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Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by Rick G, Jun 16, 2017.

  1. HH

    HH Dahlonega GA Supporter

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    Harley flathead.
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  2. n8mandy

    n8mandy PadreN8

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  3. n8mandy

    n8mandy PadreN8

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    As for me, I'd go HD, probably a Dyna, but possibly a Sporty, due to the amazing aftermarket, the ability to remake it into so any different kinds of bikes and the fact that you can find a Harley mechanic in any town in 'Murica.

    Also bc I've never owned a bike that I want to ride as much as my Dyna. I think it might be jinxed or something...
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  4. billmags

    billmags Scoot Jockey

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    One bike?
    What's next- one woman?
    Crazy talk!

    If my wife see this I'm a gonner.
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  5. Steve in Golden

    Steve in Golden Long timer Supporter

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    That's sure a nice R1200R in the original post. I had one of those. It was an awesome bike but didn't have enough legroom for me, even with lowered pegs. So I sold it and got my current bike, a '12 R1200GS. Would I want to keep my GS for the rest of my life? Not sure, it's a great bike, probably the best bike I've ever owned. I guess if I had to choose it would be my current bike.
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  6. BetterLateThanNever

    BetterLateThanNever It turns out you can't delete your account...

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    Put me in the "one of my current bikes" column. To me, looking at it is like looking at my lost youth...
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  7. Sitheach86

    Sitheach86 Long timer

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    My perfect bike doesn't exist yet. I need a wr250r and 1190r love child.

    Luckily you can own more than one bike or woman. Variety is the spice of life. I love pizza. But everyday for the rest of my life? Kale would even look good eventually.
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  8. Rufjeep

    Rufjeep Been here awhile

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    I could live with my current two bike stable- and '04 1150gs and an '06 ktm 450xc. Both perform great for what I need and are easy to maintain.

    I'd rather have two well cared for older bikes that cover all my bases than a one expensive new bike.
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  9. Tanshanomi

    Tanshanomi Your Favorite Uncle Supporter

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    If I get just one bike forever, I'm going with my heart, practicality be damned.

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  10. -=SER=-

    -=SER=- All year round

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    My bikes are always a compromise, it's used for commuting/camping/canyon-carving both solo and 2-up. I'm not into full cowlings and prefer function over form. I'll take a 2009 BMW R1200GS Adventure with some mod's to last me all-the-way. Ye's i'll pay for worn shocks and final drives ;-)

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  11. RagerToo

    RagerToo vroom vroom

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    I just noticed recently at the dealer, the new spoke configuration. Cool? Works OK?
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  12. foxtrapper

    foxtrapper Long timer

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    So, are you the winner of the inmate who's had their ride the longest? If not, you're sure a strong contender!
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  13. Nesquik

    Nesquik Long timer Supporter

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    690?

    I don't know what I'd choose

    I've always wanted a Knobby tire sportster with a side car tho
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  14. Tim McKittrick

    Tim McKittrick Long timer

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    The bike you are riding today might well be the "one bike for the rest of your life", so enjoy the ride and keep your head up.
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  15. ctromley

    ctromley Long timer

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    Kind of a hard question for me, since I know my favorite bike isn't made yet. And I also know it will be.

    Choosing from what's available now, if I was to assume that 99.9% of my riding would be on pavement and touring would be rare (as is my current situation), I'd pick a Street Triple. I just can't think of any bike that works so well, with such a perfect balance of power and handling, and so exquisitely executed for road use. But if I wanted a bit more flexibility I'd be inclined to sacrifice some of the perfection of the Street Triple and go with a DL650. With some top-shelf suspension it would be nearly as sweet in handling, still more than adequate in power (both in quantity and character) and more all-around useful - as in more-than-occasional touring, even some (limited) off-road.

    But I'd rather wait. I'm a big fan of electric vehicles. The Zero SR is very good today and can be improved to near-Street-Triple levels in terms of road manners. Its only disadvantage is range, and that is really only an issue on longish+ pleasure trips. I'm willing to wait because battery technology is advancing more rapidly than most people realize. In a few years I'm betting I can get everything I want in an electric motorcycle.
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  16. beemerphile

    beemerphile Unreconstructed Southerner Supporter

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  17. Porkchopx

    Porkchopx n00b

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    You are not marrying this thing ride them all and ride them hard!


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  18. Moving Pictures

    Moving Pictures Sir Loin of Biff

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    Members of The Collective will be along to assist.

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  19. tlub

    tlub Long timer Supporter

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    But I thought that was the secret to a successful marriage as well. It's a 2 way street if you made a good choice.
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  20. tlub

    tlub Long timer Supporter

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    I think there are other inmates who probably have me beat. But this is still my main ride. Not retired or put on light duty because of a newer one.
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