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

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Interesting reading! The more posts that appear, the more it seems one guy's junk is another guy's trophy. Also, all manufacturers are guilty of putting a turkey in the showroom now and then... Although some are great bikes intended for a different purpose. Then there are those that probably should have spent some more time in R & D before they hit the floors...
 
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1st bike was a Honda VLX 600. It was a nice little around town cruiser that was totally wrong for me, but I was too new to riding to realized that while I liked the way cruisers looked, I wasn't going to like riding one. No wind protection, needed one more gear for comfortable highway cruising, and every bump was transmitted to my poor aching rear and lower back. I don't miss her even a little bit. Not her fault, but not the right bike for me.

2nd bike is a BMW K75RT. I still have it, but haven't written it much since my Wee Strom came home with me. I rode her again recently and find that the K75 is still the smoothest running bike I've ridden down the road, and the low center of gravity makes it feel much lighter than the wet weight would suggest. Only problem, the full fairing is close enough to my knees that it drove me nuts. Removing the lower half of the fairing made it better, but the corners of the upper fairing still stick into my knees and drive me nuts. That said, it was a great second "first" bike and was really forgiving when I would make beginner mistakes. She's never let me down so far, but Ive reluctantly come to the conclusion that while I love the K75 as a commuter bike I can't ride one in full RT trim. I can see myself getting an S model down the road, but rather than try and modify this one, I think it needs to go to someone who wants an RT. (As you can see I'm still in the reluctant to sell category on this one.)

3rd bike is my Wee Strom and I can't imagine at this point ever being happy selling it. It's a great bike that fits me great and is a blast to ride.
 
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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:

I have 36k miles on my '84 babycepter and haven't had any leak-related problems at all. My only whine is that the valve adjust intervals are every 6k miles (FSM says 8k, common practice is 6k). I bought the '01 to slow down the odometer on the '84. :giveup:

It's a man's bike, you'll be commanding (it to turn), begging (for more power), and praying (the brakes stop you soon enough) when you're on the perch of that little lady. :mrgreen:
 
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2006 Kawasaki Z750S. After a round trip to Huntsville from Tomball I was determined never to sit on that bike again, and that was after a corbin seat upgrade (downgrade.)
 

Wes

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I have 36k miles on my '84 babycepter and haven't had any leak-related problems at all.
Just so you know, those old babyceptors are harder to kill that Bruce Willis in Die Hard. Mine had 54,000 miles on it when I sold it. It had been wrecked at least 4 times before I bought it. I crashed twice. It was completely submerged in a flood in nacogdoches in 2001. Two weeks later it ran with no problems for another 17,000 miles before I sold her. That bike wouldn't die. People who knew me when i had the bike still tell stories about it like it was some kind of miracle the thing still ran.

I hope my new bike is that resiliant but just a little easier to work on. :trust:
 
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I've sold one bike, gave two away including one that I cut in half with a hacksaw in a juvenile attempt to make an offroad trike, and hauled another one to the scrap yard.

The one I sold was a '73 CB350 twin, paid $400 for it, had title issues, swore before the judge I acquired it legally, got a title, put $200 more into it, drove it about 1500 miles and sold it for $100.
 
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I'm the third DL1000 on this thread so far...

LOVED the sound (Leo Vince pipes).
Very unstable at high speeds and in high winds.
Cursed the beast in windy Big Bend and in Hurricane Rita in Arkansas.
Not a machine made for my style of high speed touring.
It was fine around town, though.
 
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Is that 3 digit high speeds or lower...

I was thinking of a DL1000 as a subsitiute if/when my GS dream is crushed...
I'd say at 90 and over things get interesting. :rider:

Unless it is crazy windy - then the pucker factor can hit at legal speeds and below...
 
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79? Yamaha 650 special, hated that bike, was the first bike i bought for the street. had so many problems with it that the place i bought it let me trade it for another bike, the one I wish I never sold...VF1000F Honda Daddy-ceptor
 
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1973 Honda Elsinore 250

Two serious trips to the hospital convinced me that MX was not my sport.

After that I have had 200k crash-free miles on the street. Maybe I learned something on that Elsinore, after all.
 
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Had a 78 250 Elsinore for my first dirtbike in 1996. Bought it for 250 bucks with a busted clutch cable but otherwise running. Replaced the shocks with a single unit from an 83 CR250, which worked GREAT btw, put some new tires on it, and rode it for almost a year. My cousin offered me 500 bucks one day for it, so I sold it! Haven't regretted it yet. I bet I could get it back from him, albeit in worse condition than when I sold it!
 
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My 1951 Harley 125 hummer. Bad electrics (it would only charge at idle), rigid frame, the power of an anemic 50cc Japanese bike, but I was only 12, so it was plenty good at the time. It was pretty fast, old people could not begin to catch me so long as they were on foot. It had a 3 speed gearbox, so you never got confused either.

I think my KTM 495 fits the bill as well. Outrageous power and super suspension combined with brakes that wouldn't stop a Honda 50 going up hill. As I recall it was the last year for drum brakes. I finally decided that it had to go after another surprise near vertical downhill that I only managed to survive because of the supple suspension. The brakes were more advisory in nature than actual braking units. It was an open MX bike and maybe they figured that if you used the brakes you didn't deserve a KTM.

Pat McDonald
 

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Thing would not keep running for over a tank of gas. Thought it was fuel problems, then eliminated all of that. Next out of desperation, worked on ignition, but all check out OK.

Bottom line, after about 9 months - adiós!
 
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I didn't sell it, but I did total my 97 Suzuki Katana 600. I loved that bike so much and was sad when the insurance totaled it. I wound up picking up a 2000 Honda CBR 600 F4 to replace it and very much liked that bike.

A while later, a coworker picked up one of the old Kat 600's and asked me to ride it to see if I thought there was anything wrong since he was a noob and I'd owned one. Man, what a piece of crap that bike was by comparison to my new steed. I had missed that bike before, but as my friend rode off on his new bike I realized that I did not miss my old bike one bit.
 
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79? Yamaha 650 special, hated that bike, was the first bike i bought for the street. had so many problems with it that the place i bought it let me trade it for another bike, the one I wish I never sold...VF1000F Honda Daddy-ceptor
Bought a 79 650 special in 80. Still sitting in the garage with 10200 miles on it. Sitting next to a 09 V-star 950 with 14000 miles on it. everytime I rode the 650 it would take 20 to 45 minutes to start it after killing the engine because I didn't know what the prime on the pitcock was for. One of these days I will get it running again.:giveup:
 
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1975 Yamaha RD200. The gas tank on it rusted through and the reed valves were all ways sticking which killed top end speed.
 
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The two bikes I borrowed for an extended swap that I could not wait to return was a Honda Pacific Coast 800 that had 120,000 miles on the odometer that felt very unstable and was leaking oil. The second was a Harley Sportster that was quite hot at traffic lights and had tremendous buffeting issues with it's large tombstone size windscreen.

<The best bike was a first generation FZ1 with a full Ohlin suspension properly setup for my weight.>
 
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It wasn't my little KZ440's fault it died; I really should've been nicer to it and maybe not taken it on a 400 (of 700) mile trip... That's the only bike I ever sold, and I got $100 less for it than I paid, even though it ran when I bought it and not when I sold it. Of course, I had added a lot of accessories and replaced a lot of wear items...

I'd rebuild my Trident 900 in a heartbeat if I could afford to get it down here.

I will pick up a second motor for my current ride at some point, as I intend to keep this one for a very long time.

No, the bike I don't regret seeing go was on loan to me for a week before I bought it, and it was bad enough that I never went through with the transaction. It was an early-'80s Yamaha XV750 Virago, and it was a hunk of ****. In addition to the horribly designed starter that didn't work when warm, and which stranded me in the projects on my way to work one day, this particular bike had had an airhorn professionally installed. And by professionally installed, I mean an angry monkey had torn out half of the wiring harness and flung excrement at the other half. The bike would stall for no reason, which was made much scarier by its reluctance to start, but that wasn't the worst. The worst was the horn. When it worked, it sounded like an 18-wheeler and made cars get out of my way! When it didn't work, though, it acted as a second kill switch and stopped the bike dead wherever it was. That was fun.

Cheers,
-Kit
 
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1967 BSA 441 Victor ...
Named: Thumper.
Small tank, leaky carb. plunger, electrics were the prince of darkness AND hardly any brakes !
Drank way to much beer AND was always falling down.
But.... it helped me get over tha' Viet Nam thing.....1/12 Cav, (Airborne Inf.) RVN 66-67
Some fond memories ... but, that was then ! : D
Mac
 
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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:
+1 on the DL 1K
 
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My 2001 Kawasaki Vulcan Nomad. Let me preface this by saying I loved the bike, rode it for 4 1/2 years and got rid of it with 55,000 miles on it. It was my re-introduction to riding after a 13 year hiatus. It served me well and made many trips including 3 to Big Bend National Park. BUT, I was ready to move on to a more sporty ride and got a 2001 Triumph Trophy 1200 for it and am now riding a BMW R1200 GS Adventure, which I WOULD regret if it were gone tomorrow!

 

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I've owned an assortment of cruiser/touring bikes over the years and always come to the same conclusion. I prefer an upright seating position (maybe a hint of forward lean) with my feet underneath me. As good as the Road King, Low Rider or Sportster looked, I had to have the sport touring or dirt bike riding positions and couldn't wait to sell them.
 
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I had an '82 CBX, which really wasn't built for a long haul riding at any given time. Plus every cold start, just about took the battery entire charge to start. Ride was stiff, handling, ok, but was pretty quick. However, for me, wasn't sorry to that one go.
 
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01 Honda VTX 1800 - Really too heavy, spark plugs started fouling
03 Honda VTX 1300 - Good touring bike, but still a cruiser.
07 Kawasaki Z750S - My Butt and Wrists thank me every day.
 
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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 didn't really want a Harley but buying a new C90T/LC1500 was a mistake for me as well, I want even start on this bike. I was glad to get out from under it {putting it mildly} SZ.
 
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Bikes I have owned and sold with no regrets? Three come to mind pretty quick.

1. 1972 1000cc Sportster purchased new; this thing would kick back and break the starter bendix every other day; two different Harley shops were unable to make it stop. I must have put a dozen bendix gears on the thing before Harley release a service bulletin calling out the reason: point cam lobe was too pointed. Fixed with wider lobe. Wow, what a work out that was; a 1000 cc Sportster with no kick starter and no electric starter is a hard bike to ride. It was a shame too; best handling Harley I have ever ridden.

2. 1979 Harely Low Rider, purchased new; this was an AMF Harley. The valve guides came loose in the heads while running at high speed; they fixed it and it did it a second time. Seat would come down and hit negative battery cable and break the battery post; got the idea? There were other quirks. No love lost and was the reason I gave up on Harley's and went to BMW. I don't care that HOG bought'm back and quality (alledgedly) went back up; they lost me.

3. 2002 BMW K1200 LT, purchased new; this bike was top heavy and handled poorly at low speeds, especially when loaded for travel riding two up. I must say that at speed, it was a pleasure to ride. Traded it in on a 2005 GL1800 and there was no comparison; the HONDA was a far better bike IMO.

-AL-
 
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I am a self confessed bike whore. Over the past 43 years i have owned 30 to 40 bikes or more and have loved them all, I also regret selling any of them...
There a lot like women each one treats you a little different some required extra care some did not,
The DL 1000 seems to be getting a bad rap here, but I really like my DL....:rider:
Mike
 

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1972 Harley Sportster......enough said.

Replaced with CB750, almost passed on that summer. God takes care of idiots and morons.
 

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1974 Kawasaki Mach III 500cc three cylinder two cycle. After I bought this brand new, I heard that the motto for this bike was "point it in the direction you wanted to go and pull the trigger!" One day I was in a gradual turn on the freeway, it went into a high speed tank slapper and went down. I ended up throwing it off the back of the truck we used to pick it up, and I sold it for next to nothing. But I was glad to see it go.
 
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1986 K75S. Bought new and it smoked & backfired
and the dealer couldn't fix it. Fuel injection problem
I think. Leaky fuel tank cap that poured gas into
lap while riding finished me off. Traded back to
dealer for 1986 VFR750R which turned out to be
a great motorcycle (although expensive w/tariff)!!
 
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Mine was a HD Sportster "Sport"... It was fun riding around town, but if you ever got above 50, it would shake like a paint shaker. You couldnt use the mirrors, because you couldnt even SEE the mirrors. I kept it for about two months, and that cured me from the HD want. I was never so happy to see a bike roll out the drive way. I had a new BMW R1100RS that afternoon. It was night and day...
 
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A late 70's Honda CB 750 Four

I traded a really hot, but hard to sell, 1967 GTX for the bike. It was my first REAL motorcycle and I rode that sucker all summer and loved it. I was a really poor college student and sold the bike to pay for tuition/books to finish my last semester after the guy I was working for skipped town with a months worth of my pay. Seems to have been a good investment - got my degree, got a good job, now I have 3 bikes in the garage!
 
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I see the older Concour's and DL1000's getting a bad rap, Ive been looking at both bike's, Never ridden either one but Ive chased the Concour's in vain in the twisty's, I was thinking the Concour's might be good bang for the buck, Please tip me off before I go buy one,,,,,I like the Strom 1K because it look's like a good two upper and a decent tourer beside's being the strangest looking bike on two wheel's, open to any advice good or bad, Thank's SZ.
 
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1977 Honda CB750 - Slow and if you had a head wind you could not pass up a gas station. It was a good bike to look at but not strap a leg over. Every time I did, I wished I could click my heels three times. :giveup:It was gone after only 2000 miles.
 

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Surprising about the CB750's. I always thought they were "it" back in the day.
When Honda first came out with the CB750K SOHC in 1969 it was the ticket. Later some time in the 70's (not sure when) they changed the motor some. Lowered the H.P. and the other manufacturers passed them up until they came out with the DOHC around 1980 I think.
I felt the same as you and wished I knew this stuff before I purchased mine.:suicide:
 
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