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


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

Post by pidjones » Tue Apr 02, 2019 11:35 am



The RD400 that I bought new and sold just before I got out of the Navy would be a perfect bike for local errands. Not so good for long trips, although I did ride it from Charleston, SC to Monticello, KY and back one weekend. I was a LOT younger then!



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

Post by Jag39 » Wed Apr 03, 2019 7:38 am

flyday58 wrote:
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!!
Small world. I'm originally from Lakeland, born and raised, but been here since 1980. Live out between Chaires and Lloyd, just barely in Leon County, but have a Tallahassee address.

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Currently 1999 Honda GL1500 Se 50th Annaversary Edition - 61,000 miles
Triked with a modified DFT kit
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Re: Ever got rid of a bike you wish you hadn't?

Post by rgbar » Wed Apr 03, 2019 6:39 pm

My 1985 GL1200 Ltd. Pesonnaly it was the best Goldwing that I ever owned. It was actually gold in color as well. Less than 60,000 miles when I let it go. Thought that the 1995 GL1500 Se 25th Annaversary Edition was a better looking bike ... and it was a very good bike but still longed for the 1200.
I triked the 1500 using a DFT trike kit and my shop because I didn't feel safe holding up the two wheeler with the wife on board at stop lights.
Don't get me wrong, I like the GL1500 and just two years ago, I purchased a 1999 GL1500 Se 50th Anaversary Edition and triked it as well, with a DFT trike kit, doing the conversion myself with some modifications like adding running boards of my own making.
I have looked at the GL1800's and like them for what they are but I'm old fashioned and like to do my own wrenching and these new fangled electronic machines do not let the average, let alone the better than average person wrench on them.
I prefer the operator having control of the bike, not some electrical circuit.
To each his own but I still miss that 1200 Se .......
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Re: Ever got rid of a bike you wish you hadn't?

Post by seelyark1 » Thu Apr 04, 2019 9:27 am

Any one of the three Honda 750-4s that I had, and the 500-4 too. But I do still have my 550-4, and a VT 500C. Wish I had kept my 98 1500SE that was totaled.
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Re: Ever got rid of a bike you wish you hadn't?

Post by ceo » Fri Apr 05, 2019 9:41 am

Yes I have , My 95 Aspencade that I bought new . I now wish I had kept it and triked it because my wife quit riding after I purchased a new Goldwing Valkyrie . I knew we probably were done traveling but I thought she would still do day or afternoon rides with me but she doesn't like the Valk even though I've put luggage and a touring seat on it .I don' feel ready for a trike but the 1500 was getting to be a handful with both of us aboard . 20yrs ago it was no big deal but now it is and the New Valkyrie gave me that confidence back ,3" shorter 200lbs lighter and it is so much sportier and more powerful . But I in hindsight would/should have triked the 1500 to keep her riding with me . When I talk about going back to a1800 wing she says not to do it based on how much she would be going so maybe she's just done . Just bummed because you just hate to give these things up .

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

Post by Frayer2020 » Fri Apr 05, 2019 7:02 pm





we own a 1996 gl1500 se trike with a bushtec trailer now. But the bike I wish I still had was a 1977 Honda 750 super sport that I bought new and then chopped it out. I read a biker magazine on how to built a chopper less than $1,000.00. I had some of my best times on that bike good and bad, no car just the 750, my saddle bags could carry a case of beer when needed which was always, lots of biker parties. this was back when I was early twenty's. Now at 62 the times have changed don't move around has much and live in a resort. we ride the trike every chance we get weather permitting. in my life time I've owned 3 Honda 750's, 1 Kawasaki 650 in Germany, 2 Harley sportster's one 1948 frame with a 78 shovel Harley motor with foot clutch no front brake chopper, Yamaha 650 v star, a 1100 Honda shadow aero, 1988 gl1500, 1996 gl1500se and this 1996 gl1500se trike. Honda's have always been in the blood, myself there the best. the license plates I've ran over the years where in texas EZ-RID, PUT-EZ, in AZ AERO, THINK, ABYSS, and on the trike HBEDS, stands for first letter of our grand kids.

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

Post by RockportDave » Sun Apr 07, 2019 9:55 am

rgbar wrote:
Wed Apr 03, 2019 6:39 pm
My 1985 GL1200 Ltd. Pesonnaly it was the best Goldwing that I ever owned. It was actually gold in color as well. Less than 60,000 miles when I let it go. Thought that the 1995 GL1500 Se 25th Annaversary Edition was a better looking bike ... and it was a very good bike but still longed for the 1200.
I triked the 1500 using a DFT trike kit and my shop because I didn't feel safe holding up the two wheeler with the wife on board at stop lights.
Don't get me wrong, I like the GL1500 and just two years ago, I purchased a 1999 GL1500 Se 50th Anaversary Edition and triked it as well, with a DFT trike kit, doing the conversion myself with some modifications like adding running boards of my own making.
I have looked at the GL1800's and like them for what they are but I'm old fashioned and like to do my own wrenching and these new fangled electronic machines do not let the average, let alone the better than average person wrench on them.
I prefer the operator having control of the bike, not some electrical circuit.
To each his own but I still miss that 1200 Se .......
I too miss the 1985 LTD. I bought in 1995 with a salvage title and some cosmetic damage. Some plastic welding and on the road we went. The wife and I put a lot of miles on that bike including our honeymoon. We had the matching helmets also. Sold it to buy a 1988 1500 and continued putting the miles on it as well, but kids and family came first and we got out of riding.
Last year we decided we needed another bike and I was leaning toward finding another 1985 LTD or 1986 SEi, but decided I wasn’t getting any younger and needed reverse. We found the 1999 GL1500 SE and love it. There is a 1985 LTD for sale in San Antonio and I’m really tempted...
Dave
1999 GL1500SE 5th Goldwing through the years

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

Post by Winger76 » Sat Apr 13, 2019 8:52 am

Ahh... the one that got away. A 180 from the wing. It was a 72’ Kawasaki H1, 500 cc two stroke,it was one quick ride, even though I would have to tighten everything up after about a 100 miles and a chain made of master links ( so much torq it would constantly throw a chain ) I still miss her.

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

Post by Winger76 » Sat Apr 13, 2019 4:59 pm

Winger76 wrote:
Sat Apr 13, 2019 8:52 am
Ahh... the one that got away. A 180 from the wing. It was a 72’ Kawasaki H1, 500 cc three cylinder, two stroke.
Built it as cafe racer, it was one quick ride.
Even though I would have to tighten everything up after about a 100 miles and a chain made of master links ( so much torq it would constantly throw a chain ) I still miss her.

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

Post by Big Blue UK » Tue Apr 16, 2019 2:10 pm

Kawasaki Z1000ST
Each GoldWing
I do not regret selling them, I miss the memories of them, and the get up and go, 32" waist, 11st, sleeping bag on the grass, no aches and pains etc etc.
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Re: Ever got rid of a bike you wish you hadn't?

Post by oldmopars » Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:24 pm

I miss my 2000 BMW K1200LT think of it as a cross between a Goldwing and a CBR1000. It handled better than a bike that size has the right to. In the twisties it was like it was on rails and you could lean the thing way over, way past anything a Goldwing would even think of, but yet hit the Hwy and it was like a Lazyboy recliner, smoooooooth. Down side is that if you can't wench on it yourself, don't buy one, the cost to have the dealer do the work will put you in the poor house.
I miss that bike. I did my first Iron Butt ride on it.
However I miss my KLR650 too.



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