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Just curious what bikes other than old crusty Hondas people have. I've been thinking about buying something newer and a little more reliable.

I mean I love old bikes with a passion but sometimes I think I'd get more riding time in if I had something that wasn't a permanent project, too. Or I guess I could just get another couple of old bikes in the hopes that at least one was always ready to go.
 

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My newest bikes are 1994-- a Harley Sportser and a 600 Suzuki I just got in leiu of payment from the daughters boyfriend. To me a "current bike" is something from about 1964 to 1972, but then I am 52, and my first bike was a new 1966 honda c100 (would like to buy a blue one just like it--anybody know of one?).
 

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My newest bike is a 2005 Suzuki DRZ400SM. Hands down the most fun and versatile bike I've owned. I sold most of my other bikes ('95 900SS Ducati, '78 Moto Guzzi 850 LeMans 1, 73 RD350, plus others) since I got the DRZ because when the decision had to be made, I always would choose to ride the Suzuki.
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I recently liberated a 1999 Triumph speed triple from my brothers garage. And I have to admit I really like this bike, if it had better wind protection he would never get it back. Motor rocks, single sided swing arm big ass upsidedown forks carbon high pipe and dirt bike bars it like wants to ride over curbs and down sidewalks. I get stupid every time I ride it. And it weighs 460lbs I think but it feels more like a modern 600.(380lb +/-)
Very cool

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'95 Triumph Thunderbird. Bought it 10 yrs ago, because I thought my girlfriend would ride with me more if she didn't have to sit on the back of my old Bonneville. HAHAHAHAHAHA!
She's now my wife (still rarely hops on bike), but since she refused to let me trade in the Bonneville to get the new one, I figure I coulda done worse.
New Thunderbird isn't an old Bonneville, but I like it plenty, nonetheless.
Actually, being 11+ yrs old, I guess it violates the spirit of this post, doesn't it?
 

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quote: I recently liberated a 1999 Triumph speed triple from my brothers garage

Ooooooh, Speed Triple. Apologies for the drool.
 

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Sorry for making you drool with the speed triple but check this out My brother has a bunch of cool bikes like 16 or something rediculous.I say to him I need something to ride. He was like pick up the speed triple and put some miles on it .The sticker is expired but I have the new one at work stop and pick it up too. the insurance is paid!!! Sweet I even weaseled a new electric vest from him. (He owns Farklemasters which sells gear for long distance riders) It was an older model but way newer than mine. All in all not a bad day to have a little brother.

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clears... throat..... I did take a ride on one of those new chopper bikes but I gave it up after a few minutes It was cool and all, I just couldnt see pedaling around town on it, lets face it, if it doesnt have a motor your just a DUI victim

Im so far behind ,that I think Im in first.
 

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'06 Triumph Sprint St, the second newest is my '95 Triumph SuperIII, gotta love the Cosworth bits!

Lead, follow or get out of the way!
 

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How about the RS as well. After ridin the speed triple aroundI think I might need that motor in a faired bike for year round use.The only fault I can find with the speed triple is my commute is all highway and you get pelted by the wind. Kind of nitpicking I guess but W.T.F and a 1999/2000 RS or ST is probably doable price wise

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well my moms estate has been settled and in addition to paying off all my student loans and fixing up the house i'm going to buy my first ever modern bike (newest i've ever owned is my 74 cb750) i've decided on a bmw k1200r. 160+hp in a 403 pound bike. theyre big fun to ride. and since i'm a certified beemer tech i can do most of the work on it myself.

some people are like slinkies, basically useless but they still make me smile when i push them down the stairs
 

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Lots of modern Trumpets, cool. I'm partial to bikes with high depreciation because it means I can buy them cheap. The smaller Ducs come to mind...
 

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Back in 2002 I started getting the itch for a modern bike I could ride to California or beyond with no worries. I was also, it seemed, doing a bit more wrenching the riding, so I finally talked myself into it and bought this Z1000 Kawi in June 2003, within weeks of their initial availability:

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Edited by - Quicklimegirl on Jan 20 2007 08:41:08 AM
 

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I have a 1984 R100 "rt" bmw....a newer airhead!

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Ask not what the wanker can do for you, but what you can do for your wanker!
 

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Actually, I have been considering a new bike purchase, but everytime I get close my cash flow becomes unstable.
 

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97' Bimota Mantra, which I would sell for 8K, BTW. Great bike, unique love it or hate it looks, 900 two valve Ducati w/39mm pumpers and lightened flywheel, weighs 370 dry, great handling and performance.

The new Triumphs leave me cold, plus the old Triumphs are still cheaper, appreciate rather than depreciate over the years, and (no offense) are actually Triumphs.

I don't know why Triumph didn't build on their past better than they did. They should have at least built the Bonne with the same idea that Kawasaki had with their little knock off. If Kawi's bike had Triumph on the tank instead of Kawasaki, they'd have sold like hot cakes. Instead we get motorcycles that barely resemble the symetry and balance of engine, frame, and tin that Triumph was in days of old.

And their ads(!), it would have been so easy to play off the past. The ad comes on, old films of Triumph dirt trackers and roadracers racing, victory circle, Gary Nixon kisses the trophy girl (remember them?), and the voice over says, "Remember us? We're back", and then they show a new Bonneville or something.

And their new Scrambler is a disaster. My buddy bought one and couldn't wait to get rid of it. He said it had absolutely no character, plus they didn't even put the 360 crank in it so it didn't even growl like a Triumph. To me, they're very ungainly looking, a total mish-mash mismatch. He sold his Scrambler and now has a 69' Bonneville which he loves and is bringing up to snuff.

You want a real Triumph, buy a real Triumph. And I'm not saying that the new Triumphs are bad motorcycles, I guess their 675 got bike of the year and they're all nice machines, but where Harley hit the ball out of the park with the nostalgia thing, Triumph hit a pop fly.

Dgy
 
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