The older Sportbike Road Warrior thread

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by arctic954, Mar 9, 2016.

  1. arctic954

    arctic954 Been here awhile

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    Back when sportbikes were made a little larger, rev'd a little lower, had a little more torque, and had bars a little higher..... at what point did sportbikes get sooo focused & small that they absolutely sucked on the street? (lol, ohhh right....about 2004?) ....2001 seems just about right!

    ZX9's, ZX-11's, ZX12's, VFR's, Blackbirds, F4i's, 929's & 954's..... fast, comfy, roomy, sporty

    Ive owned several older sportbikes over the years and have also owned a few newer high RPM screamers (I have my adventure bike & an SV650 track bike too)......but I keep going back to the older nostalgia. If only I had another fun older street bike. This time......she's going to be quiet, and not have a single thing done to make her faster, even keep stock gearing.....but, better brakes? upgraded suspension & a Penske rear? Im in. Sport-tour & bags? why the hell not....

    Heres my spring project......a near stock 2003 Honda 954rr, 13,000 miles.

    (The 954 was my 3rd bike.....14 years ago......hard to believe this bike is that old.)

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  2. arctic954

    arctic954 Been here awhile

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    Please.......post up your older Sportbikes, Projects, and memories!


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  3. Jimmy the Heater

    Jimmy the Heater Dirt Farmer

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    Here are 3 of the ones in my not too distant past. This is my Dad on the 94 (I think) Ninja 750. The throttle response was horrible, it would melt your kneecap with heat from the radiator, and was difficult to find tires for the odd size rims. It was something weird like a 16 front, 18 rear if I remember correctly. But damn was it comfy. Took me on a 3 day Montana trip with nary a sore muscle. Got sold and my burned knees don't regret it.

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    88 Honda Hawk GT. Always read about these, saying how they were so under appreciated in their time and if they would just make a bike like that again we would have world peace...so I got one. And within a week I wanted to get rid of it. Dreadfully underpowered, needs a 6th gear more than any other bike I've ridden, wonky handling, expensive and difficult to find parts, and hard to work on. It was light weight and certainly unique looking, but I never regret getting rid of it.

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    86 FZ600 in its natural state, torn apart. This isn't my bike but I've put in countless hours wrenching on it. Previous owners have fried the electrical system, the carbs have been off dozens of times. The cam chain rattle is awful. The switchgear works sometimes....Yet when that aircooled 4 lets out an exhaust bellow in a tunnel, there is no other bike in the world that I would rather be on. It doesn't have the wail of a modern 600 but a raspy bark that crawls into your soul and makes it want more. If I could go back in time and buy this bike brand new so it would be reliable, I'd do it in a heartbeat.

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  4. rd400racer

    rd400racer Long timer

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    You could say I had a bit of an old sportbike jones for a while.

    1988 Yamaha FZR750RT, 94 900RR, Ducati Monster, CB1 and RZ350. I also had a 929RR but I liked the 900RR much better. I've still got the Ducati and RZ, but I wish I still had the 900RR. It was about as perfect a motorcycle as I've ever owned. I will pick one up again some day.






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    My son got his WERA road racing license on the 900RR. We took it to Nashville Super Speedway just so he had something to ride (I was on an MZ660 Skorpion) and it was the perfect machine to get his feet wet. I took it out for one practice session and it scared the shite out of me! I'll stick with small motorcycles on the track.

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  5. Tim_Tom

    Tim_Tom Long timer

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    Love me some older sport bikes. Near just as much performance as a brand new bike, for a fraction of the cost. I put quite a few miles on a '92 GPx600R (Ninja 600R), rode that as far north as Nova Scotia and as far south as South Carolina. Tons of fun wringing that little bikes neck. Had the 16" wheels and handled great on smooth roads, but holy crap did it jump around on rough roads! Fun bike, sold it for more than I bought it for too!

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    I'd love to pick up a 10-15 year old GSXR-750 and make it into a barely street legal track whore. That would be a blast.
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  6. DesmoDog

    DesmoDog Desmo was my dog. RIP big guy.

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    I'm going to go with 1994; an 888 is a lot more comfy than a 916 IMHO... (I'm saying that based on owning a 996 for 16 years and merely sitting on an 851 recently. Though to be fair I did put money down on the 851 and am anxiously awaiting taking delivery!)
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  7. Jim Moore

    Jim Moore The Real Deal

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    Here's my current older sportbike. A 98 CBR600 F3 that I picked up for $400. I'm always on the lookout for a CBR900/929/954. it looks to me like the 900s are becoming collector's items. You can still find a good deal on a 929 or 954 occasionally. I also wouldn't mind owning a 98 or later ZX-9. I had a line on one for $1600, but the neighborhood was so sketchy that I was considering bring my gun to the deal. Then I thought, "If you need a gun, you probably oughta pass." And I did.

    I like the older carbed bikes. Not that I think carbs are better than FI, but guys will let a carbed bike sit until it won't run, then sell it for cheap.

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  8. rd400racer

    rd400racer Long timer

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    Only bad thing about the older sport bikes is that 9 times out of 10, when you click on the ad in Craigslist you get a motorcycle that's either been rattle canned flat black or has an extended swingarm.

    Damn that pisses me off!
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  9. Jim Moore

    Jim Moore The Real Deal

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    See, I like that. The extended swingarm says, "I'm an idiot." Same with lowering kits and LED lights. You can just close the ad and go on to something else.
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  10. rd400racer

    rd400racer Long timer

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    Oh trust me, I do:D
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  11. Tim_Tom

    Tim_Tom Long timer

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    A friend of mine posted this video the other day. Those who like the sound of a big bore I-4 screaming through the gears, turn up the volume after 1:30.



    He got that FZR1000 for a song a while back and it was pretty wrecked so he fixed it up and it's served as his track bike for a while. He does like Ferrari's, so he painted it Ferrari red and added the Ferrari logos. You'd be amazed how many clueless people believe him when he say's it's a real Ferrari motorcycle. :lol3
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  12. Skowinski

    Skowinski opposable thumbs

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    Yep, completely agree. I had a 93 900RR, bought with about 2,000 miles on it and sold with about 50,000 miles. It had the usual fixes, Ohlins, Ontario Mototech triple clamps (big improvement to the steering geometry)... sold it a few years back and still regret that!

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  13. Bungholio

    Bungholio Long timer

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    From 1983 through the mid 1990's was the age of the 16" front wheel. Everyone did it. I'm surprised you don't have an Intercepter in that list.

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  14. Hobbomock

    Hobbomock the carp

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    And my sport-tourer

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    2000 CBR1100XX Super Blackbird


    4 - 5 years on these two and I'm still happy. I recently considered an ST1100 swap for the BBird but then the snow melted and I fell in love again.
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  15. anotherguy

    anotherguy unsympathetic

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    The most recent photo I have of my '04 Tuono. Best bike I've ever owned-period. Out for a ride this afternoon and found out it'll still wheelie in third coming out of a corner w/just a little burp of the clutch. And that's w/over 110K miles on the clock.
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    And the coolest bike I've ever owned. My '84 RZ350.

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  16. roma258

    roma258 Been here awhile

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    Great idea for a thread! Here is my current vintage sport bike, VF500 miniceptor. 30 years old and purrs like a kitten. At a different time and place I'd hold on to her, but I need to clear some garage space and she's pulling the short straw. I'm sure this is a decision I'll regret.
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    Can she tour? Yep, super comfy tourer when you want her to be.
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  17. FTL900

    FTL900 White and nerdy

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    I owned (and loved) this bike for 12 years, and all my buddies on newer, lighter bikes were amazed that I could keep up with them.
    It was a tank, but it the limiting factor was in my head, not in the suspension. My next bike was a GSXR750, and I wasn't any faster on it.

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    My current daily driver shares some of that DNA.
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  18. Douf

    Douf Limey Bitch

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    '94 CBR900

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    Still got it ~15,000 miles.

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    Stock except for the pillion seat and screen (which of course are safely boxed up in my normal anally-retentive fashion)
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  19. olegbabich

    olegbabich Been here awhile

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  20. roma258

    roma258 Been here awhile

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    Still wearing the same leathers, nice! Um, the helmet is a replica though, right?
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