How many Bird owners?

Discussion in 'Coffee Shop' started by Lee337, Aug 10, 2018.


Do you still own a Blackbird?

  1. Yes, wouldn't be without one

    26 vote(s)
  2. No, but I'll have another one one day

    3 vote(s)
  3. I'm an ex banker & like me, no one should own any kind of motorbike

    1 vote(s)
  4. No but I'm not giving up on bikes yet

    4 vote(s)
  1. Lee337

    Lee337 Confused Poster Club Sponsor

    Out of curiosity, how many of us who frequent the forum are still Blackbird owners?

    Hands up, I'll start, I no longer own one but at least I still ride a bike.

    Maybe I'll have another one one day.
  2. Ajeman

    Ajeman Old Hand Club Sponsor

    I still have mine, but unless I can sort the handling issues it won't be for much longer!!
  3. Jaws

    Jaws Corporal CockUp Staff Member

    Well my main bike is the 1200 gs ( actually , if you go by most used, its a 125 Sym Crox ! ).. But I jhave not been without a Bird since 1998 and when the project bike ( ! ) finally gets its plastics back I shall be using that far more often
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  4. Blackblade-rry

    Blackblade-rry Member Club Sponsor

    Bought a few months back, it’s only taken me 17 years to get one. Back then it was a toss up between a Bird and a Blade as a replacement for a VFR, and I still have the Blade, so I guess it was the right decision then.
    Needed an alternative beast of burden to try to get Mrs. Blackblade into longer distance stuff, as she doesn’t get on with my other bike with luggage, hence buying now.
    Time will tell, but so far so good.
  5. Ned52

    Ned52 Old Hand Club Sponsor

    Sold my BMW K1300s Great bike but too many problems = too many beer tokens
    and got the Black bird to replace it.
  6. Pow-Lo

    Pow-Lo B.I.R.D Legend Club Sponsor

    Got shot of my ‘07 ’Bird (and Speed Triple) two months ago. Loved the Speed but couldn’t get on with the ‘Bird. I had a ‘97 ‘Bird from new and had to sell it under a cloud. Had the chance to pick up my latest one 7 years ago, never bonded with it, never got on with it. Picked up my GS Adventure today and rode home in stair rods. I hate riding in the rain, proper poof like that me, but if I had to do it again then there’s no other bike I’d rather to do it on.

    That’s two Panzers in three days.
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  7. Lee337

    Lee337 Confused Poster Club Sponsor

    Picked up a Triumph tiger a couple of weeks ago, 165 mile ride in pissing rain. the Tiger performed better than my waterproofs. Don't think I would have attempted it on a Bird, I'm not the best rider in the wet.
  8. richardgore

    richardgore Old Hand Club Sponsor

    Still got the Bird but haven't ridden it for about 5 years (getting too old & stiff for the riding position). Can't seem to bring myself to get rid of it. It's on the lift right now and I'm working on it tomorrow to bring it back up to tip top condition over the next few months.

    Bought a R1200 GSA in 2011 and prefer that for long range trips around Europe and so on. Just bought an R1200C cruiser for shorter trips.

    Still like the Bird being in the garage though.
  9. Squag1

    Squag1 Been there, and had one Club Sponsor

    First blue one April 2006 (registered 2001)
    Swapped for a silver one March 2012
    (registered 2007)
  10. Pow-Lo

    Pow-Lo B.I.R.D Legend Club Sponsor

    Surprised you picked up a Tiger after John’s experience. I like them but would always pick the BM.

    I’m a shit rider in any conditions. Worst on here by a country mile. And then some.
  11. derek kelly

    derek kelly The Deli lama Club Sponsor

    Had an 04 stealth black one from almost new (that didn’t have a scratch on, Ian) sold it when my arthritis got too painful & thought my biking days were over, moved house & new route to work had lots of tempting twisties so bought a Yammy 125, problem was it was killing my wrists ringing it’s neck to get the speed for the twisties, bit the bullet & bought another Blackbird, problem is now my knees are knackered & lower back pain.
    I can see a time when I will have to let go & my biking days will be over, hopefully that time will be a long way off.
  12. ianrobbo1

    ianrobbo1 good looking AND modest Club Sponsor

    Still got the bird, sorted the ride and handling out, but getting a bit old and weak to chuck it around, so bought a cbf1000, similar weight, but carried a lot lower, gelled with it immediately, then had another two strokes, that fucked me up big time, I cant lift my leg over the bike, too weak to even stand Yvo's Hornet up off the side stand, so I've the Bird in the back of the Garage, and the Biffer in a thousand bits getting fettled, as it's on a bike lift, and I don't have to stand or lay down too do owt, pissing eldest son off no end having to undo tight bolts for me. :coleman::rolleyes:
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  13. Centaur

    Centaur Site Pedant Club Sponsor

    Sadly, too old now to risk falling off a bike so bikeless and missing it like I've lost my legs. I had four blackbirds over the years and wish I could have another. Getting old is only just better than the alternative. :crybaby2:
  14. Squag1

    Squag1 Been there, and had one Club Sponsor

    Boomer trike :D
  15. Centaur

    Centaur Site Pedant Club Sponsor

    Trike is the worst of both worlds. You can't filter in traffic and you get wet when it rains. Creation of the devil. :eek:
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  16. T.C

    T.C Been there, and had one Club Sponsor

    I woud still have mine had it not been for the fact that I have been advised/told to retire from riding.

    So mine has gone but not through choice :(
  17. ScottyUK

    ScottyUK Filtering Through Club Sponsor

    Have mine ('07 with 92k miles). Have bought another bike but 'bird is likely to continue taking the punishment all year commuting dishes out. Not many bikes can handle it so well although now getting getting the odd issue with wiring breaks.
  18. andyBeaker

    andyBeaker Moderator Staff Member Moderator Club Sponsor

    Just an observation - not a lot of positive comments about Birds in this thread.....
  19. jeffa

    jeffa Been there, and had one Club Sponsor

    Sold mine to my nephew, i loved my Blackbird but shoulder problems [not caused by the bike] forced me to change models, i would have another straight away if space allowed, got 800 tiger and restored cbr600
  20. marlin vs

    marlin vs Registered User Read Only

    Still have my 96 bird since 2004, and it still make me grin.

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