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How many bikes to get here.
« on: February 24, 2016, 01:21:29 AM »
It's probably been done before but for want of anything better to do I thought I'd  list all the bikes I've had before I came to the Gsxf.

So in order of appearance

1979 Suzuki ZR50X1
1980 Honda CB100N
1989 Honda NS125R
1982 Honda CB250N Deluxe & CB400 pos
1989 Moto Guzzi V35 Imola ( This one only lasted 3 days until it dropped a valve on the M4/M5 interchange,  in hindsight it was the best thing. )
1989 Honda VT500
1977 Honda CB750 four ( Of all the 4 pot bikes these make the best sound )
1977 Honda CB550 monoshock, streetfighter abortion thing.  ( Biggest pile of crap I ever bought )
1996 Yamaha XJR1200 ( grey import, had a bent valve that only stuck open on warm starts )
1997 Yamaha XJ900s Diversion
2000 Yamaha YZF1000 Thunderace
2009 Kawasaki Versys 650
2010 Yamaha FZ6S & 2005 GSX1300R Hayabusa
2011 Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa

The Gsxf makes 17 in 22 years,  also had about 15 cars in 20 years.  I think it's fair to say I get bored quite easily


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Re: How many bikes to get here.
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2016, 12:29:48 PM »
My story is much shorter!

2014 Sinnis Spirit 125 Scooter
2013 Lexmoto Arizona 125
2004 Kawasaki VN800 Classic
2011 GSX1250FA

Passed my test just before christmas 2014.  I know chinese bikes don't get a lot of love, but I really liked mine.  They're like owning a brand new old bike and nice and simple (and cheap) to work on.
Likewise I've had stacks of cars over the last 20 ish years.  That's the main reason I ended up taking my bike test, I loved the scooter so much - it was ace not needing to go fast to have fun.  Cars are so isolated now and require extreme speed just to really have much fun.  I know my GSX is pretty quick, but you just don't need to drive like an idiot to have an enjoyable ride.  And that's what I'm loving about biking!  I also like how friendly bikers seem to be in general, it's different to the car community.   :occasion14:

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« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2016, 12:21:30 AM »
I know the chinese bikes a much maligned,  but i think once the things like brake linings and chain & sprockets have been replaced with decent quality items  the rest just needs some tlc. Yes the wiring can be flaky but as you say, it's all simple stuff.

Your right about the cars, my first car was a Capri and I owned a second one years later,  the experience was so visceral. Suffice to say lots of fun was had during my first few years of running around in bangers,  recent choices are more about convenience and practicality.

Anyway enough about cars. The GSXF has an uncanny ability to just waft along at any pace,  I must confess it does feel a little slow at times but I came from riding busas and there's only one direction from there. But it was necessary to preserve life and licence, and it is much more comfortable for longer rides.

Generally the biking community is friendly and willing to lend a hand to a stranded comrade,   there is the odd BMW or Harley rider that thinks they're special because they ride a bike that cost twice as much and breaks down twice as often.  I still put my hand up to those ones on my regular commute because it's like someone farted in a lift,  I'm sure i can see them relax in the mirror when we've passed, taking that first breath of fresh air when stepping through the open door. 

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« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2016, 02:03:16 PM »
My past bikes are listed in my 'sign off'. I have enjoyed riding all of them but I have to say that the best one for me was the Kawasaki GPZ900 (the first of the Ninjas). I remember collecting from Peter Williams Kawasaki in Southamption in 1985 after it's 500 mile and driving straight onto the cross channel ferry to le Havre and heading for the Swiss Alps; happy days! A very quick bike in it's day and surprisingly good for two up touring and very sweet handling. I think that the GSX1250 one of the best allround bikes, period; best value by far. However, as you can see from the classified section mine is up for sale as I have taken the plunge and gone for a Ducati, primarily as it has a lot more room for a pillion and I particularly like the more upright riding position for long hauls. That said it is no more enjoyable to ride than the GSX. Who knows, once I have suffered the cost of owning a Duke and I maybe back on a 1250!
CB175, GSX250, CBX550, GPZ550, GSX750, GPZ900.  GSX650FK9 , GSX1250FA. Ducati Multistrada 1200

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« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2016, 03:50:57 PM »
Those old GPZ900s are now very collectable and have the prices to match for a good one,  it's not surprising as iirc they were the first in a new generation of sports bikes.  Sadly I never owned one.

I hope your experience of Italian bikes is far better than mine,  recent reviews say the quality has come on a long way since those days. The pillion space on the gsxf is a bit tight especially with the top box fitted, the wife and I were surprised because it looks like there's plenty.  Not a big deal for us as we rarely ride 2up, but I can see how it could be a real issue on longer trips.

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« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2016, 05:17:02 PM »
Here goes:
1969 Honda Trail bike 90cc
1972 Honda CB350F
1976 Honda CB450 Twin
1978 Kawasaki 440LTD
1986 Yamaha 650 Seca (a really nice bike that I wish I'd kept)
1989 HD 883 Sportster
2000 HD Sportster 1200
2003 HD Softail
2006 HD Ultra Classic
2010 Honda XL1000 Varadero
2003 Suzuki GSX-R 1000 (still have it just for the track - 162 hp!)
2013 Suzuki GSX-FA 650

It's easy listing motorcycles that I've owned as they are all like wifes/girlfriends.  Don't ask me what cars I've owned, however, as I think they are all steel cages, boring, uninteresting and only good for getting from Point A to Point B when the weather is bad or when I have passengers!

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« Reply #6 on: February 26, 2016, 10:34:27 AM »
I remember the 650 seca, shaft drive iirc beats the messy old chains...

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« Reply #7 on: February 26, 2016, 09:35:21 PM »
Ok, my embarrassingly small list of bikes (i only passed my test in 2008) :-

2008 GSX 650F K8
2007 Yamaha R6
2002 Yamaha R1 5PW
2009 GSX 650F K8
The Blue ones are the fastest !

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« Reply #8 on: February 26, 2016, 11:57:08 PM »
Ok, my embarrassingly small list of bikes (i only passed my test in 2008) :-

2008 GSX 650F K8
2007 Yamaha R6
2002 Yamaha R1 5PW
2009 GSX 650F K8

That's nothing to be embarrassed about,  at least you didn't have to wade through some of the piles of old junk that as a school leaver was all that could be afforded. 

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Re: How many bikes to get here.
« Reply #9 on: March 18, 2016, 08:00:40 PM »
My list.

Honda Varadero 125cc October 2015 - Feb 2016
Suzuki Gsx650F Feb 2016 til now. Lol

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« Reply #10 on: March 28, 2016, 03:22:47 AM »
Passed my road test in September 2013.  As for the list:

1. 2014 Yamaha Bolt (bought Sept. 2013)
2. 2014 Suzuki GSX1250FA (bought July 2014)

The wife laid claim to the Bolt after she passed her learners course in the summer of 2014.  It's going to be a minimum of 3 years before I look at replacing the 1250, since that's how much longer I have to pay it off.   ;)  Honestly, it also does everything I need it to do (equal parts city bike and highway touring bike, with no complaints in the power department).

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Re: How many bikes to get here.
« Reply #11 on: March 30, 2016, 06:13:22 PM »
My short list

1)  Suzuki GSF600S  2001 model
126900km Sold

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« Reply #12 on: January 10, 2017, 01:19:04 AM »
In order for last 11 years that I have held a licence. Apart from honda 90 my first bike.50 years ago.
2004 bandit 1200
650 Bandit. 
Honda cbr60
kawasaki zx 600
Gsxf 650 for 8 years. Along with the following
Virago 535
Honda deauville and shadow black spirit.
Now 2016 gsx1250faz.


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« Reply #13 on: January 10, 2017, 04:21:26 PM »
mine.

1981 Suzuki AP50
1981 Yamaha FS1E
1982 Yamaha RD250LC
1983 Yamaha RD350LC
 (joined the Army)
1992 Yamaha RD350YPVS
1993 Kawasaki GPZ750
1994 Kawasaki GPZ900
1997 Kawasaki ZX7RRSP
1998 Kawasaki ZX6R
2001 Yamaha R1
2002 - 2016 (had very fast cars)
2016 Suzuki GSX1250FA

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« Reply #14 on: January 10, 2017, 08:02:35 PM »
A few smaller bikes over 40 years then when I retired:

GSF650 (2006)
XJ6 (2010)
VL800 (2010)
GSF650 (2008)
HD 883R (2005)
SV650 (2011)
DL 650 (2011)
GSXR-600 (2012)
VN900 (2013)
Daytona 675 (2014)
DL650A (2015)

Current
GSX1250FA (2014)
HD Wide Glide (2013)

Probably keep and add to in future rather than keep swapping! Only one bucket list bike left for me - Fireblade or similar.  :laughing7:
 
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« Reply #15 on: March 29, 2017, 01:53:14 PM »
Kawasaki KE50 , I think , way back in 1992, 1 year then passed car test
Passed cbt 7 years ago
Honda cbf125  1.5 years
Yamaha thundercat 600 2 years
Kawasaki Versys 650 2 years
Yamaha MT 09 2 years
Suzuki gsx1250 FA forever

Small amount really, then bought house with a garage, kids left home  :cheesy:, then mid life crisis

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« Reply #16 on: May 13, 2018, 05:14:50 PM »
Honda cbf125                  2009     brand new
yamaha thundercat 650   2011      16 year old when bought
kawasaki versys 650        2013      1 year old
yamaha mt09                  2015     brand new
suzuki gsx1250fa             2017      6 month old