One Bike For The Rest Of Your Life!

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

  1. DesertPilot

    DesertPilot Been here awhile

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    If I got an R1000, it might be one bike for the rest of my life. It just might not be a very long life :D

    I'l stick with my Tiger 800 Roadie for now. It does everything I want it to do well enough that I almost look like I know what I'm doing. I like that in a machine.
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  2. boingk

    boingk Been here awhile

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    But... there are so many bikes to ride that I haven't ridden! I've had about 15 bikes or more over the last 8 years, generally 2 in the fleet and looking for the next one while I sell one off.

    If I could get anything back it'd be my Suzuki GS850. It was a great all-rounder - punt through the twisties, cruise up the freeway, throw some luggage on and go away for a week... it was a good bike, reliable, frugal, comfortable and still entertaining enough that you didn't generally want 'more'.

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  3. tigger004

    tigger004 n00b

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    Sure is pretty...

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  4. JETalmage

    JETalmage Been here awhile

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    If faced with the decision, I'll give up pavement before dirt. So it would have to be the best among my current bikes that will drag my aging self around the playground...

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    ...and if the bones get too brittle to ride at all, mounted on a pedestal in the living room it will still be an example of pure motorcycle engineering elegance to admire for the rest of my days.

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    Pride of ownership derived from this thing exceeds that of all others.

    JET
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  5. C/1/509

    C/1/509 Now with more sarcasm

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    Those look like a ton of fun
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  6. Desce

    Desce Finished Pig

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    Still holding value even.....
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  7. whiskeygut

    whiskeygut Riding in flip-flops

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    My current and favorite ride so far...
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  8. Horton

    Horton Been here awhile

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    I love one wife. For now and ever.

    But a only one bike? Impossible. I own six of them. And I`m unable to decide "this is the one!"
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  9. Iliketogofast

    Iliketogofast Been here awhile

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    I'd say my current bike would probably fit the "only one bike" category, as I bought it specifically because I wanted one bike that could do everything, and do most everything really well. Travel/twisters are the big ones, and off road capability and parking lot manners are secondarily important. [​IMG][​IMG]


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  10. DesertPilot

    DesertPilot Been here awhile

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    "Not want more?" Surely this isn't possible :)
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  11. bigdog99

    bigdog99 Weaned and neutered

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    Bought this new in '89 after riding an R80PD for a few years. Have had many other bikes in the meantime, including some newer GS', but there's something about this one that keeps it around. About 170k miles on it right now, just tuned it up and slipped on a new set of knobbies for the Idaho BDR next month.
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  12. 9Realms

    9Realms Drawn in by the complex plot

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    ? My needs are basic.

    Something with 2 cylinders, injection, water cooled, six gears and chain drive.
    Must be simple and common. And cheap to replace...

    An old Versys. Justs whats I gots. :brow

    A Vstrom would have also worked.
    But not a new one. I liked them last in 2012.

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  13. Flyjpa

    Flyjpa Positive rate...GEAR UP!

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    Any GS for me. My '02 has been awesome and although I've been lusting after a LC GSA, the old goat just stirs my soul.

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  14. GreyThumper

    GreyThumper Long timer

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    +1. I'd go for an oilhead GS as well (non-servo brakes, no ABS). Just enough modern conveniences (injection, electric start, disk brakes) and enough aftermarket support to make it mine, but less of the potential electronic complications of more current bikes.
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  15. Mac Ka

    Mac Ka Been here awhile

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    I've been lucky in life and have owned an eclectic mix of bikes from FJR's and Beemers to Gilera scooters and numerous thumpers but the bike I bought new, then sold, then bought back 3 times was my Rex. I'm still on the look out for a good one.
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  16. PeterW

    PeterW Long timer

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    Kawasaki H2 (the real, original one), because obviously ...

    Or a TZ 750. I rode one of those 100m, no, 200, up the road, got it to stop, turned around (got off and pushed it) rode back and gave the owner his keys back with very shaky hands.
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  17. ctromley

    ctromley Been here awhile

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    As I recall, your Tiger has about the same roll-on grunt as a typical literbike (based on published top gear 60 - 80 mph times), maybe even a tick better, and literbikes are generally at the top of that heap. In terms of power delivery a literbike is only superior if you spin it up, which could easily put you squarely in sociopath territory.

    Maybe your Tiger is your best bet for a bike-for-life, a category that demands flexibility. It is certainly close to the sweet spot for doing just about everything well.
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  18. shakeybone

    shakeybone Long timer

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    One bike for the rest of my life. Well I don't know what the rest of my life has in store for me. I know I am not going to get any younger so I would want a bike not too heavy. Right now my commute has no highway driving but who knows, so something that is highway capable. I would like a bike I can do light off road ridding. I like to do my own maintenance so not too complicated.
    I am thinking a KLR or DR650, leaning to the DR.
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  19. Tall Man

    Tall Man Priest, Temple of Syrinx

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    Let it whisper in your ear.
    Shakeybone....oh shakeybone....

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  20. BobintheMtns

    BobintheMtns Been here awhile

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    My daily driver is pretty much my dream bike too bobzcag.jpg .......
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