Why Do You Ride The Bike You Do?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by DR Donk, Mar 4, 2013.

  1. max384

    max384 Bandaided

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    Thanks! My buddy owns a decal business and made it for me.
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  2. hugemoth

    hugemoth Long timer

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    Cause I'm cheap.

    68 Trail 90 with Lifan 140cc engine, 100 mpg
    07 Lifan 200 dual sport, $1375 new, delivered, 75 mpg, now at 40,000 miles
    81 GL500 Interstate, my touring bike, 50 mpg
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  3. Milehi

    Milehi Been here awhile

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    950 Super Enduro, because it is BADASS....and a good conversation piece. One out of 20 people even know what a KTM is...
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  4. BanjoBoy

    BanjoBoy Been here awhile

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    Got me an FJR 'n FZ6 cuz of the long valve adjustment intervals. Theyz 'bout as relaible as anvils too. :clap
    Just put sum Pirelli Scorpions on the FZ6 'n yer set! :lol3

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  5. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    :clap and every time i'm on a dirt country road or a sweet forest service road I call it perfect.
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  6. trc.rhubarb

    trc.rhubarb ZoomSplat!

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    Cause I have bike ADD...
    I'm a f'ing addict to having something new to ride.
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  7. Andyvh1959

    Andyvh1959 Cheesehead Klompen

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    Da frozen tundra eh? 1.5 mile west of Lambeau
    I live in Green Bay. Once had a car driver at a Subway ask me, "why the BMW and not a Harley?"

    I said, "well, this bike is paid for long ago, riding it since 94. Its got 170,000 miles on it and no problems, never opened up the engine other than regular maintenance. Aside from that, its faster, quicker, quieter, makes more power, gets decent gas mileage, carries more load, handles better, brakes better, and I don't have to worry about some dweeb wanting to sit on it or worse, steal it."

    He just shook his head in agreement. Now, it may not look as cool, or sound like a Harley (who gives a crap about that as if it matters). But it always works for me. I'd ride it to California tomorrow and not even think that it has a lot of miles on it.
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  8. KX50002

    KX50002 NooB, my ass

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    I ride a 1200 Bandit... because I like the looks and ergos, and when I bought it..... they didn't make a 1201.:D

    And the KX500, because they don't make a 501.

    I'm fat, I need all the power I can get LOL.

    If money were no object, I'd have one of every bike ever made, I love em all1
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  9. Bogfarth

    Bogfarth Fridge Magnet Safety Tester

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    Sure, there were cheaper bikes out there. Yeah, there were bigger ones, too. This one had just about everything I needed: decent mileage, windshield the size of a barn door, didn't demand shims to adjust the valves, and the main seller was the drive shaft. So I bought my V-Star 650 Custom off a guy for a song. So far, she's performed every task just as a first bike should. She's driven me where I needed to go, and that includes nuts. She's cost me money (needed a new clutch, baffles were shot) and gobs of time, too. Hell, I'm still fixing little things and have a bit to go yet. But I wouldn't trade it, or sell it, for anything less than an FJR. Seeing as I'm still in college, I don't think that's gonna happen. So in the mean time, I'll turn her into a Yamahog adventure bike and ride the ever lovin' hell out of it! :D

    Now to get that top box bolted down...:1drink
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  10. Dcc46

    Dcc46 Been here awhile

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    Ain't that the truth. Wanted a change from big ADV bikes so I picked up a Triumph scrambler last month and having a blast on it. Like the old saying, It's more fun to ride a slow bike fast than a fast bike slow, at least for now. :happay
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  11. rdcamp

    rdcamp Been here awhile

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  12. kamikazekyle

    kamikazekyle Been here awhile

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    2011 CBR250R: It hits the main tags for a commuter bike: dirt cheap parts, excellent gas mileage, super nimble, practically free insurance, and great for city traffic. It's showing plenty of battlescars from gymkhana practice and other silliness. I keep thinking about selling it for a CRF250L or WR250, but every time I whip it around a corner in city traffic or try to kiss the pegs running patterns in a parking lot, I can't seem to place the ad. I really should, though, so I can get a true dual sport and explore tons of back roads 30 minutes from here.

    2012 Ninja 1000: I had purchased a fully farkled, used Multistrada for 2-up sport touring, but the bike felt way too top heavy and turned into a lemon after a few hundred miles. I eventually nabbed the N1K at the last minute before a 3 week trip and fell in love. Low-tuned I4 that growls rather than whines, pulls butter smooth from every spot on the tach, and hits the right mix of sport and touring for me. I just wished the mileage didn't tank in the city. Though now that my girlfriend has decided she doesn't want to ride it, it's pretty much way more umph than I need or even want. But there's still something to be said about having eye-socket-smushing power that's totally predictable and deliverable in town, on the interstate, or in the twisties.

    2013 MotoGuzzi V7 Stone: I was so never planning on buying a bike like this, intending to buy a dual sport instead, but I couldn't stop thinking about it. Matte black, matching cast wheels and engine, chrome in just the right places, old school design with modern touches, quirky longitudinal V-twin...the girlfriend liking it and wanting to ride it sealed the deal. I ride the Stone because it has character, for better or worse. Sure some might call it underpowered or overpriced, but there's just *something* about it that just makes you want to keep riding. Even after the engine tries to throw you off when you turn it over or those bias-ply tires try to bring out the flat-tracker in you.
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  13. Reprobate

    Reprobate Sarcasm Loading....

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    In my case it's bikes:

    My solo ride:

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    BMW R1100GS, bedlinered, 30 liter tank and customized to the hilt with Hyperpro compression shocks and a whole list of other goodies.

    I put over a 100,000 kilometers on the Black Brute, a lot of it on secondary and unpaved roads all over Europe. I can effortlessly ride 800 kilometers of backroads a day on this motorcycle. It never let me down.

    The Family Car:

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    Moto Guzzi Mille GT with EZS sidecar, modified with rally seat for the children. Doesn't need a parking permit, can be parked on the sidewalk. Plus it's really great to ride a hack.

    The Moped:

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    Vespa PX200E motor scooter, fitted with universal child seat, for urban transport, and taking our 6-year old son to soccer practice. Light, dependable, cheap, great mileage, basically a moped with a more powerful engine. Ideal for snow and sleet, can be ridden with two feet on the ground, can be picked up easily. Pre-dented. Transport racks both front and rear. Has electric starter, but can also be kickstarted if battery is low. Has spare tyre.

    Featured model on my book covers, since my protagonist rides one.
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  14. Two Wheeled 'Tard

    Two Wheeled 'Tard Banned

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    I bought an SV650 for track duty as well as aggressive street riding, because of the cost/benefit ratio it gave. I got super-sport quality brakes and suspension, good handling, great aftermarket and huge fun for $2500. It's cheap enough that when I see it go cartwheeling away from me at the track, I'm not too bothered.

    For more sensible riding and touring, I bought a DL650 ABS, because apparently I DO buy bikes with my brain instead of my heart, in spite of what my signature says :)
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  15. SloMo228

    SloMo228 World Class Cheapass

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    Pretty much every bike I've ever owned has been a basketcase, so for me it's as much about the build as the ride. I buy cheap (current project was free!), build them up, ride them for a couple years, then sell them off (usually for profit) and pick up a new project.

    Partially it's because I'm a broke student with more time than money, and now that I'm finally near the end of grad school and (hopefully) a decent-paying job, I'm looking forward to buying a bike rather than a project, but I still can't imagine ever owing money on a bike.
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  16. Mordgier

    Mordgier Adventurer

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    For sensible riding and touring, I bought a ZX-14R ABS, because I buy bikes with my <strike>penis</strike> heart instead of my brain.
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  17. corndog67

    corndog67 Banned

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    Some people will disagree with this, but to me, its whatever I have fun with right at that very moment. Bikes are toys ( in my opinion). It used to be 170mph bikes, and the road to where I work allowed me to do that every day. But my riding habits and tastes have changed. I just bought an old steel tank XR75. Sold my Duc. Not sure what's next, but I have a line on a KX250 2stroke. We'll see.
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  18. Two Wheeled 'Tard

    Two Wheeled 'Tard Banned

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    I got to ride a race-prepped ZX-10 at the track for an entire day once, it was my first experience with a literbike and it scared the shit outta me. :eek1 It convinced me that liter+ bikes are completely pointless, serve no function and have no place on public roads, or even most racetracks. I can rationalize all sorts of dumb things to myself, but I could never justify owning a bike like that.

    (But I want it. Oh good god, do I want to feel that again! Just one more time, that's all I need. One more hit.)
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  19. Mordgier

    Mordgier Adventurer

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    In all seriousness, the ZX-14R with ABS and traction control is an amazing street bike with the only flaws being lack of factory storage and weak fuel economy. The ludicrously high insurance is also an issue but not really a fault of the bike.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    The big engine makes the gear shifter obsolete - I am in 6th gear at 30mph with no lugging, the power curve is extremely linear and predictable, the slipper clutch makes the ride smooth, passing is effortless, the seating position is comfortable for me at 6'6", headlights are fantastic, brakes are great and traction control does its thing in the wet. I cannot find any faults with the bike.
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    In many ways I feel like the Concours is the better bike for the street - but it's not a bike I can own. Just sitting down on it made me feel like I just aged ten years - not enough sports in that bike.<o:p></o:p>
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  20. quasigentrified

    quasigentrified Ape Trumpet

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    i ride an aprilia mana 850 gt because 90% of my riding is medium distance commuting, with 2 interstates and at least 10000000 stoplights between me and my destination. yes, i still love riding. yes, it is a big scooter, except that it isn't and even requires a slightly different set of skills from a manual bike to compensate for some terribly parking lot unfriendly characteristics (no friction zone to play in; no engine braking between 0 and 10 mph, etc). i'd love to add a street triple to my stable, though, but i need a couple more years worth of skillz upgrade before i do so.
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