Your 5 Favorite Motorcycles

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by jjjjjjay, Jan 6, 2018.

  1. bodine003

    bodine003 Been here awhile

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    My 5 My 03 Bonny
    My 69 T-150
    My 76 R75/6
    My 64 A-65 SF Hornet
    99 Buell M-2 Cyclone sold in 03 to get my Bonny
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  2. Patek

    Patek Been here awhile

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    What he said. If I like a bike I buy it. When I find something I like better, I buy that. If I find I like it more than the current bikes in the stable and they no longer get ridden, I sell them.

    Rinse and repeat.
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  3. jeffmackvision

    jeffmackvision Boob man

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    I agree. But black shadows aren’t around very often and can’t be had for less than 6 figures. One day!
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  4. outlaws justice

    outlaws justice On the Fringe

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    Honda CRF250X
    KTM 950 Adventure
    Yamaha Vmax (1993-2007)
    Honda VFR750 (1991-1993)
    BMW K1600GT

    Not in any particular order
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  5. Caesars_ghost

    Caesars_ghost Vertical twin

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    I'll interpret favorite as the ones I think are "best." Of course, this is so subjective, it can change in an afternoon depending on my mood and what the bike is supposed to be best at. But it's a fun question to mull over. It's also true that I don't own any of these bikes in the main 5, mainly because I don't have 5 bikes, so the best compromise bikes for a 2-3 bike stable aren't necessarily the best if I can have 5. My picks might be different still if I had 8.

    1. long trips: Moto Guzzi Eldorado 850

    2. around town: Vespa PX200 (if we could get them here.)

    3. sport/terrorize the twisties: RZ350

    4. go exploring: DR650 suitably farkled out

    5. Old crock: today I want a BSA sloper from the early 30s.

    Honorable mentions: PC800 (trips, town), VFR750 (trips, sport), Bandit 400 (sport), W650 (trips, town, sport), Enfield Bullet 500 Iron barrel (town, exploring, old crock), DR350 (exploring, town)
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  6. MotoChris521

    MotoChris521 Long timer

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    Yamaha
    Suzuki
    Honda
    Kawasaki
    um... Bultaco
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  7. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Love those blue pipes

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    Tough to keep it down to five and even tougher to rank them. Have to put bikes I'd actually ride first and bikes I'd simply like to own further down the list.
    1) KTM 1290SA (got one)
    2) Husky 701 enduro
    3) Egli Vincent (original or repro)
    4) Harris-framed CBX
    5) Original H2 Kawasaki

    Honorable mentions (maybe could take that #5 spot or...?):
    Moto Guzzi V7 III Racer;
    Laverda Jota;
    Motus
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  8. CJ3Flyer

    CJ3Flyer Long timer

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    My list is so boring and mundane I won't even bother...

    I do love these threads though as I end up Googling tons of cool bikes that I never knew of or had forgotten about.

    Thanks @jjjjjjay :thumbup
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  9. dietDrThunder

    dietDrThunder Why so serious, son?

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    A couple of takes...

    5 bikes I've owned and loved
    1985 Honda VF1100S Sabre with the HondaLine fairing
    1976 Kawasaki H1
    2001 CBR1100XX
    2000 KTM 250EXC
    2003 SV650 race bike (see avatar)

    5 bikes I'll never own

    The Britten
    Honda RC30
    Yamaha R7 (0w02)
    Motus MSTR
    ROC Yamaha YZR500
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  10. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    1. Fuller Motors custom Motus
    2. Aprilia Dorsoduro 750
    3. Honda XL600R
    4. Yamaha FZ10
    5. Ducati Diavel
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  11. k woo

    k woo 308Master

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    1. Yamaha Super Tenere
    2. KTM 990, to ride, NOT own.
    3. Honda Africa Twin, old models.
    4. Honda Gold Wing
    5. Rokon

    ............when is the last time anyone saw Gold Wings and Rokons mentioned together???
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  12. jfauerba

    jfauerba Adventurer

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    1. FJR (own 2014 ES, would like 2016 ES or newer)
    Rest is a wish list would like somebody to make
    2. Versys x300 but as light and short as my xt225, must have FI and 35+hp
    3. FJR ES but smaller around 400-450lbs, shaft drive, CC, 85+hp, ABS, TC, reliable, 31" seat height, long valve check requirements
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