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Old 14 Jun 2014
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Favorite Motorcycle to ride.?


I am Rupert...newbie here...I was wondering what is everyone's favorite motorcycle to ride and why is it your favorite bike? also how long have you been riding? and your favorite place to ride?
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I think it's very difficult to have just one favorite bike.
I will say that after 22 years of riding, I prefer the reliability and convenience of small, light Japanese bikes. Perhaps they are not as soul-stirring as an Italian, American, or other bike, but they get the job done.
As for favorite place to ride, I've toured New Zealand twice by motorcycle, and it have to say that this country really is motorcycling Nirvana.
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Originally Posted by brclarke View Post
I think it's very difficult to have just one favorite bike.
I will say that after 22 years of riding, I prefer the reliability and convenience of small, light Japanese bikes. Perhaps they are not as soul-stirring as an Italian, American, or other bike, but they get the job done.
As for favorite place to ride, I've toured New Zealand twice by motorcycle, and it have to say that this country really is motorcycling Nirvana.
Thank you Bruce Clarke for your explanation...I heard previously that New Zealand is the awesome place for motorcycling! But not yet managed to travel there...hope to tour New Zealand soon! To myself I love light & smart looking motorcycle to ride..thanks again for sharing your experience!
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Anyone who's been riding for any length of time is going to find answering some of those questions really hard. It's almost like saying which was your favourite wife

I've been bike touring ever since I've had a licence (1967) and done "long" trips on everything from a Honda C50 to a GoldWing (I tended to go further on the GW than on the C50).

If I had to pick a single bike out of all of them it would be hard to separate either of the "smoker" tours - Morocco on a 250 Yamaha or Italy on a 350 Suzuki. Both of those were early days trips and they were just uncomplicated reliable bikes back in the days before I became a jaded cynic picking holes in everything. These days I have seven bikes in the garage and there's something wrong with all of them.

Again, favourite place to ride is hard. It could be the Alps as I love the mountains but you do need something with a bit of power (= big and heavy) to cope with some of the passes. Equally I love just riding slowly through some of the back roads in France, stopping at cafes, quirky towns, staying in campsites etc. A small pleasure but mine own. I did a trip to Mali 20yrs ago and some of that was brilliant. Not great riding as such but being there on a bike was probably the perfect combination.
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for travel and offroading i prefer my yamaha xt600 pretty good bike at everything

for daily riding and fun rides i prefer my triumph street triple r
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Only ridden Enfields, a FZ600 and a Honda 250XR dual, but the Honda is by far the most fun, starts every time, is super light and you can just throw it into corners, on a twisting, winding gravel road through the backcountry it's great fun and one can't help but have a big grin plastered over one's grid. The acceleration and power of the FZ was sexy but it handled like a pig compared to the little 140kg Honda. Have to admit though, I once rode a 500cc Bullet RF around Kerala and that was fun fun fun. My favorite place to ride is in the mountains.
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Riding 35 years.

Favourite places that I have visited so far on a bike. London - was a despatch rider in my youth - young fearless and stupid - but it was great fun riding in 80's London, breaking the rules and getting away with it - you had to keep your wits about you. Still enjoy carving a way through heavy traffic!
Canadian Rockies. Pyrenees. Alps. Slovenia. India. Have visited New Zealand without a bike and defininately a place to return to with one.

Has people have stated different strokes for different folks and depends what you are using a bike for. Personally I don't ride anything other than singles and twins, and probably would have a whole stable of bikes if I could afford it. At the moment I have a MZ Skorpion Sport, Suzuki XF650 and Honda C90 all cost less than £1600 and have less than 5000 miles on them and are simple to work on. As I have got older speed as become less important.

Bikes I wish I had never sold:-
Triton 650
Ducati Pantah 600
Ducati 900SS
Moto Morini 350
Moto Guzzi LeMans
Moto Guzzi 1100 Sport
Honda CB250RS
MZ ETZ 250

The CB250RS and BMW R100RS were probably the best bikes that could do almost everything -off roading a bit of a challenge on the RS- were simple to maintain and didn't cost an arm and a leg.

If I could only have one bike - didn't need it for everyday transport or touring and had the money then probably it would be an JMC Egli Vincent.
I don't have to travel fast but I do need to travel cheap

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