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Re: The best bike you have owned
« Reply #40 on: March 02, 2020, 07:29:27 pm »
I would love my first ever bike back. Only for sentimental reasons.  My ticket to freedom when I was 16.

Suzuki RG 50 gamma. 1984 I think.
I loved that bike.

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Re: The best bike you have owned
« Reply #41 on: March 02, 2020, 09:10:37 pm »
I've had a bunch of bikes, all of them got sold when it was their time, I don't regret anything, the best one? Probably the KTM 500, what a machine, but also the bike that ended my riding career....mixed feelings.
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Re: The best bike you have owned
« Reply #42 on: March 03, 2020, 07:59:15 am »
I've had a bunch of bikes, all of them got sold when it was their time, I don't regret anything, the best one? Probably the KTM 500, what a machine, but also the bike that ended my riding career....mixed feelings.

Really Bertie-it was the bike's fault ? :laughing4:
 

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Re: The best bike you have owned
« Reply #43 on: March 03, 2020, 08:22:43 am »
My recently stolen DR650SE. Light and easy to ride, just my height.
Going to miss that bike a lot still.
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Re: The best bike you have owned
« Reply #44 on: March 03, 2020, 01:17:15 pm »
Well the only bike I really miss, and I have loved a few, is my RD 400,  such fun in a straight line, but soon eclipsed in every respect by the RD350 which I could not afford when it came out.   My current Triumph 800 XCX is a beaut and probably my all time favorite so far.
 

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Re: The best bike you have owned
« Reply #45 on: March 03, 2020, 03:39:41 pm »
In my case there is a big difference between the "best" bike I owned and the actual best bike. My best bike memories come from a little Suzuki RV 90 and the adventures I had on that little bike at that time in my life  being 14 years old. This is why I consider it the "best bike" I have owned even though it is slow, heavy impractical but awesome
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Re: The best bike you have owned
« Reply #46 on: March 03, 2020, 04:53:25 pm »
Like my very first bike.Triumph 200cc tiger cub. My 'ticket to freedom', the excitement factor was enormous!

But it was a crap bike.  :-\
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Re: The best bike you have owned
« Reply #47 on: March 03, 2020, 06:40:13 pm »
In my case there is a big difference between the "best" bike I owned and the actual best bike. My best bike memories come from a little Suzuki RV 90 and the adventures I had on that little bike at that time in my life  being 14 years old. This is why I consider it the "best bike" I have owned even though it is slow, heavy impractical but awesome
Thats what i want to hear   ;D   

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Re: The best bike you have owned
« Reply #48 on: March 03, 2020, 08:48:30 pm »
I've had a bunch of bikes, all of them got sold when it was their time, I don't regret anything, the best one? Probably the KTM 500, what a machine, but also the bike that ended my riding career....mixed feelings.

Really Bertie-it was the bike's fault ? :laughing4:


Craig a 500 does not have faults. I would choose it above my 950 SE, just makes me ride way too fast, until I run out of talent. It is more dangerous riding slowly, you could fall asleep and have a nasty accident!
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Re: The best bike you have owned
« Reply #49 on: March 03, 2020, 08:49:44 pm »
At 17 I convinced my Dad this was only a 250, minor step up from my 50, OH BOY what a blast I had with it

100 years ago I worked for CT Kawasaki in Roland Street. Sold one of the first ones to a young dude, a week later he was back with bike and his father ... they wanted to give it back as it was going to kill someone. We convinced them to sleep on it and wait a month. .... no one ever returned and I still wonder what happened to it. Magic bike that was.
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Re: The best bike you have owned
« Reply #50 on: March 04, 2020, 04:36:09 am »
I've had a bunch of bikes, all of them got sold when it was their time, I don't regret anything, the best one? Probably the KTM 500, what a machine, but also the bike that ended my riding career....mixed feelings.

Really Bertie-it was the bike's fault ? :laughing4:


Craig a 500 does not have faults. I would choose it above my 950 SE, just makes me ride way too fast, until I run out of talent. It is more dangerous riding slowly, you could fall asleep and have a nasty accident!
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Re: The best bike you have owned
« Reply #51 on: March 04, 2020, 06:59:17 am »
My 1998 KLE 500, I did not sold it a cow decided its time to retire it. Had 115 000km on and not even using oil between services.
Also my 1982 XT500, sadly was stolen, built it up was just frame and wheels with motor is boxes.
 
 

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Re: The best bike you have owned
« Reply #52 on: March 04, 2020, 11:13:24 am »
. Had 115 000km on and not even using oil between services.

Very good service from your KLE 500. :thumleft:
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Re: The best bike you have owned
« Reply #53 on: March 04, 2020, 11:51:38 am »
. Had 115 000km on and not even using oil between services.

Very good service from your KLE 500. :thumleft:

Geeze!!!!!

On a different note....I think they were very under-rated bikes, cannot figure why they didn't sell better.
 

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Re: The best bike you have owned
« Reply #54 on: March 04, 2020, 12:05:55 pm »
. Had 115 000km on and not even using oil between services.

Very good service from your KLE 500. :thumleft:

Geeze!!!!!

On a different note....I think they were very under-rated bikes, cannot figure why they didn't sell better.

I had one for a few years and was most impressed.  Great little parallel twin that had me and the wife on the back doing 140kph down the N2 with luggage. Could handle the dirt as well.   It was a small bike though, not the most comfortable, carbs were its downfall, and part prices were crazy expensive, or maybe I just thought so.    That was a great motor, not sure why they went back to a single for the versus.  Think it was a bike before its time, everyone want bigger and better in those days, today it would fly off the floor, much much much better than a versus.
 

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Re: The best bike you have owned
« Reply #55 on: March 04, 2020, 12:37:12 pm »
It was 20 years old, when written off, still had original clutch plates, fork seals, stearing head bearings. Back shock was getting tired though.
 

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Re: The best bike you have owned
« Reply #56 on: March 04, 2020, 01:12:12 pm »
why they went back to a single for the versus.

Versys is a twin. :deal:

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Re: The best bike you have owned
« Reply #57 on: March 04, 2020, 01:53:12 pm »
why they went back to a single for the versus.

Versys is a twin. :deal:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kawasaki_Versys_650

Talking about the 300 piece of crap...is that a twin?
 

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Re: The best bike you have owned
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Re: The best bike you have owned
« Reply #59 on: March 04, 2020, 03:49:09 pm »
. Had 115 000km on and not even using oil between services.

Very good service from your KLE 500. :thumleft:

Geeze!!!!!

On a different note....I think they were very under-rated bikes, cannot figure why they didn't sell better.

I had one for a few years and was most impressed.  Great little parallel twin that had me and the wife on the back doing 140kph down the N2 with luggage. Could handle the dirt as well.   It was a small bike though, not the most comfortable, carbs were its downfall, and part prices were crazy expensive, or maybe I just thought so.    That was a great motor, not sure why they went back to a single for the versus.  Think it was a bike before its time, everyone want bigger and better in those days, today it would fly off the floor, much much much better than a versus.

Think it used the same motor as the GPZ500S. A well known bulletproof bike from the late 80's. I think they had a specific race class for them in the UK
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