Fortunately, I'm my own mechanic. My first street bike was an H2. I loved that bike and wish I hadn't sold it. Having said that, I had to split the cases three times to fix a broken first gear. The fourth time I just took off in second. I wasn't splitting those cases again.It is a love hate thing with me - the RD350. Loved it every time I rode it, hated it every time I had to take it in to the mech, which was as often as I rode it....
Well, in the late 70's I got back into biking after a 3 year hiatus from biking to finish school, get married, get a job, buy a house. It involved moving and when I went to move my old SL-350 my bro-in-law was storing in a barn I found the rats had eaten every scrap of rubber/plastic/foam on the bike and I just left it for scrap.Kenors, I know the Victim was so far in the lead, it's not a fair contest, but what bike ranked above it....the second to the worst?
Glad to know I'm not alone on this. I always felt like that bike was fighting me, never could corner smoothly and closely like I wanted. There were some corners that the bike felt totally loose and disconnected. I tried several adjustments to preload with no real change. Don't miss it.I had owned both, true story about the 07, great overachiever engine, but suspension never gave confidence, I agree with that. Poor front suspension that one magazine described as"front always fight the rear". Killer engine though... really makes me appreciate the N1k. Yamaha ironed out issues in later years, but that thing should have illegal, dangerous and makes you wonder how a manufacture can release something with that much of a problem
While the FZ-07 had a better engine than the Ninja 650, I felt the Ninja's suspension was vastly superior. Then you look at the price spread between the two and have a better understanding of where the manufacturers spent their money.The fz07 sells for about 6k? Best engine in the class, by a mile. You cant help but wonder if a 6399.00 price might let it have a better shock and fork?
For a short time I owned a CX500, not a horrible bike by any means, just happens to be my least favorite.