What makes you change your bike?

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by David Shapiro, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. David Shapiro

    David Shapiro Been here awhile

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    Is it boredom? Just want something new? Your bike's mission has changed?
    I just came back from the Chicago Bike show. I have a Diavel which I love. i found myself lusting after the BMW RT and the K1600GT. I'd love to have both the Diavel and one of those machines, but finances, garage space and marital harmony preclude this. Perhaps I'm looking for something different in the what I want from a bike. I love the Diavel for day trips, but I'm getting much more intrigued with touring.

    David
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  2. Eye of the Tiger

    Eye of the Tiger Adventurer

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    I am more interested in talking more about your Diavel. You should tour on it.
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  3. BMW-K

    BMW-K F800GS FTW!

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    Heck, each time I've bought a new bike it was pretty much in the name of weight savings.

    K100RS (30k miles)
    ZX11 (11k)
    R1100RSL (50k)
    R1200GS (48k)
    Ducati Monster (10.5k) & WR250R (mileage too embarassingly low to mention)

    I'm down to around 400# wet on the Monster and it's just fantastic. The bike's down on HP but makes up for it with outstanding handling. The riding position is plenty good for 500 mile days around town and I cleared 1,045 miles in 18 hours with no real discomfort (added a seat pad, that's it). Track days are plenty of fun...

    Fuel range is a bit limited (140 mile range or so) but a couple of MSR fuel bottles help in a pinch.

    I expect to have the Monster for a very, very long time. It's just such an incredibly well balanced bike for me for doing anything I want this side of dirt roads. Fuel aside, I wouldn't hesitate to run the Haul Road on it.
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  4. It'sNotTheBike

    It'sNotTheBike Banned

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    Many people in the western world are fixated on what they own rather than what they
    experience. I say this not as a criticism but only as an observation.


    Interestingly, much research has shown that owning stuff doesn't lead to happiness
    or feelings of contentment. Experiences we find fulfilling, and meaningful connections to
    other humans are the two most consistent sources of true happiness.


    We're constantly bombarded with messages about new stuff we need to buy or how we
    need to look, etc. It is all a scam designed to make a few people wealthy.


    You don't need a BMW to go touring. All you need is time and enough cash to
    keep your show on the road.


    For a bit of proof that a tour can be done on a bike which might not
    seem ideally suited to it, search ADVrider for the ride report written by
    AntiHero. He rode around the US on a Ducati Panigale. Your Diavel
    is the height of luxury in comparison.


    Get on that Diavel and ride.


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  5. GoonerYoda

    GoonerYoda Hot Dickens Cider

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    Couldn't fully exploit the Daytona 675's potential on the street and I have no funds to be a track whore. So I became a hipster with my W650. :D
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  6. WeazyBuddha

    WeazyBuddha Carbon-Based Humanoid

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    Which size Monster you got? :ear

    I've thought about getting one but then again there are probably about a dozen bikes I've thought of getting. :lol3
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  7. BMW-K

    BMW-K F800GS FTW!

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    1100 EVO.

    Mainly because it had ABS and traction control and the other Monsters didn't.

    The new HyperStrada has a very, very real attraction. 18k valve majors is a big deal...
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  8. Hot Stuff

    Hot Stuff Road Dragon

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    I was in the military for 23 years (and still working for them as a contractor), and only once did I ship a motorcycle from one assignment to another. I'd sell my current ride(s) and buy a different one at the next opportunity.

    However, at one time I got rid of a bike because it lacked cornering clearance.

    Now that my life has stabilized a bit more, I change bikes primarily due to changes in what I need the bike to do. My soon-to-be wife rides with me often enough these days that I went from a touring cruiser (Harley Superglide Sport) to a full touring barge (Ultra Classic Electra-Glide). I've been wanting to ride some of the dirt roads here and looking for a V-strom or similar to fill that role.
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  9. David Shapiro

    David Shapiro Been here awhile

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    Yes, I followed that thread with great interest. It was great writing.
    Unfortunately, for touring , I want a bike with better range and storage space.
    The Diavel is really comfortable. Well, except for the seat, which I'm working on.
    It's tremendously agile, since it's so light. OTOH, because of it's lightness, it's not at it's best in slabs,
    since it gets blown around by wind and by trucks.
    I would love to have both. But in the real world, you can't have it all. If I had to have one, I will stick with the Ducati. But I can see where the temptation to change bikes can get very strong.
    It was that sense of temptation that I was asking everybody about.

    David
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  10. DireWolf

    DireWolf Knees in the Breeze

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  11. branchen

    branchen Adventurer

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    In the past I changed my bikes because I totalled them :baldy :cry :shog.

    Now I would like to change because my requirements changed (I want more weather protection, basically)
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  12. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    4 bikes is the bare minimum,otherwise Id be selling and swapping bikes out regularly to have a bike for certain occasions. I gradually figured this out and its cheaper maybe to just have 4 of the things.
    Perfect singletrack bike-200KTM.
    Great dual purpose dirt bike-530KTM.
    All around scoot-DR650
    Sport/Touring-1200 Triumph.

    All 4 of these together may not have cost what 1 Diavel costs to procure,none were bought brand new,but still fresh.
    They all get ridden at various times of the year,and really............how can one do with less?:lol3
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  13. WRW9751

    WRW9751 7th Day Adventurist

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    At my house the mouse trap has to be way better than the one I have. I usually research to death prior to purchase. It takes a while to get them the way I want.
    I don't move off them easily. I rarely will ride or drive a damaged vehicle!
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  14. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze Long timer

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    Well said. You are a wise man. You probably will not fit in here.

    Why do I change bikes?

    I got rid of the Concours because it had over 100,000 miles on it, it had been in my garage for 8 years, and it was just time to move on. I wanted something smaller and lighter and cooler, so I bought an FZ6 that had been languishing on the showroom floor for over a year.

    I was surprised by the FZ6. It could do everything I wanted it to do, and then some. But one day I wandered into the BMW showroom, and they had an R1100RL with low miles and a price I liked. The wife said I should get it, but it would mean the end of the FZ6. I always wanted a BMw, so I bought it and sold the FZ6.

    The BMW and I just didn't gell real well. Actually I am not sure if it was me, or the bike, or both. I had some things going on in my life I was not real happy about at the time, One day I just decided I didn't want the BMW, so I traded it for a new 2009 Suzuki DL1000.

    The DL pushed all the right buttons for me. That is probably my favorite bike that I have ever owned (20 + bikes). When I bought it, I also bought a mtce contract and a 3 year warranty. 18 Months later the bike has 25000 and the clutch is shot. Suzuki calls it "routine maintenance". Svc Mgr says it's going to cost me $600 plus. I figured he was low, so I traded it for a used ST1300.

    I loved the ST1300. I had it three months, and totaled it.

    Once I was back on my feet, I bought an FJR. I wanted something like the ST1300 but with a bit less weight and less heat. Mrs B hated the FJR. She said it was the most uncomfortable bike I have ever owned, and she refused to ride it. This resulted in a bit of marital disharmony, because she didn't like being left behind.

    I put the FJR up for sale, and after getting to know a few scammers, I traded it for the 2008 Nomad I have now. Mrs. B likes the Nomad. Very comfy. I am not really a cruiser guy, but I am trying. I will probably keep it a long time. I would like to add a second bike to the garage, something smaller and lighter and easier to ride. If Mrs. B would let me, I would probably bring home an NC700X.

    So there ya have it, a different reason for each bike...
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  15. Velociraptor

    Velociraptor TrackBum

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    Usually I have changed bikes because my riding interests changed. When I was doing track days I had sport bikes(Hayabusa, GSXR-1000, RC51), but now I am returning to my youth and back riding mostly dual sport on my KTM 690. I love that bike because the experience of riding it is so great! I also have a KTM 990 Supermoto R which I like to think of as my token street bike. Future bikes could be an adventure bike, but they are too heavy for off road, or a more dirt oriented bike like the KTM 500 EXC, but more maintenance and not as good on pavement. Or this http://www.fxbikes.com . But for now the two Katooms fit the bill quite well! I rode a Diavel and was really impressed with the motor on that thing, but even with the tall seat it was too low and uncomfortable for me, and the handling was not very good, and I dragged the pegs too easy.
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  16. It'sNotTheBike

    It'sNotTheBike Banned

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    :rofl

    I don't fit in anywhere. I quit even trying to fit in a few decades ago,
    and it was one of the best decisions I ever made. The idea is to make yourself
    happy, not to worry about making others happy. Their happiness is THEIR
    job.


    Someone had to at least mention that it's the ride that matters. Better to ride to
    Ushuaia on a beat up KLR than sit looking at a KTM 450 Rally Replica which never
    leaves your garage. :deal


    By the way I like your choice of ID. That song ( "Call Me The Breeze" ) and "Simple Man"
    were the two best songs Lynyrd Skynrd ever did. A buddy of mine managed that band in
    the time before the plane crash. Ok, I'll STFU now.


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  17. It'sNotTheBike

    It'sNotTheBike Banned

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    I understand.

    Perhaps if you are thinking about buying a different bike it's a sign
    you are in some way dissatisfied with the bike you have. So based on that
    maybe for you it IS time for a different bike. Or, it could be time for a different
    wife so you can own as many bikes as you like ( I am joking here, and I
    suspect it's a joke all married guys will "get" ).


    I have a different "problem" - I like the ( three ) bikes I have so much I have quit
    looking at other bikes. I mean, I do still look at other bikes but my reaction
    has consistently been "I sure do like what I already have better than that one".
    This is not to say that other bikes are not also good bikes but I simply prefer the
    bikes I have.

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  18. CGameProgrammer

    CGameProgrammer Been here awhile

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    I started riding five years ago and am on my fifth bike now. I keep each one for one or 1.5 years then switch. Generally I switch because I'm looking for something better than my previous ride, as well as a desire to experience something different.

    Started on a Ninja 650, later switched to a FJR1300 for its superior wind protection, speed, and smoothness. Then switched it out for a naked FZ1 because I wanted to see what having a naked bike was like and was tired of the limited ground reach on the FJR. The FZ1 was great on twisties but wearying on the highway or in cold weather. Switched it for a K1600GT (with a low seat) which again had awesome wind protection but I could flat-foot it and it had superior speed and handling to the FJR. Then two weeks ago I switched to BMW's C650GT scooter, which handles like the FZ1 but with wind protection like the K1600 (possibly a bit better actually) and is much more comfortable than anything previous.

    All of my bikes were good and I don't regret buying any of them, but it's fun to swap them for better or different ones. If I wanted a naked bike again, the Diavel would be very tempting.
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  19. crazyman

    crazyman Exiled to the swamp

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    I've had four bikes in the last five years. My issue is overall comfort. Although my last bike, the Rocket III, was just a love at first sight. Gotta have it. $18k ? Sure, I'll borrow that much. I had a great love / hate relationship with that bike. 44000 miles in a bit over two years.
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  20. davevv

    davevv One more old rider

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    A lot of different things make me change bikes. Curiosity is probably at the top of the list. I'll often buy a bike because I've never owned one of that particular make, style, size, or whatever. I like trying different machines for awhile just to see what they're like to own. And if you can buy at the right price, it usually costs little or nothing beyond the normal maintenance you'd be doing on any bike you owned.

    The last one I bought however, I bought to fill a need. I've gotten old enough that I could no longer ride my Moto Guzzi Norge comfortably for several consecutive 500 mile days. I loved the bike otherwise, but couldn't take the pain in my shoulders any longer and it is very difficult to change the ergonomics on that bike to what I needed. I like to enjoy my touring and not suffer through it, so I sold the Norge and bought the Electra Glide to replace it. I've owned Harleys off and on for 50 years, so I knew it wouldn't be difficult to make it fit. I have the new bars it needs and I'm just waiting for the cables and wiring extensions to show up so I can install them and it will be good to go. It won't be near as much fun in the twisties as the Guzzi, but the older I get, the more I require comfort when covering lots of miles.

    The bad part is that the new Trophy is tempting the hell out of me and I haven't even put 2k miles on the Electra Glide yet!:lol3 There are just too many interesting bikes and too little time.
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