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Time for a motorbike list

Discussion in 'off topic' started by Rasher, Jun 4, 2012.

  1. Rasher

    Rasher Quadrophenia land

    Watching the Moto GP yesterday my little boy was asking if I had any motorbikes ever, so I had a think about it and came up with quite a list.
    So, what have you guys had and how did they work out?

    My list:

    Yamaha RD125
    Honda CJ 125
    Suzuki GS650G Katana
    Kawasaki Z1 900
    Honda XL 250
    Suzuki PE 175
    Suzuki TS250
    Suzuki GSXR750 MkII 1986 (Like the very first one but with slightly longer swingarm, in Skol Bandit colours) [bought new]
    Suzuki GSXR750 Slingshot 1988 [bought new]
    Suzuki GSXR750 WN
    Harley Davison XL 1200 sportster [bought new]
    Suzuki GSXR750 mkII again, cos I liked it best of all
    Honda VFR400

    I’m sure I’ve missed a couple which I’ll probably remember later.
  2. Blurboy

    Blurboy pfm Member

    Started off with a Yamaha RD250E and ended up with a Ducati Desmosedeci RR
  3. mudlark

    mudlark nearly half a clue

    Rap 50 - step through moped thing.
    Suzuki 80 - almost a motorbike sold to mate as it was too fast
    Triumph Tigress 250 - scooter damaged bottom end sold
    Yamaha RS125 - new, crap, but at least reliable.
    Ducati 350 Mk3 - lovely when going, crashed and now gone to the great shed in the sky
    Morini 350 Strada - Ok, but frame slightly bent
    Morini 500 Sport - great fun , but let down by weak bottom end.

    Crashed on Ducati. I can't ride a bike now. A bit annoying as I can now afford a better bike.
  4. bor

    bor queue jumper

    Yamaha FZR1000RU 1993-1995 My first bike. Utterly fantastic in every way.

    BMW C1 125 2001-2001 Ugly duckling but superb inner city commuter. Brilliant idea but flawed execution.

    BMW C1 200 2002-present I have owned this one for the last ten years. Irreplaceable. Now shares commuting duties with a bicycle.

    It's unlikely that I will return to a proper motorbike, at least until my kid is older.
  5. graham-r

    graham-r pfm Member

    Loads of scooters dumped in the local garages after being nicked/trashed by the local biker club !
    Honda C50 (schoolboy field hack)
    Suzuki A50 (like the moped but without pedals)
    Honda C90 (borrowed to take test on after crashing above)
    Triumph 21/3TA
    Triumph T90 based custom bike
    Suzuki SP370 (borrowed - sounded like a bucket of bolts on a tin roof, but went like the clappers)
    Suzuki GS750 (a swap for an Austin Maxi !)
    Yamaha XV750 (dreadful heap of sh*te)
    TriBSA 650 Thunderbird based tuned engine in a BSA A10 frame
    Norton Commando Fastback (swapped for XV750)
    Triumph T100 in a Triumph 250 frame (Mad)
    Kawasaki Z650 B1
    Yamaha 600 Tenere
    Norton Commando Fastback No. 2 (swapped for above)
    Triumph Thunderbird 900

    Probably loads of others as well
  6. afewbeers

    afewbeers more sense than money

    Just one,

    Ducati 916 Senna

    After ending up on my backside in a field in France after a 130mph incident Mrs Beers suggested i grow up. So I confined my habit to track days and then sold it a year later. Simply not possible for me to ride them sensibly or particularly well it seems.
  7. david ellwood

    david ellwood Kirabosi Kognoscente

    only one for me too. YZF1000R.

    150 BHP is too much for two wheels. got rid when I had my daughter.

    Feeling like something more torquey next time like an aprilia mille.
  8. mmterror

    mmterror pfm Member

    Just one.

    Suzuki VanVan 125

    That was enough.
  9. PaulMB

    PaulMB pfm Member

    1955 AJS 500 twin
    1970 (?) Norton 750 Commando LR Fastback
    1972 Moto Guzzi 750S
    1981 BMW R100CS
  10. stevec67

    stevec67 pfm Member

    Unusual choice. Was it enough because of the bike or just the overall experience? A VanVan isn't a typical 125 after all.
  11. jimi

    jimi pfm Member

    Shame on you, when living in Quadrophenia Land do what the locals do and ride a Lambretta!
  12. muzzer

    muzzer Numb Nut

    No one had a FS1E then :eek:
  13. graham-r

    graham-r pfm Member

    Gods teeth we had standards you know, horrible little buzzing stink-wheels, mind you they were better than the hideous Malaguti mopeds (remember them ?).

    My A50 would do 56 genuine mph (57 and it over-revved....)
  14. 2_dive

    2_dive pfm Member

    Yamaha RD250
    BMW R100RS
    BMW K100LT
    Yamaha XS650
    Honda 90
  15. simeon

    simeon No fixed engagements

    Had, in this order (guess when we had small children and were too poor to afford 2 cars):
    Kawasaki S1C
    [Bad accident and off bikes for some years]
    Honda 250 Superdream
    Honda 400/4
    [Bad accident and off bikes for some years]
    Honda 90
    Honda 100
    Suzuki 125
    Ducati ST2

    Lambretta/Piaggio 125
    Harley Road King Classic
    Moto Guzzi Breva
  16. chainrule

    chainrule gordon

    Ducati Monster 750S.

    Good for a novice like me. No mechanical issues after 15k miles. It doesn't get much use these days due to no longer having to commute, no longer living spitting distance from Hwy. 1 in No. Cal, and snow in Idaho.
  17. david ellwood

    david ellwood Kirabosi Kognoscente

    lent some RatStands to Garry Cooper a couple of weeks ago, he is now running the milton rooms in malton.

    small world.
  18. mudlark

    mudlark nearly half a clue

    Anyone got a comfortable, bike engined trike?
  19. kendo

    kendo Prussian bot

    Kawasaki Z250 G,
    Benelli 2502C (LC250 eater:))
    Honda 90 (damn the 125 law)
    Honda CX500
    Honda XL500S
    Yamaha TR1 (my favourite)
    Honda 250RS (winter bike)
    and still have my Ducati 900 Supersport.
  20. mmterror

    mmterror pfm Member

    Erm well it was all part of a dare/bluff that went too far.

    I was 34 and my Gf had moved in and as we couldnt park two cars we had to get rid of one. She pushed for hers (I cant remember why I gave in at the time) so I said if we got rid of mine I'd learn to ride a bike.

    Anyway the VanVan was bought second hand as a ex learner from a bike dealer. It was less than a year old with just1400 miles on it. I liked it and it's a cool little bike.

    It's just that as a biker I was crap. I left it too late to learn. So I only rode it about a mile before I sold it 6 months later for £1500. I think I lost £100 on it.

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