What bike did you like more than you thought you would?

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by cb4017, Feb 17, 2013.

  1. cb4017

    cb4017 Adventurer

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    We have a thread about bikes you didn't like as much as you thought you would. How about the opposite? Bikes you liked much more than you thought you would.

    For me it was the VStrom DL1000. I always thought they were ugly and never had a desire to own one. Then I started looking for a bike that was fun to ride, had a relaxed, upright riding position and could be used for 2-up touring. The DL1000 meets all my requirements and looks better in person.

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    Anybody else?
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  2. Steve G.

    Steve G. Long timer

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    In 1991 I wanted to get rid of my 3 yr old Ducati in the worst way. It had been a mechanical night mare, a dealership system imploding in Canada, a gigantic money pit. I decided to go from a red, sexy, Italian model, to a wide assed, ugly German housewife, as bikes go. I rode home on my new R100GS, with it's weird switchgear that I had to pull over twice to figure out.
    After 2 weeks, I understood. The thing works. 23 years, 130,000kms, and countless attempts by other companies to duplicate, this thing is WAY more bike than I originally thought it was.
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  3. Vincenthdfan

    Vincenthdfan Been here awhile

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    DL1000 Vee for me too...the dang thing is getting ridden more and more this winter. I cant seem to get enough of just puttin around on this scoot...its just a fun, torquey bike to ride. :clap
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  4. Croak

    Croak Been here awhile

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    My Tuono. Oh, sure, I knew I would like it, but what I didn't know was how much I liked it for everything on pavement.

    The original plan was to use the Tuono as a weekend local toy and let my Sprint ST handle all my touring/longer range needs. Didn't work out that way.

    As much as I love my trusty Sprint, it's only clocked up a few hundred miles in the two years since I bought the Tuono, most of that commuting/shopping. On the other hand, the Tuono has indeed been my weekend toy, my touring mount for tens of thousands of miles, and my regular commuter. And it's done it reliably.
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  5. ZZ-R Rider

    ZZ-R Rider Captain Fantastic

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    My 2007 Kawasaki ZZ-R250 ... bought this Bike in 2010 as a cheap "get me back on 2 wheels" Bike while dealing with an emotionally devastating divorce at that time;

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    Prior to the ZZ-R had Ridden Cruisers for 8 years so honestly thought I'd end up not lilking the 'lil Kawi, but this Bike has been fabulous! I love it and if I could have the EXACT same Bike with a 450cc motor, then I wouldn't need or want any other motorcycle!
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  6. branchen

    branchen Adventurer

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    My current bike, a 2005 FZ1 (named FZS 1000 Fazer in Europe).
    Much easier to ride than I thought, much faster than my previous VFR in normal road trips, much better fuel consumption... great bike.
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  7. 0ldhippie

    0ldhippie Been here awhile

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    '99 zx9r! Bought it thinking it would be fun in the hills. Turns out it was great everywhere! Comfortable for me to tour on and fun around town! So good I replaced it with a '02 when totaled it at a track day. Sold it 4 years ago and haven't found anything to really replace it with??
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  8. DavidBanner

    DavidBanner Banned

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    every dualsport bike i've ever been on...except the GS1150 ADV.
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  9. chadhargis

    chadhargis Too tall for sportbikes

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    KLR-650 for me.

    That bike proved to me that you can't ride a spec sheet. It had no power, suspension was crap, it had a torture rack for a seat, and it was possibly the most fun bike I've ever ridden.
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  10. Stratlanta

    Stratlanta Flabby Adventurer

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    DL1000 V-Strom for me too. Sold it and miss it.
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  11. Velociraptor

    Velociraptor TrackBum

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    I thought I would like my 2009 KTM 690r, but it is probably the best bike I have ever owned. What I like is the bike's ability to do an OK job on the pavement, but then be a GREAT bike off road. It is seriously fast in the dirt but is built to work well going fast. No it is not a good single track bike, but I rarely do that kind of riding. I did a week in Baja with mostly larger adventure KTMs and BMWs and was so glad I was on the 690 after seeing what the riders on the bigger bikes were going through. I currently also have a tricked out KTM 990 Supermoto R which is loads of fun but for sure the 690 is the one I would keep if I could only have one bike.
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  12. ukiboy

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    DL650 VStrom. Bought new in Dec 2010 with the intention of it being just a 'stop gap' bike but I ended up keeping it longer than any other bike i've owned in 19 years of riding.
    2 years and 14000 miles and it was probably the best bike I owned. I can see why they are rated so highly; a very capable and fun bike.
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  13. Dalmatino

    Dalmatino Been here awhile

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    Basic test ride...90% chance you wont like it. Ride it for a day and you'll want to ride some more. After a while you will have a hard time lettn go :1drink

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    This is my second one that I pick up next week.


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    07 that I regretfully sold few years ago.



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    Another one that got under my skin for a reason I still dont quite understand (3rd one since 03)
    In process of being converted to street fighter
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  14. Pokeyjoe

    Pokeyjoe Aprilia Dorsoduro

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    This is funny. Same bikes in both threaeds.
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  15. Randy

    Randy Long timer

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    After years of being anti-Harley and just not getting the appeal, me and the fiance wondered into a dealership one day just to kill some time and I spotted a gold 48 like pictured above. It was the first H-D that had ever even caught my eye other than the occasional custom built flat tracker, but it was enough that the salesman, along with the prodding of my GF, talked me into a test ride. So after a few days of thinking about that bike I went back by the dealership and took that first ride on an H-D. Filled with my own prejudice I fully expected to hate everything about it. But, you know what? After a few minutes I let all that go and admitted that I was actually enjoying it. Sure, it's different from anything else I have ever, or currently own(ed), or even wanted to own in the past, but taken for what it is I find it to be a very enjoyable motorcycle.

    I actually like the one in the pic above better than the one I rode though. For one thing this one has mid controls instead of the stock forwards, and another is that this one is MINE! :clap
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  16. Unleaded

    Unleaded Unit Train

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    I created a thread about it a month or so ago, but after 500 miles of ownership, I can say with certainty it's the VFR1200 for me. Never interested in it. Wasn't attracted to a thing about it until recently, when low prices made it worth a shot. Still too early to say for sure, but this thing could easily rank among my favorite bikes I've ever owned or ridden. Gotten to the point I really like the looks, even, though I'll still change the exhaust at some point. Just a brilliant all-around bike.

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  17. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

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    I hated the 1150GS. I bought it because a fellow ADVer was trying to sell it and I had the money. At first, I really hated it. I stalled it a bunch of times trying to test ride it. It handled funny, it's tall and butt ugly....
    but then something started to happen - I started to ride it. I had 4 other bikes but I just rode this thing all the time. In the canyons on the weekends, on trips with my wife, in the dirt, on the highway.....

    In the last few years my wife and I have done over 60k on this bike and have literally spent months traveling around the country.
    I would have never imagined that I would spend a month in Mexico, and actually rode some of the Baja 1000 course on this bike. It's ugly, nearly indestructible, and can do dammed near anything if you have the balls.
    I love this bike.

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  18. dieselpete

    dieselpete Been here awhile

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    Two bikes, F650GS I was looking for a DR650, and a "friend" had a spare GS... This bike did everything the DR did, only better. I must explain, I'm 80/20, and not into extreme off-road. Then I made a big mistake... Another "friend" had a R1200GS... A few weeks later I had one, as the only way to describe the ride was "I didn't meet God the other day, but I did ride his motorcycle".
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  19. Speedo66

    Speedo66 Transient

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    Two bikes actually.

    An '00 Suzuki SV650 Naked turned out to be way more than the sum of the parts or the spec sheet would indicate. Great engine, great light, flickable handling. Loved that bike, but sold it to my son in exchange for a new '03 SV1000 Naked. While the 1000 had a great, more powerful engine, the amazing handling and lightness was gone.

    The other bike is my Kawasaki W650, basically a shameless clone of a 60's Bonneville. I've had classic Triumphs, and this bike gives you everything you liked about them, with none of the downsides, i.e., oil leaks, electric gremlins, and poor starting. It has the magic e button, plus a kick starter for those times you feel like it. Did I mention how pretty they are? :D

    If you've never ridden a classic Triumph, you owe it to yourself to take a ride on one of these to see what the fuss was all about.

    I've ridden the new Triumphs, and in my opinion, the Kaw is a closer copy of the old ones, with more of what made them so desirable.
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  20. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

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    you know what's weird about the GS, at least for me is that it never impressed me but to this day is still continues to surprise me.
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