What’s The Most Boring/crap Bike You Have Owned?

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  1. Jet City

    Jet City Active Member
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    This is the counterpart to the “Most Fun Bikes We Have Owned” thread.

    After three pages of pleasant banter about the most fun bikes we’ve had, Forum members started to comment on the least exciting bikes they’ve owned.

    THAT topic deserves its own thread, right? :grinning:


    I’ll start, obviously. The least exciting AND most crap bike I owned was a 1983 Suzuki 650 twin. I bought it new and it was my first bike so I had nothing to judge it against at the time. And it turned me on to motorbikes, so maybe it did it’s most important job. :)

    I sold it to my buddy Dan for $500 in 1986. It only had about 10,000 miles on it and had run fine for me but for him... it broke down almost immediately with some indeterminate clutch/flywheel/drivetrain problem that Dan spent the next few years fixing only to have it break again. You’re welcome, Dan o_O


    And after I’d owned a few more bikes I realized that not only was the Suzuki absurdly fragile but it was a slow, poorly handling pig of a thing. It’s one good quality was that it fell over pretty well—I dropped it a few times without drama or damaging expensive parts. First bike after all :p

    Shoulda started with something like a Kawasaki GPz 550, which was a nice motorcycle and very popular at the time but wtf did I know? :grinning:
     
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  2. MadMrB

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    The most crap bike I ever had was my first bike which was a Kawasaki KC100, which was knackered when I got it. Fortunately I only had it for a few weeks until I passed my test, and then I got a GPZ500S.

    The most boring bike I owned was a Yamaha XJ600, it performed ok for what it was, but just really really bland, and I still don't know why I didn't get a Suzuki Bandit instead :confused:
     
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  3. Flay

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    Without a doubt, my Tiger 955i. Normally wonderful, but total s***e if for any reason it won't go. Once it stopped me with a dead battery and a puncture at the same time. Immovable. Now that's really boring, particularly when it was on a main road. Try pushing a Girly with a flat tyre.
     
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  4. Old phart phred

    Old phart phred Noble Member

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    1976 Honda cb-750 super sport, boring beyond belief, heavy, slow. I thought it would be faster and more fun than the cb-400f SS. Nope.
     
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  5. freck

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    Not mine but my ex wife’s bike. A Suzuki GS500.
    Just two words for it..... dull and dull. :rolleyes:
     
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  6. MTBskier

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    1995 Yamaha Virago 750, the gutless wonder. Pretty much hated that thing the moment bought it. I’ve ridden 300cc bikes with more power than that pile.
    Only kept it for about 4-5 months. Sold it to my bro-in-law, his first bike, and he loved it so at least it served someone well.
     
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  7. JerryBB

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    I had a cb250t dream, certainly not very exciting but it always went, could carry a pillion and though not crap, it was uninspiring. I later had a 250n which I used as a town dr bike, again not exciting but did what it was meant to do.
     
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  8. Sir Trev

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    GSX-F650. A Bandit with a full fairing. Did everything well but was so dull I almost hung up my boots completely. For the last year I owned it I hardly did any miles on it as I really could not be bothered to get it out of the garage. Chopped it in for my T100 and rekindled my riding mojo instantly!
     
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  9. Dozers Dad

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    I bought Mrs DD a 2002 accident damaged/neglected Suzuki GZ125 Marauder as her first bike approx 10yrs ago.
    Once it was road worthy again. I rode it around for a while before handing it over.
    It was absolutely feckin gutless!!! :rolleyes:
    Possibly made even worse by the fact its puny 12bhp was being asked to haul around a salad dodger? (aka me) :kissing:
     
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  10. Rich T

    Rich T New Member

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    Just seen this thread and quickly realised that I've owned some serious munters in the past and now quite embarrassed about them...(Puch M50 Sports (why Sports!!!), Honda 250G5, 250k4, XS650...….but the worst was an old CX500, ate cam chain tensioners, had no brakes, about as aerodynamic as a Transit van, wallowed like a hippo and was frequently overtaken by bikes under 250cc....sold the maggot to a guy in Oxford who...yep used it for couriering, I put the money towards a Montjuic!
     
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  11. JerryBB

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    My wife passed her test on one of them, it still sits in our garage. As you saud, it really is gutless and also uncomfortable to ride with forward footrest controls


     
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  12. Dozers Dad

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    Mrs DD loved it but it was horrible for me Jerry.
    Plus I got pulled for not having L plates. So I fitted them & got pulled again. The second Cop pointed out that it was an offence to ride with L plates if you have a full license!
    So I took them off & got feckin pulled AGAIN!! :rolleyes:
     
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  13. Havit

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    Not owned one . but has to be a Honda Deauville. Sluggish as fuck and boring as fuck . I rode one once and was so glad to give it back .
    On bikes I owned cb250N i had two strokes before that , much more fun . You need big bore 4 strokes to be fun
     
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  14. JerryBB

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    Mrs BB loved hers, partly why we still have it, she never wanted anything bigger, but something similar and a bit faster would have been nice.

    We did toy with selling it a couple of years back as she has not ridden it for about 4 or 5 years, but we tried "we buy any bike", but they made an insultingly low offer so we told them to feck off, they then offered more but we thought screw you. It is on blocks, one day I might fix it again and flog it,needs mot, new battery and probably a carb clean
     
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  15. Dozers Dad

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    #15 Dozers Dad, Jan 4, 2020
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    As you know, all 125's sell well. Somebody will always give you good money for it if it's tidy?
    Ours was cosmetically a bit of a dog but by the time I'd fettled it, it was mechanically sound.
    I paid £450 for it, made it safe but broadly speaking ignored the cosmetics. Two years later we got £900 for it.

    It had a fair sized dent in the tank. So I stuck one of these on it...
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    It instantly went from a dent to a talking point! :)
     
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  16. JerryBB

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    here is mrsBB with it, probably the last time she rode it, it is still in fairly good nick and still quite low milage, a bit less than 13,000 on a 56 plate

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  17. littleade

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    Lambretta TV 175. My 1st "bike" it was horrible but it did the decent thing and broke down the 1st time I rode it on my 17th birthday. I pushed it home, repaired it eventually (The woodfuff key on the flywheel broke so I replaced it, it did it again so 2nd time I smothered it with locktite) then sold it for more than I paid for it and bought a Honda SS125. If the Lamby doesn't count I had an old Honda C50 later to get to work on. Good job the commute was only about 1 mile.....
     
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  18. Zoso

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    +1 for the KC100. Bought it brand new in 1981 for £500 and it developed a crankcase problem after 9 months. That was fixed under warranty (after 2 months in the dealers workshop) then it had a starting issue which was never really sorted. Traded it in for a Yamaha XS 250SE :D
     
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  19. Streetgirl675

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    Kawasaki ER5. :sleeping::sleeping::sleeping::sleeping::sleeping:
     
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  20. Eldon

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    How about a VanVan 125?
    Now wife had one and I used to borrow it for the work commute. Gutless, umm, you could rev it but it didnt achieve too much.

    My secret but dont tell anyone ok?
    Was to work out the traffic light timings, yes it was that inspiring on the road, sad yes but a very real advantage. A friend on a Versys 650 couldnt beat me and repeatedly seemed gob smacked as I arrived at work before or at the same time as him (he was a part time motorbike instructor so knew the bikes).
    :)

    Naturally all clouds have a silver lining but can still rain on your parade..... :worried:

    One day, luckily on my own, someone had changed the light timings :eek: and the waiting car aided the emergency stop nicely ..... although bending the forks was maybe not the best way of coming to a halt :(:rolleyes:
     
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