What bikes are just a lot of fun

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Re: What bikes are just a lot of fun

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ZRX61 wrote: Mon Jun 10, 2024 7:26 pm There's a lot of fun to be had with some big brutal hairy arsed Kaw (he says, kicking himself for letting that GPz11 get away on the auction 30 minutes ago...)
Yeah, I've got an 1170 one of those in the garage, definitely fun in a straight line, the corners can be interesting.
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dern wrote: Mon Jun 10, 2024 8:23 pm
Le_Fromage_Grande wrote: Mon Jun 10, 2024 7:25 pm Reading this thread, I think you first need to know what you find fun.
I was mainly asking what bikes everyone else found fun, not necessarily suggestions for a bike that I might find fun.
In my case it seems I like a bike that accelerates like a greyhound with mustard on it's balls.
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Taipan wrote: Mon Jun 10, 2024 9:09 pm That is a shame! :thumbdown:
That thing was a frigging unicorn, but it was a bit rich for my blood. Sold for $9,000. With auction fee's, sales tax & transport it would have been $11,100. I could have bought it at that price, but just couldn't justify it.

Last year I turned down 2 GPz750's & 2 GPz11's *projects* for $1200, delivered to my door, but lacked the room. There was enough there to put both 11's & one of the 750's back on the road.
The stuff is out there, I bought 3 GPz750 projects for $300 several years ago... & one of them was a turbo. Someone offered me far too much money about a year or so later & away they went.
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KungFooBob wrote: Mon Jun 10, 2024 12:37 pm I also think the W800 is a fine looking thing too...
Check out the Kaw 250 Estrella. They've been making them since '92.
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dern wrote: Mon Jun 10, 2024 12:05 pm I've been reading a fair bit about these this morning...


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The fun word comes up a lot and they look good value. I was looking at classic bikes a while back and the constant maintenance put me off. I can do it, I'm just not sure that I want to.
Get the ‘sporty’ one and go overtake shit riders on fast bikes

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Couchy wrote: Tue Jun 11, 2024 3:28 pm Get the ‘sporty’ one and go overtake shit riders on fast bikes

I have a ZRX11 for that, but with 50% more HP than stock it's not just the shit riders on fast bikes that get passed. Thank fuck I upgraded the brakes too because it arrives at corners a bit faster than I prefer.
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Kawasaki AR80. Ten horsepower, feck all weight, first production bike with a rising rate rear end (I believe), one of the first with sintered pads in the front disc. Pulled wheelies off the throttle in first and second, pulled stoppies at red lights, and hit an indicated 65 mph. Absolute hoot to ride... wish I still had it, actually.
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Grom.
Entirely useless for touring, ridiculous looking once anyone sat on it, slower than many 125 twist and go's, but funner than a barrel of monkeys.
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I completely agree with you! Bikes like the SV650 that you can ride flat out are incredibly enjoyable because they let you fully engage with the ride without constantly worrying about speed limits or losing control. The SV650's balance of power and agility makes it a fantastic choice for both new riders and experienced enthusiasts. While high-performance bikes like the early 4XV R1 are thrilling, they often come with the risk of pushing limits too far. It's wise to choose a bike that aligns with your riding style and keeps the fun factor high without compromising safety.
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v8-powered wrote: Sun Jun 09, 2024 8:05 pm I had a Trumpet 955i (T595) that I used to do trackdays on.
Overweight and ponderous (bike and rider!) but loved riding it.

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When I was racing my 748 in the Roadstock series the guy who was clearing up all the trophies was on a yellow 955i. He was a demon on the brakes. coming from way back and passing handfuls of us on each corner.

I could never work out whether it was intentional or whether he just couldn't stop the huge thing!
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I was a a tough thing to turn, that's for sure - I had decent suspension on mine and it did handle OK but a little slow to turn. Brakes were pretty good to be fair.
You could feel the weight of it when on the brakes especially, among the group I used to TD with it was affectionally known as 'Pig Iron'