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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, 03:15 PM   #21
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I am very biased, ice rode many many mx bikes and quads, used to think the greatest was Yamaha but after riding a Honda I switched everything over to Honda, I believe the quality of all Honda products exceed other brands. I'm very hard on just about every motorized vehicle I have and tend to try to make them do things the were originally not designed for, and Honda unlike Yamaha and suzuki have never failed. Although they are not the fastest I would take quality over speed any day.
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Old 06-15-2009, 03:28 PM   #22
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Old 06-15-2009, 03:31 PM   #23
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i have 1 of each of the big 4.

i am not brand specific. i will try to ride just about anything 2 wheeled to crack a grin.
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Old 06-15-2009, 03:37 PM   #24
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my first bike is my ducati and its rides nice, very easy to handle, not really alot of bullshit to it, everything on it has a purpose. truth is i wasnt looking for a ducati, i was just put in a situation i couldnt refuse, obviously its not a superbike and cant go 200 but it goes fast enough and i have not seen one one the road ever so thats cool. maintenance is f-ing retarded im sure by the end of this year i will have replace evry removable part FML and $70 an hour for bob lundfors to work on it, so my oil leak will cost over $700 to replace a gasket, o yeah that doesnt include the parts..... FML
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Old 06-15-2009, 04:19 PM   #25
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I feel all bikes now adays are generally good bikes. I've mostly been on a honda all my life. I've owned 2 yamahas and liked those as well. I've ridden all brands of bikes but have only owned a Honda and 2 yamahas. I can say i'm a Honda fan based on my experience with the Brand. Motocross-wise my hondas were put through some serious abuse and could not have been any better of a bike to me. But my friends with the suzukis and kawi MX bikes always seemed to have some kind of overheating problem or valve adjustement problem. I don't know if it was just their riding and maintenance or more brand quality. But i havn't owned one so i can't really confidently say anything about either.

I've always loved how my hondas felt and their quality and reliability was awesome so i've always bought hondas. So all in all i'm a honda fan for those reasons. But open minded to the other brands
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Old 06-15-2009, 04:38 PM   #26
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All mfgs. have their good points and their bad ones.
I don't give a what you ride personally.
I can find something to like about pretty much anything that has two wheels and a motor.
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Old 06-15-2009, 04:58 PM   #27
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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.
That may be because Kawasaki is a Ship Builder! Actually, I think they started off in that industry.
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Old 06-15-2009, 05:28 PM   #28
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Old 06-16-2009, 08:13 AM   #29
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All mfgs. have their good points and their bad ones.
I don't give a what you ride personally.
I can find something to like about pretty much anything that has two wheels and a motor.
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Old 06-16-2009, 08:25 AM   #30
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That may be because Kawasaki is a Ship Builder! Actually, I think they started off in that industry.


And they still DO build ships
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Old 06-16-2009, 08:45 AM   #31
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I buy whatever I get a deal on. In the last 2 years I have owned an R6, gsxr750 and a 1000rr. I think they are all well built these days.

I will say this though, back in the late 80's early 90's, when I was racing ATV's, there was NO BETTER than Honda's Fourtrax 250r. Period. No one was winning on Kawasaki's Tecate or Suzukis Quad Racer. The honda was the slowest but handled better than all of them. In the open class it was yamaha's banshee over suzuki's quad racer 500 (and the banshee was 150cc's smaller)

Other than that particular era with me, it has always been 95% ish rider.
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Old 06-16-2009, 09:06 AM   #32
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I had a Yamaha for like 3 days once and it broke down on me twice so I took that piece of back and got a CBR. My 1st bike was a Honda and my 2 bikes after that r6 were Hondas. I a kinda biased to Honda cause so far both have been very reliable.

But I dont know much about the newer stuff and I have known a few people that had problems with the 1000rr and burning oil and some recall.

I am pretty sure all the brands are pretty good but when its my 10 grand ont he line, I go with what has worked for me.
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Old 06-16-2009, 09:13 AM   #33
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I think all bikes are pretty much solidly built. All the 600 Supersport bikes are very similar in performace. It's just a matter of ergonomics and comfort. For me, I always liked the look of Yamaha...but, I've always wanted a Ducati.

I now own a Ducati...my dream bike! No going back for me...!
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Old 06-16-2009, 09:20 AM   #34
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we have had just about every brand here in the garage. Personally i find the wrench turning to be a bonus. I love working on my bike. Dont get me wrong I dont want the thing to break down everyday, but having to fix something every now and then is fine with me. I probably enjoy wrenching my bike as much as riding. Every brand has its quirks, some leak oil, some blow sprag clutches, some blow second gear, ect ect. If its a good deal ill probably buy it, and ride the ever living out of it.
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Old 06-16-2009, 10:32 AM   #35
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At one time I rode nothing but Kawasaki. Okay, the Daytonas in the garage are sort of in the same family, but in the end it comes down to ergos, one's own idea of performance, cosmetic appeal and reliability.

Now-a-days we're lucky that there are no real losers on the market.

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Old 06-16-2009, 01:12 PM   #36
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my first bike is my ducati and its rides nice, very easy to handle, not really alot of bullshit to it, everything on it has a purpose. truth is i wasnt looking for a ducati, i was just put in a situation i couldnt refuse, obviously its not a superbike and cant go 200 but it goes fast enough and i have not seen one one the road ever so thats cool. maintenance is f-ing retarded im sure by the end of this year i will have replace evry removable part FML and $70 an hour for bob lundfors to work on it, so my oil leak will cost over $700 to replace a gasket, o yeah that doesnt include the parts..... FML

Everyone I've ever known that's owned a Ducati for a long time says they break too much to ever buy a 2nd hehe
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Old 06-16-2009, 06:35 PM   #38
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This one is easy... Race on Sunday, buy on Monday. Well, okay Tuesday because no one is open on Monday. Is there any doubt that Yamaha is most commited to racing of late?
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Old 06-16-2009, 10:46 PM   #39
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I really haven't honestly had that many problems with most of the bikes I've owned... but then again, I took care of them and everything mechanical can fail.

My GSXR had simple problems, my old V-max only had the rear drive develop slight problems, but nothing major. My old Honda Cb125s only died because I was an idiot pushing it to its limits. The HD has had some minor issues, but I trust it more than most (go figure...)

The worst two were the Laverda, because there is no factory support and unless you're riding the bike flat out, the charging system didn't really work that well. My '06 Triumph Bonnie America was probably the most disappointing, as the vent tube for the fuel system has a bad habit of sucking in water whenever it rains, thus creating a vapor lock. Easily fixed, but frustrating out on the road
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Old 06-16-2009, 11:53 PM   #40
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I have ridden and have owned most major brands. I currently help some track buddies with their maintenance and do a little wrenching for street buddies. I work on Honda / Suzuki / Ducati / Yamaha / Kawi / Harley / Buell, and even GB's Bourget Chopper. I do the work for myself and for my friends - and try to help out whoever I can at track days.

All that being said -- I can't believe I'm saying this (ha ha) but I'm in the same boat as and agree with Jody - I think Honda is absolutley the best and in addition to that I've had a great relationship with the folks at Northwest Honda for nearly 30 years.
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