Where are all the shaft drive bikes ?

Discussion in 'Australian Motorcycles' started by GB, Jun 23, 2005.

  1. GB

    GB Guest


    Have you all noticed the lack of shaft drive bikes available ?

    No more Divvie, no more GTR1000, etc.etc.

    Yamaha, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki please take note, the people need shafties.

    Even the Bible speaks of this:

    He cuts a shaft far from human habitation,
    [in places] unknown to those who walk above ground.
    Suspended far away from people.
    Job 28:4

    GB, Jun 23, 2005
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    Bobby Guest

    lol GB :)
    Bobby, Jun 23, 2005
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    Birdman Guest

    Get shafted.
    Birdman, Jun 23, 2005
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    alx Guest

    I googled "chain bible" and "shaft bible".

    Guess which result makes more sense eheh.
    alx, Jun 23, 2005
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    Goaty Guest

    Nope ...

    Goaty, Jun 24, 2005
  6. Hi,

    no, sorry

    Honda made the Glodwing...then that was it

    apart from some Moto Guzzi's

    that I didn't buy...cos Honda made the Glodwing...then that was it

    and me flippin' idle jets is blocked again!
    fulliautomatix, Jun 24, 2005
  7. Don't forget the venerable BMW K bike that you threw away. :)

    And the Yamaha FJR1300 makes a very nice shaftie tourer - errrm -
    sports-tourer - ummmmmm - bike.
    Been using Optimax again, mate. ;-)


    PeterC [aka MildThing]
    '81 Suzuki GS450-s (gone on to better and brighter things - I hope)
    '87 BMW K100RT (write-off)
    '81 Yamaha Virago (XV) 750H (work in progress)
    '01 Yamaha FJR1300

    # 37181
    Peter Cremasco, Jun 25, 2005
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    G-S Guest

    Nope... coz there are more shaft drive bikes available now than there
    were 10 or 20 years ago, not less.

    Yamaha have the FJR1300, XVS650, XVS1100, XVZ1300 (2 versions), XV1600,
    XV1700 (2 versions)

    Honda have the Deauville, STX1300, Gold Wing, VT750, VTX1300, VTX1800

    Kawasaki have - Vulcan 800, Vulcan 1600 (3 versions), Vulcan 2000

    Suzuki have - Boulevard 50 (2 versions), Boulevard C90, VZ1600 Marauder

    Moto Guzzi's are all shaft drive.

    Seems to me you are saying rather than a reduction of shaft drive bikes
    there is a reduction in the number of basic spec touring bikes available...

    To be honest I'm not sure that's so, you can buy a FJR1300 or STX1300
    instead of a GTR1000 or ST1100 (ok they are more expensive, but they are
    more upmarket too).

    About the only bike that's gone unreplaced is the divvy... and to be
    totally honest basically anything you could do with a divvy you could do
    with a Deauville.

    G-S, Jun 25, 2005
  9. GB

    G-S Guest

    And I forgot the BMW's... just about all of those are shaft drive.

    G-S, Jun 25, 2005
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    John Guest

    Hammo wants to know if you can tour on it? or is it a sports bike? ;)

    Beer mate?

    John, Jun 25, 2005
  11. ....and the Valkyrie.
    Pisshead Pete, Jun 25, 2005
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    Jason Sobell Guest

    What about the old Honda 'plastic pig', the CX500 and CX650.
    Also available with turbo...
    Imagine a turbo on a shaft drive bike.


    Jason Sobell, Jun 25, 2005
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    G-S Guest

    I was only listing current models... honda stopped making the Valkyrie
    (personally I reckon it was coz they couldn't engineer all the character
    out of it :)

    G-S, Jun 25, 2005
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    G-S Guest

    Which one johno? :)

    Yes please... but I'll have a coopers... you can keep your VB!

    G-S, Jun 25, 2005
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    G-S Guest

    I've had 2 of those... the main problem they had was a lack of midrange
    which led to more gear changing than ideal on a touring bike.

    G-S, Jun 25, 2005
  16. GB

    G-S Guest

    If you lot keep saying that people will notice.... ;-P
    Nup, that's true (and of course I knew that)... but It was more fun this
    way :)
    The Sprint ST, the Ducati ST3 almost certainly... maybe some of the
    others as well.
    Goes without saying really... we are buying bikes!

    G-S, Jun 25, 2005
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    G-S Guest

    I've actually got a Divvie you know... (a red one... coz red ones are

    I've ridden the Deauville and yeah it's a fair bit slower (about 90ps vs
    70ps slower), but does it really make that much difference for a (all
    together now...) 'tourer' ?

    To be fair the honda is probably more of a shaft drive XJ650 competitor

    G-S, Jun 25, 2005
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    Jason Guest

    Oops, sorry.
    I always thought it looked like a pig, but you're quite right, maggot was
    the name :)

    Jason, Jun 25, 2005
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    Moike Guest

    Oh!.... Yeah!........

    Moike, Jun 25, 2005
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    G-S Guest

    I rode it 1050 kms last week does that count?

    G-S, Jun 26, 2005
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