In praise of smaller bikes

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Dixon in Korea, Apr 26, 2019.

  1. red57strat

    red57strat Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    The most fun I've ever had on a bike was on a friend's RD350. I had a GSXR1100 for a while, but had more fun on the RD.
     
  2. SuprHtr

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    I currently have a 1995 GPz1100 and a 2003 ZR7S. Neither is especially desirable and neither was available in the US for more than a few years, but I've had great fun on both of them. I'm on the verge of selling both and getting a KTM 390 Duke. Or a Yamaha FZ7... too many good smaller bikes to choose from these days.
     
  3. Mouth

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    There's fun to be had keeping the throttle wide open all the time on a small bike.

    I don't like being on the roads around Atlanta on my 250 dualsport(4 stroke, so pretty low on power).

    But it's great fun everywhere else.
     
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    1984 RZ350 is one of several bikes that I currently own, it weighs 340 pounds, makes 62 Horsepower on the rear wheel, its my favorite bike... :) rz3v3.JPG
     
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    I rode a '78 Yamaha 650 Special Heritage for a few years then an '84 700 Honda Shadow.

    I used to love to ride. I bought the shadow in the early 90s. It had 500 miles on it. Sold it in '97. I got the itch again in 2002 and bought '98 750 Shadow.

    In the time I sold my first Shadow and bought my second the two lane highway speed increased to 65. Found out I had to go at least 70 to stay alive! I found riding everywhere with white knuckles from tractor trailers tailgating me and high engine RPMs it just wasn't as satisfying anymore. With today's traffic i think one needs 1000cc at a minimum to safely keep pace.
     
  6. awasson

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    I’ve got three GSXR750’s. Ive got a 1985 survivor (ex production race bike) I’ve had since January 1986. It took me some time to really get this bike but now it’s like an extension of me. I’ve done some suspension and brake mods to it and it does just fine for me. I’ve also got a 1986 GSXR750R Limited Edition and a 1989 GSXR750RR/RK.

    My 85 GSXR is insured year round and I take it on annual road trips once a year. The furthest I’ve ridden it was a 5,000 KM (3,000 mile) loop to Paradise Montana and back home.

    I’ve had a health thing come up and as a result my energy levels have suffered so I may have to skip this year’s trip (crater lake and the redwoods). I’m working out daily to see if I can get things amped up but it just may not be enough. With that in mind I’m thinking of getting something a little better suited to the distances but still familiar so I’m looking to get a VFR800 with hard bags. I like the 3rd generation models 2003 - 2010 or so. If I get a VFR, I’ll sell the 86 and the 89. I’ll keep the 1985 though. I grew up with that bike.



    I frikken love your bike! I had 2 strokes before I got into my GSXR’s and had a friends RD350 for a while in the 90’s. My best friend had a really nice 83 or 84 RZ350 for a while in the 80’s. It was amazingly quick and nimble. These are photos of both of our bikes the day he got his RZ back in the early summer, 1986.

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    My Honda Rebel 500. All the power that I need.

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  9. Chunkocaster

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    My GSXR750r was a 90 or 91 anniversary model, metallic black and dark grey/silver. My friend I used to ride with had a 85-89? Limited edition metallic black and gold GSXR1100rr?
    Both had the rear single seat cowls. His was an early shape, looked more like your 85 pictured above whereas mine was the model that followed those. I used to drool over pics of your model back then. Still looks awesome if not even cooler today.
     
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    Most of my biking years were spent on my '72 Norton Combat Commando Roadster. After many years of not riding, I rented a Honda 125 in Torremolinos. I loved it! It was like a real bike, only light and small. And of course, the shift was on the wrong side and went the wrong way; and the back brake worked - which was a whole new experience - but since the pedal was where the shifter is meant to be, I had a few thrilling accidental applications. All in all, it was great fun. Since then I have gone to renting scooters, which are also a blast.
     
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    If I ever get another bike, it will be a small displacement. You see I have a problem with discipline and my right hand.
    Many people ask why is that guy riding like that, the reason is because he can and it is an incredible adrenaline rush, stupid and dangerous but a massive rush.
     
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    Here's my ride. It's a 1994 Honda CT110 ex Australia Post postal service bike, a.k.a Postie Bike. It has a top speed of about 80km/h if you wring its' neck, but will sit comfortably on 60 all day.

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    Back in 67 kick this over 5.5hp 50cc I might take it around the neighborhood today. 1965 C110
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  14. KyAnne

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    I had the '75 RD350 in Tangerine. Quite a job to keep the front end on the asphalt in 1st and 2nd wasn't it?
    No clutch popping needed for that!
     
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    Back in '65 I remember the Sport 50 was $239 USD.
    The Cub 50 was 229.00 and the Sport 65 was $289...with a nasty habit of 2nd gear stripping early on.
     
  16. KyAnne

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    The RZ was really a totally screaming bad-ass machine.
    King of the 350 Yamahas. The RDs would embarass Honda's 750-4 from several city blocks up to a quarter mile. The RZ would make Kawasaki's Mach lll and IV owners sick at the stomach when in the vicinity.
     
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    great bike for running around the the towns in korea i imagine...

    i sit firmly in the middle of the cc crowd... xr400... love the thing !!
     
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    I weigh more than several of your bikes!

    Mine are named LaZBoy and BarcaLounger.
     
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    a true beauty! A few years ago we took a trip to Crete, and I was surprised to see these things all over the place> Most of them were fairly recently built, apparently they were still being produced. Some were perfectly restored originals. Most were pretty well-used daily transport vehicles.
     
  20. chris m.

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    I downsized from 4 cylinder 900cc Honda to Suzuki DRZ400 dual sport thumper. So fun- light, went fine on freeway, and I could jump curbs, never had to worry about potholes. But my riding days are likely over...after 40 years of doing it without getting hurt I decided to quit while still in one piece. I do miss it, though.
     
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