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Old 01-08-2013, 08:09 PM   #16
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My Sertao.
I was coming off a Husky TE610 and a G650X Challenge. I was thinking no way, I love my bikes, I like them light and off-roadable. Then, while the XChallenge was in the shop, the dealer let me borrow their demo Sertao for two weeks. I took it through the woods, put 600 miles on it. The on-road performance was so much better than the XChallenge, and it still went nicely through the woods. When it came time to get my XChallenge back, I liked the Sertao so much I bought the demo. A trade-in deal I couldn't pass up didn't hurt either.
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Old 01-08-2013, 08:13 PM   #17
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'04 KTM 950 Adventure....

T'was the best of bikes; t'was the worst of bikes...
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Old 01-08-2013, 08:57 PM   #18
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R1100gs

I bought a 16 year old R1100GS for $3,200 with the intention of using it on trips with a lot of highway time. I got to love riding that bike so much that it became my main ride and last year I put more miles on it than on my 12K F800GS. I was surprised because a few times I rode R1200GS, I never liked it enough to want one. It has a few small issues but it has a character. I read here posts from several R1200GS riders that they regret not keeping the 1100. Particularly the 1995 model I have has very good handling.
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Old 01-08-2013, 08:57 PM   #19
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Sold my gsxr 750j ,and test rode a 89 fzr1000 exup, owned by a cop, no miles, great condition...... Had the barn door closed on me on a traffic island, bailed and let the bike hit the car....... Couldn't really give it back to the cop in that state ,so I bought it and did a rebuild with custom yamaha race paint....
I was ure I would sell it, but it got under my skin.kept it from 92 until 2007. Had a few other bikes but couldn't part with tis one.... Regrettably had to sell it when we moved to Canada... Fond memories.
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I bought a '90 model new in early '91

Done my first track-day on this bike, back in '92.

48,000 miles later I sold it to start my racing career in '93. I LOVED that bike...I just can't find one in good shape, at a decent price, to buy...
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Old 01-08-2013, 09:05 PM   #20
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Suzuki DR350...

A group of us got together to race the first Perry Mountain 24 Hour Challenge. Bone of us wanted to volunteer our personal bikes, we talked a friend onto loaning us his DR350 in exchange for a new set of tires, chain/sprockets, and re-ringing.... The bike that I thought would be TERRIBLE, wound up being just what we needed...light, smooth, bullet-proof, and very easy on the rider.
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Old 01-08-2013, 09:34 PM   #21
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BMW K1200R. I had gone to a BMW testride day, to try out the (then) new F800ST, and the R1100R. Turned out I was disappointed by both of them. There was one testride time left, so I looked to see what I else could get a ride on as long as I was there, and the only bike not taken was the K1200R. I almost didn't bother. I much prefer twins to fours, and I just couldn't see having any interest in such a huge heavy bike. But I decided what the heck, I was there. I *loved* that freaking thing. It went immediately on my shortlist of what I might buy if I ever needed a new bike. And indeed, if BMW builds a K1600R naked version with their new six, I will take a testride to confirm, but I'm quite sure I'd buy one. (The only bike I can think of that would actually tempt me off my Ducati Monster.)

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... I can understand a guy being surprise and delighted by a cheap Chinese bike.A bike he liked more than he thought he would. I had a similar experience with a inexpensive Yamaha IT125 I didn’t expect much from. But I would expect a lot from a new KTM 690R.
Sometimes (not often, but sometimes) you can expect a lot, and still get more than you expected. This has been the case with my Ducati Monster, The moment I saw a picture of one, I wanted it. That first year, they only made 5000, two per dealer, and no promises to ever make any more, so before there were even any in the U.S., I went to the local Duc dealer and paid for one in full, $10,200 in June of 1993, based on two small pictures of the prototype in Cycle World. I hoped I would like it, and that the production version wouldn't be too different from that prototype. I had to wait three months; picked it up on 25Sep93. It turned out to fit me perfectly, and do everything I want a bike to do well. So while I did think I was going to like it a lot, I didn't at that time expect that I would still be riding that same bike almost 20 years later, with over 200K on it, still loving it and not planning to ever stop riding it (unless perhaps BMW makes the K1600R I mentioned above). I want to see 500K on this bike, another 27 or so years from now.

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Old 01-09-2013, 01:17 AM   #22
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Back in 1983 my local bike shop had the ugliest bike I'd ever seen parked out the front with the other pre-loved bikes for sale. It was a Can-Am Qualifier 250, formerly raced by Brooke Flanagan (Aussies will know who he is). A couple of months later, after I'd paid off my Honda XL250, I decided I wanted an enduro bike as well, so I went to the shop and the Can-Am was still there. Against my will, the shop owner convinced me to take it for the weekend and if I still didn't like it, he'd take it back. I fell in love with it! Amazing power from that Rotax engine with crankcase rotary valve induction, Best bike I ever owned - sold it years later while 'downsizing', to a guy who wanted the engine for an ultralight. Dumbest thing I ever did.
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Old 01-09-2013, 01:47 AM   #23
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Buell Uly and Honda XLV750R

Bought the XLV750R because its an rare bike. Imagine... 1983, a Honda dirtbike with an 750cc aircooled Vtwin and shaft ride. Fell in love with the design and managed to purchase my first XLV750R(RF version) in 2001. But what a nice bike to ride! Fell in love so much, that I managed to buy another one - a XLV750R (HRC).

During a photojob for a Dutch magazine, covering a motorcycle tour in South Africa we where sponsored with 2 Buells Ullysses. First I thought... Oh, no... not a modified Harley for this epic 3.000 miles trip (partly on dirtroads). But what a great bike this Buell Uly is, even although it is rather small with my 6,8 ft body towering on top of it.







The XLV750R (RF) I own:


The XLV750R (HRC) the 2nd model I own - pic from the Net (Southbayriders), not mine:
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Old 01-09-2013, 04:37 AM   #24
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While have several bikes it is these ones that are better than I expected and I tend to ride them accordingly.
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Old 01-09-2013, 05:10 AM   #25
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Ducati Monster, The moment I saw a picture of one, I wanted it. I went to the local Duc dealer and paid for one in full, $10,200 in June of 1993, based on two small pictures of the prototype in Cycle World. I had to wait three months; picked it up on 25Sep93. I didn't at that time expect that I would still be riding that same bike almost 20 years later, with over 200K on it.
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Old 01-09-2013, 05:17 AM   #26
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T'was the best of bikes; t'was the worst of bikes...
Ain't THAT the truth!
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Old 01-09-2013, 06:00 AM   #27
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After a bad dirt crash (8 broken bones and other issues) I decided to sell the big heavy bikes and get something smaller and lighter, at least for a while, and had the list down to the V7 classic and the Suzuki TU250.
No local dealers for the V7 and it was very expensive, and I found a fantastic deal on a leftover TU for over $1000.00 off list so I let that decide for me. I just called the place that had it and bought it over the phone and had them deliver it to my house.
I HAD sat on both bikes, liked both, fit on both, although I fit on the TU a little better.
The bike got delivered ready to ride, so I went around the block on it and thought it was a mistake, a bit small, very quiet, slow, and geared to pull stumps, not as a street bike.
But after sprocket changes and spending some time on the bike, it turned into the most fun bike I think I ever had.
Part of that is it never needs anything but oil changes, despite the abuse I do to it.
Its very like my old Triumphs, without ever needing anything to keep it running.

After 35 years of motorcycles, I also think its a bit crazy to be riding a 250 single, maybe its re living my youth when we all rode around on small bikes being hooligans.
Its a very good bike if you want to ride around like you are in a race, plus it feels very fast at lower speeds like other small light bikes, so you get to have fun and keep your drivers licence.

If I had a bigger bike, I would get tickets or be bored out of my mind.
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Old 01-09-2013, 11:18 PM   #28
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R1100S
The engine was okay, the suspension was weird and the riding position was a tad awkward. Got to ride a 04 for 3 hours in a mix of tight mountain roads, not so tight twisties and lane sharing aggressively in rush hour to get back to the shop that let me test ride it. I enjoyed it a lot more than I expected.

Multistrada 1000/1100 DS
Before I bought it was shopping for a middle weight sport tourer. The list of stuff in my budge was pretty long and I spent several months pairing it down to a Futura, ST3, VFR800 (6th gen), R1100S and V11 Sport. When we were picking up my roommate's bike from service at the local Moto Guzzi/Aprilia/Ducati shop the owner's wife suggested I take a lot at the Multistrada. I rode a loaner 620 from them a few months prior and liked everything but the suspension. Sadly they'd sold that one and the pretty white 1100 S they had on display in the loft (the 620 was traded in by the person that bought the 1100). Later they hooked me up with a 1000 DS that I'd seen on their floor several times.
I rode it home in freezing rain over the mountains 3 days after they offered me the wierdly painted never sold demo bike I'd seen off and on. Love the damn thing aside from a few minor quirks.
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Old 01-10-2013, 07:49 AM   #29
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Old 01-10-2013, 08:02 AM   #30
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T'was the best of bikes; t'was the worst of bikes...
I totally agree with the first part.
The second, not so much. That's, for me anyway.
I KNEW I loved the bike the first time I got a ride on the demo. I didn't know just how much I was gonna love it down the road. 54,000 mostly trouble-free miles (still have the original water pump!) and love it even more than the day I rode it home.

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