90's bikes compared to 80's bikes

Discussion in 'Australian Motorcycles' started by jas, May 8, 2006.

  1. jas

    jas Guest

    friend of mine says im better off spending a couple grand extra to get a
    90's model bike as they have substantially more benefits than older
    bikes.... especially power for a given cc
    what say u?
    jas, May 8, 2006
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  2. Sounds right to me as a rule of thumb. Technology improved markedly in
    the 90s. Better efficiency, fuel economy, even Harley reliability
    improved. Not that I'd want a Harley even now, but they're better than
    they were.
    Stephen Calder, May 8, 2006
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    alx Guest

    reliability, specs, performance, ...yep...90's...
    alx, May 8, 2006
  4. Bullshit. Harley improved in the eighties and again in the owe owes. Can't
    rush under-engineering, mate!
    Pisshead Pete, May 8, 2006
  5. 80s' bike you could (usually) fix yourself.
    90s' bikes are "dealer serviceable" only.
    isaac_the_blind, May 8, 2006
  6. jas

    JL Guest

    I avoid them personally, the 90's sucked(1).

    04 X Raptor #202
    89 KR1
    02 DNA 180
    (1) Which has nothing to do with the bikes :)
    JL, May 8, 2006
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    G-S Guest

    I say that the GTR1000 is still as reliable as anything built in the
    1990's probably even as reliable as the GTR1000 built in the 1990's.

    I'm not sure it's as reliable as the GTR1000 built in the 00's though :)

    G-S, May 8, 2006
  8. jas

    J5 Guest

    if you are tralking about litre sportsbikes then for sure

    if you have a different purpose for your riding then there
    is a whole lot of options out there

    of course the difference between 80's and early 90's isnt a whole
    bunch , difference between early 90's and late 90's can be a few
    grand , but this has more to do with newer bikes with less kays on the clock

    the question should be what riding do you do ? what bikes are you interested
    in ?

    then you can be provided with some appropriate bikes that might suit you
    J5, May 8, 2006
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    sharkey Guest

    Brakes got a lot better towards the end of the 80s. IK will now
    disagree with me and say that brakes have gotten twice as good every
    second week in the 00s, but by crikey the mid-eighties shift to dual-pot
    calipers was quite something, and they've been at least workable ever
    since. Also, the Frame Hinge started to become less popular.

    Other than that I wouldn't know ... the R100GS is a 1993 model
    technically, but that engine dates back to, what, 1976?

    You want a CX650E, you do ...

    sharkey, May 8, 2006
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    BT Humble Guest

    He's dribbling shit, everyone knows they stopped making motorcycles in

    BT Humble, May 8, 2006
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    ck Guest

    then add another couple of grand and get a norties bike

    ck, May 9, 2006
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    alx Guest

    As a general rule or anecdotally? Mine hasn't been near a dealer in years.
    alx, May 9, 2006
  13. When did Velocette cease business ?
    No good bikes have been made since :-(
    isaac_the_blind, May 9, 2006
  14. In aus.motorcycles on Tue, 09 May 2006 07:48:39 +1000
    Agreed. Except maybe for 99, but so far the scooter's been a typical
    worked 2 stroke...

    70s for me!

    '73 Ducati
    '73 Moto Guzzi
    '76 Yamaha
    '99 Gilera with issues....
    Zebee Johnstone, May 9, 2006
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    G-S Guest

    The thing about 70's bikes is that they'd become mostly reliable enough
    to be fairly low maintenance but hadn't got to the point of aquiring
    complicated electronics that need specialist tools or parts made out of
    ultra light weight metals.

    They work well as everyday classics (unlike lots of earlier bikes).

    OK Maybe that doesn't apply to all of them (looks at the duke single),
    but it's a high point for owner servicing if you ask me. [1]


    [1] OK, you could argue that simple brit singles were similar that way
    and even more home maintainable but they require it more often :)
    G-S, May 9, 2006
  16. jas

    G-S Guest

    They were still making the GPX250 in 2005 BTH ;-) [1]


    [1] OK, so maybe you're right after all *runs away from Jodz _and_ BT*
    G-S, May 9, 2006
  17. In aus.motorcycles on Tue, 09 May 2006 14:49:36 +1000
    Well,, the main hassle with the Devil as a daily bike is the way it
    only wants to find neutral when the motor's off.

    Maintenance wise, singles are easier than bevels and 8 valves. NOt
    sure about easier than 4 valve belts.

    Not as easy as the Yam or the Guzzis though, tis true!

    Zebee Johnstone, May 9, 2006
  18. jas

    J5 Guest

    well the single is a bevel drive also

    I assume you are talking about twin bevels ?
    J5, May 9, 2006
  19. In aus.motorcycles on Tue, 9 May 2006 15:58:58 +1000
    Yes, usually "bevel" means twin, and "Single" means bevel single.
    That's cos "bevel nazis" are all twin fanciers, us single types are
    way more laid back.

    Zebee Johnstone, May 9, 2006
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    Nev.. Guest

    Well, Hammo, since you asked, if you're buying a bike from that era
    you'd be best off looking at the bikes which developed the least amount
    of power per cc.

    '04 CBR1100XX
    Nev.., May 9, 2006
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