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Old 01-08-2013, 05:47 PM   #91
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Its too big, and more then I need, but that sure does look good!


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I'll see your Kawasaki W650 and raise you 150cc!

I'd probably pay 150% of MSRP and use my left testicle as a down-payment on one of these if they'd just get W800's to the USA.

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Old 01-09-2013, 07:29 AM   #92
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I'll see your Kawasaki W650 and raise you 150cc!

I'd probably pay 150% of MSRP and use my left testicle as a down-payment on one of these if they'd just get W800's to the USA.

Love that bike but I didn't think we'd see it so I bought this.

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Old 01-09-2013, 07:51 AM   #93
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However, my first love is still dirt bikes, and for me perhaps the purest of them all is my Honda TLR:



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Old 01-09-2013, 08:27 AM   #94
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I'll see your Kawasaki W650 and raise you 150cc!

I'd probably pay 150% of MSRP and use my left testicle as a down-payment on one of these if they'd just get W800's to the USA.

Not enough street cred because it lacks a kick starter.
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Old 01-09-2013, 10:02 AM   #95
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The W800 is interesting, but why would you buy the copy when Triumph will be happy to sell you the real thing?

Unless Kawi can undercut Triumph's price point (and I doubt they can - the Bonnie is already the least expensive bike in the Triumph line up) there would be no good reason for them to bring them to the US.

Besides that, Kawasaki ought to be promoting their own heritage, not somebody else's - bring back the KZ900/Z1!

To answer the question presented, I bought a retro-styled bike because sleek, faired bikes just leave me cold. A motorcycle should move your soul, not just your body, and sportbikes don't do it for me. Ditto for the Harley-clone cruisers.

Bought this 4 years ago next week:



I've farkeled it up a bit, but it still has that classic styling and that classic feel.

To me, this is what a motorcycle should look like. A clean, elegant design, without gimmicks.

This is what she looks like now.



Can't imagine a better all around bike. Yes, she could use a bit more power. I do sometimes miss the engine on my old Thunderbird (though I don't miss the electric fan and coolant tank.)

Also one of the most comfortable bikes I've ever owned.

I love the new CB1100 and hope the "retro" trend catches on.
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Old 01-09-2013, 10:09 AM   #96
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I had a new Bonneville, and found it a very poor copy of the older ones.
I think the W bikes are likely to be better copies.

And oddly enough, I think they look better then the originals unless you go back to the 60's...
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Old 01-09-2013, 11:14 AM   #97
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I'll see your Kawasaki W650 and raise you 150cc!

I'd probably pay 150% of MSRP and use my left testicle as a down-payment on one of these if they'd just get W800's to the USA.


Agreed, I have been looking at the W650 for a while and just found one to pick up. Wish there were more of them here. I think they could make it work since the W bikes have a more classic look than the Bonnies and also, there are people that just don't want a Euro brand. That, and the Cafe thing seems to be growing in popularity with the younger crowds. The chopper thing is dying with the baby boomers.
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Old 01-10-2013, 07:15 AM   #98
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The W800 is interesting, but why would you buy the copy when Triumph will be happy to sell you the real thing?
The Hinkley Bonnies are lovely bikes but when i was looking to buy a retro standard in 2001 I looked hard at and rode both the W650 and the new Bonnie and decided to buy the W. Part of that might have been the W looked more the part as the T100 would not be coming out for another year or two and part of that might have been how they were equiped (W's came with center stands, kick starts, and a hindged seat that opened with a key) but really, in riding the two, the W just felt more like the real deal. Peter Egan did a write-up of the two a year later that said much the same thing, the new Bonnie being the better modern bike, the W feeling more like the classic. It really depends on what you are looking for. Iin my case, I still haven't bough a Bonnie tho if the W came back in i'd have my deposit down on one tomorrow. Both are fine bikes but more different than you might think from the look of them.
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Old 01-11-2013, 04:59 AM   #99
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Alright, I'll throw my new to me 1992 Kawasaki Zephyr 750 out there. My first "retro" styled bike, and first inline 4. I really like it so far, after trying a few different styles I just decided to sort of go back to basics and try an older, proven design.

I had never heard of this particular model, but when a fellow inmate and friend put it up for sale I knew immediately that I wanted it. It just looks like a motorcycle to me. Easily modifiable to any number of configurations so everything from cruising around town to a multi-day tour is totally doable.

....and I think it is damn pretty.






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Old 01-11-2013, 05:42 AM   #100
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Not a fan of 4 cylinder bikes, but that does look nice.
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Old 01-11-2013, 06:10 AM   #101
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Not a fan of 4 cylinder bikes, but that does look nice.
My 4 cylinders................

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Old 01-11-2013, 06:51 AM   #102
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Very nice, now quit teasin and let's see the rest of her!
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Old 01-11-2013, 07:48 AM   #103
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Alright, I'll throw my new to me 1992 Kawasaki Zephyr 750 out there. My first "retro" styled bike, and first inline 4. I really like it so far, after trying a few different styles I just decided to sort of go back to basics and try an older, proven design.
GORGEOUS!

Love those old UJMs. IMO the ones from the late 70's to the mid 80's were the best of the lot. Cast wheels, DOHC motors, electronic ignition, and even self-adjusting valves on some of them. Absolutely stunning.

That Zephyr is one of the best looking bikes ever made. I've looked at a few here and there (and the 1100 would be even better!)

I still cruise CL a bit to see what's out there. Saw a really nice CB900 Custom for sale nearby, only $1000.

Funny thing - from looking at the pictures of the bike and the house where it's for sale, I could swear I went to look at this bike 10 years ago when it was for sale at the same place!

The one I saw on CL has an ugly windjammer fairing, but those come off pretty easy. Not sure I can justify another street bike (I feel like I already don't ride enough on the one bike I own) but it's reeeeallly tempting!
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