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    Your best (and worst) bikes....

    In thinking over some of the bikes I've owned, there are a few standouts, good and bad.

    One of the best was an '82 Honda XL250 I used to have... that bike was surely unholy because it simply would not die. Abused, thrashed, not well-maintained (even submerged, once) it kept right on running - and started every time. I loved that bike.

    I've also become quite fond of my newest bike - the '03 ZRX1200. It fits me wonderfully and can really move out, too. Yes, there are faster/better handling bikes - many of them. But I get happy just looking at the Rex, which is worth a few tenths on a road course - and 20 mph on the top end, even!

    Have you got any memorable/standout bikes? Or bikes you'd prefer to forget?

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    Re: Your best (and worst) bikes....

    Quote Originally Posted by Eric
    In thinking over some of the bikes I've owned, there are a few standouts, good and bad.

    One of the best was an '82 Honda XL250 I used to have... that bike was surely unholy because it simply would not die. Abused, thrashed, not well-maintained (even submerged, once) it kept right on running - and started every time. I loved that bike.

    I've also become quite fond of my newest bike - the '03 ZRX1200. It fits me wonderfully and can really move out, too. Yes, there are faster/better handling bikes - many of them. But I get happy just looking at the Rex, which is worth a few tenths on a road course - and 20 mph on the top end, even!

    Have you got any memorable/standout bikes? Or bikes you'd prefer to forget?

    Yep....... , but not sure if it classifies as a bike A Suzuki RV 90 ....little sqaut thing.
    It was fine in the dry but in a muddy paddock with a trailer with a couple of sheep in tow, it was lethal, especially if the sheep moved around a bit

    http://www.bikepics.com/suzuki/rv90/

    Traded on a Suzuki TS185

    http://www.bikepics.com/suzuki/ts185/07/pics.asp
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    Neat little buggers!

    I'd like to get an RD350 at some point; I think MIke said he had one ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric
    Neat little buggers!

    I'd like to get an RD350 at some point; I think MIke said he had one ....
    Indeed. It was capable of being a pretty decent commuter bike, but could keep up with most 750's of the time. The A model (1974) was the best, in my book.

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    I rode an RD350 and there was nothing over the handlebars...

    Bad bikes? All Harleys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robmcg
    I rode an RD350 and there was nothing over the handlebars...

    Bad bikes? All Harleys.
    I don't like Harleys much - mainly because they're not my style and because they have become the two-wheeled equivalents of the Disco Machines of the '70s... all about posturing and posing and being "trendy" (as well as over-priced and under-performing). Twenty or so years ago, most of the guys you'd see on Harleys were real deal "bikers" - serious dudes who knew their machines, how to ride - and didn't do things like trailer them to 10 miles outside of Sturgis before donning their brand-new leathers and riding into town like rhinestone cowboys... .

    It's funny how different the worlds are; sport bike riders and cruiser riders ....

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    "and didn't do things like trailer them to 10 miles outside of Sturgis before donning their brand-new leathers and riding into town like rhinestone cowboys... ."

    I was surprised to see that in Sturgis. It was so common that such was filling up the RV parks, which were charing $160.00 per night.

    I guess they were afraid their Harleys couldn't make it more than about ten miles.

    I guess it's true, what my dad once told me. Those who own Harleys, will own a Harley even if they have to always push it (or tow it).

    BTW, after being in Sturgis, I dislike Harleys a lot more than I used to. Our ears still have not recovered from all that noise!

    BTW, how come Harleys always sound like they are way out of tune? They sound like junk, IMAO.

    -Don- (SSF, CA)


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    "BTW, how come Harleys always sound like they are way out of tune? They sound like junk, IMAO."

    Part of the appeal (to those who like them) of Harleys is the rumble/rattling of the V-twin engine that defines them. I don't like the sound they make, either. But Harley guys dislike the sound of a high-RPM Japo sport bike's engine just as much!

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    The same guys who revere Harleys are also big fans of Peterbilts. They "look right" and "sound right." But Harley has gone through a number of incarnations. In the last five years or so, they have made amazing strides in comfort and dependability. There is even a water-cooled and fuel-injected Harley, the V-Rod.

    A Sportster 883 is probably as good an all-round bike as Harley makes, and is competitive in price with the same size of Japanese cruise, less than $8,000 out the door.

    A number of localities (Denver is the most vigorous in its enforcement) have passed noise ordinances, specifically aimed at Harleys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric
    I'd like to get an RD350 at some point; I think MIke said he had one ....
    Only bike I've ever wheelied......my mates racing 350 Powervalve......in the paddock at Snetterton circuit. Now that's what I call a powerband - nothing at 5,900 rpm, lots of powerat 6,000!

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    And much to the disgust of Rob, they were racing in and winning in the 750 classes.

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    Y'all,

    Best: I would have to be my 1989 NT-650 Honda Hawk GT. I bought mine used in 1994 for $2800 with 9000 miles. Now it has 58,000 miles and it looks great, runs great, and costs nothing to operate. 52-55 mpg. Damn little thing runs and runs and runs. Folks I ride with say I ride it just as quickly as the VFR. The world's most user-friendly bike. Exceptional.

    Somebody with connections at Honda please tell those folks to re-introduce it. Suzuki's selling zillions of SVs. PLEEZE, Honda!

    Worst? Bultaco Lobito. Long story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael
    Y'all,

    Best: I would have to be my 1989 NT-650 Honda Hawk GT. I bought mine used in 1994 for $2800 with 9000 miles. Now it has 58,000 miles and it looks great, runs great, and costs nothing to operate. 52-55 mpg. Damn little thing runs and runs and runs. Folks I ride with say I ride it just as quickly as the VFR. The world's most user-friendly bike. Exceptional.

    Somebody with connections at Honda please tell those folks to re-introduce it. Suzuki's selling zillions of SVs. PLEEZE, Honda!

    Worst? Bultaco Lobito. Long story.

    Michael

    Honda built many superb bikes in the mid-late '80s; the Interceptor, of course, is a classic! I had a CB550 that was a great all-arounder; like your Hawk, it got 50-plus mpg and hardly ever required maintenance. It had shaft drive - and did not require periodic PITAS valve adjustments, either. And it was air/oil-cooled, so no hassles with a radiator...

    My wish is that Kaw would bring back the ZRX - with updated (maybe Ohlins) suspension and around 150 hp.

    I'd sign up tomorrow!

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    Quote Originally Posted by robmcg

    Bad bikes? All Harleys.
    Kiwi friend her has bought one...

    I sat on it and started it...... A Lanz Bulldog tractor didn't vibrate as much

    Then I burnt my leg on the exhaust... Stick HDs righ up yer.... ;D
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    Re: Your best (and worst) bikes....

    Quote Originally Posted by Kwozzie1
    Quote Originally Posted by robmcg

    Bad bikes? All Harleys.
    Kiwi friend her has bought one...

    I sat on it and started it...... A Lanz Bulldog tractor didn't vibrate as much

    Then I burnt my leg on the exhaust... Stick HDs righ up yer.... ;D
    It's interesting how polarizing the Harley vs. Other thing is.

    I love motorcycles and riding - but Harleys do nothing for me at all. By the same token, I'm sure there are Harley guys out there who feel the same about sport bikes.

    You'd think there'd be commonality - or at least, common ground.

    But to a very great extent, these are worlds that dare not collide!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric

    It's interesting how polarizing the Harley vs. Other thing is.

    I love motorcycles and riding - but Harleys do nothing for me at all. By the same token, I'm sure there are Harley guys out there who feel the same about sport bikes.

    You'd think there'd be commonality - or at least, common ground.

    But to a very great extent, these are worlds that dare not collide!
    Perhaps tarred by the same brush comes to mind...... some HD owners here are associated with gangs of the criminal kind
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    Re: Your best (and worst) bikes....

    Quote Originally Posted by Kwozzie1
    Quote Originally Posted by Eric

    It's interesting how polarizing the Harley vs. Other thing is.

    I love motorcycles and riding - but Harleys do nothing for me at all. By the same token, I'm sure there are Harley guys out there who feel the same about sport bikes.

    You'd think there'd be commonality - or at least, common ground.

    But to a very great extent, these are worlds that dare not collide!
    Perhaps tarred by the same brush comes to mind...... some HD owners here are associated with gangs of the criminal kind
    That used to be true; but nowadays, most Harley riders are middle aged businesssmen types.

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    Re: Your best (and worst) bikes....

    Quote Originally Posted by Eric
    Quote Originally Posted by Kwozzie1
    Quote Originally Posted by robmcg

    Bad bikes? All Harleys.
    Kiwi friend her has bought one...

    I sat on it and started it...... A Lanz Bulldog tractor didn't vibrate as much

    Then I burnt my leg on the exhaust... Stick HDs righ up yer.... ;D
    It's interesting how polarizing the Harley vs. Other thing is.

    I love motorcycles and riding - but Harleys do nothing for me at all. By the same token, I'm sure there are Harley guys out there who feel the same about sport bikes.

    You'd think there'd be commonality - or at least, common ground.

    But to a very great extent, these are worlds that dare not collide!

    It was a Harley that got me back into biking about nine years ago. My younger bro' bought a 1200 Sportster with special 'Tabacco' paint job - yeah, I know, he's a poser! After taking my 85 year old mother (a wonderful pillion passenger) for a birthday ride he said 'Hop on' and took me for a spin. After a couple of miles he pulled into a side road and said 'Take her for a run'. It was noisy, it vibrated, rattled and rolled, the brakes were average and the top speed was nothing a good 250 couldn't manage - BUT - after that twenty minute ride I got the biking bug again and bought a Suzi GS500E. That it why a Harley will always have a special place in my heart - Ahhhhh!

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    "It was a Harley that got me back into biking about nine years ago. My younger bro' bought a 1200 Sportster with special 'Tabacco' paint job - yeah, I know, he's a poser! After taking my 85 year old mother (a wonderful pillion passenger) for a birthday ride he said 'Hop on' and took me for a spin. After a couple of miles he pulled into a side road and said 'Take her for a run'. It was noisy, it vibrated, rattled and rolled, the brakes were average and the top speed was nothing a good 250 couldn't manage - BUT - after that twenty minute ride I got the biking bug again and bought a Suzi GS500E. That it why a Harley will always have a special place in my heart - Ahhhhh!"

    I'm not one of those sport bike guys who hates Harleys - as such. I actually like some of the old iron (XLCR "Cafe Racer" is a favorite).

    What I don't like is the way Harleys have become, to a certain extent, the bike for poseurs and "trendy" types - you know, the guys who trailer their bike to within 5 miles of Sturgis, then ride into town with their $3,000 outfits and doo rags....

    This, in turn, has caused the prices of Harleys to escalate like McMansions - and dealers to become (not all, but many) snobbish dickheads who treat you like ass if you're not "in" with them.

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    Re: Your best (and worst) bikes....

    Quote Originally Posted by Eric

    I'm not one of those sport bike guys who hates Harleys - as such. I actually like some of the old iron (XLCR "Cafe Racer" is a favorite).

    What I don't like is the way Harleys have become, to a certain extent, the bike for poseurs and "trendy" types - you know, the guys who trailer their bike to within 5 miles of Sturgis, then ride into town with their $3,000 outfits and doo rags....


    To my eyes it certainly looked good, and from its spec, was a nice bike apart from the small, 2 gallon, gas tank and the four speed box. However, upgrade that concept to utilize the new Buell (Rotax) 1125 engine , an aluminum four gallan tank coupled with a smooth six speed box and modern brakes and I think one would have a very nice sporty 'semi classic' ride even in this day and age. Despite my small criticisms, a top speed of 112mph was quite handy in the 70s.

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