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Harley-Davidson 37 45.68%
Moto Guzzi 1 1.23%
Kawasaki 3 3.70%
Ducati 0 0%
Indian 0 0%
Yamaha 5 6.17%
Honda 18 22.22%
Triumph 0 0%
BMW 5 6.17%
Suzuki 3 3.70%
Victory 0 0%
Buell 1 1.23%
Aprilia 0 0%
Boss Hoss 0 0%
Norton 0 0%
MV Augusta 0 0%
Cagiva 0 0%
Bimota 0 0%
Custom (Arlen Ness, Orange County Chopper, etc.) 1 1.23%
Other (please specify) 7 8.64%
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Old 05-19-2011, 01:24 AM   #29
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Old 05-19-2011, 04:27 AM   #30
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I'm surprised that I'm the only one so far that has a Can Am Spyder (trike with 2 wheels in the front). Got that after I realized I just couldn't easily hold up a 600 pound bike plus my wife. Also have a BMW F650GS, which is the 800cc twin. I use this when I ride alone.
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Old 05-19-2011, 04:41 AM   #31
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I have the '98 Honda Goldwing in my avatar.

Also have a '94 Honda ST1100 to just play around on.

Accidents on a bike make you quit riding?

May I ask, do you quit driving a car after someone slams you broadside? No, well, why quit riding?

10 Jan 2008 a Penski Freightliner merged me into the center median. The lawsuit just ended last friday. The money is no where near enough to compensate me for six months off work and the long term issues left over from that.

But quit riding? Hell no, if I can't have my face in the wind, I just might as well climb into the urn.
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Old 05-19-2011, 06:00 AM   #32
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Was a motor officer until an idiot pullrd in front of me and I crashed into him putting me thru the winshield of his volvo, broken back, broken foot, broken ribs, collapsed lung, broken arm, blood clots in legs and lungs, so I dont ride that often but still have it for every now and then, treat every day as it may be your last cus you never know what lurks out there for you.RIP 1995 FLHTP Harley
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Old 05-19-2011, 06:33 AM   #33
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RoyM: "The 750 Kawaski would consistently shak its head
I did enjoy that bike and it really was not bad handling unless you got into triple digits.
A lot of Honda 750's around then, good machines. My wife had a Honda 350 road bike that she had a lot of fun with.
Wasn't bad handling as long as you went in a straight line! Had a '73 H2-put 20,000 miles on it. The Honda's could not run with the H2.

Started with a '66 Triumph TR6C(650)-great handling bike 330 lbs. soaking wet.

Now have a '96 Fatboy.
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Old 05-19-2011, 07:00 AM   #34
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I have a Harley Sporster and my first bike was a Harley when I turned 16. Many different ones in between....
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Old 05-19-2011, 09:53 AM   #35
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Ok, I've noticed the the "majority" of respondents are "HD Folks"..

Besides the "I buy American" reason, I would like to know why you ride HD?

Not to start a war of words, I just want to understand your love of the marque.

I'll start by giving my reasons for my choices:
  • Quality (every Honda I have ever owned was zero defects)
  • Reliability (I have NEVER had my Honda fail to finish a race or break down unexpectedly)
  • Price
  • Power (I'm not often beat to the first corner)
  • Handling (stable and turns as if on-rails)
  • Technology (Honda incorporates the cutting edge of MC technology and materials)
  • Performance (World Championsips in EVERY class of motor racing they have ever entered)
  • Manufacturer support (I can buy "new" parts for my 1973 Elsinore "nuff-said")
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Old 05-19-2011, 10:24 AM   #36
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Old 05-19-2011, 10:25 AM   #37
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2008 Spyder
Those are soooo cool!

But is it a MC?
Is a trike a MC?
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Old 05-19-2011, 10:36 AM   #38
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I started out with a 150cc Vespa scooter, graduated to a 250cc Ariel Leader, then a 500 BSA A7. I went to work for Norton in 1967, doing endurance testing of the prototype Norton Commando and working with the AJS motocross team bikes. My ride to work was a rather tired Norton 650SS.

When we emigrated to the US, I concluded that I might not get my synapses re-trained in time to avoid an accident riding on the other side of the street, so I haven't had a bike since 1968.

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I have a 1980 Honda CX 500 Custom that needs work but am having a LOT of fun on my 2000 Derbi Revolution Variant moped, considering gas prices these days!!
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1st cycle was a 350 Kawasaki triple, then a 72 Kawasaki 750 triple. Both were very quick but Guzzi handles better and much more comfortable.

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Wasn't bad handling as long as you went in a straight line! Had a '73 H2-put 20,000 miles on it. The Honda's could not run with the H2.
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There was a reason the Kawi twiples were called "WIDOWMAKER"
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I started out with a 150cc Vespa scooter, graduated to a 250cc Ariel Leader, then a 500 BSA A7. I went to work for Norton in 1967, doing endurance testing of the prototype Norton Commando and working with the AJS motocross team bikes. My ride to work was a rather tired Norton 650SS.

When we emigrated to the US, I concluded that I might not get my synapses re-trained in time to avoid an accident riding on the other side of the street, so I haven't had a bike since 1968.

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Old 05-19-2011, 01:06 PM   #42
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Ok, I've noticed the the "majority" of respondents are "HD Folks"..

Besides the "I buy American" reason, I would like to know why you ride HD?

Not to start a war of words, I just want to understand your love of the marque.

I'll start by giving my reasons for my choices:
  • Quality (every Honda I have ever owned was zero defects)
  • Reliability (I have NEVER had my Honda fail to finish a race or break down unexpectedly)
  • Price
  • Power (I'm not often beat to the first corner)
  • Handling (stable and turns as if on-rails)
  • Technology (Honda incorporates the cutting edge of MC technology and materials)
  • Performance (World Championsips in EVERY class of motor racing they have ever entered)
  • Manufacturer support (I can buy "new" parts for my 1973 Elsinore "nuff-said")
Well I can answer some of those and no war intended. Ride what you want. Sure beats not riding. First reason was it is American though.

Quality (every Honda I have ever owned was zero defects)

I admit HD went through some bad years especially when they were with AMF. They are now a very well made product.

Reliability (I have NEVER had my Honda fail to finish a race or break down unexpectedly)

The new HDs are very reliable. Actually my old one isn't so bad if I just do the maintenance needed by any bike. I don't race though.

Price

Lots more but the resale is much higher. I could prolly sell mine for more than it cost when I bought it new.

Power (I'm not often beat to the first corner)

Jap bike pull wheelies, Harleys pull tree stumps. Again I am not racing anyone.

Handling (stable and turns as if on-rails)

I don't corner hard enough to notice. No need to.

Technology (Honda incorporates the cutting edge of MC technology and materials)

The new HD are much more technologically advanced than they use to be i.e. fuel injection.

Performance (World Championsips in EVERY class of motor racing they have ever entered)

Ah, still not racing.

Manufacturer support (I can buy "new" parts for my 1973 Elsinore "nuff-said")

You can still get parts for a 1903 HD

It's a different kind of bike is all. Not a thing wrong with your Honda. It is also a Harley thing like some people drive a Jeep and wouldn't have it any other way. We can ride together sometime but you will have to wait up for me
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