Why My V-Twin is the Shiznit - Post Up

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by RhinoVonHawkrider, Oct 1, 2012.

  1. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

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    My first V-twin.
    1975 Ducati 860 GT. I bought it for $900 in the winter of 1979. I bought it from a guy who I met at the Suzuki/ Kawasaki dealer in Lexington sometime in 1976 or 7.When I met him he was turning wrenchs at the dealership and after a couple of years he had opened a BMW dealership in Lexington. I think he got the 860 in as trade while he had the dealership.
    When I found there was a Ducati for sale at price I could meet , I had to change my mindset. I dug the Ducati twin but hated the square styling cues dumped on the 860 by an Italinan car designer.
    I got over it. When I first went to see the Duc the clutch lever perch was broken. I stated I had the money and was ready to buy pending a test ride. Just wanted to hear it, run it threw the gears and turn around a couple of times.
    He got the perch goobered back together and even though I had walking pneumonia in December I took it up the street and pretty much jerked the 900 in cash out to hand to him.

    23,000 miles and 33 years later I still feel I got my moneys worth, and I still have the bike.
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  2. Tuna Helper

    Tuna Helper Rawrr!

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    Slightly off topic, do parallel twins count in this thread?

    Bad picture of my kz750b

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  3. duckman

    duckman co conspirator

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    they were selling those 2 cyl 750's at fire sale prices back in 1975, and i always wondered what if. i ended up with a new 76 550 honda instead, adequate but alittle dull.
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  4. Thatch

    Thatch Adventurer

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    Agreed on the love of the twin... I find it the power delivery, sound, personality and aesthetics of a twin much more compelling than a thumper or multi-cylinder bike. I recently picked up a Moto Morini Scrambler 1200 and would be hard pressed to think of a better all around bike than the scrambler. It just delivers, handles great, looks great, sounds great, couldn't be happier with it. (I'd post a pic but I recently posted them on another thread and I don't want to punish people with oversharing). My cruiser is a twin (parallel), my sport...er, standard ... uh, adventure ....... my scrambler is a twin, and my next bike will be a twin (Guzzi is the current front runner for number 3 but it's not decided yet).
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  5. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    :huh

    You sir, SHALL SHARE a picture here too, or face the consequences.

    Jeez, the ADV noobs these days!
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  6. Thatch

    Thatch Adventurer

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    :rofl

    Alright, fair enough, here she is....

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  7. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    Damn.
    That looks.. sick.

    You suck!
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  8. bobobob

    bobobob badbadbad

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  9. Cat0020

    Cat0020 El cheapo

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    My first V-twin (sold):

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    I stayed with Italian until I almost lost my license (sold):

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    I stuck with naked (sold):
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    Went through a buncha SVs (all sold except one):

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    Still have this SV:

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    Most recent addition to the garage:
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    Maybe one day I'll add this to my collection of V-twins:
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  10. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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  11. cogitate

    cogitate What Marcellus Wallace Looks Like

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    Had a few singles as first bikes, then fell in love with the vtwin in my .vtr250.

    I could not find one in almost new condition stateside, so i had to settle for this:deal


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  12. craydds

    craydds Long timer

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    I had a Honda Superhawk VTR100F and an Aprilia Tuono. Freaky power Tuono below:
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  13. shil

    shil deus ex machina

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    I'm riding a 2005 SV1K. I don't find it dodgy.
    Too bad it's not part of Suzuki's modern lineup. It's a swell bike.
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  14. mantree

    mantree Been here awhile

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    I moved to Hawaii in may and bought a 1992 vt1100 which I loved. It had the nice low v twin rumble but wasn't to loud but with tons of power to pull me and my bags. Unfortunately I had only completed about 75% of my tour of the island before a car didn't see me and hit me in a intersection destroying my bike and putting me in the hospital and still healing up... they just pulled the pins out yesterday, not a good experience... I was awake and no local. but back to the bike, I loved my v twin but im thinking Ill get a straight 4 kz1000p for my next bike for touring when I get back to the mainland.
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