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. Fullsaddlebags

    Fullsaddlebags Lost in the highways

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    I don't know if one bike would last for the rest of my life but I'm currently working on a 2014 Indian Chieftain with just over 100,00 trouble free miles since Aug 2014 .This is one beautiful machine to ride or sit and look at. In Alberta we only have a 5 month riding season so I try to make the best of it. I will admit IMG_2975.jpg that I do own more than one IMG_3754.jpg
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  2. amos100

    amos100 Adventurer

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    i used to say one bike and then over the last couple of years this happened. Resized_20170120_144535 (1).jpeg
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  3. Wreckchecker

    Wreckchecker Ungeneer to broked stuff. Supporter

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    I don't see a problem with that.
  4. VX Rider

    VX Rider Long timer

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    Uh...technically
    Those are ONE bike.:amazon
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  5. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    I like they they are all pretty different. I always wonder about people who have 5 CBR600s sitting in the garage. If I had the room, I'd have a trials bike, adv bike, sport bike, and...I don't know, maybe a vintage cafe racer or something.

    As it is, we have room for two bike; one for me, and one for her.
  6. r60man

    r60man Long timer

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    My R75/6 will never leave my garage until I join the Crowd Invisible. It was my father's and it is my go to bike.
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  7. Horton

    Horton Been here awhile

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    You are right. But I think, you don't take the last bike in a age of 31 or so. I'm 57. Before there no parts available for my 1150ADV, I'm not able to handle it any more. And the market for parts for my old Beemer, R100RS and R75/5, is growing. . .
  8. PK2

    PK2 Long timer

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    Well I picked this up yesterday, and I'm blown away by it's power, torque, riding position, brakes etc.
    My Triumph Speed Triple does everything beautifully!

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    But if it had to be a forever bike, I might need a bit more luggage capacity, so maybe a Tiger.
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  9. Iliketogofast

    Iliketogofast Been here awhile

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    Your photos don't show up. If you link from photobucket no one can see them.


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  10. basketcase

    basketcase lifelong reject fixer

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    There are a lot of variables to consider in the "one bike" question. Currently I own two bikes - an '01 GL1800 and a 2014 VStrom. After thinking on it a bit I'm inclined to peg the DL650. Its nimble, relatively maintenance free, and will do all I want to do. The Gold Wing will go away first. When the VStrom goes it will be time for another Jeep. After that the question will be moot as I'll be residing in the local memorial gardens!


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  11. PaD

    PaD Serial beginner

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    I'm 66 so I hope it will last 30-40 years :D
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  12. Pohaku Rider

    Pohaku Rider Been here awhile

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    At 76 yr'ol this KTM 200 street legal smoker my be my last bike ever, I've owned/race/ridden many motorcycles of all types, but this bullet proof 09 KTM is the keeper because it goes anywhere I point it, I never have to wash it, its the most fun, and it keeps me in shape. 103_2879.JPG

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  13. Wreckchecker

    Wreckchecker Ungeneer to broked stuff. Supporter

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    76? Doing great there!
    I've outlived my Dad, Grandpa, and have no intention of slowing yet.
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  14. Pohaku Rider

    Pohaku Rider Been here awhile

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    Keep riding Wreckchecker, die much, much later happy you did, what it takes to ride a motorcycle and the bike its self jostles and vibrates every cell and organ of your body keeping it in a healthy condition along with a sharped mind/brain it takes to make motorcycle fun happen without injuries...I like extreme off road because I have to use everything I got to make it happen, every body part gets used, this lava coastline is my back yard ride that keeps me in shape.> AgGOtvy8sPrtA5G93BeWag==.mp4

    Ten reasons to ride

    Good health
    Get freedom
    Master stunts
    Quick reflexes
    Challenge fears
    Chicks dig scars
    Mental sharpness
    Weekly recreation
    Good $ investment
    Meet friendly riders
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  15. Prototype4342

    Prototype4342 Long timer

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  16. Drop_Center

    Drop_Center Long timer

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    Rest of your life? Keep in mind it has to last for the rest of your life...

    Nothing to think about for me. Most indestructible high-ish performance bike ever made. :D

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  17. Jarlaxle

    Jarlaxle Bregan D'Aerthe

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    WHich is why I chose something that will always have service parts available (Sportster), and my wife chose a bike that is bulletproof even by Honda standards (PC800).
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  18. rudolf35

    rudolf35 Warped & Twisted Mind

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    Having had a lot of bikes in my life, most of the time mulitiple ones at the same time, my bike for life choice is between the Triumph Scrambler (pre 2017) and a Moto Guzzi Griso.
    The Scrambler is a great commuter, light with plenty of getup and go and easy maintenance. The Griso, is a great "fun" bike that can tour if outfitted right.
    Oh wait a minute, I have those two :clap
  19. Knute Dunrvnyet

    Knute Dunrvnyet Padawan

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    A brand new Yamaha TW200, w/ slightly higher compression Wiseco piston [I have one in my '88 'Darth Maul.'] (Better yet, a TW225.) Minimal changes since into in '87; should have parts availability for a very long time.
  20. mach1mustang351

    mach1mustang351 Long timer Supporter

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    I had a great ride on my Guzzi 1000SP on Saturday, becauee of that, I was smitten with the old girl. So of my current fleet...

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    This one!!