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Old 04-22-2020, 08:47 AM   #1
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A Forever Motorcycle...

A hypothetical: If you had to choose just one bike to ride for the entirety of your motorcycle riding life, what would it be?

Suppose:

-You received a year of riding training on a suitable bike for beginners.
-If you total, wreck or otherwise break the motorcycle, you replace it with the
same model and year.
-No extreme modification (cant swap to a monster engine, cant add a turbo,
cant rebuild everything but the frame neck with the VIN, etc)

What do you think?
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Old 04-22-2020, 12:04 PM   #2
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I love my bandit 1200, it does just about everything well although it is pretty heavy. Its perfect with some mods but nothing major. Although a major thing id consider doing if I were to keep it forever might be fuel injection conversion and a slipper clutch just for the consistency throughout the seasons and smoothness
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Old 04-22-2020, 12:30 PM   #3
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Nice! Love some Bandits.

I keep coming around to something like a BMW GS or the like.
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Even though I have never ridden one, Id say either a Tuono or a MT-10

Comfort, power, style, and the awesome SOUND.
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I've owned a lot of bikes.

My 1994 Ducati 9000 SS/SP is my keeper. I know you said no mods, but mine is undergoing a restomod currently to add a 1000 DS motor with FI.

Bike has the feel, sound, handling, and even the smell of everything I think a motorcycle is at its core.

No better bike to ride for the rest of my time, especially on a good back road in the Hill Country.

Comfortable, familiar, and quite capable.
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For me it's a 2009 Harley Davidson XR1200.

I just need to find one in my budget and I'm pouncing on it immediately! I will ride it for as long as I live
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Even though I have never ridden one, Id say either a Tuono or a MT-10

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My thoughts exactly. Do-it-all bikes with the best-sounding engines in the business, IMO.

Honorable mention goes to the CBR954RR FireBlade. Sure to be less comfortable/practical than the supernakeds, but reviews say the rider triangle isn't a torture rack. One of my ultimate dream bikes.
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My thoughts exactly. Do-it-all bikes with the best-sounding engines in the business, IMO.

Honorable mention goes to the CBR954RR FireBlade. Sure to be less comfortable/practical than the supernakeds, but reviews say the rider triangle isn't a torture rack. One of my ultimate dream bikes.
As a Tuono owner i approve this message. To answer the original question just when i think iíve found my bike for life something else comes along more exciting. I thought my Tuono was the end all bike but honestly i prefer riding my ZX14. Go figure.
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I've owned a lot of bikes.

My 1994 Ducati 9000 SS/SP is my keeper. I know you said no mods, but mine is undergoing a restomod currently to add a 1000 DS motor with FI.

Bike has the feel, sound, handling, and even the smell of everything I think a motorcycle is at its core.

No better bike to ride for the rest of my time, especially on a good back road in the Hill Country.

Comfortable, familiar, and quite capable.
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As a Tuono owner i approve this message. To answer the original question just when i think iíve found my bike for life something else comes along more exciting. I thought my Tuono was the end all bike but honestly i prefer riding my ZX14. Go figure.
Looks like we all have long term comfort in mind by leaning towards more standard/upright bikes.
Except Stanton. The guy who has likely owned more bikes than a handful of us combined...this Aggie picks '94 supersport!
Just for that, I'll allow the motor swap and FI.
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One thought I had overnight was that Im short. Short guys fit onto supersports more comfortably. My knees arent in my chest, my arms arent crooked, my back isnt raked over the tank. With stock pegs and maybe a set of risers, I could rock my GSXR for many many many miles.
(a corbin seat wouldnt hurt, though)
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It's surprising how comfortable the Ducati SS/SP is. I am six foot, but I have a 32 inch inseam. You sort of sit in the bike and Heli-bars make it a comfortable reach. Lots of people did sport touring on them with a nice set of soft side bags. Mine actually came with them, but they are long gone. I use a tank bag occasionally for overnight weekend trips.
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2002 R1 - I had one and thought it was my forever bike. Harvey had other plans. It was super comfortable for a liter sport bike, even 2 up. Great power, super smooth all around. I tried to replace it at the time, but could not find one at the time, and I needed something. So I got an FZ10. I am always on the look out for one in original shape and actually found an 02 R1 posted recently, but I am out of the US for now, so can't get it. Once I am back ---- we'll see.

So now I have FZ10 - the judgement is still out. Great power - on par with the 2002 R1, more comfortable for one vs R1, sound - best ever (OK, Tuono is there too). However for 2 up, it is not as good as the 2002 R1. I am working on various rear pegs positions, and trying different seats.

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