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Old 01-11-2013, 10:03 PM   #1
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Are you satisfied with your bike?

Are you satisfied with your bike?
I have seen people with pretty decent bikes that always wish they had something different. Either because they feel their bike is outdated, or not so popular or not so rare. Not enough power. Or just need something different.
Or the good ol' peer pressure of a certain brand bike.
Also know some people that don't own bikes long enough to know the bikes capabilities and trade it for something different in hopes of finding that perfect bike.

I am satisfied with my bike. I like the way it rides, enough power (no need to gear it down). It has been reliable.

Even if I had the money, I would not buy an new or different bike.
If I had stupid money... That's a whole different ball game.

I guess I am at that point in my riding life where the name brand or look of the bike is not as important to me anymore.
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Old 01-11-2013, 10:08 PM   #2
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Old 01-11-2013, 10:10 PM   #3
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Yes, very happy. I enjoy doing my own work on mine and it's in close to top shape right now. New springs front and rear to match my weight. I really need to replace all the brake lines as they are original on my '94. I've already replaced all the cooling hoses, shimmed the valves, replaced tires, "rebuilt" the OEM rear shock by cleaning the internals, replacing the oil, adding a schrader valve, and gassing it up with nitrogen from a friend's hangar that flies. Doing all my work really helps me know my bike well.
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Old 01-11-2013, 10:14 PM   #4
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Not as happy as I thought I'd be after sinking as much cash/time into it as i did. Slow fat .
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Old 01-11-2013, 10:16 PM   #5
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Old 01-11-2013, 10:17 PM   #6
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Old 01-11-2013, 10:18 PM   #7
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Not as happy as I thought I'd be after sinking as much cash/time into it as i did. Slow fat .
Are you referring to the TL as slow? I had an SV 1000 and it had plenty of torque was fun to romp on. Only thing I didn't like about the V2 was the viberation on long rides and the lurching in lower gears and low speeds.
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Old 01-11-2013, 10:22 PM   #8
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Old 01-11-2013, 10:23 PM   #9
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I guess it all comes down to how comfortable you are with your bike, there are people out there always complaining about their bikes not being fast enough and are just trying to find an excuse to buy something new but at the end, it's always the rider and not the bike.

That being said, there are also people that just like to have the latest and baddest bikes out there just because they can afford it.

Based on my own experience with the S1000RR, i didnt like the handling at first coming from riding a 1098 which has one of the best and most communicative frames out there, not as flickable and very hard to get it turned but once leaned it was super stable. I considered changing ohlins to correct the problem but then the 1199 was announced and i was the first one in Houston to put down a deposit on it, now after 6k miles on the bmw i can say that i have learned to ride the bike with stock suspension and little by little get used to the less communicative front end. I would love a better feel of the front end but it is not something i really need in order to enjoy the bike, i feel comfortable riding it now and havent really seen anything i really like in the market to consider switching brands as of today. The look.... oh well i hate the look of the S1000RR but it is not my top concern because most of the time i am on the saddle looking down the road and not looking at the front of the bike.

If you are comfortable with your current bike then no point to change unless you saw a new bike in the market and fell in love with it for whatever reason that you must have it in your garage!
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Old 01-11-2013, 10:29 PM   #10
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Are you referring to the TL as slow? I had an SV 1000 and it had plenty of torque was fun to romp on. Only thing I didn't like about the V2 was the viberation on long rides and the lurching in lower gears and low speeds.
Torque yes. But its a heavy pig, planted in the corners. Takes some muscle to flick. Gets outrun by a 600 is awesome lol.
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Old 01-11-2013, 10:36 PM   #11
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i am happy with my bike, but it needs a better owner and rider
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Old 01-11-2013, 10:38 PM   #12
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Gets outrun by a 600 is awesome lol.
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Old 01-11-2013, 10:39 PM   #13
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Torque yes. But its a heavy pig, planted in the corners. Takes some muscle to flick. Gets outrun by a 600 is awesome lol.
If it makes you feel any better, I would probably get out-ran by a 550, and a 250 would probably kick my off the line.
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Old 01-11-2013, 10:50 PM   #14
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I think I fall under the category of not owning my bikes long enough to know the capabilities. Just look under my avatar of all the bikes I have owned in the past 3 years. I think alot of us covet what we see. Walked into Houston Superbikes today for no apparent reason and thought for a split second to drive out with an 1198S. Im going to keep both my bikes for at least 2 years.
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Old 01-11-2013, 10:52 PM   #15
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If it makes you feel any better, I would probably get out-ran by a 550, and a 250 would probably kick my off the line.
it doesn't.
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I love my bike it fits me well. Great power. Will see what capabilities are when I track it this febuary.
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Old 01-11-2013, 10:57 PM   #17
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Are you referring to the TL as slow? I had an SV 1000 and it had plenty of torque was fun to romp on. Only thing I didn't like about the V2 was the viberation on long rides and the lurching in lower gears and low speeds.
Love my SV-1000... could not ask for a better bike. It's reliable,nimble,quick, and low insurance costs is a plus. I haven't issues with vibrations at speed.
I installed a timing eliminator(T.R.E.) along with power-commander re-mapp and the low speed throttle lurching issue is gone, and torque is up in the lower gears as well. Torque is guuuud!
If I had the funds(and a bigger garage), I would own a couple more bikes..
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