I think the subject tells it all. What is your favourite motorcycle brand? And why?
I have a weak spot for Suzuki, especially for the design they throw in their bikes every year, not to mention the high tech "stuff" they put on and in the bikes...
Out of your list I chose Yamaha as I've owned a few different models over the years, I find the quality of build is good as on most Jap bikes.
As my name suggests I have owned a lot of bikes over the years.
I still have a soft-spot for Brit bikes (particularly old Triumphs) but in terms of usability/reliability/speed/handling then I would have to go with Yam. I previously owned several FJ1200s - fantastic sport/tourer and currently own a Thunderace 1000cc (basically a more relaxed version of the R1).
I've owned a few Suzys over the years - the GS850 is an old favourite - a fantastic bike with a bullet-proof engine and a decent shaft-drive (no oiling the chain every ride).
In terms of fun then my Honda CR500 is up there as well (an off-road 'crosser') but you have to be prepared for a few bruises
Why isn't Indian Motorcycle on the list?
Harley, BMW, Truimph, BSA.
You didn't even list the good bikes.
Bikes that you can actually find parts for after they are over 10 years old.
Just try and find a head gasket 15years later for Japaneese motor that was in production for only a year or two.
Harley ? Don't make me laugh.
I hired a brand new Harley (Softail Heritage Classic) last time I was in the US (California) to do some touring. What a shed. I couldn't get it over a ton - despite several attempts , throttle response was in geological timescales, handling was non-existent, vibration was annoying, PLASTIC mudguard (fender) chrome, riding position was awful, brakes were chocolate, and you couldn't corner because there was no clearance. (It did look very nice though).
With Harleys you basically have to build the bike youself - what you get out of the crate is a piece of crap. I have many mates who are into custom bikes in a big way and I have no problem with that. I do have a problem with paying over 12 grand for a bike which is a pile of crap and then having to spend another 5 grand making it run and handle properly.
Well, sorry to disapoint, but I was only naming manufacturers with strong market share in the spoirt and super-sport area. As to offroad I preffer Husqvarna (I own a TE450) and it's great to ride, but spare parts aren't so handy...
Ahh..now you are talking. My first serious bike (after the honda C-50s that all us kids messed around with) was a Husky 360 single. I was 14 at the time and got the first ride on it (a bunch of us clubbed-in to buy it from a 'works' rider). I can still remember it clearly - 30-odd years later.
The only thing I'd ridden to that time was the honda cub, so I did what I would have done on the cub - ripped the throttle straight back. Fortunately when the inevitable happened (the bike somersaulted of course) it didn't land on me, so I lived to ride another day
Honda for me. Their sound is lovely, and they have a lot of power.
I wish I had a Honda....
I am a Suzuki man myself.
my latest bike is a Suzuki gsf 650 s / bandit s. it is ideal for me as it a bit sporty and good for commuting.
I have tried other bikes but the bandit is the one for me.
Don't know squat about motorcykles, but Triumph... Harley... Those are the brands an amature first comes to think of...
Well, ofcourse the oriental brands you listed aren't unfamilliar, but not even close to the status of mentioned ones.
Crotch rockets give all other bike riders a bad image and cause insurance rates to increase.
That's just the facts.
i would choose Yamaha for the reliability over the years of comparing with my other bike yama is really up to it. cheers..
I have always rode with honda, and have always been pleased with it. It's reliable, and is jsut what I want. They also have really good suspension stock. Even though I am currently not using their stock suspension, but not much on my bike is stock anymore, so yeah...
Plus red is a good color. Also, I was talking about MX bikes.
I have allways wanted to buy a Suzuki Hayabusa, but are really bloody dear. Really nice bike though, anyone seen ghostrider?
When I was 17 you could get hold of a 250cc bike and ride around on L plates. The bike of choice for that era was the Yamaha RD250 - a true crotch rocket. Needless to say many kids died as a result - a few of them were friends of mine.
Nowadays the law is much stricter (limited to 125cc and limited hp). Insurance rates also price-out a lot of younger riders. The rise in deaths has largely been in the older 'born again bikers'. The reasons are obvious. A lot of middle-aged men with plenty of disposable income decide to relive the youth they never really had and buy a Fireblade or other powerful bike. The last bike they rode was probably a 35hp plodder and suddenly they have 130+hp on tap - it is bound to end in tears, and it often does.
It's not middle aged guys that I see whipping back and forth between lanes to zig zag through traffic.
A more real problem that I see everyday is kids whipping around on these little scooter-type 125cc bikes. I see girls and women with heels and skirts riding the damn things, boys and men with t-shirts - completely oblivious to the effects of gravel-rash on unprotected skin (even at low speeds). As someone who ALWAYS wears full leathers for riding, it makes me wince when I see them zipping around town.
I've had a few 'offs' in my time riding (most bikers come off at some time) and I can tell you that contact with the road, even at 30mph, is not something you want without some proper protection.
The following made me chuckle - be warned though, it contains very strong language:
I believe I'm quite possibly the only person that selected Ducati.
(Okay, well, I know I am. One vote and that's me.)
I essentially prefer their designs to all others. Although, if you look out in my shed, there's a 1970 Honda 90 sitting out there waited for some new gas to pump through it's system.
That was a great youtube video. Very funny. He was CRAZY INSANE!
There is no option for Harley Davidson? The older Harley's (80's and earlier) crush the newer style bikes. What about Triumph? Triumphs are also amazing.
Crush in what sense? I find them slow, poor handling and lumpen. Harley is an image - not a good bike. People buy them because they want to buy into a brand image of 'freedom' and 'rebellion'. If you want a fast, reliable, good handling bike then you buy Japanese. If you want a nice bike for posing (but not very practical as a daily ride) then you buy a Ducatti. If you want a chrome monster which handles like a sofa and performs like an asthmatic pensioner then you buy a Harley.
Where's the Harley-Davidson option? I mean, come on, they're classic.
yeah, wheres harley-Davidson,
I have used BMW so they are the best that i have used. Haven't you ever seen Long Way Down or Round, Ewan McGregor used a BMW
They are tough machines
Difficult to chose, there are just too many I like
ducati is the BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!