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


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

Post by themainviking » 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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Re: Ever got rid of a bike you wish you hadn't?

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.
George in Jersey.
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Re: Ever got rid of a bike you wish you hadn't?

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

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

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

First bike I bought and rode it from school in Memphis to San Diego when I was 18.
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Re: Ever got rid of a bike you wish you hadn't?

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

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

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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