when it struggle to hit 55 with me(130 lbs) was one of the funnest rides I remember in the last few years. When traffic is flying past me instead of me flying past it, it is scary. And fun.
  7. windmill

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    Huh? :hmmmmm

    I don't get it.

    I'm a full time rider, and don't have a car because I don't like them.
  8. NJ-Brett

    NJ-Brett Brett

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    Riding any bike in the dirt is fun, no matter what bike really.
    The worse the bike the less boring it is anyway...


  9. JustKip

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    I toured CA, AZ, and NV on one in '72. Best summer of my life!

    Average speed was a little lower back then and it was still slower than average traffic.
  10. oalvarez

    oalvarez Resident Raggamuffin

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    Super capable road going tourer, rode it hard, but it still felt like a car to me.....a BMW R1200RT
  11. nuttynu

    nuttynu NuttyNu Rider

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    My 97 ninja 250, first bike, love it. But after a month... Bye bye !!!
  12. LoneTraveler

    LoneTraveler Captain Zoomtastic

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    Same here. Wonderful bike! Totally awesome appliance for covering lots of miles, but still totally lacking in soul and character.

    I rode one for 400 miles one day, a rental this was. It was nice, by all accounts very luxurious, very comfortable, but it felt so isolated that I was thinking "Shit, maybe I should have just rented a convertible, considering how much I just spent..."

    The next time I rent a bike, it's going to be a Ducati. :D
  13. Jimmy the Heater

    Jimmy the Heater Dirt Farmer

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    A few thoughts.
    That is very odd about the DL1000 as I have an SV1000 which is basically the same engine and frame and it is absolutely thrilling to ride.

    As far as the Ninja 250 goes, here is my theory. They are quite easy to learn to ride because of the mellow power and low seat. So once a newer rider starts hitting the throttle stop frequently they think they need a bigger bike.

    However the wee Ninja still has a LOT to teach riders in my estimation. Put a set of sticky tires on it, don't be afraid to rev it and there are not many situations where it will let you down. (passing at 60+ is the only one that comes to mind)

    I have 30+ years of experience riding motorcycles and consider myself a competent rider and the Ninja 250 is one of my favorite bikes. Absolutely full of character and in no way boring.
  14. Geoff

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    Honda Gold Wing. Yawn.
  15. bullittman281

    bullittman281 Been here awhile

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    I'll bite.
    I haven't rode too many bikes but the least inspiring was a first gen KLR 650. slow, heavy, uninspiring. Having said that I have a jones for one. Not sure why, but I kinda do. :huh

    As far as character, I don't know that I would call flaws a form character. Those are just flaws. Character would be things like inspiring engine noise or an exciting power band involving loads of mid-range power, like a big bore thumper. Prefect flat power bands, silent, buzz free engines lack character.
  16. California

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    2008 Yamaha FZ-1, I took a full day, rode from Carmel Valley to Hollister, south to Paso Robles via 25. Then on south to San Luis Obispo and back up to Carmel via Hwy 1. A phenomenal combination of some of California's best roads! The weather was perfect, it was a mid week day so there was very little traffic, everything was perfect.

    When I got home, my wife asked me "how was your ride?" . . .

    I thought for a second, and realized that there wasn't that usual "smile" after a great ride, and there was no lingering euphoria. I answered, "OK" and it was then that I recognized that although the ride was fantastic, the bike was merely competent, it did everything I asked of it, but it left me merely disinterested.

    That's the lowest form of compliment one can give, "it was OK", WOW, that;s the definition of boring!

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  17. cls

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    Ditto. Bought a new '08 and it "was the best bike I ever hated." It earned the quote. Nothing really wrong w/it: fast enough, handled well, looked pretty good, etc. I just didn't want to ride it. Wide between the knees, a little top-heavy, and no low-end oomph. Yech.
  18. BMW-K

    BMW-K F800GS FTW!

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    Triumph Speed Triple.

    Technically the motor is fantastic. Great power, totally linear, torque everywhere, absolutely controllable anywhere in the rev range.

    And totally bo-o-o-o-o-o-r-ing to me.

    Sold that bike in 9 months. It did everything I asked it to do except create excitement.

    Next most boring bike for me? Any J4 inline four. Meh. :nah 100% exactly the same as all the rest.

    I'm rather enjoying my Monster EVO. A Lot. Tons of engine character, fantastic handling, huge garage appeal and comfortable enough for 500 mile days. I did an SS1k without any issues at all on it.

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    Different strokes...but I finally found the right bike for me.
  19. stik__boy

    stik__boy Been here awhile

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    creaky Been here awhile

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    '98 Concours. I was excited about getting a nice comfy touring bike when I bought it, spent a number of hours making it like I wanted it, rode it to FL and back, nice smooth ride, kept the weather off me, plenty of engine.....BORRRING! Sold it soon after.