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Ever got rid of a bike you wish you hadn't?

Post by ka4yqi » Fri Mar 01, 2019 2:14 am



Back last year I swapped in my 1998 Goldwing SE on a 2012 goldwing trike. I kept the Kawasaki nomad, because it low to the ground and my left leg could handle it, with a mod to the side stand. The 98 Goldwing was getting to be a bear to handle at stop with me and the wife were on the saddle. Seems I was ok as long as it was just me. In November the doctor had to redo my left shoulder, so no riding till here lately. The fellow still has my old wing and ever time I see it I just want to jump on it and take off. Now the main thing that I want to keep the trike around is for my 9 year old granddaughter. She love the trike. Told her grandmother that she will be glad when papa was able to ride the trike again, she needed to ride. So we slipped up the road and back, about 2 miles, she can in the house and told her nana that she needed that. She told here mama that papa was going to pick her up at school on the trike. Sure nuff I was there when the bell rung to pick here up. Went to it and went for a ride. This is one reason I keep the trike, but I long to get the old 98 Goldwing SE back.





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Post by Viking » Fri Mar 01, 2019 7:46 am

I regret getting rid of every bike that I got rid of. It makes no sense tho, because I could not ride all of them due to lack of insurance, and insurance was making me real poor. Here in Canada, just liability on one bike is around $700. Full insurance on my GL1800 is $1400. To insure five or more motorcycles was just horrible, so I kept the Goldwing and one other insured. It was still too much money every year, so I started selling bikes to pay the insurance on the others. I loved having a stable of motorcycles, all of which I had rebuilt from the ground up (except the GL1800) but life goes on. I still have two, and I cannot see getting rid of either one unless it is to replace it with a newer Goldwing. If I were a Gazzillionaire, I would probably have a 10,000 square foot Utility Barn full of these wonderful pieces of machinery. Move over Jay Leno..... :lol:
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Post by offcenter » Fri Mar 01, 2019 8:22 am

Years ago, I had three 60's vintage BMWs, two R60s and an R50.
Never should have gotten rid of those.
Still kickin' myself in the ass over that.
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Post by minimac » Fri Mar 01, 2019 8:33 am

Like themainviking, I've regretted selling every bike I've had (over 70) except for one. That was an old Triumph Tiger Cub, that left me stranded every time I rode it. I spent way more hours wrenching and fixing than I did riding that lemon.

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Post by Sidcar » Sun Mar 17, 2019 5:21 pm

Same as minimac except the bike I was glad to get rid of was a 250cc Norton Jubilee, awful bike. My friends 125cc Lambretta used to thrash it.

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Post by C-dub » Mon Mar 18, 2019 7:42 am

Sorta. I didn’t choose to get rid of it. The woman who ran the stop sign that I t-boned made that choice for me back in ‘86. Totaled my GS1100E

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Post by Mh434 » Mon Mar 18, 2019 2:05 pm

I regret saying farewell to my 1986 Kawasaki Concours 1000. I seriously loved that bike, and it took me a LOT of places. Never, ever gave me an ounce of trouble, it was comfortable (for me, not for my wife, hence its departure...), had huge volume for storage, handled like it was velcro'd onto the road, and it was seriously, stupidly fast.

Candy apple red, too - spectacular in sunlight! People used to stop & stare at it, and fall all over themselves giving it compliments. Yeah - it really did look that good! <Sigh> - I really miss the old girl...

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Re: Ever got rid of a bike you wish you hadn't?

Post by winguyjo » Tue Mar 19, 2019 11:59 am

sort of ...
around 1996 my brother bought a brand new harley and sold me his 1980 yamaha 650 for a "brothers" price.
he owned that bike from new and had babied it; it never spent a night of it's life outside. i rode it that summer and then exited the motorcycle world until recently.
i left it outside through all kinds of winter weather for several years without even bothering to throw a tarp over it.
needless to say, it was a rusty, non-running mess when i decided to sell it (seat was still good though).
i wouldn't even treat a parts bike like that now.
the shame !
my name is joe, and i am a yamaha abuser .

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Post by Mh434 » Tue Mar 19, 2019 1:27 pm

Those old Yamaha 650 Specials were great bikes. Simple, classic Triumph/Norton styling, great sound, and dead easy to work on. They did have a tendency to vibrate enough that license plates broke in half frequently, though! :lol:

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Post by newday777 » Wed Mar 20, 2019 7:24 am

This is the one I miss. I sold it in 1983 needing money for my growing family while we were living at the mother in laws in Vegas, sold it to a younger kid.
I bought it new, a 1976 K6. It had 45,000 miles on it when I sold it. My hound, Cody had 35,000 miles on it, local and 5 trips cross country living the There Goes Bronson life.
Thought about it many times over the years. Often wondered if it has survived. I've even posted a few ads on Craigslist in Vegas with pictures of it if anyone knew of it...
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Post by WingAdmin » Sun Mar 31, 2019 9:25 pm

I do miss my amazing 1989 GSX-R750. I bought it from a guy who was a Suzuki factory drag racer, racing highly modified Hayabusas. Quite a few of his racing parts made it into this bike, which was one of the last air/oil cooled GSXR's. It was stupid fast, and far more capable than my riding abilities. But boy was it fun!!

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Re: Ever got rid of a bike you wish you hadn't?

Post by T_birdman » Mon Apr 01, 2019 12:38 am

My first Wing was a 75 GL1000, rode that bike for YEARS!!! Added the old style Vetter fairing, a car stereo in the left side pocket, got a driver backrest used, and then bought the Hondaline detachable saddlebags and trunk! I thought I was in heaven when I made my first trip cross country from Los Angeles to Cape Canaveral to see a shuttle launch with my brother on his noisy, chain driven Honda 750! We turned around, came back and saw the same shuttle land at Edwards AFB, got in and out on the bikes while the rest of humanity was parked in long lines!

That bike and I went to the World Expo in Vancouver in 86, Cabo San Lucas on old Mexican highway 1 and back, several cross country trips and much more! That bike and I were "Simpatico"! With the occasional flat tire, I kept that bike roadworthy at all times, and it served me well, getting over 500,000 miles, honest to God! Even after I bought my next used Wing (1981 GL1100) I still loved and maintained and rode the 75! One day, a very good friend of mine asked if he could use it at his place in the High desert for a few months. Being indebted to him for many years of help and friendship, I said sure, on the condition he take good care of it. Well, many months went by and I found myself driving to Vegas and figured I would stop in and say hey. When I got there much to my dismay was my GL1000, in an unrecognizable condition! My long time friend had removed the fairing, all the luggage, took the King and Queen seat apart and stripped it down to a low, flat pad, cut the rear springs and turned my highway cruiser into a bastardized bobber bike!! He walked up to me and said "Looks cool, huh!?"

Friends like my buddy aren't easy to find, and regardless of how it felt trying to talk with my stomach in my boots I asked him why? He said it needed something to be different. He was the kind of guy that hooked up his empty car trailer to his 55 custom Ford pick up, took off for a few days and came back with another classic car project, soon to be lowered, chopped and shaved, and regardless of what make the vehicle was, it got a Chevy V-8. Well, at that point I knew it was not my bike anymore and gave it to him to keep, already before I left his property having that feeling of regret. But I said my goodbyes and headed off to Vegas, thinking about my first Goldwing, and if it could talk what it might have said to me for what just happened. What do you think it might have said to me?

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Re: Ever got rid of a bike you wish you hadn't?

Post by T_birdman » Mon Apr 01, 2019 12:45 am

winguyjo wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2019 11:59 am
sort of ...
around 1996 my brother bought a brand new harley and sold me his 1980 yamaha 650 for a "brothers" price.
he owned that bike from new and had babied it; it never spent a night of it's life outside. i rode it that summer and then exited the motorcycle world until recently.
i left it outside through all kinds of winter weather for several years without even bothering to throw a tarp over it.
needless to say, it was a rusty, non-running mess when i decided to sell it (seat was still good though).
i wouldn't even treat a parts bike like that now.
the shame !
my name is joe, and i am a yamaha abuser .
All together...."HI JOE!" :lol:

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Post by T_birdman » Mon Apr 01, 2019 12:50 am

minimac wrote:
Fri Mar 01, 2019 8:33 am
Like themainviking, I've regretted selling every bike I've had (over 70) except for one. That was an old Triumph Tiger Cub, that left me stranded every time I rode it. I spent way more hours wrenching and fixing than I did riding that lemon.
That's how I felt about my 1st bike in High school, a Harley Davidson sportster that I spent more time working on it than riding, never looked back in that direction again!

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Re: Ever got rid of a bike you wish you hadn't?

Post by toanogreen » Mon Apr 01, 2019 4:54 am

ka4yqi wrote:
Fri Mar 01, 2019 2:14 am
Back last year I swapped in my 1998 Goldwing SE on a 2012 goldwing trike. I kept the Kawasaki nomad, because it low to the ground and my left leg could handle it, with a mod to the side stand. The 98 Goldwing was getting to be a bear to handle at stop with me and the wife were on the saddle. Seems I was ok as long as it was just me. In November the doctor had to redo my left shoulder, so no riding till here lately. The fellow still has my old wing and ever time I see it I just want to jump on it and take off. Now the main thing that I want to keep the trike around is for my 9 year old granddaughter. She love the trike. Told her grandmother that she will be glad when papa was able to ride the trike again, she needed to ride. So we slipped up the road and back, about 2 miles, she can in the house and told her nana that she needed that. She told here mama that papa was going to pick her up at school on the trike. Sure nuff I was there when the bell rung to pick here up. Went to it and went for a ride. This is one reason I keep the trike, but I long to get the old 98 Goldwing SE back. Resized_20180906_194906_7767.jpeg
Great story! I know that was a sacrifice to give up the bike, but love of family is very important. Now you can do two things that are important to you; riding AND family. Try not to look back!

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Post by ReedMan71 » Mon Apr 01, 2019 7:19 am

2008 Suzuki B-King. 181.5 HP stock. I'll never own a bike with that much raw speed again.

I sold it because I had an epiphany as I was on one wheel between two tractor-trailers on the highway...

It would do 86 (indicated) in 1st gear.


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Post by AZgl1800 » Mon Apr 01, 2019 7:55 am

T_birdman wrote:
Mon Apr 01, 2019 12:50 am
my 1st bike in High school, a Harley Davidson sportster that I spent more time working on it than riding, never looked back in that direction again!
this made me remember the first bike I lusted after, it was a '59 Harley Sportster in green, setting on the showroom floor of a very small shop, back in 1959..... could not afford it then, and it seems with their history, that I couldn't afford the repair bills on it. :lol:
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Post by dakotanator » Mon Apr 01, 2019 8:51 am

Ever got rid of a bike you wish you hadn't...........YEAH......ALL OF 'EM..!! hahah
My first "street bike" was an '81 Suzuki GS750L. No bike I have ever heard since has had that "cool" of a sound. Seat was a little hard, but that would have been fixable. My '91 Suzuki 1100 Katana was AWESOME. Fast (not too fast), and you could sit up straighter than a typical cafe style. It was classified as a "Sport Tourer". Something of a predecessor to the Honda ST1100. Then there was my '81 Honda CB900 Custom. Man....that was one comfortable bike. If I could get ANY of them back again.......the CB900 would be the one. I would fully restore one of those in a heartbeat. Interesting transmission.....10 speeds (sort of). It had what they deemed "half-gears". Super fun, super comfortable. BUT......I have my '83 Aspencade now.......and am so happy I'll never lament over the others. I still might try to find an '81/'82 CB900 Custom again though...........sorry.....I was day dreaming....
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Re: Ever got rid of a bike you wish you hadn't?

Post by flyday58 » Mon Apr 01, 2019 10:36 am

(Sniff) 1972 Yamaha DT2 250, rebuilt after being stolen in 1975
1975 Kawasaki KE250, first store-bought bike
1977 Yamaha DT250, bought while in tech school, Chanute AFB, IL, stolen from front porch
1977 Yamaha TT500 Thumper, just cos they’ve disappeared. Like Yugos.
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Obv, I was a Yamahauler most of my life, first Honda at age 60 last April. Sadly no pics to prove I ever owned any of these.

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Post by t2oldbikes » Mon Apr 01, 2019 11:47 am

The one I truly miss is my 96 Kawasaki KLR-650. It was the bike that got me back into it in 1999. Just some very minor mods, ran 15w-50 Mobil 1 and that big 6 gallon tank and never had a worry or a hiccup. Did nothing absolutely great but did everything very well. Seventy on the freeway, 50-70 on the back roads, 50 mpg, smooth roads, crushed roads, gravel and dirt roads riding peacefully on roads nobody used....... Biggest bike mistake I ever made.

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Post by flyday58 » Mon Apr 01, 2019 4:20 pm

t2oldbikes wrote:
Mon Apr 01, 2019 11:47 am
The one I truly miss is my 96 Kawasaki KLR-650...
That's funny, I traded in and out of a 96 KLR last year. Traded my 83 Yamaha Venture for it, but it was too tall for me even after lowering it. Sold it to a 6'4" tall gentleman who made it look small. Ish.
But through trading the Yamaha I met the guy's neighbor who had the 81 CB750, which then led to the GLs, and maybe at some point a CBX, all within the last 16 months. So the KLR was directly responsible for me discovering Hondas at 60 years old!

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Post by t2oldbikes » Mon Apr 01, 2019 6:38 pm

Nice to see a pic of the old KLR. Brings good memories of pleasant rides.

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Post by Wildwilly018 » Mon Apr 01, 2019 7:32 pm

Yes I have sold a couple I wish I hadn't. In 76, when I was 18, my one and only crash since then was on a 68 BSA Royal Star 500. Loved that old British bike even tho the shifter and brake was on opposite sides. I t-boned a car on the highway that ran a stop sign. Insurance told me if wasn't fixable, so I took the cash, they took the bike. A while later I seen my old bike on the street. Someone had bought it and fixed it. Was very upset. And my 74 Honda 550/4 I rode for 10 yrs. Miss that bike also.

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Re: Ever got rid of a bike you wish you hadn't?

Post by Jag39 » Tue Apr 02, 2019 7:24 am

Absolutely! There have been several... actually, wish I had them all back. However, most recently the KLR650 I sold two years ago, still haunts me. I wish it were sitting next to the Wing in the shop, now, as it has been raining, and my 1 mile of private dirt road is a mess. Hey, bikes are family, too.

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Post by flyday58 » Tue Apr 02, 2019 10:25 am

Jag39 wrote:
Tue Apr 02, 2019 7:24 am
Absolutely! There have been several... actually, wish I had them all back. However, most recently the KLR650 I sold two years ago, still haunts me. I wish it were sitting next to the Wing in the shop, now, as it has been raining, and my 1 mile of private dirt road is a mess. Hey, bikes are family, too.
Neglected to mention Jag 39, born and raised in Tally, that's where the 72 Yamaha and 75 Kawasaki were done. Indianhead Acres! Chowkeebin Nene!!


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