Author Topic: Which Bikes would You Like to Have? (was in: Are small bikes making a comeback?)  (Read 1046 times)

Offline LuckyPuck

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I tried to buy a 390 Duke when I bought my DRZ400 but they were out of stock everywhere.

I've started going smaller as I've realized that the bikes I was buying were for planned trips and rides with the wife on the back that never happened.   I ended up having bikes that were set up for the riding I do 1% of the time.
I went from a 1200GSA to 2 Triumph Bonnevilles (1 scrambler, 1 standard)   and I went from that to the DRZ400 and the GROM.

I will probably add another big bike at some point just because I have the DRZ set up so that it's not really highway friendly but I really don't feel like spending $20k on the bikes I'd like to have right now (KTM 1290 Super Adventure or SuperDuke GT)


I'll probably go to something more emotional than practical for a while, as long as I can take it on 40 for 15 miles to get to work I can justify it. 

Right now the main bikes I'm watching for are:

Bultaco Alpina (been keeping an eye out for one for 10 years, will continue till I have one)
RD350/400
RZ350
SR500
Triumph Bonneville 650/750
BSA
KZ900/1000
Yamaha DT125/175/250
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I tried to buy a 390 Duke when I bought my DRZ400 but they were out of stock everywhere.

I've started going smaller as I've realized that the bikes I was buying were for planned trips and rides with the wife on the back that never happened.   I ended up having bikes that were set up for the riding I do 1% of the time.
I went from a 1200GSA to 2 Triumph Bonnevilles (1 scrambler, 1 standard)   and I went from that to the DRZ400 and the GROM.

I will probably add another big bike at some point just because I have the DRZ set up so that it's not really highway friendly but I really don't feel like spending $20k on the bikes I'd like to have right now (KTM 1290 Super Adventure or SuperDuke GT)


I'll probably go to something more emotional than practical for a while, as long as I can take it on 40 for 15 miles to get to work I can justify it. 

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ht now the main bikes I'm watching for are:

Bultaco Alpina (been keeping an eye out for one for 10 years, will continue till I have one)
RD350/400
RZ350
SR500
Triumph Bonneville 650/750
BSA
KZ900/1000
Yamaha DT125/175/250

You're post got me to thinking that most of us have an internal and informal list of bikes we'd love to have if the opportunity ever came.  Usually, only some of the bikes on the list are new ones from the showroom.  Most I think would be a mix of bikes we owned in the past and regretted selling or ones we wanted but never quite managed to get.   I also liked hearing about the "why" of your choices and you hit a great truth that most of us end up getting bikes for the rides we'd like to make rather than the riding we actually do.  Good point!  I'm certainly guilty of that too. 

So, what bikes are on my radar?  I have a lot that were bikes I used to have and wish I could have again.   Others are in the missed opportunity file and are bikes I always wanted but never had the money/time/opportunity to get.  Only a few of the bikes I want are in the new file.

I hope you fellas will think about this and post your lists and thoughts too.


So...here's my list:

Bike I want to have again!

Honda CB400F
HD 1976 Shovelhead FXE
BMW 1976 R100RS
early 70's Honda CB350
Norton 750 or 850 Commando (yes...no...maybe. I'm not sure I'm over the pain of the last blow up.  Perfidious Albion!)


Bikes I wanted but missed:

Suzuki GS1100SZ Katana
Honda original SOHC CB750 or CB550
Yamaha RZ350 Kenny Roberts version
Yamaha V-Max
Honda VF750 Interceptor
any Bimota

 
New Bikes I'd love to find in my garage:

BMW R1200RS  (very much so)
Triumph Speed Triple R
BMW S1000RR

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I guess I'll elaborate on my list since it was deemed worthy of its own thread..

Bultaco Alpina (been keeping an eye out for one for 10 years, will continue till I have one)  (MY DAD had one in the 70's)
RD350/400
RZ350           
SR500
Triumph Bonneville 650/750
BSA
KZ900/1000  (Dad had one in the 70's,  him and a buddy went to a salvage yard and bought a couple wrecked bikes and rebuilt them,  He bought a KZ900 and his buddy bought a Triumph Trident that someone died on.)
Yamaha DT125/175/250   (a '77 Yamaha DT125 was my first "street legal" bike.  I paid $100 for it and it was in almost mint condition. I was 14 and due to Ohio's "moped" laws stating a moped was "any vehicle under 125cc I was able to get it licensed as a moped.  Rode it on the street for 2 years.


Others I'd like to have
VF1000R  (Uncle had one and it always made me drool)
GS1100 Katana  (used to have an '83 but finances forced me to sell it)
V-65 Sabre 
V-Max
YSR50 (wouldnt stay 50cc long)
Aprilia RS250
Aprilia Futura
Ironhead sportster
ZX-11 (had one , loved it put a ton of miles on it, many on one wheel)
GPZ-900
early ZX7R  (one of my favorite bikes of the sportbike era)  Exposed vacuum cleaner tube ram air, round headlights, garish paint schemes.    I could only afford the ZX-6r back then..lol which was more "modern" design then, the 7 looked much more dated.

« Last Edit: December 16, 2016, 11:17:44 am by LuckyPuck »
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I have been happy with what I had when I had it. Pretty much evidenced by the miles I put on them.

My desires have stabilized vs when I started riding again in 2001 after a 35 year off period. I did not have a clue as to the rides I would be doing in 2001.

Now I know -- 

Don't need any big bikes for long trips are double up (cause I am not doing any long trips and wife does not double very much).  That said a Burgman 650 would do either of those as well or better than most big bikes (my opinion).

Don't need any fast bikes - only need to cruise at 70 MPH easily and say top speed of 95 to 100MPH will give you that.

Don't need any old bikes to tinker with -- hate when I have to tinker now changing tires, brakes, chains, routine maintenance (need a lot of that when you ride 22000 miles a year).

Don't need a bike to add stuff on as most bikes have all I need when I buy them except maybe some cheap storage bags and bigger or smaller shield. 

Anything like a Burgman 400 or 650 Scooter suits me for comfortable easy ride. Might add I like 63 + MPG on the 400 Scooter and use of car tire on rear - also like 70 mpg on the CB500X.

Anything like a CB500X suits me for a little adventure (and I'm not going sevier trail riding). Only complaint about those adventure things is too dang tall for my 28 inch inseam, but I live with barely being able to flat foot.

Guess, don't have a specific wish list. Wish they made the NINJA 300 and Yamaha 320 in a stripped down version. Hate all that plastic even though ti is PRETTY.

Makes one wonder why a Plastic Overboard Scooter (cause a scooter has so much storage, easy to ride, always in right gear, and sits low enough to be comfortable, as well as seat comfortable - that despite the extra maintenance on a CVT Transmission).  Call me Scooter Trash.  :happypep 
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Fun topic!

Older bikes I'd like to have:
1979/1980 Suzuki GS1000S (1979 prefered)
Suzuki RGV250
Lately the wheels have been turning for a Norton Featherbed with a 1200 Sportster engine. A Narley...or maybe a Horton?
Ducati 916 or 996
Suzuki GS1100 Katana
Honda CB400F
Honda CL350 or 360
Late 90s/early 00s Aprilia RSV Mille
Suzuki DRZ400
Kawasaki ZRX1200R
Early 00s Suzuki GSXR750
Honda CB1100R

New bikes:
Triumph Thruxton R
Triumph Speed Triple R
BMW S1000RR
Aprilia RSV4 RF LE
MV Agusta F3
1978 Suzuki GS1000EC - Completely custom.
2012 Triumph Daytona 675R

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Fun topic!

Lately the wheels have been turning for a Norton Featherbed with a 1200 Sportster engine. A Narley...or maybe a Horton?


How about "NORTSTER"  lol



I forgot about the 916..

The Thruxton R is on my list as well,  should add a Ducati sport classic on as well..
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I don't have the years of being around the various bikes you guys have so my list is a bit short now.

 What i'd like to have back:
Gs300s (Needs a fair chance it didn't get last time)
Sr185 (But due to age and size would have to be a larger model)

Old bikes to have:
Any Cb 350 and up
Any Kz 350and up
Maybe an Xs

New stuff:
CTX700
Burgman 650
900 Vulcan Classic

At this point in life I would like a light,low bike with enough storage for snacks,drink,a small jumper,and plug kit you know the basics.The wife will likely never ride a 2 wheeler again so it would be a me only ride.The Nomad I have does what I want it to well but is overkill.It would be hard to part with at this point for me.
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I forgot about the 916..

Darn it...I forgot about the 916/996 line too.

OK...add that to the list.  (and somebody buy me that Lotto ticket too!)

Nortster?  I like it.  How about Sporton?  Or Narley Davidton?
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my kawasaki 500 triple . 72 or 73 model . it was the quickest thing on the road back then . & i was young . gave  300 bucks for it with 10xxx on it .had to but a back tire on it in a about a day or 2  & that really made me mad . had to give 15 bucks for that tire. 
if you are gonna go,go old school.