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Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by DaBinChe, Dec 25, 2017.
Gotta go with Schmokel's wisdom here... Whichever bike I happen to be on at the moment!
In my fairly limited experience, it's gotta be the Ninja 300 I had. There's something special about those tiny bikes, and even though my wee strom is probably a "better" bike, it's never put a smile on my face the way that 300 did.
True, and yet my favorite thing with the Duke is...the fuel economy!!! A days riding costs pocket change!
No I’ve ridden for 45 yrs and owned over 20 bikes and ridden every manufacturer except MZ
Pick on someone else asshat
Your zen needs more zen. No need to toss insults for a joke.
98 bandit. ex drag whore i put back on the street. bike was immaculate when i got it. about 135hp at the rear wheel. fast fucking torque monster that hooked up and pow, warp speed.
My 2017 R-3 the white one (the faster one) cms
Well, it was the 80's, right?
Really? Think a bit more...
Hard to say because funnest for me has a lot to do with rides I took and places I went.
But in terms of what came to mind, my old WR250x was tons of fun. I had a dirt wheelset too. Yes the power was a bit weak but I think that’s what worked. You could ride the bike aggressively on the street and actually be somewhere close to the law and not in the ER. The whole slow bike fast thing. I sold it 5 years ago, but I’d consider another one.
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My DRz-400S is a friggin blast in the twisties. However my nod goes to the 82 Kawi GPz-1100 I had until 5 years ago. A feast for the senses at full chat.
This thing, right there. I only had mine a few months, but man was it a blast. Angry and visceral and really tight. Fit me like a glove with the clubmans. If only I could keep it running (Not to mention that for every amazing thing about it, there was something equally infuriating).
Hauling myself around on a fast, reliable Honda now, and I'm mostly kinda bored. That Buell ruined a lot of other bikes for me. Test riding a SD990 after it proved that.
I've yet to own a bike that wasn't fun, or the "funnest" thing at the moment. IMO you get out of any bike an at least equal amount of what you put into it.... from a "fun" perspective.
"Fun" is also subjective, and ever changing in definition. What might be perceived as "Fun" by one rider may be very different to another. We all generate our own level of... "fun".
Test rode a Duc Hypermotard. A total laugh-until-you-hurt bike. Made no sense to me other than getting into a heap of trouble.
I love every bike I've ridden for one reason or another, but I spent a dozen miles on a '14 MTS1200S with Termis and it's the only time I yelled and hooted the whole time. Absolutely entertaining, then spooky fast before you knew what happened.
But I also love sport-touring on my old R11R, just to make it dance.
You need to try a grom lol.
I am surprised by the amount of KTMs, I should try one but the potential fickleness puts me off. I am definitely trying the xsr900 after reading this thread.
Hmm. I'll agree it's very subjective, and the ride itself has s lot to do with the fun. I've also ridden bikes that just were not fun.
On the misury side, I'd have to give that award to a Yamaha Virago 535 I once had. Tears of pain and suffering usually started flowing after 30 minutes. There were others, my old Kawasaki triple. Brutally fast, but mostly just brutal. It did absolutely nothing well, except to accelerate.
I am not going to nominate my beloved Road King for this. While it is a wonderful machine, and I dearly love it, fun is not the word I would use to describe riding it. It is too big and heavy and ponderous to be "fun", Particularly in a care free sense.
Of all the bikes I've ridden and owned, today I would say an older Moto Guzzi V50 is the top "fun" bike I've gotten to know. It was as easy to ride as a bicycle, and twice as forgiving. It was outstanding in no single area, but did everything quite well. It was comfortable at highway speeds, on gravel, it was just comfortable. It was one of the most "wee!" fun bikes I've ever ridden, to date.
Yep I agree, but you have to admit that some have more fun factor than others. My GL1800 tourer wasn't as fun as my 2013 Triumph Trophy tourer, and my Bonneville wasn't as fun as my brat styled 4th generation Thunderbird. None of them have been as been as fun as the Moto Guzzi Griso SE. That being said, I think if it has two wheels and a motor, I'd probably find it fun. My wife has never ridden, no matter what I said, she wouldn't ride so I didn't push the issue.
Then one day she saw a red Vespa scooter and said that she always wanted a red Vespa. Well that was my chance, so I went out and purchased her a 50cc red Vespa and surprised her, she loved it. When I took it around the neighborhood I had so much fun on that little thing that I went out and purchased me a Honda scooter just so that I could ride around with her. What makes them fun is that they are so tiny, they feel much faster than they really are. Moral of the story, even a 50cc scooter that only tops out at 40 mph can be fun in the neighborhood. Not something that I'd venture out of the neighborhood on thou...lol
I think it also depends upon picking the right bike for the current task.
Example: If the wife and I are going on a long, say 4-8 day trip, the Road King is chosen. We've done many previous long trips on the Bonneville as well, but it's just not as "fun", as the RK is much more comfortable for the long hauls. 85 MPH on a big slab on a Road King is nothing, 85 mph on that same slab on the fully loaded Bonneville is "busy", and "nervous"in comparison.
If I'm riding solo on the Bonneville around the local back roads, etc, it's lighter and more "fun" than the RK for that particular purpose. It feels like a toy to flick around and have fun through tight curves, etc in comparison.
Right tool for the right job I believe is a big factor when evaluating "fun".
For me anything Ktm Twin is the most fun. I've had over 70 motorcycles and nothing else comes close. I've tried every manufacturer. On number 6 Ktm now and not one has ever left stranded and have had tons of smiles.