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All the mentions of other brands of bikes got me wondering.... Anyone else NEVER ridden a Kawasaki, a Suzuki or a Yamaha? I did ride a Honda - dirt bike - at Supercamp this year but the last time I was on a Honda road bike was in the mid-70's. Anyone else?
 

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Hmmmmm.....I recall the only Jap STREET bike that I've ever ridden was a 1979 Kawasaki KZ-1000 when I was 18 years old. Other than that, I can only remember riding three different Ducatis, a Harley, and a buddy's 2001 Aprilia Falco.

I make it a point to never ride a bike I'm not looking to buy. I don't like the responsibilities involved if I ever total someone else's bike. Other than the Kawasaki and the Aprilia, I have only ridden my own bikes......Oh yeah, there was a 1965 Harley, during Bike Week, because the owner was too drunk to make it back to the hotel room without the cop across the street busting him.



Edit - I also forgot about my first street bike....which I owned before I had a license. It was a 1972 Yamaha LS-2 100. It wasn't much more than a moped, so I forgot all about it.

Yamaha LS2 100 - http://members.aol.com/TBoling125/first_street_bike.html
 

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MikeM said:
All the mentions of other brands of bikes got me wondering.... Anyone else NEVER ridden a Kawasaki, a Suzuki or a Yamaha?
Owned:
2 Suzuki, 3 Honda, 1 Harley, 1 Duc

Borrowed:
4 Buell, 2 Yamaha, 2 Suzuki, 1 Kawasaki, 1 MV Agusta, 1 Duc.. maybe more, I just can’t remember
 

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Own(ed):
1 Kawi (EL250 street bike -- a baby parallel twin)
2 Ducatis
2 Suzukis (one dirt, one dual)
1 BMW

Borrowed/Rented
4 Harleys (a Hugger, a V-Rod, and 2 Road Kings)

Loved the Kawi 250. It was my 1st bike and perfect for the job.

Love the Road King. If I didn't already have the K1200LT, I'd probably have a King.

Hated the 853 Hugger and the V-Rod passionately.

Bikes I'd love to own if money wasn't an object:
Yamaha R1
Some pseudo-Harley chopper thing that I build myself
Ducati Hypermoto (someday....someday...)
Maybe a low-miles Nicky Hayden RC-51, if I could find one, or a Repsol 1000RR
Good ole Bayliss Replica 998
MV F41000 Tamburini
A perfectly restored 200 Elite to mount under glass in my livingroom
And one of these, just for fun (and maybe to run the Motogiro d'Italia on):
 
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i have been riding my buddy's 05 kawi zx6r, i own a 05 800ss. The way that kawi is set up, The front dont slope down the way the r6 are and it reminds me, just the way i sit it feels like mine... for a it being a six i have enjoy riding it to work.. the only reason i dont have mine is because i've been having major motor problems..... im not a happy camper... :(
 

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Honda CB-1
Kawasaki ZX-11
how could I forget... '73 Kawasaki 550 triple

Babysat:
Honda SuperHawk

Borrowed:
Monster
Mille
Falco
SV650S
TLR
748
GSXR1000
RT1100
Dynaglyde

I like bikes
 

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Ducati Paul Smart
BMW R1200GS

OWNED:

BMW K1200RS
BMW R1100RT
BMW R1100RS
BMW R65
Ducati S4R
Ducati 998 Monoposto
Ducati 748 Monoposto
Ducati M900
Honda VFR
Kawasaki ??400
Kawasaki ??250

RENTED (On a Tour):

BMW R1100S
BMW R1150GS
BMW R1150RT

TRIED OUT (At the Dealership):

BMW K1200S
Triumph Speed Triple
Ducati ST2
 

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I currently own a 600cc Shadow, but I hardly ever ride it anymore. It's sort of my spare/utility bike, but it isn't nearly as much of a hoot to ride as the ST3. I will likely sell it this year and buy some farkles for the Duc. Including bikes I've owned or had friends let me ride, I've ridden other Hondas: Nighthawk, Rebel, V65 Sabre, a Triumph Tiger and Bonnie T100, and a Buell Blast, but I don't think I ever rode a Yamaha, Suzuki or Kawasaki actually. Hmm strange I guess.:think:
 

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Currently also own:
2002 Honda VTX1800C

Have owned:
2000 Yamaha R1
2001 Yamaha YXF250
1997 Yamaha YZF6R

Have riden numerous bikes.....
None have gotten the looks I get when I am on the Duc or the VTX. :D
 

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Owned in the past
'56 BSA DB34 Gold Star (sold recently for restoration)
'67 Honda 305 CL77 (my first bike)
'70 Honda CL350 (Puerto Rico especial)
'69 Norton Fastback (sweet)
'70 Kawasaki G4TR (10 speed)
'71 Kawasaki H1 (no brakes, no handling, lots of smokey fun)
'72 Kawasaki H2 (2 of em)
'72 Kawasaki F5 (got me through grad school)
'72 Ducati RT (sold to brother)
'76 BMW R60/6 w Velorex hack (another grad school ride)
'74 Moto Guzzi 850T
'73 Triumph T140V (fast and reliable hopped up)
'7? Yamaha PW50 (son's first ride)
'80 H-D FLH (as bad as AMF made 'em)
'86 BMW K100RS

Eastern bikes still owned:

'72 Yamaha R5 (now son's 5th ride)
'84 Honda Aero 80 (the wife's nursing school ride, then son's 4th ride)
'73 Honda XR75 (son's 2nd ride)
'98 Honda CR80 (son's 3rd ride)

Western bikes still owned (see below)

Other family bikes ridden:

'63 Royal Enfield 700
'72 Ducati 750 GT (first Duc ride)
'74 Ducati 450 Desmo
'6? Ducati Bronco(?)
'64? Ducati Diana
'95? Ducati 750SS
'8? Honda 750 Interceptor
'66 Triumph T120
'03? MV Agusta F4 (Ahhhh)
BMW R100
BMW R1100S
'70s HD SuperGlide

Scariest bike ever borrowed: Kawasaki 750 Turbo
Crashed borrowed bike: sixty-something Kawaski avenger: I fixed it before owner returned from vacation.
 

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Own: 2004 ST4s red (Mao Tse Duc)

Owned: 2002 ST4s titanium matte (Peking Duc)
2001 ST4 yellow (Old Yeller)
1980 Honda CB900C
 

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100 Hodaka SuperRat--1972--Had Green Weenie--Remember
Honda XR75-1974--Had a Bassani!!!!
Suzuki RM80-1976
Honda CR125-1977
Yamaha RD350-1977
Yamaha RD400-1978
Honda CBR900Custom-1981
Honda 125 3 Wheeler-1982
Kawasaki KX500 -1984
Honda Quad 2004
Ducati 999r-2005

Rode
Maico 501
Sacks 125
Bultaco Pursang
CZ400
HD Sportster
 

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I grew up in a house full of bikes and my father still owns a fleet that I have access to ride (or fix, then ride). His stable currently consists of:

Aprilia Pegaso 650, RS250(2-stroke street legal fun)
BMW K100, R1100S,
Ducati MH900e (the insperation for my ST4S)
Kawasaki H1(two stroke triple), KX500(brothers)
Honda GB500, XL500, XR500(in XR600 frame), misc trail 50's and 90's and a TL125
Norton 750 commando
a few Bultaco's..250, 360 and a few others I can't think of right now.

In my garage:
see below with the addition of a street legal XR400R

In addition to the above I have ridden an MV f41000, triumph RS. Aprilia Tuono, Suzuki DL1000, Ducati 900SS. Thats all I can remember for now.

Oh in answer to your question....no... I have ridden all major Japanese brands and a few German and Italian brands. but funny enough i have never ridden a Harley

And I too am going to supercamp next weekend to sllide around on the XR100's:D
 

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I started out on the street on an 82 Kawasaki GPZ550...I learned how to ride on a CR125....I ride a Duc for 2 reasons...I learned of what Twin motors were all about riding my buddies Honda HawkGT NT650 and fell in love with how a Twin performs with my type of riding in general....and 2...I got a sweet deal on my Monster as far as I'm concerned!
 

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I´ve only owned my Ducati 748SP (my first and only bike)

I´ve testridden some other bikes like the Multistrada, ST4, R1, CBR900, Africa Twin750, KTM 640LC4 and so on.. But that was only 1-2 days of testriding.

//amullo
 

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MikeM said:
All the mentions of other brands of bikes got me wondering.... Anyone else NEVER ridden a Kawasaki, a Suzuki or a Yamaha? I did ride a Honda - dirt bike - at Supercamp this year but the last time I was on a Honda road bike was in the mid-70's. Anyone else?
Not me, I've ridden them all.
 

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MikeM said:
All the mentions of other brands of bikes got me wondering.... Anyone else NEVER ridden a Kawasaki, a Suzuki or a Yamaha? I did ride a Honda - dirt bike - at Supercamp this year but the last time I was on a Honda road bike was in the mid-70's. Anyone else?
Ridden - not owned:
Suzuki Grasshopper
Husqy 125
Honda Something or other (late 70's - kinda hazy. . :) )
80 Kawa Ninja
Speed Triple
Triumph RS
900ss
999
Multistrada
Tuono
Monster
R1150RT
R1200RT

Own(ed):
82 Harley Lowrider - gone
01 Sprint ST - ditto
02 ST4s - still gots

 

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Lets see...

Owned:
81 Kawasaki 750
82 Egli 1000
86 Honda VFR700
89 Suzuki GSX600

Borrowed: (for more than 1 ride)
76 Honda 550 four supersport
86 HD Sportster
85 Kawasaki 900RR
95 HD WideGlide something or other..

Currently in garage:
05 Suzuki SV650S
00 Ducati 900SS
98 Honda SuperHawk
 
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