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View Poll Results: What Japanese manufacturer do you most respect?
Honda 91 46.43%
Kawasaki 31 15.82%
Suzuki 23 11.73%
Yamaha 51 26.02%
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post #11 of 34 Old 03-18-08, 10:52
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I voted Honda. simply because the 900RR was the street bike that started this sportbike revolution we all enjoy. I have had a kawi, and Honda's, and have friends with yams, and Zukis.... all of em are reliable, but the honda started it all.

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Honda seems to be the early leader. I loved my VTR250 which I had to let go 2 weeks ago and never had a problem with it. I would get another Honda any day, still a member or the HRC...
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Originally Posted by scooterscott View Post
All and none of the above.
Don't really like any of them, but have owned them all.. They are pretty much the same in that each brand has had some greatness, but all are pretty uninspiring and souless today...

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They all make extremely good bikes but I don't like any of them. They all lack that unquantifiable thing called character!

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Aww come on guys... Don't be so hard on the Japanese sportbikes... They are all friggin' awesome!

The Big four pretty much define the sportbike category, so to say they are boring is really just another way of saying you prefer the Italian or British brands (and I think we all have a certain British bias on this forum)...

But there isn't a single current 600 or 1000cc Japanese bike that I would turn down the chance to ride, or own... I love watching them in the AMA and World championships.

In fantasy land, if I were a racer and money were no object, I'd take a CBR600RR for supersport and a GSXR1000 for superbike classes, and keep the 675 for canyon rides.

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No way do I respect Honda!

Simply because of their politics and their desire to Control every aspect of competition. They were an enlightened company with a desire to race and through racing to improve the breed, but somehow that desire to win at all costs has alienated me now, and I would not buy a Honda now if I could possibly avoid it.

I know about the technical innovation etc, but I voted for Kawasaki as I love rooting for the little guy, and without the Z1, we would never have seen the 900rr (go on, now tell me about the CB 750..)

And Yes I have had a couple of Honda's. 2x CBR1000F's and an old CG125.

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Toyota....you forgot one of the most important Japanese manufacturers.

1985 Toyota Supra, my first car! Awesome little straight six cylinder.

If you're speaking of Motorcycle manufacturers I respect Yamaha the most, I boycott anything Honda makes.


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^^^ Ha ha. I was gonna say Toyota as well. My first car was a 1978 Toyota Corolla. Thing ran forever.

Out of all the Jap bike OEM's, I've owned and/or raced all of them, including Ducati and now Triumph for the Euro side of OEM's. They are all good in their own ways. They all have issues of some kind as well.

Best out of all of them in terms of reliability would go:
1. Honda
2. Yamaha
2. Kawi (tie these days with Yamaha and becoming better)
4. Suzuki (no excuse for frames snapping)

Best in terms of politics and loyalty to racers:
1. Suzuki
2. Yamaha
3. Kawasaki
4. Honda

Best in terms of riding on the street (600 and 1000cc combined)
1. Suzuki
2. Honda
2. Kawi (tie)
4. Yamaha

Best in terms of racing 600cc this year
1. Yamaha
2. Honda
2. Kawasaki (tie)
4. Suzuki

Best in terms of racing 1000cc this year
1. Suzuki
2. Yamaha
3. Kawasaki
4. Honda

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Honda only because I learned to ride on an old Honda 250 dirt bike.
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Honda, I owed several CBR's over the years.

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