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Post What bike gives you the most bang for your buck?

For all of those experienced riders out there, which bike gave you the most reward for the value? Between comfort, performance, looks, and price, which bike do you recommend above all others?

Share your thoughts and a reason why.
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That's SUCH a wide question, its almost impossible to say. Some may value performance over comfort, which is why they choose a sportbike. Looks are very subjective, and compared to cars, bikes are generally not that expensive anyway.

If I had to choose one I've owned, it would be this. Ducati Streetfighter.

Looked badass (to me). Had all the performance I could ask of a sportbike, but just relaxed enough ergos that I don't hate my life on an all-day ride.

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That's SUCH a wide question, its almost impossible to say. Some may value performance over comfort, which is why they choose a sportbike. Looks are very subjective, and compared to cars, bikes are generally not that expensive anyway.

If I had to choose one I've owned, it would be this. Ducati Streetfighter.

Looked badass (to me). Had all the performance I could ask of a sportbike, but just relaxed enough ergos that I don't hate my life on an all-day ride.



Very nice. With such a broad question, I was hoping for a wide variety of answers. I just want to see what people have to say.
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FZ1. It can do everything
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The biggest bang for bucks I ever had , and despite my aversion to jap bikes as my number 1 bike ...it was a little known Honda that was produced over a very short for Honda production run . I nominate the Honda X11 .





Not overly pretty and slated for its styling back then it has got a bit better with age I think . But I bought one when they came out so maybe biased ))) . What a bike , the best jap bike I ever owned .
Its pretty much a naked superblackbird with less hp and the power lump moved further down the range . Its party trick was short shift up to 5th ( 5speed box ) let the bike drop down to 10-20mph and then just wind it open and it smoothly pulls from there and spins on up to 150mph without so much as a sweat , its like an electric turbine rather than gas power in sensation .It will lift the front off the power in the first 3 gears easily . Or ust leave it in 4th hit the twistys and stay there all day freaking out R1s and Gixxers on what the fuck that thing is, with its freakish straightline grunt and suprisingly nimble moves through the corners . Massive tank gives 150+ miles between fill ups ,comfy for the taller rider , good old fashioned stretch to the bars ,pegs in a tourer position . But not a high seat either, you climb into the bike rather than get on it .
It was Honda at there very best , but very few bought it and one of the most underrated bikes in history went unnoticed by many who would have loved it as much as I loved mine . I remember one of the Mags lines about it was " Does it feel meaty , well put it this way ...The Honda X11 makes a suzuki bandit 1200 look like a vegan wearing a pasta hat " .
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The biggest bang for bucks I ever had , and despite my aversion to jap bikes as my number 1 bike ...it was a little known Honda that was produced over a very short for Honda production run . I nominate the Honda X11 .





Not overly pretty and slated for its styling back then it has got a bit better with age I think . But I bought one when they came out so maybe biased ))) . What a bike , the best jap bike I ever owned .
Its pretty much a naked superblackbird with less hp and the power lump moved further down the range . Its party trick was short shift up to 5th ( 5speed box ) let the bike drop down to 10-20mph and then just wind it open and it smoothly pulls from there and spins on up to 150mph without so much as a sweat , its like an electric turbine rather than gas power in sensation .It will lift the front off the power in the first 3 gears easily . Or ust leave it in 4th hit the twistys and stay there all day freaking out R1s and Gixxers on what the fuck that thing is, with its freakish straightline grunt and suprisingly nimble moves through the corners . Massive tank gives 150+ miles between fill ups ,comfy for the taller rider , good old fashioned stretch to the bars ,pegs in a tourer position . But not a high seat either, you climb into the bike rather than get on it .
It was Honda at there very best , but very few bought it and one of the most underrated bikes in history went unnoticed by many who would have loved it as much as I loved mine . I remember one of the Mags lines about it was " Does it feel meaty , well put it this way ...The Honda X11 makes a suzuki bandit 1200 look like a vegan wearing a pasta hat " .
I remember that bike. I think the modern day similar bike word be the z1000 or the cb1000r.

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Not that i ever owned one, but i'd go with FZ-1.

if it's selected from the bikes i've owned... Busa... if cost wasn't the issue... then VFR800 (cause i paid way more for the VFR than the Busa.) actually, now that i think of it, the VFR was my most expensive bike... even the FJR was cheaper.
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That's SUCH a wide question, its almost impossible to say. Some may value performance over comfort, which is why they choose a sportbike. Looks are very subjective, and compared to cars, bikes are generally not that expensive anyway.

If I had to choose one I've owned, it would be this. Ducati Streetfighter.

Looked badass (to me). Had all the performance I could ask of a sportbike, but just relaxed enough ergos that I don't hate my life on an all-day ride.

yes.... that DOES look badass!!
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Even though I hate the headlights, BMW S1000RR.
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My biggest bang for the buck bike was a 1979 Suzuki TS250 that I bought for a case of beer. Thing would barely do 55mph, but I only paid $27 for the beer.
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Again, depends on the application, but overall I'd say one of the super-nakeds.

Aka: Tuono, Streetfighter, FZ1, Street Triple R, Z1000, etc. Most of the performance of a sportbike, with better ergos, and usually less insurance.
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Even though I hate the headlights, BMW S1000RR.
After the bike YOU ride, you're not allowed to comment about the headlights of other bikes, lol...
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GSXR 750 the primary choice of squids everywhere, although if looks are important to you you won't be buying a GSXR. If you want a bit of comfort the FZ1 as someone suggested or the hyabusa or eyeabuser as it is otherwise known. Again a very wide an open question the other thing that is good bang for your buck is the slightly older V-twin Aprilia's (the 990 rotax powered ones) Ohlins front and rear (factory model) and quiet a few other nice bits for your money.

But defiantly depends on what you rate as more important over anything else.
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Really? I'd say the 750 is the least choice of squids as far as the big 4 sportbike brands are concerned. The squid "starter bike" is the 600's, then you're a pussy unless you ride a 1000 or a 'busa. The 750 is generally overlooked.
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