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Honda Trail 70
Yamaha 125 dirt bike
Honda CB350
Honda CB550
Yamaha 125 dirt bike(bought it back)
Honda GL1000
Honda GL1100
Honda GL1200(84 and 86)
Honda GL 1500
BMW R 750/6
Honda 1100 Shadow
Honda GL1000 (4 1 to ride 3 for parts)
Kawasaki Concours (87 95 01)
Yamaha FJR 08AE
Kawasaki Concours 97
Yamaha FJR 13

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2002 Suzuki SV650S
2010 Suzuki DRZ400
2008 Honda RC51
2010 Kawaski KDX200
2015 Honda Goldwing f6B
2015 Aprilia Tuono V4r
2016 Ducati Diavel Carbon
2017 Yamaha Wr250r
2016 KTM 1290 Super Adventure T
2018 Kawasaki ZX14r
2019 Kawasaki Versys 1000 SE+
2020 KTM Super Duke GT
2018 Yamaha FJR 1300A

'21 NC750XA
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'71 CB175
'76 KZ400
'78 XL75
'86 Radian
'93 XLH 883
'78 CB750A
'98 XLH883
'98 ST1100
'00 RT1100
'98 GFS600S
'02 K1200RS
'04 SV650
'04 DL650
'04 FZ6
'06 Ninja 650r
'06 FJR
'07 Tiger 1050
'06 FZ6
'09 GSF1250S
'15 FJR
'21 NC750XA
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Discussion Starter · #44 ·
Its hard to beat a Ninja 400 right now. Used price is surprisingly reasonable. Insurance price is good. Sporty performance with a billion replacement/aftermarket parts. Only drawback is if he is a taller chap.
I’ve written up the various cars, bikes, cameras, tape machines, etc. that I’ve owned over the years. The CB750 story is here:
I lost my 78 CB750F supersport to theft mine was never recovered. I replaced it with a 76 KZ900 but I have wanted another 78 black and orange supersport

'05 FJR, non-ABS
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Wow! There are some impressive lists here…
My list is rather short for ~40 yrs of riding… I tend to choose carefully and then keep my bikes for several years.
Having more than one was always temporary while transitioning to something new and selling the old… always bought used.

Started with a bunch of ratty 70’s Yamaha 2 stroke dirt bikes (DT125/175/MX250, all basket cases)
’76 Yamaha XT500 (got it non-running, had a super-trapp down pipe, put way too much $$ in it)
'80 Suzuki GS1100E (My first street bike, did my first weekend rides on this bike around Nor Cal)
’85 Yamaha FJ1100 (wreck rebuild, bent frame, everything in front of gas tank replaced, was told previous owner sued Yamaha for faulty brakes… never heard how that ended)
’80 Suzuki GS750E (college beater bike, found it on some guy’s front porch, in pieces)
’86 Yamaha FJ1200 (first bike purchase after college, had a Fox Double clicker rear shock/Corbin seat)
’86 Kawasaki Concours ZG1000 (bought from German exchange student after he found he couldn’t export it back home).
’86 Honda Nighthawk 700 ($100 junker, got it running just for fun, then gave to local bike junkyard/scrapper)
’98 Triumph Tiger (had for several years, kids were young, only put a few thousand miles on it, nice BRG color, dual yosh cans).
’95 Honda ST1100 (commuter bike, loved that smooth V4 but eventually wanted to get back to an inline 4).
’05 Yamaha FJR1300 (current ride, 8.5 yrs of ownership and no plans to change)
Mr. BR

2014 Yamaha FJR 1300 ES
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Its interesting to see how people got to the FJR
list of motorcycles (in order of when I owned them) I owned and if they were bought new or used
1 1972 Honda CL175 used
2 1969 Suzuki GT500 used
3 1972 Kawasaki KH750 used
4 1978 Kawasaki KZ400 used
5 1976 Honda CB400F used
6 1978 Honda CB750F used
7 1976 Kawasaki KZ900 used
8 1983 Honda V45 Sabre used
9 1982 Kawasaki GPZ 550 used
10 2004 Kawasaki C10 Concours NEW sold due to medical condition and did not ride for 8 years back to riding early 2022

11 1985 V65 Sabre used
12 1985 v65 magna used (project)
13 2010 Yamaha FJR 1300 used

I currently own the v65 sabre , v65 magna, and FJR 1300
I have ridden many more bikes I would really love to have my 1978 CB750F supersport back and the CB400F supersport (4 cylinder) was a blast when I was younger and skinny
I've taken a while to get to a FJR but it feels right for me. The different motorcycles I've had have been a learning experience and have taught me what I like for my riding.
1. 1964 Honda 90 new
2. 1965 Honda CL72 250 used
3. 1936 Harley Davidson RL45 well used (pushed more than rode)
4. 1972 Honda SL 350 new
Long break raising family (food and housing addiction)
5. 2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 new
6. 2008 Honda VTX 1300 C new
7. 2011 Star Stratoliner new
8. 2013 Honda F6B new
9. 2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 new
10. 1994 BMW R1100RS (project bike) used
11. 2014 Yamaha FJR 1300 ES used

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Not counting the neighbors Honda 50 and 160 that we collectively rode the crap out of, my list starts when I got back from overseas and was stationed in SoCal.

'83 Honda CX-500 (free, rescued from the tow pile at the barracks)
'40 HD 60cu 'E' Knucklehead chopper (used)
'86 Cagiva 650 Alazura (new)
'85 Colt Inline 4 custom cruiser, (Dodge Colt 1600cc car engine+Guzzi 4 spd trans+GL1500 final drive w/custom drive shaft) - used from shop that built it (prototype)
'82 Yamaha 920 (salvage recovery- sold as soon as I fixed it)
'96 Ducati 900SS (salvage recovery - sold shortly after fixing it)
'01 Yamaha FZ1 (new)
'04 Yamaha FJR1300A (PDP order - new)
'05 HD Road King (used)
'06 Big Dog Chopper (used)
'12 Yamaha Super Tenere (new)
'15 Yamaha Super Tenere (used)
'06 Yamaha FZ6 (used)
'21 Honda ADV150 (new)
'22 Yamaha XSR700 (new)

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I started riding late in life, but am doing my best to catch up with some of you. This list is mostly in order of acquisition.

2015 Honda CTX700. Great first bike (DCT). Sold it and used the proceeds to buy the FJR at the bottom of this list.
2014 Kawasaki Ninja 650. Traded it in for...
2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000. The only bike I didn't love. Traded it in for...
2017 Triumph Trophy SE. My go to bike for long trips. 47,000 miles and still going strong.
2017 Yamaha Stryker. Wanted to try a cruiser but found this one a little boring. Traded it in for...
2016 Moto Guzzi Audace. Quirky enough to be interesting. Reliable so far. Still own it.
2017 Yamaha FZ-07. Fun, peppy mid-sized bike. Traded it in for...
2016 BMW S1000R. Great bike! Not built for touring but hard to beat for day trips. Still own it.
2004 Yamaha FJR1300. Bought it from a neighbor about a year ago with 2,300 miles of use! Still own it.

The most surprising thing (to me) is that only one of the four motorcycles I own today is Japanese (Yamaha). It's surprising because I've been driving for 50 years and have only owned Japanese cars (Datsun, Honda, Nissan, Lexus).

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1978 cx500 10,000 miles
1982 GL1100 11,0000 miles
2005 GSF1200 55,000 miles
2003 honda shadow 3,000 miles
2003 ninja 250 2,000 miles
2005 ZZR1200 12,000 miles
2005 FZ1 125,000 miles
2005 DR650 10,000 miles
1972 cb260 1,000 miles
2005 FJR1300 500 miles and counting...
Don't see many ZZR1200 riders too.
My list:
1. Honda CB350 ( or 305?) Scrambler
2. Honda cB500T
3. Honda Magna 700
4. Honda Hurricane 1000
5. KAW ZZR1200
6. FJR AE 1300

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Started with Britbikes in 1968, 650 BSA and then Triumph Bonneville. Interregnum, assorted Japanese bikes ending with a GPz750.The most fun of the Japanese bikes was the early -80s XT500. 15 year break while I worked overseas. After retirement, a 2013 FJR.

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My list is pretty short. I tend to keep stuff for a long time. :)

1969 BSA 441 Victor (used - that guy saw me coming - i was 16 years old and clueless. Good bike for a masochist)
1973 Yamaha RD200 (used - beat on that bike like a rented mule and it never skipped a beat)
1977 Yamaha RD400 (new - had to fill up with gas and oil every 90 miles)
1985 Honda CB650 Nighthawk (new - my first shaftie and in line four cylinder)
2000 Kawasaki Concours (used - first full fairing bike - modified the heck out of it)
2004 Yamaha FJR1300 (used - first fuel injected bike - light years beyond what I was used to)
2008 Yamaha FJR1300 (used - got a super deal on it - bone stock except for Ivan's flash)
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2015 FJR-1300ESF
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ooh, I'l play. Over ~5 years of riding:

2007 Suzuki Vstrom DL1000 - used. Had tons of dirt road adventures on this bike. Scott's steering stabilizer, upgraded suspension and many other accessories. Destroyed by a drunken idiot head-on'ing me last year.
2019 Suzuki Vstrom DL650 - used. This was the "recovery" motorcycle I bought once I was fixed enough to ride again last fall, but still regaining strength and mobility. I really should sell it, garage is crowded and it needs upgrades if I'm going to keep it long term.
2015 Yamaha FJR-1300ES - used. Most recent purchase, just shy of 1 month ago. Wow, that flew by! It's fun.

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Been riding for 10 years or so, but only have had 3 bikes. I had Goldilocks syndrome. First one was too small, second one was too big, third one was juuuuuust right.

1992 Vulcan 500
2000 BMW K1200LT
2007 FJR-A

The Vulcan had 6500 miles when I bought it in 2012 and I put more miles on it than I did on the BMW. The BMW had 80k miles when I got it and it was starting to get rough around the edges. I was not looking forward to replacing the dry clutch on it, which is placed in line between the engine and transmission like a car, necessitating a full removal of everything from the engine back. And regular maintenance was ridiculous to do, there was so much tupperware on the damn thing. I do miss the reverse gear sometimes, though.

2013 Yamaha FJR 1300
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70 Hodaka Steen 100
78 Suzuki TS 125
81 Husqvarna CR250
83 Honda ATX 200
85 Kawasaki Ninja 600
00 Kawasaki KLX 300
03 Kawasaki KLX 300
98 BMW R1100GS
07 KTM 400EXC
00 BMW R1150GS
03 BMW R1150GS
13 FJR 1300
15 FJR 1300

It’s been fun seeing what everybody has ridden, and collectively, for one reason or another, we’ve all arrived here. Viva FJR!
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My list. Got my license in 1974 @ 14. Other than the CL125, none were purchased because of brand, rather each one was evaluated against available competition at the time for how it would meet what I now call the "mission profile" - what I expected the bike to do - and value, cost/performance ratio.

Starting with the GS750, bikes are considered projects - evaluated for what they could be, with various modifications, not just as oem delivered. Most have/had custom suspension and intake/exhaust/A-F tuning - yet to meet a stock bike I liked. The KTM is closest to stock since the C-10.

The 1000 Interceptor scores the lowest overall for me, actually being a downgrade from the GS1100 it replaced. The KTM scores the highest for me - it just checks all kinds of "boxes", light, super power, comfortable, and I got a hell of a deal on it. I have a love affair with the Suz Bandit, having owned one for 25 yrs - its the ultimate UJM.

Never owned an FJR though a long time riding buddy has owned 3 over the past 15 years or so, so I have seat and modification time with them. I moved away from big ST bikes after the C-10, before FJR's existed. I prefer more "standard" UJM type bikes with a shield and soft bags (most don't consider a KTM SDR a "UJM", but the ergonomics are there).

# Yrs
Kaw1967G3TR 90 - Rotary Valve5usedscrap
Hon1972CB500 Four2usedscrap
Kaw1972350 A7 Avenger - Rotary Valve2usedcrash
Hon1984VF1000F Interceptor4newsold
Kaw1986C-10 Concours10newcrash
Suz1997Bandit 1200S17usedcrash(2)
Suz2002DL1000 V-Strom14usedsold
Suz2007Bandit 1250S8usedcurrent
KTM20161290 Super Duke3usedcurrent

2003 FJR1300R / 2007 Husq SMR 510
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2005 Honda CBR600F4i, 42k miles, 2007-2012
2002 Honda CBR1100XX, 182k miles, 2012-2022
2013 Yamaha FJR1300, 14k, current
Everyone that posts about the CBR1100XX has the same longevity. If I could go back in time... I remember when I bought mine it had 15k on it and I remember my late Father saying to me "15k is a lot for one of those "Jap" bikes. You are wasting your money." Love ya Dad but oh how wrong you were.

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Ok, I'll join:

72 Kawasaki 100 G4TR Left to me by a friend who went off to college. Off road only.
75 Yamaha DT 175 Enduro (Used) Fun little trail bike.
77 Yamaha XT 500 Enduro (Used) Power like a tractor.
84 Yamaha XT 600 Enduro (1st new purchase) Nice upgrade from the 500.
94 Yamaha VMX 1200 Vmax (New) I will probably NEVER sell this bike. Too much fun!
98 Harley FXDWG Wide Glide (New) Beautiful bike, lots of mods Kept for 14 yrs. 64 K miles
01 KTM 380 MXC (New) 2 stroke mid size MX bike. Really fast! Sold 2 yrs ago. Done with dirt riding.
05 Harley FLHTI Electra Glide Standard (New) 1st year with color other than black. It was Black Cherry Pearl, similar to the 07 FJR color. Kept for 7 years and 95 K miles.
12 Harley FLHTK Ultra Limited (New) Traded the 98 and the 05 Harleys for this one. Still have it. 81 K miles.
20 Yamaha FJR 1300 ES (New) Considered it to replace the 900 lb Harley LTD. Not sure if it will fit the bill totally. Maybe after seat mods. Time will tell.
I currently own 3 bikes. The Vmax, The Harley and the FJR. Life is good.
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