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On it's own I think bike is a pretty neat bike. Price should be about 6 to 6.5 grand though. I agree if you put the v-max motor in this bike I would pay more and I think it would be a great match. If price is right I would buy this bike. Love the looks! Not a copy of anything.
 

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I owned three Viragos starting w/an '82 750, an '83 920, and a'91 1100. they were great bikes. This sounds like exactly what I have been watching for someone to offer for the last year or so. Bring it on!
 

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I've got to agree. Leave this puppy in Europe! The thing looks like a Buell Blast. Puke.



I've also got to say that I don't know that I'll be renewing my subscription; a lot of your content is just broken and a ***** to get to. Now that you guys are charging a subscription fee which I paid, the content seems to be going to crap. You guys have pretty much butchered the great free portal system PHP Nuke.
 

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A bike for "induhviduals"

They would probably sell as many Bulldogs in the states as they sold TDMs. It would need the Warrior or Vmax engine to make it over here. It's funny that everytime you guys have an article on a bike that will never be sold in the US, there is always a vocal minority on this site pining away for it, no matter how crappy it sounds. "If only it was possible to buy bike X, I'd be the happiest/ fastest/ coolest guy on the road..."
 

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When oh when are the Japanese going to stop repackaging and marketing antiquated engine designs? This engine is 20 years old fer crissakes! One can only feel contempt for suckers who are dumb enough to buy this ancient crap.
 

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Boring - I'll stay with my fun Speed Triple that never bores and always grabs attention. Went to a Hooters Bike night last night - out of 700 bikes - the only one / people still ask what it is? 300 - 400 mile sport rides in the N.C. / S.C. mountains are very comfortable and the triple howl is totally addictive.



 

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When I first saw pix of the Bulldog, I promptly e-Mailed editors with this comment: "If Buell had built the Bulldog, I'd already have traded my Blast for one."

In fact, if Buell had built my Blast more along the lines of the BT1100, I'd still own it. And of course it's an M2/Monster rip-off. Can you name any other "naked standards" with less than 70 horsepower (and only one carb to maintain!) that have sold for more than one year? How about with a real dealer network?

All of you guys sneering at the power & weight make me laugh. I'm an adult professional with a job- I haven't got time to find out if my forks can take that 51st wheelie without weeping oil. 65 horses for my second bike and no plastic to insure or clean under sounds like paradise. 500 pounds might make the BT heavy, but God knows that the it'd be better suited to the occasional freeway leg than was my Blast.

As for Yamaha corporate, this makes what, three bikes that have made news in the last few years because they aren't imported? If the only new models they can market in America are cruisers and crotch rockets, then they might as well give up and merge with Kawasaki and Suzuki now.
 

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To quote the MT01 article :

"Yamaha's goal was to reduce the weight of the whole motorcycle and focus all of the attention on an engine that is strong and torquey. Some have likened the MT-01 to something that either Erik Buell or John Britten would build with corporate resources behind them but minus the associated red tape."



Looks like the Red Tape tied up and hung the Bulldog by its neck. What a letdown mess. I am a huge sportbike fan, but the MT01 almost won me over for a 'standard' bike I might consider. Oh well, keep waiting.





 

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I just don't see a place for this bike, in its price range. There are alot of sporty, and fast bikes already out there in its price range. Suzuki naked bandit 1200, ZRX 1200,and yamahas own FZ1/fazer1000. Only difference being, is horsepower, and shaft drive(which steals more of the few ponys the bulldog has).As far as twins go, the SV650 pulls the same horsepower as the bulldog, for a grand less.

I just don't get it...
 

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I like this style of bike (I used to own an '84 Nighthawk S), but this heavy, powerless bike wouldn't sell many copies in the U.S. A similarly styled but far better bike would be Honda's 919. I also liked some other posters' idea of dropping the V-Max engine into this bike.

I also am very disappointed with the lack of new content lately. I've been going over to Motorcycle Daily for my FREE news fix.
 

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More Pony, please

Maybe this is too American in thinking, but with an 1100cc motor, shouldn't a naked sport-type bike be pushing, oh I don't know, 110hp at least? I realize that it is air cooled, I realized that it is a cruiser engine, but isn't Buell using a cruiser powerplant as well? It seems tame. And compairing it to the SV650... well, that's a torquy little ride that is just too much fun, and makes the horsepower.

On the other hand, I like the looks of it, of course the Euro models eventually will get cool color schemes and all that, and IF it ever came to the US we'd get... Blue or Black.

I'll stick with my Triumph for now.
 

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I was gonna say that! It is a LOT like the VX... similar power, torque, weight, steering geometry, shaft drive, etc.



But it looks like it also has all the disadvantages of the VX as well. The VX is a great bike, very comfortable and reliable... it was great for touring. But real sport riding was not an option and so I sold the VX and bought an SV650. V-twin bikes do not have to be lame power-starved, heavy machines. Yamaha should get to work on a modern v-twin to power bikes like this, or as others suggested, use its tried-and-true monster of a v-4!
 

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Note to Yamaha:



1) Do yourself a favor and leave this wheezer off the import list. You will kill your dealers with this dog sitting on the showrooms for years.



2) Basing ANYTHING on one of those Virago motors is a mistake. I've got one in the garage (given to me because it was broken) and the engine internals are absolute junk. At 5000 easy cruiser miles, the insides look far worse than my 20,000 mile (some of it endurance roadracing) Honda.



Keep working on the Fazer. It's great already and can fit any niche the Bull$hit, um Bulldog, can.

 

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"Can you name any other "naked standards" with less than 70 horsepower ... that have sold for more than one year? How about with a real dealer network?"



Yes, the SV650. The difference being a much more modern engine in a much lighter package, for a bargain price. It does have two carbs, though... don't know why that matters so much to you.



Other sub-70hp standards: The VX800, Bandit 400, Hawk GT, and CB-1 all sold for more than a year in the US, but they didn't sell WELL.





"All of you guys sneering at the power & weight make me laugh. I'm an adult professional with a job- I haven't got time to find out if my forks can take that 51st wheelie without weeping oil. 65 horses for my second bike and no plastic to insure or clean under sounds like paradise."



Dude, do yourself a huge favor and buy an SV650, or at least a used Hawk GT instead of something like this Bulldog. Like the Bulldog, they are competent, user-friendly, and not overpowered -- but they are much more nimble and fun to ride than most bikes on the market.
 

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Open letter to Motorcycle.com

Please, please, please... buy a SV650 and just compare every bike that you test to it so I can stop reading the whining on the message board. Better yet, stop testing all other bikes and just write a new review on the SV650 every other week. If that won't fly, add a VFR to your fleet and alternate reviews with an occasional comparo between the SV650 and the VFR. Perform Street tests, track tests, dyno runs, and long-term tests. Then declare a tie for Motorcycle.com's bike of the year, bike of the decade, bike of all time. Let's take it further... appeal to the Guggenheim to remove every significant and interesting bike from their displays and replace them VFR's and SV650's. Include every color and accessory combination possible. I would go every fricken day.
 

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God help me, but I've become one of those anal old bastards that has to correct everything. Still, this statement is just too far from correct to let pass:



"If that motor looks familiar, that's because it's been around for 20 years now, having powered the first ever Japanese V-twins, the Viragos 750 & 920 (and later the 1100 Drag-Star). "



Sorry, but the dude's tripping. The first Japanese V-twin of which I am aware (there may have been earlier ones) was the Rikuo. This was a sidevalve V-twin built under license from Harley-Davidson after the war, and possibly even before the war broke out. Then there was the Lilac, built by the Marusho company. Although most Lilac motorcycles were opposed twins in the BMW boxer tradition, but by the late 1950s Marusho was building Lilacs with transverse, longitudinal crankshaft V-twins ala Moto Guzzi (only before Guzzi adopted the configuration). Marusho built V-twin Lilacs in sizes ranging from 125cc to 300cc. And even in modern times, the Virago/XV920 models weren't the first V-twins. Remember the Honda CX500?



The Yamahas might have been the first in-line tandem V-twins with overhead cams (the CX500-CX650 used pushrods), but given the explosive growth of the domestic Japanese motorcycle industry in the 1950s, I wouldn't even count on that.



Ok, now it's official. I'm a cranky old fartknocker. I'll go back to my basement now to polish the bevel tower on my narrow-case Ducati and rant about those dang hot-rod kids who are ruining it for the rest of us.
 

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Although caio perhaps didn't state his point very politely, I agree that a subscription-based online magazine needs to put out as much content as a print magazine (i.e. at least one bike review and one bike-related article per week). Otherwise, our money is better spent on monthly print magazines.

However, I like that you review some of the bikes that don't get covered by the print magazines. After all, how can we petition the manufacturers to import a model to the U.S. if we know nothing about the bike. Petitioning was instrumental in getting the Kawasaki ZRX (my bike) and the Yamaha FJR to our shores.

Although open-class sport bike shoot-outs generate a lot of interest from the go-fast crowd, the print magazines and motorcycle TV shows have beat that horse into the ground. I enjoy reading about bikes that are a little quirky and perhaps doomed to poor sales (or no sales) in the U.S.

As for the BT1100, I believe that American riders (even beginners) won't go for it. Most beginners need something lighter, and most experienced riders want something more powerful. The bike sure looks nice though.

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