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Old 12-03-2009, 04:18 PM   #61
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Read the questions asked in the OP. The eighties is when I started riding street bikes. Nothing wrong with any of those bikes in the eighties but when you transpose them to the 2000s they are twenty year old designs. The only thing I really know first hand of the KLR is what Gixxerpete has told me about his. He dislikes it. Again 80s tech in the new millenium sucks.
And when you are buying a cheap bike like a Ninja 500 or 250 that they really only sell to get the newbies, people who can't afford more, and people who jsut want a practical bike and aren't going to spend a ton, do you really expect them to put much money into redesigning them when they aren't their money makers? Especially when they sell as is without much redesigning money put in?

I'm sorry, some of the bikes listed as worst bikes are plenty fine for the purpose they are sold for.

It'd be nice to have a qualifier like not reliable, or not worthy of hte price they ask, or wasn't good at what the bike was sold for (a slow racing bike, an uncomfortable tourer or had short range).

Not just the design is old and htey didn't redesign it. Honestly, really, one could argue you'd have to put those bikes back in the age they were designed. The only way I could see old tech being a good gripe is if they designed the bike in 2000 + and used old tech. Not that they didn't put the money into an old design that just kept selling so they kept making it (until it didn't sell enough anymore to warrant manufacturing them).

I'm surprised by those qualifications (using old tech) most 250's didn't get on this list (I know my Rebel is essentially the same bike as it was in 1986 when it was introduced. Some very small design changes, even less change than the ex500 got in 1994 when they updated hte plastics, and a few other changes that no one would even know unless they really liked the Rebel and followed its history). Shoot, I'm wondering how many cruisers would get on the list using that kind of qualification. Certainly most small bikes aimed at being intro bikes would get on the list. Newsflash, you aren't going to get all the new technology and much updated looks in a bike that is just aimed at being an "introductory" bike where they aren't going ot make much money in the first place off of them.

(Granted, I'd personally love if they started putting fuel injection into the smaller bikes, heh. But that's cause I'll never fit a larger non-cruiser bike and I don't want a cruiser. But I'm not near the majority of the manufacturer's market).

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Old 12-03-2009, 04:24 PM   #62
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Katanas anybody? Granted they were first released in 1999, but made most of their "advancement" through 2005ish. If anything they loose just cause of looks...hell the Honda Ruckus looks better, and its just aluminum tubing!
More like 1988.

http://www.suzukicycles.org/GSX-series/GSX1100F.shtml

Although the name was originally used on one of the coolest bikes of the 80's ever made.

Nothing like the original.


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Old 12-03-2009, 04:25 PM   #63
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You can't make junk anymore and stay in business.
Harley does.

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Old 12-03-2009, 04:29 PM   #64
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I Ride: the Kessle run in 11 parsecs...
The Gladius, if not for the bike then for the way it was marketed....

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Old 12-03-2009, 04:36 PM   #65
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Old 12-03-2009, 04:37 PM   #66
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More like 1988.

http://www.suzukicycles.org/GSX-series/GSX1100F.shtml

Although the name was originally used on one of the coolest bikes of the 80's ever made.

Nothing like the original.

Thank you for making the correction but that is more likely an 1981 or 1982 and converted. A very bad ass ride.

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Old 12-03-2009, 04:57 PM   #67
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Honda CB125 and Rebel 250 comes to mind, but that's not really fair since it wasn't really a bike designed in the oughts.

If the DN-01 wasn't a potential source for a 4-valve head and e.f.i setup for my Hawk GT, I might go with that one.



It's been just about impossible to buy a truly bad bike in the last 10 years.....but here's my list of bikes that I think sucked:



BMW R1200C - fell apart, chrome was total shit, motor wasn't very good, super heavy

Triumph TT600 - EFI was truly bad, Honda F3 wannabe that didn't really work

Suzuki DRZ 250 - heavy, slow, why?

KTM EXC 250RFS (I own a bike with this motor) - 125 power with 450 weight (but can be overbored to a 350 with ease)

Ducati Monster 600 series - just the little ones underpowered for good riders and the chassis was poor for new riders

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Old 12-03-2009, 05:00 PM   #68
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Kan-o-tuna's

Oh yeah and I think yamaha made something like that, the 600r. It was like the bastard child of a superbike and a waverunner.

Having owned one, they were shit on the track compared to their contemporaries, but they made a dandy commuter or lightweight touring bike. Brakes were awesome, and the suspension was pretty good for what it was. Other than my VFR it was the best two-up bike I've ever had.

Oh, and if you put frame sliders on them, they crashed pretty well too.

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Old 12-03-2009, 05:05 PM   #69
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I would nominate the SV as one of the best bikes of this century, not because it's the most advanced, but because you could buy one with little or no riding experience or take it to the track and rail it with the big boys. Just about anybody I know who has had one says the same thing, myself included, "I miss my SV".

That Jardine can made that the sweetest sounding bike.......
The SV is just a faster, uglier Hawk GT (which is just a faster prettier Ascot).

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Old 12-03-2009, 05:53 PM   #70
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Ninjas no matter what size,year,or color are the ugliest bikes ever made oh yeah and the name "ninja" is frikkin gay.

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Old 12-03-2009, 06:04 PM   #71
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Anything made by BUELL they all look like two wheel turds!
No just kidding I personally like all bikes anymake any size.
Not saying I would buy them I just like bikes.

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Old 12-03-2009, 06:07 PM   #72
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Anything made by BUELL they all look like two wheel turds!
No just kidding I personally like all bikes anymake any size.
Not saying I would by them I just like bikes.

ok...your off the hook...

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Old 12-03-2009, 06:35 PM   #73
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zuk gs500, lame ass entry level bike thats huge as hell. or any bike with the brand name 'baja'...
GS500 does not deserve to be in this topic.
wow really.. bustin on the GS500F a motor thats never changed since 1989 and can do this on the track?

http://www.vholdr.com/video/gs500f-track-day

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Old 12-03-2009, 06:44 PM   #74
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GS500 does not deserve to be in this topic.
wow really.. bustin on the GS500F a motor thats never changed since 1989 and can do this on the track?

http://www.vholdr.com/video/gs500f-track-day
the acceleration of that GS seems a lot faster than they are stock, so its obviously modified. also, the rider seems to be skilled...to my next point. you can match a skilled rider with many bikes, and they will perform well. that looks like the slow group on race day too....

i personally dislike the GS because of its long wheelbase, its tacky front fairing that doesnt seem very well constructed, and i just dont like how the bike feels. thats my personal reason for placing it up.

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Old 12-03-2009, 08:01 PM   #75
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DN-O1 What was Honda trying to do? Build a bigger scooter, or an over priced under
powered automatic motorcycle?
The bike has a personality, but DAMN! Its expensive!
I'll stick with my 'Silverwing'.

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Old 12-03-2009, 09:59 PM   #76
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Wow, more B King haters. suprise... Like the styling or not it's an awesome bike! Over half you guys have never seen one and the rest have probably never ridden one. Just know that there's 1340ccs of bare knuckle beat down thumping in those frame rails. Fastest freeking thing I have ever ridden.

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Old 12-03-2009, 11:34 PM   #77
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#1 Suzuki bandit 1200
#2 Honda VFR
#3 anything that has SHINKO's

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Old 12-03-2009, 11:51 PM   #78
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Ninjas no matter what size,year,or color are the ugliest bikes ever made oh yeah and the name "ninja" is frikkin gay.
But you ride a Buell... your opinion is moot...

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Old 12-03-2009, 11:52 PM   #79
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aside from every buell over made I'm gonna go with can-am even though its not really a motorcycle


Notice how nobody there looks pleased except for the retard on the bike?

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Old 12-03-2009, 11:57 PM   #80
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I Ride: the Kessle run in 11 parsecs...
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aside from every buell over made I'm gonna go with can-am even though its not really a motorcycle


Notice how nobody there looks pleased except for the retard on the bike?
Thats just a wheeled snowmobile....

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