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« Reply #40 on: January 05, 2011, 11:20:58 pm »


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« Reply #41 on: January 06, 2011, 02:48:59 pm »


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« Reply #42 on: January 19, 2011, 02:28:26 am »

I voted BMW just beacuse they have lots of new and very nicely engineered bikes. (Probably the newest full lineup)
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« Reply #43 on: January 20, 2011, 04:00:36 pm »

I Voted BMW for keeping with something that works the boxer engine pure and simple.
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« Reply #44 on: January 25, 2011, 01:34:26 pm »

Triumph without doubt. Kawasaki 2nd.

When Triumph comes out with the new Trophy they will take the final step to the top over all makes.

The day is coming that people will say "does Honda still make motorcycles?" They have shown the last few years they dont give a shit, then they came out with the new VFR that shows they dont have a clue. Now they have a new 250 but it has no chance to compete with the Ninja 250 because of the price tag. Big Red is fading fast.
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« Reply #45 on: January 25, 2011, 04:43:37 pm »

Sue Waee Son. Fecking brilliant and only $100 for two.  Thumbsup
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« Reply #46 on: January 26, 2011, 09:14:52 pm »

I voted for Kawi, because of what they did to the Concours. They listened to the people and made the bike better. Also, the Ninja 1000 not only looks sweet it is down right comfortable.  Bigok
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« Reply #47 on: January 26, 2011, 10:04:33 pm »

Kraft. They make a bitchin Peanut butter.
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« Reply #48 on: January 27, 2011, 09:51:28 am »

Multistrada. need i say more? ride it if you have a spare 20k. i dare you.
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« Reply #49 on: January 27, 2011, 04:16:43 pm »

BMW, no question about it. They've been on a roll the last couple of years starting with the K13's, then the revised DOHC Boxer, the S1000RR, and now their inline 6's.
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« Reply #50 on: February 13, 2011, 04:46:30 pm »

First vote for KTM...  They are a relatively new player in the streetbike market and I like what they are doing.  Triumph was second on my list.
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« Reply #51 on: August 16, 2011, 12:33:23 pm »

Japanese brands- lets see, anyone can build a concours or an ST 1300 or an FJR 1300- oh yeah, they all do, build the same bike. Honest answer, I own 2 Kawis. The Jap bikes do what they are designed to do better than any other, with a great deal more economy and a great deal more reliability, with a great deal more dealer and service support.
Can I say OMG Boring!! They feel like a very fast sewing machine, or a 70's caddy, or, well just no personality.
However, if functionality and practicality are yours, then there is NO other reasonable choice.
The adventure bikes ( those really really ugly ones) just not my personal taste.
So, were into the European sport tourers.
Duc doesn't make one. They are also pretty unreliable.
The new BMW 1600's- dang, they made a better Jap bike than the Japanese.
Triumph, honest answer, for a combination of can do and soul, it be right up there among the top two.
Aprilla- doesn't make one.
(please note, the duc and aprilla make adventure bikes and I cannot count them sport tourers because they are just too ugly to be considered motorcycles, which are of course first and foremost, works of art. Secondly, the do not make a sport bike with all day ergos and luggage).
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« Reply #52 on: August 16, 2011, 12:35:41 pm »

Well, that just leaves the old boxer beemers and the Moto Guzzi.
I am coming really close to putting Triumph in this box too to be honest.
For me, Guzzi. (I own 3) Just more visceral apeal and soul than any other ever.
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« Reply #53 on: August 19, 2011, 11:51:12 am »

I agree with several others, right now it has to KAWASAKI.

The most complete line-up, and all of the bikes are good, and alot are class favorites.
C-14, Versys, ZX10R, KLR650, Ninja 1000, ER6n, Z1000, ZX-14, etc. even their baggers are nice (if you're into that kinda thing)  Lol

My new Ninja 1000 is easily my most favorite bike I have owned, and for the price point it can't be beat. I understand why it won MOTY.

Although I still have a raging hard-on for Guzzis and would kill to have a Griso 8V SE.  Twofinger
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« Reply #54 on: May 19, 2013, 08:46:43 pm »

Um, BUELLer...BUELLer... BUELLer...
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« Reply #55 on: May 21, 2013, 10:33:52 pm »

I too think it is Kaw.  I think they have a bike for any mission.  All their bikes seem to be best or near best price in the market place - especially real world prices on used and left overs.  I don't care if the fit and finish is B.  I care about fun bikes that have longevity.

And, maybe most importantly, their bikes are raucous and fun.  I guess Triumph may be more so, but Kaws are priced to where I can dream about owning one.  That 650 motor in the versys and ninja, the 1043 or whatever in the Z and Ninja are just fun and pretty badass for what they are.  That 14 is well placed and tuned for both those models.  

Honda is doing great things too, but I am clearly not their demographic other than low price point.  I drive a sensible car - don't need a sensible bike.
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« Reply #56 on: May 21, 2013, 11:26:15 pm »

Honda and Kawasaki are in a tie for me.  Kawasaki makes the best bikes for me (ergonomically) though I really wish they hadn't dropped the Ninja 250 (yeah, I know they still have the 300, but I prefer the old standard look to the new sportbike look...though I totally get why they did it).

Honda, on the other hand, is impressing me more and more with their recent additions of small and mid-level bikes.  If I had to buy a new bike tomorrow (bummer!), I'd be looking very very very closely at the CBR500R.  
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« Reply #57 on: June 25, 2013, 06:29:25 pm »

I think Honda tends to make some boring bikes but I'm very impressed with their recent additions. They've had a few "I can't believe they are producing this" bikes recently.

Grom
NC700X
F6B
Etc.

They are quickly becoming the manufacturer with the most diverse lineup.
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« Reply #58 on: June 30, 2014, 04:48:38 pm »

I have to go with bmw because I purchased it last August (2013 model). My other bikes are no less than 9 years old. The bmw is my first boxer and first bmw. Always wanted to try one. The ergonomics are excellent, the ride is well controlled, and it has plenty of power (going and stopping). So far it has been a fine experience. The dealership experience was and continues to be very good. I'm just waiting for my first fuel strip to fail. May change my impression and I'll have to post all over again.
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