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Best of the best

Discussion in 'General Motorcycling Discussion' started by MyoMan, May 14, 2015.

  1. I'd love to hear it. What is the best bike you've ridden and why? It doesn't have to be an engineered masterpiece nor an aesthetically beautiful rocket I just want to know why this bike meant something to you at this time. Hopefully people don't judge others and there are no arguments (wishful thinking).
    Looking forward to this

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  2. I've only ridden my first bike in which I still currently own and am due to sell very soon, but I feel like the Yamaha MT07 will be a very promising bike & hopefully even past my restrictions. I'm not an individual that sees the necessity of a 1000cc bike or higher. I mean, isn't 110km the maximum legal speed limit anyways?
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  3. Ah the ninj...she has taken me on the merry roller coaster of learning a crazy new skill well in my 50s...we have weathered many situations together...run the gauntlet of scorn and ridicule at home and on NR on occasion...the ninj has been my escape from home, work and life many a time...I have sat high on the peak of joy and wallowed in the trough of pity with this bloody bike. Wasabi has tolerated my ineptitude and wilful anger when riding.
    Said bike looked very reproachfully at me tonight from her posi crammed up against the boat -tough titties- I am not quite ready to talk to her after our tiff last Saturday.
    This bike has been such a life changer for me. I have met some exceptional wonderful human beings on NR and learnt some hard lessons on NR as well.
    So far the ninj has been the best bike for me as she came into my life when I needed to get back some faith in myself and my capabilities to still learn and do something other than just work.
    Those fabulous memories that Wasabi has created with me, especially when I did my little tour in March this year, will always be there to keep me warm in my dotage. No one can take those away from me!
    I hope to make lots more memories with Wasabi and maybe her successor but will have to beat back the enemy within first.
    She is a great bike and her yoshi makes her the ant's pants!
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  4. Long live Wasabi and those who sail her, and unlike the sound of an angry Yoshi, it's good to hear you again Oldmaid
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  5. Certainly not the "Best of the Best" but my first bike gave me the most memorable ride. A long time ago when I was 13 - I bought a Honda 90 postie that had been stolen and recovered. The muffler was gone so I put a 100mm piece of pipe out from the head. The electrics were partially missing so I hotwired the ignition without any switches. The carbie was missing so using 13 year old male logic I wired a piece of foam over the carbie intake pipe and ran a fuel line from the petrol tank, (which is the seat support on those old posties like a toilet seat) , tied it in position to drip onto the foam giving perfect air/petrol mixing in my mind.

    The kick starter was gone so I pushed it to the top of our suburban street, jumped on the throne, turned the fuel tap on and set a nice (guessed) drip rate, started rolling then clunked it into gear and the fun began.

    The little bugger spluttered then fired in earnest with flames bellowing out the stubby exhaust. These old posties were automatic clutch and with a surge of excitement I stomped on the heel/toe gear lever several times ending in 3rd before the revs built up that much it wouldn't allow further changing (up or down ....)

    By now I was doing around 60 Kph with no throttle control, the brakes were almost non existent and couldn't slow the thing down and there was no way to kill the engine without any electrics. The fuel dripping onto the foam was only 300 above the open exhaust and there was some traffic, not to mention concerned neighbours who kindly rang the police ....

    Jumping off was not an option in my Tee shirt and jeans and of course there was no helmet. At this point my 13 year old brain said you're fcuked but geez it's a lot of fun. Then a brainwave , the 1st in this whole saga, turn the petrol trap off which I did. Grinning like an idiot I settled into enjoying my hot laps around the block thinking Yep it's all OK now.

    Bugger me it started going faster and the flames got even bigger as the fuel mixture got leaner and I was just on the verge off jumping off onto the softest looking nature strip when it spluttered, gave one almighty backfire and died. I rolled to a stop then spent the next 10 minutes pushing it home, with a police escort, to receive a very serious lecture from two policemen who were doing their utmost to stop pissing themselves with laughter.

    My oldies, who had been against me getting a bike, gave in at that stage and reckoned if I could survive that I would probably be OK but it was time to get a "proper" bike with "proper" controls.
    Dozens of bikes later I still love riding.
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  6. That is gold East Coast CruiserEast Coast Cruiser. We've all become so risk adverse now days it's memories like this that really make me smile.
    Dad: Did you wear your (Horse) helmet?
    Me: Of course!
    Dad: Don't forget to pull it out of the bush you hid it in.....it's going to rain later.
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  7. Hard to put one over your parents GoldenberriGoldenberri , my mother was furious and left dad to deal with the consequences of my antics whilst she went to play golf. Thought I was in deep shite when he took me out to the workshop but instead of pain he gave me a beer and paid for a carburetor. I never forgot that and he totally forgave me until the next episode when I bought bike number two. I stripped the little Kwaka down, washed all the parts in a petrol/kero mix then rebuilt it with a few new bearings etc. Faced with 1/2 gallon of oily fuel I did what any 14 year old would do. Poured it into Dad's incinerator, ran a fuel trickle trail to the garden shed, went inside and lit the match. BOOM the incinerator lid launched into the stratosphere and the cement block construction was totalled. It was so good, and no beer that time ............but learnt a fair bit about consequences.
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  8. Suppose you could say that GoldenberriGoldenberri, fate gave me three daughters as "punishment" but I think they (daughters ) are a blessing. Well once you get them through puberty that is. If only you could freeze dry daughters at 12 and thaw them out at 20 you could skip a lot of anxst. Now 5 grandaughters later we have a new grandson to inherit the Ducati.
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  9. I'm tipping one of your grand daughters will put dibs on it. ;-)
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  10. With two sets of twin grandaughters it could be a serious cat fight.Might just have to get them all Ninja's. Seems like there could be a few going cheap.
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    The best? Hard to say for me. I mean I loved the little MX Yamaha I learnt to ride on (wish I still had it, awesome, capable little two banger-Pictured above). Didn't mind a mates Honda VFR (short squirt only) or a TT 350, KLR 250 also. But my BMW is by far the best bike I have ever ridden, slight vibration (being a single), but comfort galore and many farkles from factory.
  12. Aprilia RS250.

    It was just such a blast, hovering between being a weapon to be wielded and a beast to be tamed. It put the seed of a thought in my head that it's not about raw power or torque or track times - that as wanky as it sounds, there's something to be said for character and drama and emotion, and that goofy crinkle-nosed "awww yeah" face that you make when you twist the throttle. (That's actually one of the criteria for me now - any bike I buy, it has to make me make that face when I first twist it.)

    I'd gladly make room if a good one showed up at the right price, but they're asking stupid money for them nowadays.
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  13. Ridden or owned? I haven't owned the best bike I've ridden and the best bike I've ridden changes with time.
  14. My current 2012 Z1000 is the best bike I have ever ridden. Have some great memories from my days as a youngster on a KV75 and TS125, but the Zed is by far the most fun and enjoyable bike I've ever owned. Whether is a Track day, short Coffee run or a 600 k loop through some twisties, I'm always happy when I ride my Zed.