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Re: The best bike you have owned
« Reply #180 on: June 12, 2020, 08:07:22 pm »
I've only ever owned 4 bikes;

XT500
Bol d Orr CB900
KTM 950
KTM 525

It would have to be by a very long way the 950
I wonder where that gravel road goes? And that, has usually made all the difference. (Apologies to Mr Frost)

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Re: The best bike you have owned
« Reply #181 on: June 13, 2020, 08:05:09 am »
Much better and in red Dorsland



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Re: The best bike you have owned
« Reply #182 on: June 13, 2020, 11:30:50 am »
Bol d Orr CB900

Nice bike that!
A friend of mine had one, only months old, and was following me on a CB350Four which I just had warmed-up, it was its first testride.
This was on a forest road, big trees everywhere.
Admittedly this was my 'backyard', I knew it inside out, knew every tree for which one had to 'tuck' if at speed.
I saw him going straight in my mirror in one curve, will never forget it - and it was the end of his bike: frame and block broken, bike basically into two parts.
Luckily he missed the tree himself, minor injuries.... so this was an instant insurance matter.
He blamed the handling (of course lol) so bought a silver Ducati 900SS Desmo next!  :thumleft: :P
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Re: The best bike you have owned
« Reply #183 on: June 14, 2020, 10:44:08 am »
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Re: The best bike you have owned
« Reply #184 on: June 14, 2020, 01:10:22 pm »
I've only ever owned 4 bikes;

XT500
Bol d Orr CB900
KTM 950
KTM 525

It would have to be by a very long way the 950

Is this possibly because you are comparing your 950 directly with the previous bikes?

My current 701 is so far ahead of my 1976 Yamaha DT400, yet I remember well how that old DT took me all over the Tankwa and general Karoo in the late 70's/ early 80's, and that it was by far a better overall

biking experience than my 701 is to me now. Various factors, like youthful enthusiasm, safe veld camping anywhere, and marvelous reliability played a role.

The thread title does ask which was the best bike you ever owned, and then I also have to say 701, simply because it is better in almost all departments than anything before it.

But as far as total experiences go, it is my Yamaha DT400 for D/S, and my RD350 for tar, both when I was in my early 20's. :ricky:
 

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Re: The best bike you have owned
« Reply #185 on: June 14, 2020, 07:33:06 pm »
Nothing was as liberating as putting the push-bike away and riding off on my 50 ....................... that opened the world.

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Re: The best bike you have owned
« Reply #186 on: June 14, 2020, 07:40:14 pm »
my DRZ400 mmm
No Possibly my 950
but I love my 690 ,
but most probably be the 950.
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Re: The best bike you have owned
« Reply #187 on: June 15, 2020, 08:20:24 am »
Nothing was as liberating as putting the push-bike away and riding off on my 50 ....................... that opened the world.


yes absolutely makes me rethink my earlier post .........agree the best bike was my first bike because you are right it changed my world completely too .........mine was a Suzuki TS 50

having said that i have been fortunate to have owned a few nice ones since then.....
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Re: The best bike you have owned
« Reply #188 on: June 15, 2020, 08:22:37 am »
Nothing was as liberating as putting the push-bike away and riding off on my 50 ....................... that opened the world.


yes absolutely makes me rethink my earlier post .........agree the best bike was my first bike because you are right it changed my world completely too .........mine was a Suzuki TS 50

having said that i have been fortunate to have owned a few nice ones since then.....

What model TS?  Mine was a '73, with forward sloping cylinder and little metal high fender. So sorry I do not still have it, so cute.
 

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Re: The best bike you have owned
« Reply #189 on: June 15, 2020, 08:34:26 am »
Nothing was as liberating as putting the push-bike away and riding off on my 50 ....................... that opened the world.


yes absolutely makes me rethink my earlier post .........agree the best bike was my first bike because you are right it changed my world completely too .........mine was a Suzuki TS 50

having said that i have been fortunate to have owned a few nice ones since then.....

What model TS?  Mine was a '73, with forward sloping cylinder and little metal high fender. So sorry I do not still have it, so cute.

cant remember exactly it was in 78
so could be around same year........remember it blew big end bearing and my mate and i fixed it together in his dads garage
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Re: The best bike you have owned
« Reply #190 on: June 15, 2020, 09:51:57 am »
Nothing was as liberating as putting the push-bike away and riding off on my 50 ....................... that opened the world.


yes absolutely makes me rethink my earlier post .........agree the best bike was my first bike because you are right it changed my world completely too .........mine was a Suzuki TS 50

having said that i have been fortunate to have owned a few nice ones since then.....

What model TS?  Mine was a '73, with forward sloping cylinder and little metal high fender. So sorry I do not still have it, so cute.

cant remember exactly it was in 78
so could be around same year........remember it blew big end bearing and my mate and i fixed it together in his dads garage
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Re: The best bike you have owned
« Reply #191 on: June 15, 2020, 11:01:07 am »
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Re: The best bike you have owned
« Reply #192 on: June 15, 2020, 03:08:39 pm »
Best memories was my first bike a Honda XR600R. I miss the kickstarts.



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Re: The best bike you have owned
« Reply #193 on: June 15, 2020, 03:27:42 pm »
I've only ever owned 4 bikes;

XT500
Bol d Orr CB900
KTM 950
KTM 525

It would have to be by a very long way the 950

Is this possibly because you are comparing your 950 directly with the previous bikes?

My current 701 is so far ahead of my 1976 Yamaha DT400, yet I remember well how that old DT took me all over the Tankwa and general Karoo in the late 70's/ early 80's, and that it was by far a better overall

biking experience than my 701 is to me now. Various factors, like youthful enthusiasm, safe veld camping anywhere, and marvelous reliability played a role.

The thread title does ask which was the best bike you ever owned, and then I also have to say 701, simply because it is better in almost all departments than anything before it.

But as far as total experiences go, it is my Yamaha DT400 for D/S, and my RD350 for tar, both when I was in my early 20's. :ricky:

My XT took me many places but I certainly wouldn't want it back.

Sentimental or performance wise, it's still the 950
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Re: The best bike you have owned
« Reply #194 on: June 15, 2020, 05:05:08 pm »
I've only ever owned 4 bikes;

XT500
Bol d Orr CB900
KTM 950
KTM 525

It would have to be by a very long way the 950

Is this possibly because you are comparing your 950 directly with the previous bikes?

My current 701 is so far ahead of my 1976 Yamaha DT400, yet I remember well how that old DT took me all over the Tankwa and general Karoo in the late 70's/ early 80's, and that it was by far a better overall

biking experience than my 701 is to me now. Various factors, like youthful enthusiasm, safe veld camping anywhere, and marvelous reliability played a role.

The thread title does ask which was the best bike you ever owned, and then I also have to say 701, simply because it is better in almost all departments than anything before it.

But as far as total experiences go, it is my Yamaha DT400 for D/S, and my RD350 for tar, both when I was in my early 20's. :ricky:

My XT took me many places but I certainly wouldn't want it back.

Sentimental or performance wise, it's still the 950

I understand, progress makes going back rather difficult, this is why a certain bike can only be evaluated in it's era of use.

 

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Re: The best bike you have owned
« Reply #195 on: June 15, 2020, 06:33:28 pm »
They say it's best not to meet your hero's. I'll keep my memories of the XT but I am pretty sure if I ever get to rid one one day, I'll be appalled.  :biggrin:
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Re: The best bike you have owned
« Reply #196 on: June 15, 2020, 08:10:22 pm »
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Re: The best bike you have owned
« Reply #197 on: June 16, 2020, 11:51:25 am »
It certainly shows that for many here ones best bike is not necessarily the  fastest, best handling or most expensive status symbol.

The thrill of breaking free on your first bike no matter how humble, or which one brings memories of good times, adventures, friends and of course girls. Or the satisfaction and admiration from your peers when you have built  something special yourself.

But if it's the one that has served you best over the longest time, then for me it's gotta be that ugly yellow old pig that I bought on a rash impulse, not realising how good it would actually turn out to be.  :snorting: :snorting: :snorting:
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