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post #1 of 34 Old 09-02-2019, 12:36 PM Thread Starter
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What Was Your Favorite Bike You Owned?

Always interesting to read when guys (and ladies) post their fav bike they had owned, they get all personal and nostalgic and sentimental about their most cherished piece of iron they had owned, and wish they didn't get rid of!
I have come across ppl who had said zx12's or Yamaha 350 two strokes....
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post #2 of 34 Old 09-02-2019, 12:52 PM
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Mine was a 1982 KDX 175. I also purchased a 1981 kx125, and swapped the suspension and aluminum swingarm. I got a license plate for it, and put several thousand miles on it. Summer and winter, it was excellent in the snow, too. Air cooled, so a top end rebuild took about 45 minutes.

Even buying it was fun. I bought it, used. 170 miles, so almost new. I gave the guy 700 , cash, on December 23. 1982. He was excited because he could buy Christmas for his kids, so I did not beat him up on the price.
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post #3 of 34 Old 09-02-2019, 01:06 PM Thread Starter
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That's awesome! Had a KX 125 (1988)... and broke my ribs on a track being chased by a 250. Mental note, stay off the track. Switched to street 👍
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post #4 of 34 Old 09-02-2019, 02:02 PM
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Then we get a favorite streetbike, too. For me, that's easy, and it was my 82 cb900f. I traded my 79xs11, and 250.00 for it.

You guys have bo idea how far technology moved between 79 and 82. The Yamaha was all motor, with a shit frame, poor shocks, and a weak fork. The Honda had a great frame, strong fork, and adjustable shocks. It handled very well. It was damn near as smooth, and just as fast. Not as much torque, but it was an amazing bike for its time.
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For me it was Bandit 1250, it was my first inline 4. Loved it but was too tall and top heavy for me, I'm 5'5. It lacked power up on the top, but low and mid range were amazing. I waited for Suzuki to bring better version, lighter and lower bandit and when GSXS 1000 came out, I thought that would be it. It was close to what I wanted, but the throttle was too snatchy and lacked the overall smoothness I was looking for. I tried N1K and it was everything I wanted from Bandit - lower seat height, smoothness, powerful, weather protection, electronics and etc. Anyway, I don't miss my favored inline 4 anymore, I have it
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I almost bought the Gixxis as well, but the fueling pushed me away, the Suzuki rep said it could be fixed easy with a power commander. But I couldn't purchase a new bike that I also needed a PC with.
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I am torn between my current Ninja 1000 and a 2007 CBR 600RR which soon became my track bike. The CBR was the sweetest handling bike I ever owned. I could put it right where I wanted on the track with such ease and carry so much corner speed. The bike really inspired confidence and made it easy to relax and go faster and deeper into the corner than I ever though possible.

For the street however the Ninja is my favorite.
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I look back in my 35 year riding history and pick out 2 different vintages that I had the most fun on.

My 1983 RZ350 and my 300 ninja race bike in recent years, racing against guys on the same bike.

The RZ was a serious 2 stroke powerhouse, though even back then I know the chassis wasn't all that great. The 300 was set up with top of the line suspension pieces that made it a $10K race bike.
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Wow, you sound like a serious rider, or racer! I remember guys hurting themselves on the 350... on the street that is. I don't think we were ready for that bike.
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That's easy. I moved from a Suzuki 2-stroke dirt bike to a 1974 H2 750 triple street bike and never looked back. Insanely fast. Corners, who the hell needs to turn anyways? It didn't kill me and I miss it often.
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