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View Poll Results: Your favorite brand?
Kawasaki 34 26.56%
Honda 33 25.78%
Harley-Davidson 4 3.13%
Yamaha 23 17.97%
Suzuki 9 7.03%
Ducati 11 8.59%
Triumph 4 3.13%
You didn't list my brand >:( You'll hear from me in the thread!!1! 10 7.81%
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Old 08-07-2011, 11:25 PM   #1
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The Cause For Your Bias?

As is clearly seen around the forums, everyone has their heartfelt opinions on which brands are the best, and which brands are . My question is why? Why do you prefer Honda over Suzuki, or Yamaha over Honda, or Suzuki over Triumph, or Ducati over Harley-Davidson, or whatever the case may be?

This is the thread for you to stand up for your brand, and defend it, as well as defend your reasoning. No fighting, just fun debate!

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Old 08-07-2011, 11:30 PM   #2
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There needs to be a "I bow to no brand" option. JMHO.
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Old 08-07-2011, 11:32 PM   #3
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Old 08-07-2011, 11:42 PM   #4
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Old 08-07-2011, 11:47 PM   #5
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Yami FTW!
The Japan are all pretty much the same, mostly looks for me.

Besides, if you're not on a yami, bets are you're gay.
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Old 08-08-2011, 12:09 AM   #6
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Owned a Honda when I was a teenager, made me hate red. Ill never buy a Honda strictly on that one experience. Besides, my dad raised me to hate Honda, and used that one dirtbike to show why he wont buy Honda.

Yamahas are too small size wise. im a big guy and I didnt fit on the ones I have ridden.

For sportbikes, all I will ever buy is Suzuki. I had my gix 600, now I have a Busa. If I was in the market for a cruiser, it would be a Victory
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Old 08-08-2011, 12:31 AM   #7
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I don't know why I ride Yamaha. I have ridden all other brands but Yamaha called to me. The R6 is the most popular platform for a track bike I think. If you want comfort I would go with Suzuki. I feel their bikes are more comfortable. But I would choose Yamaha. Maybe the new Kawasaki too.
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Old 08-08-2011, 05:06 AM   #8
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I look at performance, styling, features and price, in that order. As long as it's made by a mfr with a decent reputation and a good sized dealer network... I'm good to go.
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Old 08-08-2011, 06:21 AM   #9
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BMW, because I like all things German. German Cars, German Guns and German Bikes!

That doesn't mean I'll never buy a Yamaha ( had Two YZ dirt bikes) or a Kawasaki for track days.............I'd rather see them flipping and crashing on the side of the road instead of my beloved BMW!
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Old 08-08-2011, 07:25 AM   #10
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Aprilia. I've ridden every brand under the sun, and owned several suzukis but the Aprilias just have better chassis than everyone else. They're maintenance intensive compared to a bike, but they're worth it when they run right. I also like the styling better.
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Old 08-08-2011, 07:26 AM   #11
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i've had suzuki's, harleys, hondas, kawasakis and triumph.

rode a yamaha, but it was the most uncomfortable thing I'd ever been on. literally made my knees hurt after 15 minutes.

had a busa and sv650. both were ok machines. the tranny's left a lot to be desired compared to honda transmissions. harey's are just all around un-refined. that is kinda why I like them. it is still like riding a motorcycle... I can't really explain it.

tirumph was again, ok. it buzzed too much at highway speed and after a ride I always felt like I had just been operating a weed eater. hands were just numb from the vibration.
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Old 08-08-2011, 08:01 AM   #12
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I have owned over 12 different Honda motorcycles and have experienced nothing but great things with them. I like the quality, feel, performance and reliability.

Yamaha is a close 2nd but it seems like the tranny's in the Yamahas i've owned didn't shift near a nice as a Honda equivelent bike.
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Old 08-08-2011, 08:49 AM   #13
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Honda all the way. When you go online and look at old bikes for sale. To me seems most of them still on the roads are Honda's. Honda has always had a reputation of reliability. I like sportbikes and the cbr to me is the most comfortable one. As well as the easiest to ride hard. Now if only the 1000 rr could be redesigned in the front. I'm not a fan of the round slanted look. Yama and suz have Sharp looking bikes. But if I were to buy a new bike today. Id go with Honda. Period
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Old 08-08-2011, 09:43 AM   #14
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I had a Suzuki(Like em), have a Yamaha now(like em), and plan on owning a Honda. The only bias(slight) I have is against Kawasaki. I dunno, just not into them. I wouldn't mind owning one, but there are a bunch of others I'd rather have first.
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Old 08-08-2011, 09:47 AM   #15
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Honda due to their exceptional long term reliability and relatively more comfortable riding position (in sport bikes at least). I also notice in sport bikes they seem to hold more oil, which i think helps them run cooler/last longer. Hondas are kind of boring for the most part with more conservative styling, and not always the leader of the pack performance but for me they offer a good balance of value to dollars spent.

Lots of other great bikes out there, but I look at what they deliver for the price, and reliability is up there for me.
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Old 08-08-2011, 10:33 AM   #16
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Aprilia. Exotic, nice price, and reliable.
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Old 08-08-2011, 02:53 PM   #17
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My breakdowns of bike's i've owned or ridden extensively (greater than 1000miles on any one machine):

SPORTBIKES:

Yamaha-my all-around favorite. Nimble and easy to ride hard. After a little bit on this current R1, though, I'm not a fan of undertail exhaust. Honda's undertail exhaust doesn't feel as hot to the rider as Yamaha.

Suzuki-Lowest seat height. I felt like I was sitting more IN the bike rather than ON the bike than all my Yamaha's or Honda's. Also the slowest "feeling" bike, though it wasn't necessarily any slower than any of the other 600's I've ridden. I have an itch to try an '05+ GSX-R1000.

Honda-Hard seats. Things are like freaking park benches. That being said, if i were building a track bike tomorrow I would be on the hunt for an 03+ 600RR. The things are rockets and as reliable as they come.

CRUISERS/STANDARDS:

Honda-Stable, reliable, smooth, boring. I had a VTX1800 and it would have been a great bike...if I wasn't really into motorcycles. It's definitely a gentleman's cruiser.

Harley-Poorly assembled. Poorly engineered. Over-hyped. Over-priced. More money with "The Company" is spent researching, engineering, and developing t-shirts and hitch covers than motorcycles these days, it seems to me. I had what was supposed to be the pinnacle of HD technological advance: a 1250cc liquid cooled, Porsche designed, Night Rod Special. What I found was a bike that leaked oil at 1900 miles, had truly atrocious aerodynamics, got for fuel economy, and had one of the most poorly geared transmissions I've ever experienced. Riding in traffic, stoplight to stoplight, I had the option of either leaving it in 1st gear at 5000RPM and deafening everyone around me or kicking up to second and pretending to be Lane Frost with all the low-RPM stumbling. There was no such thing as the right gear for that thing. Truly horrible, horrible gearing. However, I LOVED cruising on this bike. There was something very raw and gutteral about being on top of that maniac of vibration and poor design. One day soon, I intend to put a Sportster 48 in the garage, though I will definitely have a -bike next to it so I have something to ride while the Harley is torn apart to fix the inevitable problems that will come about 36 minutes after the warranty expires.

Triumph-Never owned one, but logged a weekend on a friends Thruxton. Awesome, unique, cool bike. Seat was harder than it looked but the ergonomics were pleasant and it was just nimble enough to be a fun cruise. I'd have one, either a Thruxton, Speed Triple, or old school cafe.

KTM-Rode a friends SuperDuke for a day. This bike was amazing. The sportbike equivilent of riding a Harley. Raw, buzzy, almost painful, but TOTAL fun. I want one of these in a big, bad way. Horrible daily bike (poor mileage, buzzy) but a GREAT weekend thrasher I think.

Aprilia-Swapped rides with a riding buddy a few years back for an afternoon in the hill country. His was an RSV-Mille. It was fun, and felt exotic at low speed. Once it wound up and I shifted my focus to the ride, however, it felt like any other superbike. Very forgettable.

Don't know why, but i've never been keen on Kwak's. Just don't like the way they look or feel, I guess. I've sat several whenever I was bike hunting but always leaned away from it.

Never been big on BMW's either. If I'm going BMW, I want an M5.

I'd love to get my hands on a Bimota to play with for a day. And a Duc Streetfighter. And a restored cafe CB550. And about 7000 other bikes that I'll likely never see in person but can certainly dream about.
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