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post #76 of 121 (permalink) Old 10-31-2012, 10:51 PM
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Well sheesh lets put in every bike from 2001-2002 in there.

So question for all you bang for your buck folks, how much of a factor is it for a bike to have carbs vs bikes that are fuel injected.
Fuel injection is definitely a big bonus in my opinion. Another +1 for the 954! :-D
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what ever one puts the biggest smile on your face. If you can find on in good condition, the RC-51 was a good bike for me. It had a very street friendly motor, the only complaint was that it sometimes ran warm in the summer sitting in traffic (240 degrees F).
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It's a no-brainer; in the USA it is the $8600 Triumph Street Triple. Ride one and you will realize why Triumph has sold a shit-load of them.
I just had the pleasure of riding one on Halloween. To me it's amazing and I'm a liter guy.

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My Ducati Monster has certainly given me my money's worth.

For new bikes, best bang-for-the-buck, I'd look at the Triumph Street Triple, Kawasaki Z1000, or Ducati HyperMotard 796.

For a used bike, you can't go wrong with a Honda CBR600, of whatever age fits your budget.

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My Ducati Monster has certainly given me my money's worth.

For new bikes, best bang-for-the-buck, I'd looks at the Triumph Street Triple, Kawasaki Z1000, or Ducati HyperMotard 796.

For a used bike, you can't go wrong with a Honda CBR600, of whatever age fits your budget.

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I like how the Z1000 keeps popping up in this thread

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The best bang for the buck comes from the bike you like to ride the most.

I actually haven't figured out what that bike is... And I currently own 6 bikes...

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The best bang for the buck comes from the bike you like to ride the most.

I actually haven't figured out what that bike is... And I currently own 6 bikes...
6 bikes... I don't know how you get time to ride them all. I have 5 and have a hard time riding them all.

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The best bang for the buck comes from the bike you like to ride the most.

I actually haven't figured out what that bike is... And I currently own 6 bikes...
I have a few bikes .. so if its out of what I have .. its probably the old 750 rat bike that cost £500 to build and gets used for general running around .. And its got lots of bang .... cos I cut the exhausts down to very very short indeed
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6 bikes... I don't know how you get time to ride them all. I have 5 and have a hard time riding them all.
Between the two of you, you each have one bike I would like to try out just to say i rode one.

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LOL, I feel the same about your 636. To me it's the best 600 class sportbike ever and loads of fun. Don't ever get rid of it or you will regret it.

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LOL, I feel the same about your 636. To me it's the best 600 class sportbike ever and loads of fun. Don't ever get rid of it or you will regret it.
I love it, spite all the maintenance issues i have had to deal with from previous wear. Still I would have loved to try out a CBR600RR and a GSXR600/750 and a BMW S1000RR.

Down the road, when i am done playing around with the 636 and I look to upgrade, I don't plan on getting rid of this bike. If anything i will use it as a secondary bike or even a dedicated track bike.

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I upgraded from my 08 zx14 to my 12 s1000rr and love it. I do wish I would have kept the 14 but I think I'll get a Concorse 14 later


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6 bikes... I don't know how you get time to ride them all. I have 5 and have a hard time riding them all.
I don't have time to ride them all, that's why I know that the best bang for the buck is the bike that you actually ride the most.

I like the XT660R and it's a blast riding off road, but the thumper doesn't make for very nice long rides...

That's what the XJR1300 comes in, she eats miles, the power delivery feels electric. But it's a big bike, with the engine of a small car, she is very unhappy in the city. She's also a big heavy old school bike, you must know what you're doing to ride her fast...

There is where the SV1000S comes in, she can handle the city, and she is a very capable sportbike. She is clos to being a better all around bike than the XJR, but for a long ride I'll take the XJR without thinking it twice.

Somehow I ended up with a 2nd SV1KS which is still in "project" status.

Then there is the CBR 600RR, which for me, has been the absolute worst bang for the buck. I wanted a dedicated track bike, as I commute on my street bikes, and I have some friends that race, or raced, 07 600RR, so I could take advantage of what they had already done with their bikes. In Mexico City sport bikes are hot items for thieves, they are all over them, so I rarely take her out, I haven't been to the track in the last 2 years.

Then there is a scooter...

Another fail story. I moved very close to where I worked, 3 miles and 6 miles from my company's HQ. Scooter made sense to commute and as a grocery getter (I don't have a car). Three months later I'm no longer working with that client and I'm working from home...

So the scooter is now a dedicated grocery getter.


Finally an old Yamaha RX-S 115. I needed my old school 2 stroke fix. It's a fixer upper, but it does have that... Don't know what, that reconnects you with riders of the 60 and 70s. Maybe it's the 2 stroke smoke and dim 6V headlamp?

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I do so love 6v electrics . Especially when they were made by Lucas the prince of darkness .
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Depends on the budget and location.
SF Bay Area
Sub 3k clean bike?
Bandit 1200
SV 1000
FZ-1
SV-650
V-strom


4k?
V-strom
Classic Monster
RSV Mille
Futura (when they show up)
ST-2
5k?
5k buys a shit load of bike around here.
Touno
Aircooled Multistrada
Most big 4 bikes up to like 09


New?
Street Triple (and the R)
Tiger 800 Roadie
MTS 1200 (base model.. especially the 2013)
Hypermotard/Monster 796
NC700X
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