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

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

  1. Randy

    Randy Long timer

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    Yep, I do love my R1150GS. Even though I have other bikes, the GS pretty much left the others to collect dust. I have others that I enjoy for shorter local solo rides, but if I'm going somewhere or wanting to do some two-up, the GS is my go to bike. :thumb I kinda like the butt ugly nature of it too. Just quirky enough to be sorta cool and ugly enough to not worry about polishing it. I just ride it and let the bugs add up...
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  2. mac inger

    mac inger Been here awhile

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    I know im gonna catch flak for this ,..but after a few thousand dollars of farkling, i like her a lot :p
    Daily driver.

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  3. Mobiker

    Mobiker Long timer

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    In '91 I bought a 1988 R100GS to ride to Alaska in '92. I had a Sportster I loved, but it just wasn't the right bike to ride to AK and I got a good deal on the GS, so I thought I'd ride it to AK and back and then sell it.

    Something happened on the Alaska trip. Many other bikes have come and gone. I still have the GS. I would buy a new one if they still made them. :clap
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  4. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

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    yeah people certainly LOOK at the bike differently, as if "what in the hell is that thing...."

    it's ugly like a pickup truck
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  5. Unleaded

    Unleaded Unit Train

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    You'll never get flak from me, brother. Those are just solid, honest motorcycles, and in this day and age, even with a bunch of farkles, they make all kinds of economic sense too. I could see myself having one as an only bike one day.
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  6. Guano11

    Guano11 Stop me if you've heard this one....

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    Loved it when I bought it used in '93, but as a dual sport guy, I never thought I'd still love it after 20yrs!
    I've ridden the ST1300 and the BMW K1600GT. Both great bikes, but not worth the $10,000 - $20,000 price differential. Comfy tourer, practical commuter, and a competent burner on those sportbike training days.

    "Plastic Fantastic" turned out to be waaay more motorcycle than I bargained for!
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  7. It'sNotTheBike

    It'sNotTheBike Banned

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    I expected to like the 690 a lot. It's known to be an exceptional bike in the
    dual sport motorcycle world. But I was not prepared for just how good the
    bike really is.


    It has exceeded my expectations and continues to do so every time I ride it.


    The 690 has a broader range of use than any bike I know of, and though it
    is not an enduro race bike or a canyon-carving street bike, it can venture into
    both those realms and give a good account of itself. I have other bikes, but when
    I just want to go riding and I am not sure exactly what the ride will involve or
    where I will go, the 690 is the clear choice. If you want you can modify the bike
    so it has an even broader range of capabilities, and then you can have a bike
    which will take you around the world on back roads or trails, or around a race track
    on supermoto wheels.


    One caution : don't ride one unless you are ready and able to buy one.


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  8. truck6driver

    truck6driver The Fireman

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    Well it was a bike that was only to be an in between bike and I ride it more than either of my other 2 bikes. I don't see me getting rid of her anytime soon. Fun little bike thats a hoot to ride in the twisties.

    My 1983 Honda Ascot FT500
    Goes almost anywhere.
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  9. MariusD

    MariusD Been here awhile

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    Honda CRF230F.

    My buddy got one in street trim, with street tires, and my reaction was, wtf?! Why would you buy this POS....?

    Then he told me to take it for a spin and it actually put a smile on my face. It was so nimble but at the same time smooth on our terrible streets, smoother than my m50! I said DANG, this is perfect for around town, get's around 70mpg, and is fine for everything other than highway. I was not expecting that. He runs around the city on it all the time and loves it. And now I understand why :D
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  10. adcolor

    adcolor Adventurer

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    I bought from a friend who had bough it from an old man that lived up the street from his parents. Had ~9700 miles on it. A great hunk of mechanical crap until I took it apart and put it back together.

    Then it was great. You had to RIDE that bike to extract every bit of power it didn't have. Sounds bad, but it was a way better motorcycle than the bike that replaced it (98 Kawi 1300 full Vetter/Samsonite dresser). That Kawi did every mechanical and measurable performance thing better.

    But I still preferred my Hog. Front tire (Metzler Lazer 33) and a set of brake pads each change (~8000 miles). Put a ventilated front rotor on it, braided brake line, soft Vezrah pads. And loved the smell of brake pads on a Sunday morning. Only took one hand to stop then.

    Sparks a flying from the floor boards -- especially effective during night rides.
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  11. dogjaw

    dogjaw plays well alone

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    Bought my DR with every intention of flipping it and making some coin, then I started modding...[​IMG]
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  12. Stobie

    Stobie Mr. Motivated

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    My current street ride, a '93 Suzuki GSX1100G.

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    I don't really like I-4's at all. Not my favorite sound, and the high-frequency buzz you get with most of them puts my hands to sleep, even if I don't notice it while I'm riding; so I normally stick with twins and thumpers. But for some reason I became enamored with this bike. Figured I could give it a try and not lose much if I hated it, and wanted to get rid of it.

    It turns out that it's a really sweet ride, a silky-smooth torque monster. This puppy will idle at 1200 rpm in 5th gear doing 25 mph without protest. Roll the throttle back open and it just pulls. Flog it, and it's shockingly quick for what it is; but it's perfectly happy just pootling around, too. The engine is essentially a 2nd-gen GSXR1100 motor with an additional counterbalancer and shaft drive, and a huge oil cooler, and holds 1-1/2 gallons of oil. Should be as reliable as an anvil.

    It handles really well for its weight, and will be much better once I replace the rear shock. There are no really cheap options for this, so I'm having Traxxion Dynamics spec a Penske for it. I sorted the fork by springing it for my weight, and adding Ricor Intiminators.

    I'm going to make a few ergonomic changes, and call it good.

    It's amazingly liberating to have a satisfying bike that didn't cost much.
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  13. YJake

    YJake Wrenchin'

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    I bought the thing cheap with 6k miles on it to use as a "scooter" for short trips to the store and to teach the lady friend to ride on...

    But I ended up using it for commuting and touring :evil

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    -Jake
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  14. davidji

    davidji bike curious

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    Buell Ulysses.

    I had ridden a bit with a friend who rides a Sportster and I had seen what a paint shaker that thing is at idle. Expected to hate the shaking and vibes of the Buell.

    But the experience of a motorcycle is hard to quantify. Shakes at low RPMs? Check. Narrow power band? Check. But it was a blast to ride. And smooth for freeway cruising. Braking and handling felt good too. Comfortable ergos. Good looks and sound as well.

    Tried to buy one a couple of times. I don't think I'll look for one again, but it's a bike I wanted in the past.
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  15. davidji

    davidji bike curious

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    Kawasaki KZ200.

    I had ridden some small bikes back in the day. I remember doing a brief swap with a friend for his CB200 or 250. Unimpressed.

    When I recently took a KZ200 for a ride I was surprised how different I felt about it. Really enjoyed riding it. Small, light, and sufficient power for lower speed streets. And it didn't have hand-numbing vibrations the way some thumpers do.

    I guess there's the difference between a small twin and a small single. But I think a lot of the difference in how I felt about the two bikes is about how I've changed.
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  16. JustKip

    JustKip Long timer

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    R1200GS
    Bought as a dirt road capable touring bike, without having any idea how much fun it could be in the twisties. (for a 500 lb bike)
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  17. Mr_Gone

    Mr_Gone Innocent culprit

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    I sold my VFR800 and bought an FJR thinking that I wanted a bike more for touring, and that I would be doing less riding in the twisties. Turns out the FJR is just as fun in the twisties — if not more so — and I can carry the same speed through every turn, plus it's just brilliant on long trips.
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  18. Bug Dr.

    Bug Dr. Extroverted Loner

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    For me it was the VFR 1200 and the NC700X. I couldn't afford the VFR at the time the prices were reduced but I just bought the NC and love it. I still have the RT but I don't see it being ridden much in the future.
    Mike
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  19. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze Long timer

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    1978 Honda Hawk 400. It was the only bike I ever had that I would call a "lemon". I loved it anyway. It sounded good, handled great, and was easy to work on (thank God!)

    2009 Suzuki DL1000 V-strom. It put a smile on my face, and I couldn't get enough. 25000 miles in 18 months...
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  20. BobPS

    BobPS Been here awhile

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    My 2012 Monster 795. This bike is a lot more than I expected.

    I bought it without a test ride or anything like that. I only sat on one in the show room. Never ridden a Monster until I took delivery of this bike. Back then I thought if I didn't like it or if it didn't suit me, I would sell it after several months or so. Turns out, it's a lot better than I thought. It's light, it's quick, really nimble and performs great in Jakarta's horrible traffic. I commute everyday on this bike, really love it.


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