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View Poll Results: Brand Specific?
I am not brand specific. All bikes are pretty good these days. 77 47.83%
I am brand specific. There is only one maker that rules, and I ride it. 28 17.39%
What? No nudity again? Geez! 56 34.78%
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Old 06-15-2009, 09:25 AM   #1
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"Honda sucks!"

"Your bike is slow because it's a Kawasaki."

"I would root for Rossi if he rode a Ducati."

"I used to like Ben Spies, but then he moved to Yamaha."

"You're not cool until you ride a Suzuki."

For most, being brand specific is sort of a playful joke, but for some, well, there's only one brand of bike for them. Why?
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Old 06-15-2009, 09:29 AM   #2
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I'm not brand specific. I will ride anything. If its a good deal, then 9 out of 10 times I will buy it. It just so happens that every bike I have owned have been a Yamaha. Even all my dirtbikes when I was little was Yamaha.

I can honestly say I have never ridden any other brands. I have taken a few other brands around the block a time or two, but never for longer than that.
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Old 06-15-2009, 09:31 AM   #3
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For most, being brand specific is sort of a playful joke, but for some, well, there's only one brand of bike for them. Why?
Cause they're lame.
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Old 06-15-2009, 09:36 AM   #4
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Old 06-15-2009, 09:41 AM   #5
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I'm not a big fan of Yamaha or Kawi because I work on bikes for a living.

Yamaha seems like they sacrifice quality for speed & Kawi just looks like it was engineered by a ship builder (no thought into what happens if it breaks)

I'll happily ride them because they ride great. Just won't own them.
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Old 06-15-2009, 09:41 AM   #6
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It just so happens that every bike I have owned have been a Yamaha.............. I have taken a few other brands around the block a time or two, but never for longer than that.

same here. if i like a particular bike, no matter who makes it, i would buy it. but by chance almost all my bikes have been Yamaha. only bike that i owned that wasn't Yamaha was my VF-1000R honda (86')..YAMA everything else.
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Old 06-15-2009, 09:44 AM   #7
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Old 06-15-2009, 09:44 AM   #8
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At one point I have owned at least 1 of every manufacturer. I get a bike based on what the purpose will be and which bike I feel will fit that the best. Or if it's real cheap
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Old 06-15-2009, 09:50 AM   #9
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I think the majority of us may say these things jokingly and light hearted, but know that most manufactures churn out great products, except for Buell.
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Old 06-15-2009, 09:53 AM   #10
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I think the majority of us may say these things jokingly and light hearted, but know that most manufactures churn out great products
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Old 06-15-2009, 11:18 AM   #11
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I've owned a few of everything besides a Kawi. Even had a Cagiva for a few years. Always come back to Honda quality. It speaks for itself.
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Old 06-15-2009, 11:37 AM   #12
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my triumph runs pretty good.lol
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Old 06-15-2009, 11:47 AM   #13
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I looked at what I wanted for a bike, found it and bam thats what I got. Depends on what I want the bike for and what feels the best to me. That being said I do like triumph, but then I also like a few others.
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Old 06-15-2009, 11:51 AM   #14
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ive wrenched on them for a living, when bikes come in with wrong its generally one of three things...

expected maintenance due to age/mileage of bike: no ones fault just normal

riders fault: abusing bike, neglecting care, self installed garbage put on wrong.

factory fault: cutting costs lead to poor quality hardware, low quality labor. flat out bad engineering.


im not going to get into the arguement of who is or isnt the best manufacturer, but i will say that i do have a preference, and at least i do base it on something.

if you dont plan on ever putting a tool to your bike, doing your own troubleshooting etc..and you got bags of money and just want the dealer to come and get it, fix it, and give it back...maybe it doesnt matter to you.

yea i think its silly when people seem to pick one at random. or they just like the look or the color. then they go with that preference and look for supporting evidence of better peformance etc...
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Old 06-15-2009, 12:00 PM   #15
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I was, maybe I have been swayed recently. We will see on what bike I purchase next.!
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Old 06-15-2009, 12:00 PM   #16
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come on....

bike specific here....if i could own one of each brand...I'd have it!....i'm sure most of you all would too!
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Old 06-15-2009, 12:07 PM   #17
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Started on a Ninja 500, then moved to SV 650, getting either a Duc or Yammi upon graduation just to mix it up. Will ride anything with two wheels
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Old 06-15-2009, 12:15 PM   #18
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Old 06-15-2009, 12:23 PM   #19
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There's something to be said for "image".....

Many of us likely buy a bike at least partly for the model - and manufacturer - image.

I like my Speed Triple - not the fastest, but fast enough...."slightly" overweight....enough power to get into trouble......looks pretty good, not a lot of "bling" factor.....sound design for function (NOT maintenance!)....mechanically solid.....

Basically, the Speed 3 is a mechanical version of how I peceive myself...

Having said that, when I buy my next bike, I am going to look more mechanically at practical things:
- Aftermarket support and cost
- Ease of maintenance - how many fasterners are there to get to the air filter? How many are different sizes / drive? Easy to adjust the chain? Valves?

The biggest frustration I have with my other bike - a Triumph Trophy 1200 - is the absolutely asinine level of effort for planned maintenance! The Air Filter....remove seat, luggage rack (four allen head bolts), tail bodywork (four more allen bolts, but a different size drive), fuel tank (two hex bolts), plenum chambers (more hex bolts - including one in the battery box!), disconnect throttle cables (at throttle, if you plan ahead...two philips screws), remove carburetors (really!), remove airbox - which is supposed to be treated as one unit, and the air filter therein is supposedly not separately replacable. Completely stupid design.....completely (and yes, I have ben a design engineer for mechanical assemblies in my past...so I can say with complete certainty that this current design is not required).

Even the Speed Triple, gotta remove the seat (two bolts), the gas tank (including all the disconnects), then there are 12 +/- philips screws to be removed, without dropping them, to change the air filter!

Next bike - I will carefully evaluate how to (or watch the dealer / a tech / try myself) change the air filter, get to the valves, change sprockets and chain, etc.
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Old 06-15-2009, 02:59 PM   #20
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"Honda sucks!"

"Your bike is slow because it's a Kawasaki."

"I would root for Rossi if he rode a Ducati."

"I used to like Ben Spies, but then he moved to Yamaha."

"You're not cool until you ride a Suzuki."

For most, being brand specific is sort of a playful joke, but for some, well, there's only one brand of bike for them. Why?

im partial to Honda's because i am treated like family at Northwest Honda. those guys got me into roadracing back in 1992 and have continued to go above and beyond for me to this day. plus, Honda's are just plain built better. ive raced them all at one point, but Honda's just seem to hold together better under abusive race conditions.
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