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Old 11-18-2012, 10:26 PM   #1
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Bikes you didn't like nearly as much as you thought you would.

What are the bikes you thought you'd like a lot more than you did on the first ride?

I was inspired to ask this by a demo ride of that sort the other day. And I had a similar one a year ago. But my tales can wait. I want yours!
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Old 11-18-2012, 11:01 PM   #2
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Speed triple. Big, heavy bike...didn't like it at all.

F800R. The most boring motor in the history of irrigation pump motors.

Hypermotard. If I wanted to sit on the front tire, I'd...sit on the front tire.
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Old 11-18-2012, 11:30 PM   #3
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I rented a Royal Enfield 500 Bullet in Scotland, thinking it would be like my old BSA 441 Victor. It wasn't.
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Old 11-18-2012, 11:38 PM   #4
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Honda cbr600f4i.

Around town and on the highways it just seemed flat, dull and too damn quiet.
I had just come off a VFR800, so this may have something to do with it....

When it wound up it was ok, but it just didnt sit right. I kept wanting to like it, but couldnt. Plus it hurt my wrists.

Meh.
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Old 11-18-2012, 11:41 PM   #5
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honda gold wing ..with so much going on with the thing and so smooth it felt like i was in my truck .it lulled me to sleep.
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Old 11-19-2012, 04:13 AM   #6
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Suzuki S50 Boulevard (VS800) ... bought a low-mileage, very slighly used '06 from a co-worker because I thought at the time that I "needed" a Bike larger than the 650 I then owned... hated that friggin' S50 ... Bike had no soul what-so-ever ... and who ever designed the battery compartment deserves a serious beating ... without a centerstand, getting that battery in and out was an ardous ordeal ...
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Old 11-19-2012, 05:47 AM   #7
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'08 Yamaha FZ1. I still quote it as "The best bike I ever hated." It was fast enough, handled well enough, looked sharp enough, had adequate shield protection, and was plenty smooth. The lack of low-end power and the fact that it was a little top heavy and wide between the knees just killed it. I never wanted to ride it, always opting for something else. It didn't stay in the garage long. Alas, live and learn. Or maybe not...
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Old 11-19-2012, 05:58 AM   #8
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BMW RT
The vaunted sofa. The old man's barca-lounger.
I wanted to like it. I did. But it was too boring for me, and the way the motor honked at full throttle was just irritating.


A lot of people like the RT, obviously. It's just not my bag, baby.
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Old 11-19-2012, 06:07 AM   #9
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Nighthawk 750. I always liked the looks of them. Got one for a nice price and I tried to like it. It just didn't fit my body and it was boring until you cracked on it, and it was awkward to turn.
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Old 11-19-2012, 06:44 AM   #10
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Ducati Hypermotard-- ditto what was expressed about the feeling of sitting on the front tire. Or as I expressed it- feeling like a hood ornament great bike otherwise.

Triumph Scrambler-- I was very interested in buying one, but imo what a characterless engine.
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Old 11-19-2012, 06:55 AM   #11
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sr500. I had many bikes before that one, and really gave some thought to what I wanted in a bike and the sr500 was it. After a long search, a mint one came up near me and i picked it up. Never really bonded with it. Very disappointed, I sold it not long after I bought it.
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Old 11-19-2012, 06:58 AM   #12
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This is a really helpful thread, and one of the reasons why ADV is such a great place
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Old 11-19-2012, 07:08 AM   #13
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ZX-14R. Wish I would have kept my CBR1100xx. The ninja did everything well but I didn't love it.

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Old 11-19-2012, 07:13 AM   #14
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00 Thunderbird Sport: My only purchase mistake in 25 years of riding - sold it at a loss after 4 months
06 Speed Triple: Test ride revealed dodgy ergos, handling and throttle
Bonneville: Borrowed one proved to be tiny and gutless
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Old 11-19-2012, 07:19 AM   #15
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The current-gen Hayabusa. I was at a demo day and figured what the hell, while in the back of my mind thinking that I don't want to go home feeling like my VFR was old and slow. Boy, was that not a problem. I couldn't wait to get off the thing. It felt like I was straddling a bathtub shaped rocket. A very uncomfortable one. Never been so happy to get back on my 13 year old bike.
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