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post #1 of 58 (permalink) Old 07-07-2019, 08:08 AM Thread Starter
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If you could buy any Honda Motorcycle, which would you choose?

Like the title asks, If you could buy any Honda Motorcycle, which would you choose? But also tell us why that would be the bike for you and what mods you would do to it.

For me it would be a Honda Fury, preferably in blue, but I'd take red to. I just have a love for love for choppers, but with my back, going hardtail is just not an appealing concept. I love the classic custom stylings that the Fury employs while maintaining a full front and rear suspension. Mods...wouldn't do a whole lot...I'd probably dress up the bars to give it a more custom look, silver flames to the tank and fenders, and maybe give it a slightly more extreme rake angle.

What would you guys do?

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I bought it..Honda Africa twin with DCT. I enjoyed my Shadow,but I prefer to sit up higher. Actually the bike I should have bought was the Honda VFR1200x....Same seating style but shaft drive, so a little less maintenance..Would have added luggage to it and thats about it. But with the Africa twin,if I want to go off road I can.


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Frankly none, Honda no longer has anything in their line up that interests me. In my opinion they blew it when the discontinued the 1100 Shadows

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The new Valkyrie or another old standard to customize.

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post #5 of 58 (permalink) Old 07-07-2019, 09:10 AM
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Originally Posted by CrazyDave View Post
Frankly none, Honda no longer has anything in their line up that interests me. In my opinion they blew it when the discontinued the 1100 Shadows
Same here, but go up a few cc's...

I wanted one of the VTX1300T (tour) models that came stock with windshield, saddlebags, etc... But as CD pointed out with the VT1100's, Honda stupidly did away with the VTX lineup as well.

Don't get me started on those Stateline/Interstate/...whatever models with that weird 1/2 chopper, 1/2 something-or-other, type of look to them. Pffffftttt.... No thanks.

CD is right. Honda blew it. Honda blew it big time.

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Strangely enough the only current Honda that appeals to me is the Grom. I'd like to get one of those little suckers, move the foot pegs back, tune the suspension and add some "track" tires, put the leathers on and go out and burn up a go-cart track!

If it jams, force it. If it breaks it needed replacing anyway.
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Well the fact that I'm short means I'd go for anything with a really low seat height, it's why I stopped riding my CB750LTD (that I love) it's too damn tall for me, my legs really ache from tip toeing EVER TIME I STOP.

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Eh, I guess I would go with the Rune.
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post #9 of 58 (permalink) Old 07-07-2019, 11:47 AM
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IMO Honda has lost its way, but I am not really their target market.

If I had to pick a bike from Honda Canada's offerings https://motorcycle.honda.ca/ it would be in no particular order, Africa Twin, CB650F, Rebel 500.
The Africa Twin's versatility is a big attraction it could handle rough back roads as well as highway, the CB650F is as close as I'd get to a sporting mount as it allows a more standard positioning, the Rebel 500 is the nearest thing to cruiser currently offered in Canada and looks like fun.
I'm too old for the sport bikes and serious off-road stuff and also have no where to really take advantage of their strengths.

In reality if I was buying a new bike I'd probably go with a Suzuki or Kawasaki.
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post #10 of 58 (permalink) Old 07-07-2019, 12:22 PM
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We already have a VLX, 1100 spirit and 2 Goldwings. The old wing is a hotrod project. So we've been considering a couple quads to play in the dirt with. But I still dream of an older Valk! I just love all that chrome on those fat girls! As for mods not much LEDs better than factory seat, pipes, camera and phone mount. USB charger

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