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The best 2 bikes you rode and why?

The best 2 bikes you’ve rode and why. The reasoning does not matter.

1. 2010 Ducati Multistada 1200S - It was the crème de la crème. A ride atop of Secretariat. Insane power, insane brakes, shoots the corners, and comfy to ride. I have yet to mount anything more fun to ride in 30 years of riding motorcycles.

2. 2009 CBR1000 – Smoother than a sewing machine. Goes down the road like precision guided munitions. Flying through the hills of Lake Tahoe, it was a great time.
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1. 2008 Triumph Daytona SE 675 - So at home on the race track...
2. 2008 BMW R1200GS - It's like a FJ40 on 2 wheels.

2003 BMW R1100S Boxer Cup Prep (sold)
2004 Suzuki SV650 (sold, wish I hadn't)
2009 Kawasaki Versys (commuter/dragon slayer)
Future bike: Ducati Sport 1000S (just because
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1. Yamaha Venture (2nd Edition) - Very comfortable, huge mile eater, plenty of storage capacity, reliable.
2. FJR1300 - Fast, comfortable, another mile cruncher, cornered well, plenty of storage.

Tough call since I only have 9k on the Versys. Maybe it could take top honors in another 80k miles.

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1) 2009 Versys..that's why I bought a second one.


2) 1987 K75...the smoothest bike I ever enjoyed owning and I have enjoyed many.
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1984 Moto Guzzi V50 III- because it was light weight, smooth, handled well, and made wonderful sounds. It was like wearing a glove. And because it was Italian it was rather exotic, at least in the early 80s. Most of all, it was just plain fun to ride.

1972 Norton Commando production racer - the "Yellow Submarine" featured in Cycle World many years ago, after restoration - because, at the time, it was THE production racer to place on the starting grid at Snetterton circuit. It was brash, loud, uncomfortable, unforgiving, and by today's standards not very powerful, but it was also a blast to ride.

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I haven't even ridden a dozen, so it's not exactly much of a competition. In any event:

1) 2010 Triumph Street Triple R
This is the bike I originally wanted, but turned down because it was too much money, too much power (still a noob), and not enough practicality. But a test ride last summer had me thinking that I just may have made the wrong decision. Aside from being slightly compact for a 6-footer and possessed of a less-than-stellar stock seat, it seems like it's wired directly to your brain. Telepathic handling, phenomenal engine, and a riding position you can live with. There will be one in my garage someday.

2) 2009 Kawasaki Versys
For reasons anyone on this forum can probably guess, and also due to the limited number of contenders.

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1) 2001 R1150GS After modifying it to fit me and getting it dirty. Fastest nope, most agile nope, best dual sport nope. Best all around bike yep. I always tell people its like your favorite blue jeans. Once you get it broke in they are the best.

2) FJR 1300 Fast and comfortable at the same time. Hard to find in a motorcycle.
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This is what I've owned {road}......................
1981 Yamaha seca 550
1989 Yamaha FZR600
1993 Kawasaki EX500
1993 Honda Nighthawk 750
1998 Honda VTR1000
1997 Suzuki Bandit 1200
1998 Honda VFR800
2000 Kawasaki ZX9R
2000 Kawasaki ZRX1100
2001 Honda CBR XX
2002 Kawasaki Zx12R
2003 Yamaha FZ-1
2006 Kawasaki KLR650
2008 Kawasaki Versys...and the one I cherish the most....

The BEST two......the Versys BY FAR, followed by the KLR 650. WHY? I loved the KLR versatility. I get along great with dirt bikes. Fit me great. Found out though that even after it was set-up for the road, it really lacked some power. In comes the Versys. It's everything the KLR is, with better road mannerisms. It FITS me.

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1 Versys, 2 BMW K 1200. Only reason on the K 1200 is I haven't ridden a K1300 yet! The Versys would probably rate 2nd behind the new Triumph 800. No doubt the MultiStrada is superior, but that's certainly a horse of a different color. If you take all factors including price, the Versys is still numero uno to me.

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If you take all factors including price, the Versys is still numero uno to me.
That is prolly why we all own one. The V (especially at a used price) is Virtually untouchable in my opinion. What other bike is out there that does everything for the cost? Maybe the Wee-strom, but still you get a lot of bike for your money.
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Exactly!

Apparently the quest for bigger is better is universal. Look at this Czech. beast in developement: http://www.motorcycledaily.com/2011/...idalu-2500-v6/
600lb, 240 hp. OMG!

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1) Versys (2008) - Simply the best all around bike that I've found. I love the suspension, the 'agressive' feel without the sports position. The motor is tuned perfectly for my riding style. It simply suits me, though now that I'm riding 2-up more often I'm considering something like a Concours or maybe the FJR.
2) VStrom (2008) -- Not a huge fan of the larger front tire (don't do much dirt honestly), it rides very nicely and the motor is top notch.

I have also ridden (in no particular order): Honda 125 (80's), Honda Shadow 650 (late 80's), FZR 600 (late 90's - standard old-school sports bike), Kawasaki EX-250 (2001 - started on this), Kawasaki EX-500 (various years - a larger version of the 250), Bandit 400 (? - strange bike, but good for track if you can find one), Suzuki Savage (2000 - blech, thumper cruiser), Kawasaki Eliminator 125 (2000 - blech! tiny cruiser), Kawasaki Vulcan Classic (2004, I think - more blech!, oversized, powered lazyboy), XJ-600/Seca II (1993 - bike I've had the longest and it holds a special place with me), Suzuki Katana 750 (~2000 - heavy beast but doesn't even need a transmission with all that torque), Ducati MultiStrada 620 (2006, I think - kinda like a Versys. fun, but don't want to own because of the harley-like motor and other issues), Aprilia Tuono (2009 - okay, maybe if I was Rossi I'd have one), Aprilia Mana (2009 - it's a scooter, I don't care what anyone says), Suzuki VStrom 650 (2008 - great bike), Triumph Speed Triple R (2009 - awesome motor but I just didn't like the bike it was attached to) and probably some others I have forgotten.

(Edit Note 1: Whoops, Ducati MultiStrada, not Ducati Monster.)

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1. 1960 Harley Panhead....itsa Lady Killer stop by & you can take it to the bar for a test....unless you like dudes? but it works on them too
2. any Observed Trials bike....who knew a picnic table could be so fun

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1980 GS400 Suzuki(cafe style, black w/ red stripes and quarter fairing)
Light, smooth, quick and could stand up by itself(well balanced)...had much fun on that gem.

1981 GS750...Wring her out in 3rd and you're flyin', bulletproof, parts weren't always fallin' off,.

For me the Versys is a perfect compromise on these two!3

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OK, I'm the 15th reply on this thread and the third to list a 675cc Triumph triple. That's a strong endorsement. My Daytona 675 is just fantastic. There's no other engine in any motorcycle I've ridden that I'd rather have. Sure, plenty are more powerful, but with the Daytona, the limiting factor is already my skill, not anything to do with the bike, so why do I need any more power? It sure as hell isn't the most comfortable, isn't all that practical, and I'd have a hard time living with it as an only bike, but I love it. And it's so purty.

After that I think it's about a 10-way tie for second...

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1. ZZR 250 Kawasaki- RIP

2. Versys 650 Kawasaki- Present.

Just the two bikes which I have owned .

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1974 Bultaco Astro 250 and the 360 because they where light and fast right out of the box and I won a ton of races on them.
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1. 2008 Versys
2. YZ250 (dirtbike)

why?... They are the only two I've owned
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1983 Suzuki GS 1100L Shaft Drive.Quick as a rabbit. Fast and comfy 2009 Plasma Blue Kawasaki Versys Most fun bike i've ever had

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1) 1982 Honda FT 500 Ascot--my first new street bike as a teenager. I put 60K miles on that thumper and only freshened up the top end (piston/rings) once at 25K...oh the adventures of a teenager with a new street bike....

2) My 2009 Versys--seriously the best street bike I have ever owned. I can't imagine a street bike more suited for me and I am still so glad I bought it (after considering other bikes before the purchase).

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1) 1981 Yamaha YZ 250--that thing had a Jim Felt ported barrel and was a holeshot machine! I don't think I ever got a bad start on that bike. Big fun!

2) 2004 Honda CRF 450--I've had newer ones ('06, '08) but there was just something about that '04...the best dirt bike I have ever owned. Never touched the suspension except for clickers and it handled great and was very confidence inspiring to ride fast. It had 120 hours on it when I sold it, and the motor was still bone stock and running perfectly. I wish I never sold that one!
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