My Bikes Since 2001
Bikes are organized by year, not by date of purchase.
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|Motorcycle||Pix||Comments||Weblinks to Specs.|
|2001 Honda VFR800||
Not suitable for 2-up so I sold it in 2001 and bought the 'Busa.
|2001 Suzuki GSX-1300R Hayabusa||
Rose's fave. World's fastest production motorcycle since 1999. https://www.cycleworld.com/2012/04/02/fifty-years-of-do-you-have-any-idea-how-fast-you-were-going/
|2001 Honda CBR600 F4i||
This one forced Carpal Tunnel Syndrome surgery #2 on my right hand. CTS symptoms: throttle hand falls asleep after 5 minutes of riding, only baby finger and thumb have any feeling in them making it kind of hard to ride safely. Two different cruise controls did not help.
Hindle slip-on muffler made a nice sound.
|2004 Yamaha WR-250F||
|2004 Yamaha TTR-230T||
Chris' bike. Another wheelie popper.
|2004 Yamaha Vstar Custom 1100||
I customized this one to be a low-rider. Many people have copied the combination of accessories.
|2007 Suzuki GSX-R1000||
Gixxer. Very light and very fast. It has firm sport/racing suspension which is not something to tour on; you're tired of feeling every asphalt blemish after only half-an-hour.
|2008 Suzuki GSX-650F||
Hindle slip-on muffler made a nice sound. 85HP. I should not have sold this bike because now they're really hard to find.
|2009 Kawasaki Ninja 500R||
I bought her from an ad in GPBikes.com because she looked so good.
Glenn and I drove to Whitby ON to pick her up with the ATV trailer at the end of the Winter.
It had a sloppy transmission and marginal build quality all the way around so I sold her within a year.
|2010 Honda VFR1200FA DCT||
Automatic transmission. 170HP - world's fastest scooter!
Just couldn't get used to no clutch and a weight of 600 pounds.
|2012 Suzuki GSX-1300R Hayabusa||
2nd generation 'Busa.
This one forced Carpal Tunnel Syndrome surgery #1 for both left and right hands. Too bad because it was a dream to drive despite its ability to hit 300km/h.
|2015 Kawasaki Z1000 ABS||
Very symmetrical layout, and mean looking.
Suspension could not be softened - I felt everything on the road so it was gone the following year.
|2016 Honda CB1100A||
With Dart fairing (new) and with Emgo Viper fairing (old).
Dyno'd with Power Commander to 84hp/63ft/lb at the rear wheel, not at the crankshaft like the factory specifies.
Expensive insurance, even with TDInsurance.com
If this bike weighed 100 pounds less, it would be perfect.
|2017 Suzuki DR650||
The seat was like sitting on 2x4 lumber.
Also, I've learned that I don't like single cylinder "thumpers".
|2018 Suzuki GSX250R||
Insurance was only $454/yr, half of what I've paid for bigger bikes.
The engine churns 7500 RPMs at 100km/h - this bike is NOT going to last with those revs. I sold it while the KMs were still low.
|2020 Kawasaki Ninja 400 SE||
Only 366 pounds - lightest bike of its size! Cheap insurance, too.
You have to shift into 2nd gear at about 5mph because it doesn't have the torque to start out in 2nd gear. It's noobing me out!
|2021 Honda CB650R
(My current ride)
Finally, a bike with:
- the right weight (445 pounds curb weight). It's real easy to maneuver
- the right power (HP: 82 @ 10,870, Torque: 43 ft.-lb. @ 8,000 at the rear wheel)
- the right insurance cost (2/3 of what I was paying for the CB1100A)