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Re: Your 3 “Greatest of All Time” bikes
« Reply #60 on: June 06, 2021, 08:48:10 AM »
My most well remembered is the '89 Cali III that I bought kind of unexpectedly from a local seller's shed. 40 some thousand miles later it was regrettably sold and I've been searching for its replacement ever since. The search has included a very nice and well done '90 full fairing Cali III that I thought was going to be "the one" but wasn't due to its tendency to run poorly in heavy rain (Was it the fairing channeling water to where it shouldn't be? Maybe, because my unfaired '89 never had rain issues until I put a H&H on it) and the issues with fairing bikes and our heavy Midwest crosswinds (Who knew, right? On my only trip to Cedar Vale, that last easterly leg had me fighting to stay in my lane). Quota, Jackal and a beautiful '06 35th anniversary Dyna Superglide that I couldn't make a silk purse. All hopefuls but not able to fill the bill.

So now, i am surprised to read all the way down to Wayne's post that an EV was a contender, after lurking on WG and reading many anecdotes of how well their EVs have treated them with many enjoyable miles logged. I think an EV is in my future to fill the hole left by the '89 Cali III. Meanwhile, I grow older....

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Re: Your 3 “Greatest of All Time” bikes
« Reply #61 on: June 06, 2021, 08:56:01 AM »
Missed F-Fred's FZ1 comment and have to agree, another case of "they don't make 'em like that anymore". Great bike.
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Re: Your 3 “Greatest of All Time” bikes
« Reply #62 on: June 06, 2021, 09:02:57 AM »
#1 - 98 EV. I put 87,XXX trouble free miles on it, many of them dragging a camper. The last 30K or so on a salvage title after totaling it in 2003 on the way to Italy, Tx. Still ran and rode great when I sold it.
#2 - 1973 Eldo - Should have never sold it. I put almost 60K miles on that old girl before I got the EV. Then, I rarely rode it and ended up selling it to pay bills.
#3 - 1980 Honda CB650 custom. My main ride until I switched to Guzzi's. The thing was bullet proof.
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Re: Your 3 “Greatest of All Time” bikes
« Reply #63 on: June 06, 2021, 09:07:21 AM »
1. My old btdt hammered V7 Sport.   Whenever I see a perfect V7 Sport, it makes me sad to think about the prison it must live in while my bike runs wild and free.   It is the end of my ruler.  It is MY bike.

2. My old 1974 HD FLH.  If my V7 Sport is my favorite sports car, my shovel is the pickup truck that does everything else.

3. My best friend's 1987 Ducati F1B.  It isn't mine yet, but...
1973 V7 Sport  "Now THAT'S a motorcycle!"-  Master Sculptor Giuliano Cecchinelli
1967 V700 Corsa Record
1964 Ducati 250
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Re: Your 3 “Greatest of All Time” bikes
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Re: Your 3 “Greatest of All Time” bikes
« Reply #64 on: June 06, 2021, 02:24:58 PM »
My 1974 Honda CB750 was my first bike and was the "greatest" of all because it introduced me to the wonderful world of motorcycles and was heaven on wheels for a 19 year old back then.

The 1973 V7 Sport introduced me to the great Moto Guzzi marquee and started a passion for the bikes that is still raging unabated. 

My 69 Harley FLH introduced me to the interesting and fun world of classic Harleys.  The 69 is still my sentimental favorite. 
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Re: Your 3 “Greatest of All Time” bikes
« Reply #65 on: June 06, 2021, 04:48:51 PM »
I'm sort of impressed at the number of people who agree with me about the mid-'70s T-series Tontis. Long may they roll.
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Re: Your 3 “Greatest of All Time” bikes
« Reply #66 on: June 06, 2021, 06:57:57 PM »
I'm sort of impressed at the number of people who agree with me about the mid-'70s T-series Tontis. Long may they roll.

I hope so since I’m about to ride one for the first time when my G5 is done. If it’s anything like the V50 I won’t be disappointed.
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Re: Your 3 “Greatest of All Time” bikes
« Reply #67 on: June 06, 2021, 08:14:27 PM »
Currently this T7 Yamahammer is the one I'm diggin' the most.

Looks and sounds good.  But I wish I knew what a “T7 Yamahammer” actual is...
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Re: Your 3 “Greatest of All Time” bikes
« Reply #68 on: June 06, 2021, 08:26:10 PM »
Looks and sounds good.  But I wish I knew what a “T7 Yamahammer” actual is...

Yamaha Tenere 700:

https://www.yamahamotorsports.com/adventure-touring/models/tenere-700



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Re: Your 3 “Greatest of All Time” bikes
« Reply #69 on: June 06, 2021, 08:56:52 PM »
1983 Yamaha xt175 enduro...  So many memories in the woods with my brothers, mud holes, sand hills, trails, logging roads, and that 2 stroke smell.....

1980 FT500 Ascot, the bike I regret selling the most.  Sold in 92, over 50k when I finally sold it. 

2006 Breva 1100, have owned this one longer and more miles than any other bike. 

I don't think I have ever owned a bike that was bad, or didn't like, but some just seem to fit me better.
I would absolutely own these all over again, without question.

Have been thinking hard about a new XL650L dual purpose bike, If it just had a kick starter as a backup....

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Re: Your 3 “Greatest of All Time” bikes
« Reply #70 on: June 06, 2021, 09:40:56 PM »
NOT FAIR, NOT FAIR. While I have had some great bikes, in my 59 years of riding. Old bikes are just what they are, old. New Retro bikes are the best of both worlds, like new Triumphs, Royal Enfield, R nine T’s and so forth. I will give you my current favorites. MG V 85 tt, R nine T, KTM 390 Adventure.
Honorable mention, R 1100RS, R 1200S, R 1200 RS, RC 51, Aprilia Tuano, 125 Puch MX, 1969 Ossa MX.and many more including a great 1100 Sport.





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Re: Your 3 “Greatest of All Time” bikes
« Reply #71 on: June 06, 2021, 10:07:19 PM »
  Would trade every motorbike I have ever owned for one that could take me somewhere folks don't believe in UAP .

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Re: Your 3 “Greatest of All Time” bikes
« Reply #72 on: June 06, 2021, 10:26:07 PM »
  Would trade every motorbike I have ever owned for one that could take me somewhere folks don't believe in UAP .

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Re: Your 3 “Greatest of All Time” bikes
« Reply #73 on: June 06, 2021, 10:56:24 PM »
United Associated Press..?

Unidentified Aerial Phenomena   :laugh:
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Re: Your 3 “Greatest of All Time” bikes
« Reply #74 on: June 06, 2021, 11:13:37 PM »
Unidentified Aerial Phenomena   :laugh:

 Will the latest generation sport bikes do the ... looking for a slang term for FTL travel ..."megatonne"? Maxitonne? Oh , I've got it , the unbelieveatonne :laugh:

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Re: Your 3 “Greatest of All Time” bikes
« Reply #75 on: June 07, 2021, 12:48:36 PM »
My goodness, someone really has an axe to grind.   :police:
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Re: Your 3 “Greatest of All Time” bikes
« Reply #76 on: June 07, 2021, 12:53:33 PM »
My goodness, someone really has an axe to grind.   :police:

Sounds to me like Dusty might need a long and uninterrupted "ROAD TRIP" in................. ................... ................"The Flyer Camper!!"    :laugh: :grin: :wink: :rolleyes: :shocked: :huh:







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Re: Your 3 “Greatest of All Time” bikes
« Reply #77 on: June 07, 2021, 05:48:37 PM »
A Yamaha 100 twin jet 2 stroke street bike - my first bike.
A Yamaha XS650 - my first big bike back when 650 was considered big.
My current V9 Roamer - my first Guzzi.

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Re: Your 3 “Greatest of All Time” bikes
« Reply #78 on: June 08, 2021, 11:22:31 AM »
Its all about the memories. My SRX600 was a bit of a dog, but there are some awesome memories associated with it. My first road trip. Going to the Phillip Island GP in 1998. Riding around Scotland for the first time. Laps of Bathust. Doing the ton between Orange and Parkes for the first time... 
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Re: Your 3 “Greatest of All Time” bikes
« Reply #79 on: June 08, 2021, 02:49:50 PM »
1963 Sears Allstate scooter that put the bug in me, my dad had no idea what he created  :boozing:
1969- SL100 that I did anything and everything for 3 years for money to buy it.$480 and they threw in a helmet.
1992 HD FXRS-SP Finest riding and handling bike Harley ever built back then, stop making them in 93.wish I could find another that wasn't all switch around. Saw 2 in the wild and a member here said he had a 87, so did I before the 92, really miss that one.
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Re: Your 3 “Greatest of All Time” bikes
« Reply #80 on: June 08, 2021, 07:01:55 PM »
Well then, here’s a different way to ask the question.
Of all the bikes you’ve ever owned, if you could have any ONE back for the rest of your time..?
Which ONE... :popcorn:

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Re: Your 3 “Greatest of All Time” bikes
« Reply #81 on: June 08, 2021, 07:14:23 PM »
The T-3 would be the keeper.
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Re: Your 3 “Greatest of All Time” bikes
« Reply #82 on: June 08, 2021, 07:27:56 PM »
Norge.

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Re: Your 3 “Greatest of All Time” bikes
« Reply #83 on: June 08, 2021, 07:42:01 PM »
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Re: Your 3 “Greatest of All Time” bikes
« Reply #84 on: June 08, 2021, 07:51:25 PM »
  Would trade every motorbike I have ever owned for one that could take me somewhere folks don't believe in UAP .

 Dusty

Dusty,

You don't need a BSA, or a NSU, or a DKW, or a BMW, or a SWM, only a UAP, or a late model, used UFO will get where you want to go!

Talk about a real conundrum.......
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Re: Your 3 “Greatest of All Time” bikes
« Reply #85 on: June 08, 2021, 07:55:08 PM »
Based on what I've owned, it would depend on where I live, and my physical state.

For now, almost any trials bike, 1972 Suzuki TS 185, and probably a DR 650.  That's for riding.  For tinkering and garage ogling, the list gets a lot longer.
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Re: Your 3 “Greatest of All Time” bikes
« Reply #86 on: June 08, 2021, 10:53:07 PM »
As was mentioned before, it sure is telling how many Tonti frame bikes are at the top of people’s lists and memories.

To answer Huzo’s question, if I could bring back one from the past it would be my old Harley FXRS-SP. That answer is qualified by the fact that I currently have an 850-T3 that is close to my old fave 850-T, plus I have yet to posses my bucket list bikes of a Griso, a cool loop frame, a Norton Commando, Ducati 900SS, or slab side Shovelhead, so I can’t draw from those. However, if the T3 was not at home it would be the 850-T! For as cool and unique as the old pre-unit Bonneville was, those bikes are just too buzzy at highway cruising speeds.

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Re: Your 3 “Greatest of All Time” bikes
« Reply #88 on: June 09, 2021, 10:34:01 AM »
Thanks!  that IS a nice looking bike

I need to ride one.  Supposedly that's a fine motor too.

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Re: Your 3 “Greatest of All Time” bikes
« Reply #89 on: June 09, 2021, 11:13:20 AM »
Well then, here’s a different way to ask the question.
Of all the bikes you’ve ever owned, if you could have any ONE back for the rest of your time..?
Which ONE... :popcorn:

 If you mean I could only own one bike, I refuse to go there. If you mean getting only one back that I sold, it would be the CBX.
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