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Bikes you've sold and HAVE NOT regretted...

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I was reading through the other nostalgia thread going right now and had this interesting thought. Just like the title says: What bikes have you sold and were glad to see the taillight disappear? A bike that just never ran right? A bike with terrible brakes or suspension? A bike that held fluids like a sieve? I've only owned two bikes ever, so I'm not much help in this one. For those of you who trade bikes like baseball cards, let's see where this one goes...
 
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My 1962(?) BSA Dandy! My first set of motorized wheels but what a machine. 2-speeds -slow and not quite so slow, accessed through a pre-selector on the left grip. Select the gear then pull in the clutch and let go. Replaced it with a BSA C15 - much better!
 

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What about bikeRS that's I've not been sad to see the tail lights for? :trust:
 
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DL1000

:duck::duck::duck:


Once we got past the lust stage, she and I just could not get along; she even tried to kill/seriously hurt me twice, so we divorced in less than 6 weeks :-P

I still have some lust for her strong legs, but she just wasn't the "complete package" like my one true love :lol2:
 
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Not that there was anything wrong with these bikes....

'04 Yamaha Star Warrior... my feet would fly off the forward mounted pegs at around 75.

'04 Yamaha FJR... a truly marvelous bike, it had it all. Do not ride this bike unless you have incredible will power (I don't).

'05 Ducati Multistrada (620).... Another bike that will amaze you in spite of its smallish size... sold it before the $750 - $1000 maintenence at 6K miles.

Total time of ownership of ALL three bikes ... about 6 months.

... BUT FOR SHEER MISERY.... A GENUINE TOAD!!! ... '03 BMW R1150R!!!!!!

When I reentered motorcycling after a 25 year interruption, I bought this thing brand new cuz I thought BMW had a good reputation. Here is a bike that was so uncomfortable, the longest I could stay in the saddle was 60 miles! I had spent over $500 trying to at least make it bearable. The seat was incredibly hard and "humped" and the foot pegs high enough to put my heels 4" from my butt. You couldn't even lift yourself up on them to move around on the saddle. The tranny had a huge jump from second to third gear that was always a surprise when negotiating slower turns. It always made me wonder if anybody at the manufacturing center even test road this abomination. To this day, I can't even look at another BMW without being reminded of that horrible experience.
 
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1980 or so Suzuki GS750. It was a nightmare of mechanical trouble.

I was happy I got what I did for home 1988 Honda Hurricane 1000...the cam chain tensioner was going bad for the 2nd time, and the entire 1st engine ate itself for no good reason. Honda was good to me on the engine and gave me the new parts. The cam chain was warrantied the first time...wasn't going to be the 2nd time. Traded it off on my first ZX11...and the new owner destroyed the Hurricane hitting a dear on the highway. The dude was a college defensive lineman, and never went down, but the impact tore up all the plastic, wrecked the front end and bent the frame.
 
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1982 YZ-125... first year for water cooled. Yamaha had the bright idea to mount the radiators on the forks, between the upper and lower clamps. Coolant passed through the steering head on the way in and out. Those poor seals were just not up to the task, and leaks washed the grease out of the lower bearings a few times.

Couple that with two trips through the transmission in one racing season..... lets just say it was not my favorite machine. I was happy to see it see it go, even if its departure marked the start of a hiatus from bikes for a few years of being 'responsible'.
 

Wes

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No offense to any Honda owners, but the VF500F was my first bike and a mechanics nightmare. A $2 seal caused me to remove the engine and crack the case. On most bikes its a ten minute fix. This is only one of the many examples that made me want to toss that bike off a cliff.

I hated twisting wrenches on that bike so much I refuse to ever buy a honda ever again. I do kind of miss everyone teasing me about the 80's red, white, and blue paint. You can never hear enough Top Gun Jokes. Hey Maverick, where's Goose? :doh:

 

voyagerrider

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1999 Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic. Had more stuff break and spent more time in shop in 3 years and 30K miles, then my 1992 1500 Goldwing did in 7 years/80K miles.
I found out the hard way that H-D means "hundred dollar".:giveup:
Marty
 
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1971 sportster, was a good bike till I "chopped it. 6" in the front legs 19" front wheel. custom paint and more chrome than I wanted to polish. Didn't handle for squat, and ride for a weekend , polish for a week. No more, I hate chrome
 
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i thought i wanted a cruising bike for a while so we bought a 2007 suzuki m50. it was a great bike, ran great and almost zero maintenance. the problem was i could only ride the bike for an hour or so and just had to get off for a while. my wife couldnt even make it that far. i was happy to sell it to get my triumph!! much more better.
 
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Both of mine were Beemers. Maybe I was spoiled, my first two BMW's (both bought new) were K75's and gave excellent service. I was left on the side of the road once with a K75, but the quick fix was simple and the permanant fix took just a few minutes. That was the only problem in 92K of riding them.

My '93 R100RT and '93 K1100RS weren't as reliable, but I did buy both used with 30K and 15K respectively.

The RT had the rear clutch splines disintegrate at 36K, left me stranded on I20, at midnight. Totally rusted out is what the mechanic told me, most likely stored near a salt water environment was his opinion :shrug:. $$$ to fix it. Sold to someone in Ohio

The RS had to have the clutch and all the other clutch parts replaced at 31K. The shop told me the adjustment nut was screwed all the way in, this from the last owner. I'd always kept the clutch properly adjusted at the lever. Never thought check at the actuating arm (which rarely needs adjustment), so I take some blame for that. Again ponied up the $$$ to fix that. A month later the ABS went south, front modulator failed. $1,900 for a new one (of two) :eek2: Exactly one year later the fuel pump went out (34K). Kept it for 2+ more years (w/o ABS) and it now resides in California with it's new owner.

I'm not soured on Beemers, a nice Airhead would still get my attention (no more Bricks). I hate that I had to pass up two I really wanted. A low mileage '74 R75/6 and an '84 R100RS. But I'll stick to my Bandit and Sprint for now.
 

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:headbang:79 Sporty

It had its moments, but when it backfired so hard on the freeway it blew the carb off that was pretty much the end of our relationship.
 
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2002 Buell M2 Cyclone.....what a piece of junk.....Stalling, leaking, smoking, shaking, rattling, overheating, vibrating piece of crap.

Should have know better....!!!!!
 
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:headbang:79 Sporty

It had its moments, but when it backfired so hard on the freeway it blew the carb off that was pretty much the end of our relationship.
I actually spit a little of my beer on monitor laughing at the image of you jettisoning your carb at freeway speeds.


I had a 1981 Yamaha XJ650 Maxim. From everything I've read they can be great bikes. Mine, however, was not. Of course, this could have been a combination of an old, badly maintained bike and it being my first bike and having no idea what I was doing with those carbs. I about fell over when I realized that a 4 cylinder bike had 4 carbs. (I'm telling you, I was new). Messed with it for almost a year. Sold it and 2 other bikes that I was "going to rebuild" and used the profits to buy my Nighthawk.
 
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Suzuki GSX1100G. Miserable bike with an identity crisis. Didn't like it much before I found out it needed a new front end, as the it had been wrecked and then the title "washed" out of state to get rid of the salvage title.

Traded it even up for an EU3000, both Langley and I both thought we were getting the best end of the deal...
 
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Didn't hate the bike, but when I was ready to sell my '83 Suzuki GS1100ES I spent some money to get the front end right, put it up for sale, then it disappeared out of the apartment parking lot. State Farm gave me more for it than I was asking on the sale, thanks to help from the Suzuki dealer inflating the value when they called. They had just made a lot of money fixing the front end.
 
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2002 Wasakaki Concours. I used it to mix and transport concrete but other than that it was a loud, top-heavy and vibraty beast. Even with a 142 Ton crane, it was difficult to get on the center stand:

 
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84 goldwing SE.. one of the fuel injected models.The brain box would work sometimes other times just flash its little codes.
 
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How 'bout a '80 Yamaha Exciter (Exploder) 250. Had a valve knock so loud you could hear it a 1/2mile away. Complete pile of %#*$!!:rofl: Couldn't afford to fix it and nobody in their right mind would buy it. When it was on it's last leg we'd get it going as fast as it would go and nail the back brake and see who could leave the longest skid mark.:haha: Finally blew the engine and sold it to Union Cycle Salvage for $25 bucks.
 
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Re: 07 Tiger.

Towards the end of the year long painful relationship I fantasized about posting signs around the neighborhood "For sale, beautiful Triumph Tiger, [address]. Forgetful owner often leaves garage door open and keys in bike"

It got so bad that friends and family were sending me daily spam of other bikes I might be interested in. They started answering my phone calls with "what's wrong with it now". A recent text from a coworker asked a business question, and ended with "BTW have you gotten rid of that Tiger yet?".

Only regret? didn't dump it sooner.
 
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Bought a '69 (I think) Norton Commando 850, thinking of a bobber project. The thing had already been fairly well modded over the years. Could never get used to the right side shift, I don't know how many times I almost wrecked from slamming a downshift going for the brake, or locking up the rear tire going for a downshift. At least I sold it for more than I bought it.
 

Wes

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Wes...the Top Gun bike was a Kawasaki Ninja 900.
You know that, and I know that, but that didn't stop every bozo in Nacogdoches from making a top gun joke. One year I needed a last minute Halloween costume so we picked up some aviators and a bomber jacket at the goodwill so I could go as Maverick to a party. People couldn't stop laughing all night. I even had someone cut my hair in that same 80's cut with no side burns. :rofl:
 
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I actually spit a little of my beer on monitor laughing at the image of you jettisoning your carb at freeway speeds.
This one got me too. I had one of those real loud unnatural laughs that made me glad nobody was around to hear it.:rofl:

As for bikes I sure didn't miss.... Mine was a 90 Suzuki VX800.

I had a couple sport bikes up to this point and (at 25) told myself I had grown up and didn't need another sport bike. So I bought this in the fall.

Come spring it was out the door and I got an 85 Ninja 900. I just didn't enjoy the VX at all. Now the Ninja on the other hand... I loved that bike!! Guess I had not grown past the sport bike thing. That was 12 years ago and I've pretty much accepted that I will need to own at least one bike that has a strong sporty-element to it. Not that I need a gixxer or CBR, but anthing less sporty than my ST1300 just wouldn't work.

Mic
 
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'79 Bonneville 750. Whenever someone said, "Nice bike" which they often did, I knew instantly that they had never owned one of those finger smelling like gasoline, zener diode blowing, valve guide wearing, kick start only motorcycles. It sure did look good though.:mrgreen:
 
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My '98 Honda Blackbird. Stupid fast and it got to the point I didn't like to ride it unless I was going stupid fast. I knew I was either going to get put in jail or kill myself doing 150.
 
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This bike is awesome! Seriously, that is a sweet looking bike.

I traded a Speed Triple for my FZ1 and have never looked back. I mean, sure, I look, but it doesn't mean anything. I can't help it, its instinctual, yes I look at those Speed Triples with lusty eyes, it doesn't mean I don't love you baby. No I don't want to get back together with Speed Triple, I'm happy with you. You make more sense, why would I want anything else just because of looks? Of course you're not ugly! I just meant Speed Triple is a nice looking bike, it doesn't mean you're not sexy to me. You've got more power than Speed Triple, handle better, way more reliable, faster, more comfortable yet sportier, we travel together. Look, I'm happy with you, ok? I'm sorry dear, I'll stop looking at other bikes...when we're together.
 
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04 Yamaha Vstar 1100 Classic.

It was my first bike after a 30 year layoff. My buddies all convinced me I needed a cruiser so I bought the Yamaha. I immediately knew I had made a bad choice. I hated it but gave it a good 6 months. I kept trying to do things the bike just wasn't built for and scraping hard parts. Not only did it not fit the kind of riding I wanted to do it just didn't fit me. After 45 minutes my bottom would hurt and my legs would start to cramp.

I was in heaven from day one when I traded for the WeeStrom.

I now have the St1300 but actually miss the Wee.
 
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My '98 Honda Blackbird. Stupid fast and it got to the point I didn't like to ride it unless I was going stupid fast. I knew I was either going to get put in jail or kill myself doing 150.
There you go. I understand that. My 2007 Aprilia Tuono was my biggest mistake. Not because the bike was bad. Nooooo... It was good. Too good. So good that it did not like travelling at mere double digits. So, though it was good, it was not good for me.
 

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2000 V-Star 650.
The "smog" Emissions plumbing wouldn't let it run below 36 degrees F! Got a paltry 35 MPG. Top speed against the wind 70 mph! If you could sit on it for an hour you had tough buns (I discovered sheep wool seat covers)
I stripped the emissions off and it would start and idle when it was 20 out! Mileage jumped to 45 mpg and after I drilled out the mufflers it would do 75 mph against the wind. With the seat cover I could drain the tank (200 miles). You could not run any extra electrics, I drained the battery with 35 watt driving lights at highway speeds. It sure looked good. Sold it to a young man for his first bike. Got me a Voyager XII, bought it with 40,000 sold it with 98,000. Put brushes in the alternator and new seals in the water jacket inlets. Brakes and tires.
 
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1973 (?) Honda CB450 - the only new bike I ever owned. Vibrated so bad it kept breaking the luggage rack. Beautiful bike, but not so good to ride. Burned the double overhead cams and bid her bye-bye. Subsequently got hold of a Suzuki T-500 Titan, made me forget how to spell Honda :-)
 
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Favorite ever: 1999 SV650

Least fav: 1982 KD80M, the bike that started my addiction, even though I could never keep it running or air in the tires.
 
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Way too sporty in the ergos department:
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I really wanted a Harley and this was a mistake:
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I had one of those LC1500 rattle traps....day after I got it one of the driving lights fell off. For the next 5 months constantly had to tighten loose nuts and bolts. Day I traded it in mirror fell off while it warmed up in the driveway.
 
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A Bultaco Pursang 125. On those rare occasions when the temperature and humidity were just right, when the moon was in the correct phase, and when the stars aligned just so, it was really fast and fun. But more often than not it was just a poor-running, unreliable, maintenance-intensive, hole to throw money into.
 
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I forgot to mention... In 1970 I bought a Honda Dream 305 from a friend... very low mileage... only about 500 miles on it... looked like a miniature CopCycle... and in fact I used to park it right next to a Harley Cop bike at my apartments. I doubt I put a thousand miles on that bike because it vibrated so bad and had starting problems. I was indeed glad when I sold it for next to nothing... but the guy that bought it was thrilled of course.
 
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Suzuki rmz250...Evil ******* child of suzuki-kawasaki. Who builds a production bike with a 20 hour motor?

GasGas 300. Great bike, horrible luck.

'84 vf750f. Corbin musta went to the local proctologist for seat design that year.

Suzuki Intruder 1400. 1400vtwin with 4 gears?
 
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1969 250 CZ motocross, very expensive from Checkoslovakia, poor quality. But the power and suspension tops for the era. See Bultaco above.
 

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My 01 Honda Rebel. There was nothing wrong with it, I just outgrew it. I used to call it Papa Smurf, it was small, but a great teacher, and it was blue. I know I've got a few photos floating around the house. I used to ride the snot out of it, did a ride from CS to Huntsville one day for coffee, when I got home, even the hair on my arm was vibrating. It was a fun bike, but it needed a new home with new riders to teach, so I don't regret it, even though I do miss it from time to time.
 
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