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A Honda 700 was all I ever needed. Got me to work, the beach (2 hrs) and was enjoyable for day trips. My Harley friends were always fixing their bikes.
A bad hip and old age lead to selling it to my cousin's boy. He drove a Kawasaki something (cross street/dirt) across Europe, Turkey, Georgia and into Russia, but that's an long story.
 

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Some nice bike pics and great stories. Unfortunately my experience is rather limited and so are my stories. Here is one that fits in.
Back in the late 80s I got a hankering to ride, couldn't find a Harley in my price range but found a killer deal on a pristine 77 Honda CB750. It had been sitting in garage for years and guy had gotten the ultimatum to get rid of it so I jumped on the deal, and the bike.
Local park that I cruised occasionally usually had several large groups of bikes and the Harley and Japanese riders definitely didn't mingle.
I was living in an apartment in Dallas and on the back side of the complex lived several hard core bikers: leathers, long hair, long beards that reached down to disguise their beer guts. Rough looking crowd. Anyway one weekend I came back from a spirited ride and decided to take a slow lap around the complex to cool down. As I rounded the back of the complex on my Jap bike, I spotted my Harley riding neighbors having a cookout. There must of been 30 bikes parked and it looked like the Sons Of Anarchy get together. They spotted me and a half dozen of so of them came running out waving to flag me down. OH CRAP!
As I rolled to a stop, they surrounded me and slammed me with questions and remarks, "What year is that?" "That looks just like the bike I started out with" "Man that thing is in great shape" etc etc. Ended up inviting me to join them in some beer and burgers.
 

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Lane splitting.
Sorry, but that's the stupidest thing ever.
Haters just gonna hate... :shrug:

To the OP - Did you buy it yet?
 

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Pic of the RD just for fun.
Lovely bike.

I had an RD350LC in the past. My first bike after passing my test. I thought it was a bit slow at first until the engine hit the powerband. I love 2 strokes.

I am currently rebuilding an RD500LC at the moment. I have never ridden it. I can't wait to see what the 2 stroke V4 goes like.

I think the liquid cooled RD's are called RZ's in other countries.

And I have an FZ750 as my everyday bike which is great fun.
 

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Haters just gonna hate... :shrug:

To the OP - Did you buy it yet?
Still on the fence but these stories have been entertaining. I definitely don't NEED it.... I've had a few guys come look at it and throw some low all offers on it, but the more I'm hearing from you all, those offers are becoming more realistic.

I mean, $10k could get me a 4-link and new stroker motor for the mustang....
 

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I say ride whatever tickles your fancy. I personally have ridden Triumphs for most of my adult life and I happen to think they are better now than ever. Their new bikes, particularly those with the new 1,200 CC engine are nothing short of fantastic bikes. I own a 2016 Thruxton R and for me anyways it's the perfect motorcycle. Classic looks, modern performance, and can still handle loooooooong several thousand mile trips.



With just a set of bags it handled a 2,000+ mile trip from SoCal to Oregon and back with my buddies 2 years ago. Perfectly comfortable, and could still shred the pirellis when things got twisty.


and here's my last one, all prepped up for a tack session at willow springs


I was way out powered by the sport bikes in my group, but the old girl got a ton of love from everyone. And surprised more than a few of the sportier bikes in the corners.

I guess my point is, if you haven't checked them out in a while. Triumph might be worth looking at, the new Bonnie, and it's variants are fantastic value for money. Especially used....
 

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My problem with Hardleys is that, in my opinion, you're paying a premium for a name and image. They dont handle the way I prefer and arent terribly quick either. I had an 883 sporty for awhile and it just wasnt for me. I dont knock those who ride them although, they do seem to carry a bit of an air of pretentiousness these days. I say that cause I'm one of those cats that will wave at every other rider on the road when I'm on my bike. I get very few respondent waves back from the HD riders...bums me out.

I'm also a 'built not bought' kinda guy...here's my highly modified 78 CB750SS.



Its a daily rider...for now.
 

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I'm more of a bone stock kind of guy.





As you can see, none of these vehicles are modified in the slightest. Yep.
 

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I grew up around Harleys. Built several with my dad when I was a kid, including the bike he has now that's gathering dust in the garage. This time every year, I get the itch to buy one. And then I'm reminded that it's super dangerous and a dumb idea for this point in my life (mainly reminded by everyone around me). Maybe one day I'll have one...maybe not, BUT if I ever buy a street bike, it'll be a Harley.
 

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Harley? Is that the clothing company that started making motorcycles? Just kidding.

My brother is hard core HD, I give him crap all the time. Even his underoos are HD brand. His current rig is sweet as hell though - can't recall name, not really into them. He lives the part, even worked at a dealership for a while.

I grew up on dirt bikes and had the street bike itch for a while but my Dad getting creamed by some teenager running a red light cured me of that. Poor guy has had numerous surgeries and still doesn't walk right 15 years later.
 
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