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nbyers 05-11-2005 02:10 PM

Can't choose just one
1983 Suzuki GS1100E. Red. Big and naked, just like I prefer my women.

1986 Honda 500 Interceptor. Little bike, big heart.

1993 Ducati Superlight. Yellow, solo, special.

Ducati 916/998 series. Iconic. Equally beautiful and uncomfortable.

BMW R1100S. I think almost as special in styling as the 916.

2002/2003 Yamaha R1. The most beautiful mass-produced Japanese sportbike yet made. Too bad they're as common as pigeons.

Vlad 05-11-2005 03:21 PM

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It would be great to wax nostalgic about the 1966 Triumph that I built in my living room, but the electrical demons and pathetic brakes (compared to modern versions of each) keep it from the top slot. There have been many memorable rides, the RD400, home of the "wheelie by mistake," the 86 R80RT, the gorgeous Harley 1100 Sportster (which shook like a paint shaker). The two Ducatis, including the 750SS which I spent fourteen hours in the saddle on one day.

My real favorites are almost-current bikes. The 1995 Yamaha Seca II was a wonderful machine in just about every way. The 1997 750 Ducati Monster was even better. But the champ has to be the 1998 VFR. It flat out kicked ass. I still miss it.


bowtydaddy 05-11-2005 04:06 PM

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First love was a '71 CL450. Now it's a toss up between my W-650 and 98' Buell Cyclone. Oh yea, I can't leave out the FJ 1200, a rocket ship in it's day.

Logan01 05-11-2005 04:23 PM

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1985 900 ninja was my fav. It was my first street bike and I rode it for three years. I wish I still had it.

Aero_Doc 05-11-2005 05:45 PM

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Anyone else read all the posts and had to answer the call??

According to my wife, I haven't complained about my current bike... 2001 british racing green triiumph sprint. 85, 000km in four years. changed the chain and sprockets at 78,000km. Does everything so well and better for me than:

'96 R1100rt - ***** suspension - despite being in the saddle for 19hr one year and doing 10,000km in 3 weeks in another.

'97 ST2 - electrical lemon... sexy sound tho.

HD sportster 1200 - hmm generally crap.

My next bike.. hmmm I do love the moto guzzi's sound .. so maybe one with ABS could be next - or maybe the new sprint with ABS.

bill_1 05-11-2005 06:17 PM

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1994 VFR for the head. Beautiful machine to ride everywhere in all conditions.

1971 Harley 350 Sprint (Aermacchi) for the heart. Mechanical demon that had vibes you can't forget.

GreyOne 05-11-2005 06:32 PM

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The bike I looked forward to riding the most was my 71 Kawasaki H1A triple 2 stroke. My wife and neighbours hated it (part of the charm) but everywhere I stopped someone (over 40) had a story about a 500 or 750 triple machine.

I've had 3 VFRs so I must have liked them as well. I liked the 99 better than the current VTek model.

My FZR400 taught me more about riding than any other.

Holy_Kaw 05-11-2005 09:45 PM

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My 1975 semi-trick Honda CB400Four. It would run with a single-cam CB750 in a straight line and vanish when the lines weren't straight. Coast to coast or earning some fun money in the twisties Sunday mornings (joy was creaming the RD's) all was good. Of all the bikes I've owned/ridden she's the one that still stands out. I'm not saying that a modern motorcycle couldn't become my favorite but the bar is pretty high.

VR1000racer 05-12-2005 02:01 AM

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In no particular order, and not necessarily bikes that I could ever own, and in many cases ever have a chance to ride.

1. 1979 GS1000S, bought it in 83, sold it in 85 for a GS750ES. What a mistake! Big for my 6'6" body, comfortable, and looks to boot!

2. Moto Guzzi MGS-01. the definition of a beautiful Italian woman you can never have. Like going on a date with Sophia Loren, and discovering that she can make even you look good on the dance floor.

3. New MV F41000. No explanation, or excuses, needed.

4. The Red Fritz Elgi framed Kawasaki Turbo cover bike from a 1989 motorcycle magazine. It was the first bike I remember to break 200 MPH, the listed top speed was 229 MPH, and if I remember correctly, went 189 MPH using the full length of the drag strip, and it was TUV approved, and came with a warranty. By the way, it looked as brutal as a sledge hammer with a red handle.

5. Gene Tilly's Lucifer's Hammer. Again, no explanation needed.

Weird list of bikes, all that are unforgetable for one reason or the other. Evoking enough passion that I will never forget them. Thanks for the people that built them, so that at least I can dream. It has been 30 years of great memories!

giganto 05-12-2005 02:41 AM

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Every bike some friend or fool allowed me to ride in my pre-licensed youth.

The earth shattering 1975 Yamaha 2 stroke 500cc dirt bike that my GM retired mechanic neighbor sold to me for nuts, taught me to ride(on old mx track), and which scared away all my bigger, older friends.

Still dont know its proper factory name, do you?

This was summer 81, I was 13. And short.

Brace yourselves.....1985 Aspencade! Man, what a fantastic brute.

1992 fzr1000 with all usual modifications to motor & exhaust & susp etc, purely intoxicating, cant wait to compare with modern R1 one day soon.

Current XR600 with not yet 17" wheels, still a joy to see city traffic from atop tower.

Every minibike I drove the gas clean out of in my very young youth till the much older kid would say, "now go get me gas, and find a CAN!"

Every bike/trike in preschool/kindergarten that I pretended was a MOTORCYCLE.

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