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

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

  1. ViperJustin

    ViperJustin Retired HH60G Gunner

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    HP2 MegaMoto

    I owned the BMW XMoto, which was a really fun, flickable bike. Touring, or riding on the highway for anything more than a half hour, was torture. I sat on a MegaMoto before, so I knew it was more comfortable and a very large (but light) bike. I sold the XMoto and picked up a new 08 MegaMoto in 09.

    Long story short, I love it. I still love it. And I don't really see any reason to ever sell it. It corners with the best of them. It rides the highway ok; better than the XMoto. I've done a half dozen three day weekend trips with it. And I'm about to do a 2500 mile trip this May. I can't wait!!!


    If I add another bike, it'll probably be a R100 GS/PD. Simple, reliable, and proven.
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  2. Dust_

    Dust_ Adventure Dreamer

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    Yamaha's MT-03

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    I test-drove one in search for a naked bike and I can tell you this: it's a sweet corner-carving, nimble bike!!! I fell in love with it.

    But the price tag (the same as a FZ6) and a used FZ6 made me go with the latter.

    I still have dreams about owning one of those, but that sweet Versys 1000 is a lot better all-rounder, and I'm a sissy, I need fairings!!! :D

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  3. vicster

    vicster Long timer

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    I'll have to admit that for me, it's my 2010 Rocket 111 Roadster. I had one of the very first Rockets and it was not a pleasant experience, but thought I'd try the Roadster since I'd read so much had been changed from the original. Any of the reliability issues of my first Rocket though and it was gone. So far in 18K miles I've only suffered a melted starter relay at 1K miles. The Roadster handles, runs, rides, shifts and sounds miles better than the original. At this point its character and versatility are making me think it's a keeper.
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  4. panhead_dan

    panhead_dan motorcycle addict

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    I've always rode a bike as my main form of transportation, including riding to and from work. From '03 to late '06 I was riding one that I liked but wasn't getting the job done as far as the ride to work thing goes. It had extremely limited carrying capability and I had to carry food, water, fowl weather gear and some tools most every day. The Buell Ulysses came out in '06 and I was curious about it. When I tried one on, I could not touch the ground confidently and I just blew it off as another bike that won't work for me. Besides, the thing is as ugly as a mud fence. About a year later I sat on one with the low seat on it and suddenly I was interested it the Buell again. One test ride and I bought it. Now, six years later it has proven to be a bike that makes more sense to me than any other and still excites me every time I start the engine. This bike is cheap and easy to maintain, will stow a ton of stuff, gets 50 mpg, has limited electronic crap on it (which I prefer), handles very well and has performance designed for real - world conditions. I never thought I would say this about a Uly but the bike is as close to perfect for me as I have ever dreamed. From what I can tell, new motorcycles are moving further away from the mark the Uly sets, not closer. Because of that, there are not even any other choices available. The only choice I can see at this point is when the time comes, rebuild the Uly. I still think the bike is way ugly but strangely it starts to look really cool with some mud and a lot of bugs on it. In fact, it looks like that right now!
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  5. Sean Smith

    Sean Smith Been here awhile

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    2008 Triumph Rocket 3 Touring
    Bike is smooth, stable and will get out of its own way if needed.
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  6. shakeybone

    shakeybone Been here awhile

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    A few years ago I sold my BMW K100RT and because of financial reasons I needed a cheep bike to ride. I found a 82 Suzuki GS650E for $500. This bike is a blast! Not too heavy. Comfortable, i use an air seat cushion and inexpensive superbike bars off ebay. Big enough for the highway small enough to commute daily, I found some used soft panniers on Craigslist for $25. Handles great with Avon Road Rider tires and the used Sportster shocks I found on Craigslist for $20. I have so little invested in it when I can afford something else I will probably keep it.
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  7. gjl

    gjl Adventurer

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    Like many of you, I have owned alot of different types of bikes over the years. My current ride is a 2010 Kawasaki C14, that thing is a beast. I really miss my 2005 KLR 650. It was so easy to work on and trips to the grocery store 2 miles away were easy. Negotiating the beast around the parking lot is not fun.
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  8. mojave

    mojave Been here awhile

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    In the 80's I was doing a 100 mile daily commute from the mountains of San Diego County to Del Mar (tough commute!). I was wearing a small Japanese bike out every year! I heard BMW's never wore out so located a really sweet (as it turned out) 1973 R75/5 lwb with 42K miles. $1,200. Riding it up from the City I was kind of cringing about how it was going to handle on the curves. On the sweepers into Ramona I was thinking "not bad....", then hitting the first real curves about Ramona I started thinking "WoHoo!". I think my riding style meshed with that bike, in any case I think it one of the best "mountain bikes" I've ridden, along with a Multistrada and a 87 VFR700. And it looked great (imagine clean black R/75/5 with Euro bars). I rode it for about a year and 20K miles, then stupidly sold it in a career change/ new baby/sell house-buy house/major move episode. If I had carted that bike around a year or so and cleared all the domestic/job turmoil, I would have gotten back to riding it, and I wouldn't still be kicking myself for selling it!
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  9. davidji

    davidji bike curious

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    I'll bump this old thread, because why not?

    Earlier this year I dropped my R1200R off for service and got an F800R loaner. What a fun little bike!

    Previously I had taken a demo ride on an F650GS twin (which was one of two inspirations for a disappointing bikes thread). And a demo ride on an F800GT, which I enjoyed, but it didn't thrill me. Had it been more practical (i.e. convinced me it had enough range for me) I likely would have bought one, as a practical, if not so exciting bike choice. So I was surprised by how fun the F800R seemed. It's the only one of the 3 that didn't feel slower than expected. At first I wasn't sure if the difference in perceived quickness vs the GT was mostly a different feeling from being on a naked bike, but a search of drag times suggests it's real.

    I think the F800R is in a competitive segment. Best in class or no, it offers a great motorcycling experience.
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  10. sharkey00

    sharkey00 n00b

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    Honda 919 is mine. I never owned a naked bike and figured it was time for one. I bought a 07 in 2010 with 5Kmiles on it. I've had a couple other bikes in addition to the 9'er (currently a 09 RT) but I never think of selling the 9'er. It has 20K miles now and Honda build quality is first rate. I have a Shad top box and some Cortech saddlebags and it makes a nice solo person tourer. Nice amount of torque for an inline 4. Cheap insurance. If there is a negative, I'd say it is the suspension but I'm a lightweight and don't ride it like I stole it so not a big deal.
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  11. Rox

    Rox Been here awhile

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    Guzzis in general. Kinda alway dug them but riding one is a whole other story. They are far from perfect but they just bonded with me. The just "have it". I now own 2.
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  12. Dave W.

    Dave W. Been here awhile

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    For me it is definitely the whole naked bike category. I rode Supersports for ten years, a few cruisers and one day a Honda 919 came home with me. 50,000 miles later (while owning 4 other bikes over the years with the 919) I retired the 919 and bought a Ducati Monster 1200S.
    I always have 2 or 3 bikes but I will ALWAYS own a good naked motorcycle.
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  13. BigIron

    BigIron Tenured Prof - Leghump U.

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    HD Street 750 for me. Mrs Iron bought one and I rode it some. Light (by comparison), revvy, quick (by compaison), just fun to ride,

    There's a big, honking thread about what a POS the Street is. The wiring harness is ugly, yada, yada. Wasn't the case for me. I had/have some hip issues so the small size was problematic. If I could have solved the comfort issues with forward controls (yeah, I know) I'd probably kept it.

    The Street was a price point bike that was better than the sum of its parts. YMMV. If the aftermarket catches up, or HD re-usees the motor, I'd get another.
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  14. chazbird

    chazbird Long timer

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    TransAlp. Did every sort of riding I did perfectly well. Lane split commute, absorb city pot holes, backroads, fire roads, forest service roads, carry heaps of gear, civilized, quiet, and completely reliable. I thought it would be a pretty good bike but it was much more. So far, my favorite bike. I expect getting a 2012-on DL650 might be a worthy more modern replacement.
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  15. AtlantaDR

    AtlantaDR Anything on 2 Wheels

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    I have owned 32 bikes over the years, in search of the perfect one. While the search has been a lot of fun, I certainly learned that there is not one single bike that does it all...you need about 3 bikes to cover the spread. With that said, the bike that makes me smile every time I ride it is a 2012 Triumph Tiger 800XC. I have owned faster, more expensive bikes, yet none as fun as the Tiger. I even ended up selling my Triumph Explorer 1200 in favor of the 800...it really did surprise me.
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